Headteacher Recruitment
Executive search and selection for senior positions in education


Recruiting outstanding leaders is one of the most important decisions for a school but is often one of the most challenging. Hays Leadership have experience of delivering successful permanent and interim recruitment campaigns at all levels of education leadership within secondary, primary, church and independent schools, academies, FE colleges and LA’s.

The right leader can transform any educational environment. By expecting high standards in both teaching and learning they instil a drive for excellence. By nurturing talent they improve the motivation, development and well-being of staff and pupils.

Whilst we will tailor our approach to your specific requirements, our process broadly follows these stages:

1. Advocating your needs

  • Our skilled executive team will undertake comprehensive research to ensure that we have a deep understanding or your specific needs
  • Preparation of all creative marketing

2. Executive search

  • Full executive search to proactively identify outstanding candidates
  • Far-reaching, innovative marketing campaign promoting the opportunity
  • Professional conversation with all prospective candidates to develop their understanding of the role and maximise the quality of applications
  • An experienced director leading the campaign throughout ensuring a seamless process
  • An initial competency based interview with candidates for more informed shortlisting

3. Assessment and appointment

  • Advise and support the design, structure and content of the assessment process
  • Continued support through the negotiation and offer stage of the process

If you could benefit from the support of Hays Leadership contact one of our experts.

Interim appointments

Increasingly, schools are faced with situations that require short-term leadership support. We can source interim leaders at short notice who can provide this support, offering expertise and stability during challenging times. Our comprehensive pre-screening and vetting ensures that our interim associates are able to achieve successful outcomes and have the transferable skills required to make a genuine difference to your school during times of transition.

Contact one of our experts


Martin Blair

Senior Business Director, North Region
Phone number: 0773 679 1138


Chris Gartner

Business Director, Midlands Region
Phone number: 0759 564 6645


Dion Mills

Business Director, South Region
Phone number: 0789 906 3321


Tim Field

Business Director, London Region
Phone number: 0784 136 4610