Executive Headteacher



The Helena Romanes School

          Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 2AU

4 – 18 Academy of 1300 pupils

Required for January 2023


Leadership Scale L33 – 39 (Group 7)


We are seeking a dynamic and principled leader with the skills and flair to deliver an exceptional education for our pupils at this growing all-through school, which is part of Saffron Academy Trust.

Our new Executive Headteacher will build on strong relationships in the community and harness the potential of a talented staff in order to realise the outstanding promise of our school.

Helena Romanes is at the heart of the growing community of Great Dunmow in beautiful rural North-West Essex, an area consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK. The excellent local transport links offer easy access to Cambridge, London and East Anglia, as well as worldwide through Stansted airport.

This is an exciting time to join the school.

  • In September 2021, the school opened a Primary phase with children in Reception and Key Stage 1.  Together with the expansion of the Sixth Form, the school will grow to become an all-through school of 2000 pupils from ages 4 to 18.
  • Plans are being explored for the school to be rebuilt on a new site. The Executive Headteacher will play a key role in the development of the environment that this new building will provide.
  • Helena Romanes has made excellent progress with the support of Saffron Academy Trust towards being judged by Ofsted as a Good school. Working with the talented senior leadership team that is in place across all phases of the school, and drawing on the commitment from staff to provide the best possible outcomes for the pupils, this is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate great leadership and deliver an all-through school of exceptional quality of which the local community can be very proud.

Visits to tour the school and to meet our CEO, pupils and staff are welcome on Thursday 19th May and Monday 23rd May, from 9am – 11am. If you would like to join one of the tours please contact Ceri Weston (PA to the Executive Headteacher) at cweston@hrs.education    

Applications should be sent to: Jackie King, HR Manager, Saffron Academy Trust:  applications@swchs.net

Closing date for applications:

Monday 6th June 2022, 10 a.m.


Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June 2022


We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful candidate will be subject to full employment checks including references, an enhanced DBS disclosure certificate and medical clearance.