• Richmond (London) Station, The Quadrant, Richmond, Greater, London TW9
  • Hybrid work
  • Up to £70,000 a year
  • Full-time

Our client is looking for an Interim HR Director with expertise in safeguarding and compliance, including the Single Central Register (SCR), to join their school community in London (South West).

Your experience can help ensure the welfare, health and safety, safeguarding and regulatory compliance of our institution. This role is an immediate start date and will run until December 2024.

Position: Interim HR Director – 5 days per week, until December 2024 in the first instance

Location: London UK

What You’ll Do:

  • Act as a strategic HR partner to the Principal, Executive Leadership Team, and Trustees, providing expert guidance and support on all HR matters.
  • Being accountable to, and taking direction from, the Principal/ Executive Leadership Team for executive and operational matters and to the Chair of Trustees.
  • Lead day-to-day management and development of the in-house HR team, providing guidance, support, and mentorship to ensure their professional growth and effectiveness.
  • Oversee HR initiatives tailored to the unique needs of our school environment, prioritizing safeguarding and compliance with the Single Central Register (SCR) regulations.
  • Develop and implement HR strategies aligned with our educational goals and safeguarding policies, with a focus on SCR documentation and verification.
  • Oversee recruitment, retention, and professional development efforts for staff, ensuring thorough SCR checks and compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Manage employee relations and provide guidance on HR policies and procedures related to safeguarding and SCR compliance.
  • Collaborate with school leadership and external agencies to address safeguarding concerns and ensure a safe learning environment.
  • Foster a positive workplace culture that values safety, integrity, and inclusivity.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Proven experience in HR leadership roles within the education sector, with a strong emphasis on safeguarding and compliance, including SCR and KCSIE.
  • Deep understanding of HR practices specific to educational institutions; particularly with relevance to secondary education. This will include safer recruitment practices and SCR documentation.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders, including staff, trustees and external agencies, including those pertaining to safeguarding.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and the capacity to navigate complex safeguarding issues with sensitivity and discretion.
  • Leading and mentoring the current HR team. To ensure they deliver high level HR support the school community.
  • Commitment to upholding the values and mission of our school, with a focus on promoting a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • Relevant HR qualifications and knowledge of education regulations, including SCR requirements and other safeguarding and safer recruitment standards.
  • Strong understanding of EDI and the ability to create positive change.

Why Join Us:

  • Play a crucial role in ensuring the welfare, health and safety, safeguarding and regulatory compliance of our intuition’s community. This will be delivered through both effective HR leadership, systems and also practice safeguarding practices and SCR compliance.
  • Collaborate with dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.
  • Enjoy a supportive work environment with opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • London location with flexibility for hybrid and remote work arrangements, as well as competitive compensation package and additional benefits.


  • Private medical insurance
  • Sick pay


  • Monday to Friday


  • HR: 8 years (required)