Head of Senior School – St Philip’s Christian College (NSW)

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  • Permanent role
  • Applications close: Monday July 13 , 5.00pm.
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Founder & Director Executive Search

St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle (NSW) is seeking a relational and innovative leader, committed to Christian education and to leading a future focused, dynamic Senior School.

As a Christian faith community committed to the ministry of Christian education, the Mission Statement of St Philip’s Christian Education Foundation states that:

St. Philip’s Christian College will continue to provide quality education in a caring, secure and challenging learning environment based on Christian beliefs, values and practice.

We therefore seek Christians who are professionally and personally committed to bringing their evangelical and Biblically based beliefs, values and practices to this ministry of Christian education, or to their role of supporting this ministry of Christian education.

St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle, has over 1200 students and is located in charming residential Waratah. This vision involves developing 21st century education practices, developing a range of strategies to meet the needs of children, establishing and sharing community facilities as well as setting new benchmarks in developing a sustainable school. This vision is set within the context of the Christian values of faith, hope and love.

At St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle, the aim is to provide an enriching and liberating education; an education that not only teaches, but transcends the discipline of learning and the acquisition of competencies, to the acquiring of a deep sense of the greatness of life and learning. Attention is given to the development of the whole child through a balanced curriculum involving the academic, social, physical and spiritual areas.

The College has a record of high academic achievement and students are daily encouraged to strive for the very best in all that they do. Every student is seen as a unique creation of God, a person to be respected and valued, irrespective of their ability, background, age or standing within the school. The College is educationally aware and progressive. Excellent working relationships among staff mean that innovations and effective changes can be adopted and implemented readily for the benefit of students.

The Role

Due to the continued growth of the College, an opportunity has arisen for a relational, innovative, Christian leader to lead the Senior School Team in continuing the development and delivery of a sustainable, innovative vision for powerful learning. Commencing in Term 1 2021 or earlier, the Head of Senior School, will have the motivation, commitment and capacity to lead the Senior School with a flexible future focused approach.

Reporting to the Principal as part of the Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Senior School, will work collaboratively with the other Heads of Schools as an influential, positive, creative and visible leader. They will be able to inspire and motivative colleagues and students to take risks with the learning and find their pathway through and beyond the College. The capacity to build strong relationships, communicate effectively and lead in challenging contexts is central to this role. It is essential for the successful applicant to have a focus on student-centred learning, a high organisational and solution focused approach as well as a strong understanding of emerging trends and best practice in national and international contexts.


Key Selection Criteria

  • Be committed to the principles of Christian schooling, including being fully supportive of the Mission Statement, Vision Statements and Core Values of the College.
  • Highly relational with a focus on the development of strong, sustainable community connections
  • Collaborative and inspirational leadership of staff to create and implement sustainable future focused programs
  • Strong pastoral expertise with a deep knowledge of current approaches in wellbeing
  • Evidence of strong operational and management experience with a solution focused lens
  • Demonstrate integrity and curiosity in a Christian learning community that supports collegial enquiry and professional growth


St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle is committed to child safety. As such, the successful applicant will be expected to satisfy child protection screening, and adhere to the School’s Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct. These documents may be downloaded from the School’s website.

St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle has engaged Hutton Consulting Australia to assist with the search and selection process for this position. All candidates will require an application pack from us. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY ON-LINE. For a confidential discussion regarding the application process and to obtain further details please contact the lead consultant Amanda Samson on 0433 356 911 or amanda.samson@hutton.education or Fiona Hutton on fiona@hutton.education

Applications close on Monday July 13 , 5.00pm.