School Librarian

Job Description

Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park, was founded in 1878 by the Reverend Canon Francis Holland and is regarded today as one of London’s most academically selective girls’ independent day schools. The school is situated next to Regent’s Park and has a reputation for its friendly, cohesive atmosphere. The ISI Inspection Report in March 2022 assessed Francis Holland as ‘Excellent’ in all key areas of school life.

Entry to the school is very competitive, and pupils are selected via entrance examinations and interviews at 11+ or Sixth Form. Girls achieve exceptionally good results in examinations at GCSE and A Level and progress to some of the best universities in the UK, as well as to top global institutions such as those in the US. There are close links with our “sister” school at Francis Holland, Sloane Square, which was founded in 1881. The school offers a large number of bursaries, in addition to music, academic and art scholarships, all of which are means-tested.

Moreover, the school offers a plethora of co-curriculum activities, and more than seventy clubs and societies are available every week: before school, at lunchtimes and after school. Music, drama and sport are particularly strong. Community voluntary work and charitable activities are enthusiastically supported by staff and pupils. Achievement beyond academic results is regarded as essential for FHS students, and all teachers are expected to contribute fully to extra-curricular activities.

The school places great emphasis on the professional development of its entire staff. Staff at Francis Holland School enjoy a significant range of professional benefits. A comprehensive schedule of continuing professional development and INSET training, both internal and external, is provided for all staff. An interest-free loan for a travel season ticket is offered to all staff on application to the Bursar. Daughters of staff are offered a 50% reduction in school fees.

The ideal candidate is likely to be an enthusiastic, qualified Librarian who has experience of working with young people. A passion for books and for reading is essential. The Library has a stock of over 11,000 books and a number of periodical subscriptions. There is also a small computer area. There is a generous budget for the purchase of books and other materials to support teaching and learning at the school. The library management system is Oliver.

The contractual hours are 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, during term time, plus 4 weeks (20 days). There is flexibility for both an all-year-round contract or term-time-plus arrangements. The week before the start of term and the week after the summer term are designated weeks for the librarian to be in school.

The Librarian is expected to make a strong contribution to the school’s extensive co-curricular programme by arranging visits by authors and writers on a regular basis.

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Closing date: 9.00am on Monday, 20th May 2024.

Early applications are encouraged and will be considered as they are received. The School reserves the right to appoint at any stage.


All appointments at Francis Holland School are conditional upon clearance by the Disclosures and Barring Service (DBS testing).

Francis Holland Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo our safer recruitment checks and child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This role is classed as regulated activity with children as it involves teaching, training or supervising children on a day-to-day basis and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974. Francis Holland Schools Trust champions diversity and inclusion in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from all sections of the community.

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