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Clerk to the Aske Board

The Chairman of the Aske Board is seeking to appoint a new Clerk, who will play an important role in supporting and facilitating the work of the Chairman and Board in providing oversight to the two high performing Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools in Elstree. These independent schools (an all-through girls’ school and an all-through boys’ school, both achieving high academic outcomes and amongst the largest day schools in the country) occupy the same campus. Whilst run separately by two recently appointed Heads, they work collaboratively to maximise the benefits of single sex education in a co-educational environment operating on the same site. The Board has recently set out a very clear set of strategic priorities for the Schools as they look to make significant change over the next 10 to 15 years, and it is against this genuinely exciting and ambitious backdrop that the Clerk will be working.


The two Schools were established as a result of the benefaction of Robert Aske, a member of the Haberdashers’ Company. The Board today is clear about seeking to reflect the founder’s principles of inclusivity, benevolence and charity. It is therefore of real interest to the Board that their Clerk is someone who understands the multi-faceted nature of independent schools, including in this case, a genuine desire to ensure that these Schools remain relevant and inclusive, and open to those who are going to most benefit from the education that is on offer, regardless of their ability to pay. 


This is a three day a week role (on average), suiting someone who combines the expertise and aptitude to provide assistance across a range of administrative and governance areas and enjoys operating at a senior level in a high performing organisation. The Clerk must be highly efficient, organised and well-able to respond both proactively and reactively to a wide range of different requirements. They will need to build a particularly close working relationship with the Chairman of the Aske Board and candidates who are comfortable working at pace, have a strong work ethic and sound intellect are likely to enjoy this relationship. 


Candidate Pack


To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Wednesday 25th November 2020.


The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Elstree Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection training and screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.