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Head of Nursery - Full-time

Spring Grove School, Wye, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-6045-71S
  • Posted:21/03/2023
  • Pay:Dependent on experience
  • Start Date:Sept 2023
  • App Close Date:27/03/2023 at 15:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Spring Grove School is looking for an exceptional classroom practitioner to take over the leadership of the school’s Nursery from our current outstanding Head of Early Years, who is looking forward to retirement after 17 years with the school. 

Spring Grove School in Wye, Kent, is an independent Nursery and Prep school for boys and girls aged 2–11, widely known for its family ethos and feel. It is located between Ashford and Canterbury, and offers a first-class education, preparing children for both grammar and senior independent school entry and scholarships. 

Spring Grove’s Nursery is set within the school’s 14-acre site.

The Nursery operates as two rooms - Teddies for 2–3 year olds, and Giraffes for 3–4 year olds - currently during term time only. Demand for places and for wraparound care is such that we are looking to extend the provision to year-round from September 2024, and seek a creative, energetic leader to support the school in this exciting development.

The position will be full time from asap (part time considered until September 2023), with a generous remuneration package that includes:


  • Company pension scheme.
  • Discounted school and nursery fees for the children of staff.
  • Relevant training including first aid qualifications.
  • Free parking.
  • A healthy and tasty lunch.

Spring Grove School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Information about the school

Spring Grove School is an independent Nursery and day school that offers an outstanding all-round education and a fantastic start in life for children aged 2 to 11 years. The school was rated ‘Excellent’ in all aspects in its most recent (February 2023) ISI inspection. Spring Grove is ideally located in an idyllic 14-acre rural setting just outside the village of Wye, and close to both Ashford and Canterbury.

At Spring Grove School we provide an inclusive environment and education underpinned by high quality, expert teaching that is targeted to the needs of each child. The school is also well known for its excellent extra-curricular provision, including music, drama, dance, art, Forest School and sport.

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

Spring Grove School is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS). For more information, please visit the school’s website www.springgroveschool.co.uk

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.