Our expertise in Headteacher and leadership recruitment

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Our expertise in Headteacher and leadership recruitment

Contact our experts today

Our expertise in headteacher and leadership education recruitment

Gain transformative and inspirational leaders with our expertise in executive education appointments.

We understand that appointing your next headteacher or senior leader is possibly the single most important decision you will make to influence the success of your organisation. That’s why we have developed a bespoke service that provides a highly effective alternative to purely traditional recruitment methods.  


When you partner with us, you can expect:

  • A targeted head-hunting campaign: rather than waiting for trusted leaders and headteachers to apply, we talk to them directly to encourage an application, proactively sourcing the best leaders for your institution.
  • Our extensive national networks: no matter your executive education vacancy specifications, our in-house research and sourcing teams will marry our national scale with local expertise to generate the best leadership talent for your role. 
  • In depth application analysis: we thoroughly research our candidates’ Ofsted performance, exam results and impact to date, and provide detailed assessments of candidates prior to the shortlisting meeting – allowing you to make a more informed decision.
  • An end-to-end service: we support and advise you throughout the entire process – from planning to the final appointment stage. We’ll also provide technical assistance, support at assessment and Governor training, if required. 
  • A trusted ambassador: this includes handling all responses, keeping in regular contact with candidates, answering queries, organising school tours, and representing your school professionally. 

Whether you’re a school, college, or Multi Academy Trust (MAT), we have the knowledge, extensive talent networks and cutting-edge technology to source headteachers and trusted leaders ready to make an immediate impact.

Get in contact today to discuss your Headteacher recruitment requirements and find out more about the service we offer.


Our education leadership fields

From CEOs to deputy headteachers, we’re experts at finding strategic individuals who elevate the quality of education, empowering both pupils and professionals alike.

We deliver a range of education leadership fields, including:

  • CEO
  • Principal
  • Headteacher
  • Deputy headteacher
  • Catholic headteacher: as the sole recruitment provider for Churchmarketplace, you will benefit from our wealth of knowledge.

Interim solutions

Need interim education leaders who will make an immediate impact? Our interim recruitment campaigns are suitable for all levels of school leadership and local authority advisory roles. Recruiting high calibre candidates – plus maintaining regular contact with them – helps us provide you with a quick but informed response in emergency situations.

Get in contact today to discuss your specific leadership role or Headteacher recruitment campaign requirements.

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Successful education leadership placements

We have a proven track record of placing inspirational and effective leaders across a variety of education settings and sizes: in the past 12 months, we’ve placed hundreds of education leaders across the country.

In addition to connecting schools with a diversity of executive talent, we provide them the strategic and technical support they need to help train and develop their senior leadership teams and key personnel.

Find out what schools and MATs like yours have to say about our leadership recruitment expertise:

The appointment of a new headteacher was of huge importance to the governors and therefore our choice of recruitment consultants was pivotal in ensuring that we made the right appointment.

Having considered a number of organisations we settled upon Hays Leadership. This proved to be a wise decision as the management and honest advice given proved invaluable in finding the right candidate. I couldn’t recommend Hays more highly.

- Chair of Governors

We have secured an outstanding Headteacher who would not have applied for the post without Hays leadership’s involvement. Hays were considerably less expensive than comparable companies and delivered a very high level of service.

We were also impressed by the excellent field of candidates that our consultant found for us which included an NLE and an HMI.

- Chair of Governors




If you’re looking to drive your school recruitment strategies, gain the latest market intelligence, or further improve your staff training and wellbeing, explore our additional products and services: 

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