Thank you for your interest in working at Spring Grove School, Wye.

An introduction to Spring Grove School

At Spring Grove School we offer an outstanding all-round education and a fantastic start in life for boys and girls aged 2 to 11 years.

We are a happy, family prep school that specialises in ‘free-range’ children: nurturing and developing all who join to their full potential. We are able to do this because we have small classes in which our children receive expert attention and tuition, preparing them perfectly for both grammar and senior independent schools.

Set within an idyllic 14 acre rural setting close to both Ashford and Canterbury, Spring Grove School is one of the most beautiful playgrounds in Kent. Our school is small enough for us to know every child, as well as their family, and for us to encourage each and every pupil in our care to be self-confident and independent learners. The children at Spring Grove School live and breathe our school motto ‘Always do your best’.

We love the outdoors, we enjoy competition, we sing, dance and play, explore and love to learn. Former pupils look back on their time here as magical and inspiring.

We are a truly independent day school and are a recognised member of The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS). We offer a wide range of subjects, extra-curricular activities and clubs.

We want Spring Grove to be a school that parents, teachers and staff would have wanted to attend when they were children. Our teachers are tasked to remember this philosophy when they are planning their lessons and activities – enjoyment is at the heart of everything we do!

We firmly believe Spring Grove School is unique and a great place for children to grow.

For more information, please visit the school’s website

Director of Studies

Dates: Job start September 2018
Salary: Competitive, dependent upon experience
Location: Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5EZ
Contract type: Full-time
Contract term: Permanent

Spring Grove School is looking to appoint an outstanding Director of Studies to lead all teaching and learning at the school, as well as guide the school through our next exciting stage of academic growth and development; ensuring that all our pupils receive an exceptionally high quality, broad and balanced education and that the teaching staff continue to be nurtured and developed to provide this.

The successful candidate will be focused on the joy of learning, innovative and inspirational in their teaching and ready for a leadership role in an academically ambitious school and will understand the expectations of an independent preparatory school environment. He or she will be well-qualified with a proven track record, creative and forward thinking, with an understanding of how to use data, make decisions and lead teaching staff to deliver positive academic change.

Experience of various curricula, including Key Stage 2 English and Maths, is essential. A knowledge of the 11+ testing system, special educational needs (SEN) and more able, gifted & talented programmes would also be advantageous. The Director of Studies will be a key member of the school’s Senior Management Team.

This teaching role (approximately a 60% timetable) is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic applicant who enjoys motivating and educating young minds in a constantly changing world.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact the Headmaster, Mr Bill Jones, on 01233 812337.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 28th February 2018, at 1pm

Interviews (if selected): Tuesday 6th or Wednesday 7th March 2018

A >Teaching Application Form and the candidate >Information Pack (including Job Description) may be downloaded from the school website. The information pack, our terms of employment and an application form may also be requested by email from

Completed application forms should be accompanied by a covering letter and should be marked Private and Confidential to Mrs A Peirson, Assistant Bursar, Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5EZ or emailed to

Spring Grove School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS clearance and satisfactory employment references which will be taken up prior to interview (if selected).

Please note:

Applicants should be willing and able to teach across the primary curriculum.

All teachers at Spring Grove School are expected to play a full part in our extra-curricular and clubs programme and to join in fully with school life. Please state curriculum interests on the application.

> Child Protection Policy (incorporating EYFS)

Headmaster: Mr Bill Jones

Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, Kent TB25 5EZ

Tel: 01233 812337,  Email:,  Website: