We have the expertise to help your school succeed. Having a transparent and honest brand is essential to us. A genuine passion for schools sets us apart from the competition. As a result, we take responsibility for outcomes, our dedicated team goes the extra mile to ensure you can rely on us for ongoing support. It is our goal to help schools.  With our experience, we can provide you with the best possible support 

With 20 years’ experience within retained search, specialist contingency, in-house and managed services for the UK and International school’s market. A business built on innovation, service delivery and a focus on professional candidate engagement & experience. 

We provide an excellent and comprehensive executive search service to support schools in finding exceptional leaders. We have an extensive network of school leaders, and SMT.  Our service supports schools in managing the entire process from brief writing, advertising, long and short-listing of candidates, through to contract negotiation. We also provide consultancy on your People Strategy and candidate experience 

If your school or Trust are looking to employ  

  • Principals,
  • Head Teachers
  • Vice/Assistant Principals
  • Assistant Heads or  
  • Heads of Department  

Please do enquire about our services.


Hear from schools and trusts like yours that are benefiting from working with Help for Schools.

Help for Schools / Spencer Van der Werf has provided consistent high quality services to our Trust supporting our Capital Projects team deliver changes to our building infrastructure, improving the resources available and facilitating improved quality of teaching. He is able to interpret outline concepts, bring designs to the table, see through the building project management and quality check the final delivery. A great asset to secure your change plans.

Paul Atkinson – Director of Finance, Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South

Help for Schools is a reliable partner for complex projects, delivering solutions that are clear and effective. They excel in continuous improvement and proactive problem prevention in every interaction. I had the pleasure of working with Spencer on a project to convert shower rooms into a classroom, and I was impressed by his detailed project proposal and timely execution. He also identified many benefits, both tangible and intangible, from the project. Help for Schools will always be my first choice for project management.

Rachel Danso – Business Manager, Borough Academy

Help For Schools provided critical support to Day One Trust as we reconfigured our estates and facilities provision. They helped us understand our needs and manage the transition from an ineffective outsourced service to a professional in-house team. Their support included designing our team structure and guiding our recruitment, as well as establishing the systems and processes that team needed to work with. I’ve worked with Spencer and his team for many years on multiple projects and I’ve always found him to be professional, diligent, pragmatic and committed to students by securing high quality and value for money estates and facilities provision.

Fred Sharrock – CEO at Day One Trust

Help For Schools has played an integral role in overseeing and managing a £28 million project – the build of a new secondary school in central London. From the client perspective Spencer has managed effectively the multiple partners engaged in this project, from the comms to the project plan. His strengths lie in his attention to detail, his ability to find solutions to complex problems and his delivery of results.

Declan Jones – Principal at Borough Academy

I have known Simon for several years and he has always been a font of wisdom, advice and an intelligent steer to educational professionals; especially those looking to leadership. What has struck me most about his approach has been his willingness to engage with kindness without the need for reciprocity. Someone with true integrity.

Barry Cooper – Founding Principal at The Global College