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Head of Libraries

Employer: Ardingly College
Location: Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Salary: In-line with CILIP guidelines and depending on experience
Published Date: 14 Sep 2012
Status: Full-time, Permanent
Ref: ONL1409121

Job Description

Head of Libraries

Required from January 2013

We are seeking a creative and inspirational Head Librarian to lead our successful and expanding Library Department. The successful candidate will have the ability to support the teaching and learning throughout the school by the effective management of library services and by encouraging the development of a whole school reading culture.

As Head of Department, the successful candidate will advise senior management on provision of learning resources across the curriculum, and play a full part in curriculum development and delivery.

Applicants must have chartered status, have a degree and/or postgraduate qualification in librarianship, information management or information science, and significant experience of working in school libraries.

The Libraries Department:

The Libraries department comprises the Head of Department and two assistant librarians.The Head of Libraries manages the Senior School Library. Refurbished in 2004, the Library is open throughout the day and on some evenings. The Library is used by Sixth form students for private study and for project work with classes when appropriate. The book stock of around 10,500 volumes has been developed to support the curriculum and the Library subscribes to over 40 periodical titles. There is also a range of on-line resources.

The Head of Libraries is responsible to the Headmaster and Director of Studies for the support of teaching and learning throughout the school by the management of library services. The Head of Libraries is responsible for the acquisition, organisation, dissemination and exploitation of resources to support teaching and learning.

The School:

Ardingly College is one of the four schools that comprise the Southern Division of the Woodard Corporation and as such, is a Christian school within the catholic tradition of the Church of England.

Within the College there are three schools sharing the same attractive campus as follows:

The Pre-Prep which is on the southern edge of the campus, is a Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School catering for 110 pupils from 3 to 7 years of age. The 1.2 million pound development was completed in 2007.

The Prep School which is situated in and around the north-western wing of the main school building caters for 260 girls and boys from 8 to 13 years of age. The Prep School shares some of its facilities with the Senior School, but is a separate school in its own right. Over the summer 2011 and during the course of the next year, the Prep School will move into new accommodation.

The Senior School, whose Headmaster is a member of HMC, is a co-educational day and boarding school with approximately 540 pupils. 47% of the pupils are boarders, almost half of the total number are girls and there are over 220 students in the Sixth Form. The Senior School has been fully co-educational since 1982 and has excellent facilities. Over the past ten years, the school has built a new Sports Hall, a Music Recital Room, and two new boarding houses. Further exciting changes include a new Art School, improved Drama facilities, state of the art language centre and a new Library. The older block has almost been completely refurbished to provide state of the art classrooms. A new 100 ensuite-bedroom Upper Sixth boarding house is currently under construction and will open in December 2012.


The salary will be in-line with CILIP guidelines. Ardingly has its own generous teacher pay scaleand the financial package offered will be commensurate with the responsibilities of the post and the experience of the person appointed. A remission of 65% of fees is available for the successful applicant’s children when they enrol in Reception or above at Ardingly, assuming a place is available and entry requirements are met.


For further information and an application form, please visit :


A completed application form and covering letter should be submitted to recruitment@ardingly.com by the closing date of Thursday 27th September 2012, although applications will be considered on receipt. Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 11th October 2012.

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