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Comments from our clients and candidates

It can be a struggle finding candidates with the right attitude as well as the right skills, especially given the commitment that working in a day and boarding school requires. The team at Harris Hill have been tireless in finding me the right people, and I have no hesitation in recommending them. It is refreshing to be able to call someone with a real understanding of how an independent school works, and who takes the time to really get to know us.

Graeme Owton, Headmaster, Handcross Park School

I have been nothing but impressed with Harris Hill, who helped me to secure a role as Head of Music in an excellent IAPS school. Everyone at Harris Hill has struck me with their knowledgeability and willingness to help. I have dealt with many teaching recruitment agencies in my career, but none so professional and as pleasurable an experience as this one. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Harris Hill.

Stacey McMorran BMus(Hons), PGCE

When I first considered teaching abroad I was quite sceptical, but after contacting Harris Hill the whole idea become reality very quickly. From the outset Harris Hill took the time to get to know me and what I was looking for. Ben Roberts could not have been more help, and had experience of teaching which was a huge bonus. He contacted me regularly and was professional throughout but never afraid to have a friendly chat. It became apparent very quickly that Harris Hill were working extremely hard to find me my dream job and within a matter of weeks, they had succeeded.

After a Skype interview (which Harris Hill helped me to prepare for) I was offered the job in a great school and could not be happier. They really look after you and make sure you settle into your new life. I would highly recommend working abroad and using Harris Hill to accomplish this because they turned a pipe dream into reality. Thank you Ben!

Gary Hellyer, British School of Muscat, Oman

In my eleven years teaching abroad I have used several specialist agents for international educators. I have no hesitation in recommending Harris Hill as the most personalised and effective service I have come across. They were quick to respond to my initial application and follow up with an in depth interview and discussion. This led to interviews with two well renowned international schools and I am now due to start at my dream school this coming September. I cannot thank Harris Hill enough.

Anthony Gora, IB Maths Teacher, Dulwich College Suzhou

We have worked with Harris Hill for the past three years to recruit a range of staff including general class teachers, subject specialists and middle managers. I feel they have done everything possible to understand the ethos of St John's and the type of staff that we hope to employ. Consequently the staff they put forward are in almost all cases excellent candidates. Their communication is of a very high standard indeed, being both professional and extremely punctual and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any school.

Giles Delaney, Headmaster, St John's Beaumont

Having worked solely in the state sector for my teaching career to date, I didn't really know where to start when applying to private schools. As soon as Harris Hill took my application, I realised that I had no need to worry. The team worked their socks off to make sure that I was given plenty of options to choose from, that I knew fully what the schools might be like, and they were always positive and eager to help. Their manner was always professional but very approachable, and I felt confident that both were looking out for my best interests at all times.

Through their efforts, I secured a dream job at a school near Windsor; they were a constant bridge of communication between myself and the school (even at 8 o'clock and beyond in the evening!) and ensured that all ran smoothly - even going as far as to ring me just to say good luck the day before the interviews! They have my highest recommendation and my deepest gratitude. Thank you!

James Fountain

We are very happy that we have used Harris Hill to fill a recent maternity cover position. I felt that Ben put in time and effort to ensure that candidates selected for interview were well matched to our requirements. The appointed candidate has worked out extremely well, and is proving a very positive asset to the school.

We will certainly be using their services in the future as the need arises.

Mrs Ros Kilsby, Office Manager – The Pointer School

The consultants at Harris Hill provide a thorough and detailed service. The interview was very friendly and was a means to understand my strengths in a view to match me to the schools I would enjoy most. They always kept me posted of my applications and new positions as they arose. It was nice to know that I can always reach them after hours and on weekends! Harris Hill are definitely a cut above the rest, they offer a consultative approach to their candidates.

Milan Glendza – ACS Cobham International School

Gordonstoun School has used Harris Hill to source teaching staff on a number of occasions. Their response has always been prompt and energetic. They have always put forth a good choice of candidates. I have been happy with the service provided and would be pleased to work with them again.

Tony Gabb, Director of Staffing and Learning

We work a great deal with Harris Hill. They understand our high expectations and they are focused on recruiting the best professionals.

Mr Simon O’Grady - Principal of the British International School, Cairo

I want to thank everyone at Harris Hill for their support and hard work over the last few months - I will highly and actively recommend Harris Hill to employers to find people in the future.
My consultant was brilliant at arranging my interviews and kept me regularly updated through emails and phone calls about the progress of my application. Throughout the process I have felt incredibly well-supported, and even now that I have been offered a job abroad I know that the team at Harris Hill are available for further help whenever needed.
I have already recommended the agency to several friends and I would recommend signing up to anyone who is keen to find an excellent, supportive agency.

Helen Close, placement at The British International School, Cairo

As a candidate for a position in the Independent Education Sector, I have been most impressed by the services provided by Harris Hill. Their approach has been very positive, friendly and professional and I have felt very well supported throughout the application process. They were in constant communication with me at all times and provided excellent guidance through the interview stage. The team have a first class knowledge of the Independent Education Sector and were able to match my skills and experience with a number of suitable positions, which resulted in an excellent job offer. I would highly recommend them to other candidates and clients!

Jane Bedborough – St Margaret’s School, Bushey

During my PGCE year, I was referred to Harris Hill by a colleague on the back of the good service they had brought her and arranged to go for an introductory interview.
During the interview, I felt the consultants were making a real effort to get to know me and the sort of school I was interested in and, as a result, I trusted them completely when they recommended a teaching position at an independent prep school in Buckinghamshire. A further interview in preparation for going to the school to teach two lessons and meet the Head was invaluable. They shared their expertise and settled my nerves, which allowed me to go to the school interview full of confidence and with a strategy for success.
Working with Harris Hill took so much stress out of the job application process (much needed during such a stressful year!) and I would thoroughly recommend them.

Ben Rowan, placement at Caldicott

As a Head, I have used Harris Hill’s services throughout the past five years. I have worked closely with Devra Farhi, and found her to be thoroughly professional and helpful on all occasions. Devra has worked hard to get to know my school, and she has provided me with a broad selection of suitably qualified teachers for the positions that I have been seeking to fill. I have appointed a number of the candidates she has presented very successfully. I definitely found that Harris Hill has been money well spent. I look forward to continuing to work with the education team, and I highly recommend their services to others.

Jo-Anne Duncan, Headmistress: Princess Helena College

As a Headmaster, I have recently used Harris Hill for my recruitment needs. It was refreshing to know that the consultant disclosed every piece of information that they found out about a particular candidate. They had misgivings about a candidate when the verbal references did not correspond with the written ones. Harris Hill notified me immediately, even when I was away during an exeat weekend, advising me against interviewing the candidate.

Harris Hill nevertheless continued their thorough search and found an excellent candidate, whom I subsequently appointed. I was delighted with their professionalism and expert service.

I will definitely use Harris Hill again and recommend their services to other Independent Schools.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster: Papplewick School

When I was first approached by Harris Hill at the recruitment fair at Roehampton University, I had no idea the journey it would lead me on. My consultant was open, friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly listened to the kind of career I had in mind. He immediately suggested a school which quite frankly, encompassed every tick on my wish list. After exchanging information, I had an email in my inbox by the time I got home. I was able to start the process of applying immediately.

Lucy Brand, placement at The British International School, Cairo

I am grateful to the staff at Harris Hill with whom I had contact over the last few weeks, who were extremely courteous, professional and efficient. Calls and emails were returned promptly and communication was clear and accurate. It seemed to me that the requirements of both parties, client and applicant, were balanced very carefully and the negotiations were handled sensitively and effectively. I was impressed throughout the process.

Mary Memarzia, placement at Bellerby’s College

My experience of the service provided by Harris Hill, and Devra Farhi in particular, is that she takes the trouble to vet the candidates very carefully before putting forward their CVs and so I don’t have to look at many options before finding someone I know that I would like to interview. I have been happy to go back to Harris Hill again and again and they have successfully placed several teachers at Emanuel who have gone on to really thrive here. Their success rate, combined with a high level of personal service, is rare in the industry and that is why I am happy to recommend this agency to other Heads.

Mark Hanley-Browne, Headmaster: Emanuel School

The consultants at Harris Hill are really knowledgeable about Independent schools. Their understanding of the Independent Sector is first class. They take great interest in you in order to match your skills to suitable positions. They gave me really useful advice and helpful interview preparation, which I am very appreciative of. I can highly recommend their service. Thank you Harris Hill for finding me a teaching role that I am so happy in!

Sarah Pawley – Princess Helena School

I am delighted with the professional way that Harris Hill has worked with Caldicott.

Simon Doggart, Headmaster, Caldicott

Harris Hill have provided us at Greenfield Community School with an excellent service, both in terms of candidates secured, but also in respect to their prompt and effective communication.

Gary Mallon, Head of Primary, Greenfield Community School

Harris Hill really took the time to get to know me and exactly what I was looking for in my next job. They interviewed me and we went through my CV and talked about subject, location and type of school I was looking for. After that we were in regular contact with job opportunities and I knew exactly what was happening with all job possibilities at all times. It was clear that they had well established contacts in some very prestigious schools. Very shortly I was offered an interview at one of the schools and Devra took time to give me interview preparation. I'm delighted to say that I only needed one interview as I was offered the job, which Harris Hill was instrumental in. I have no hesitation in recommending Harris Hill.

Linda Kelly – Marymount School

I found Harris Hill to be both professional and personable in every way. Their service was expert and friendly, and they took the time to get to know me and find out exactly what I was looking for. They have a wonderful knack of making people feel special, welcome, valued and important. I am quite a shy person at heart (believe it or not) yet they brought out the fun side of me because I felt so at ease in their company. I was aided throughout the entire recruitment process and felt able to call on Harris Hill whenever required. I am currently working in a fantastic Independent School which Harris Hill found for me and I am extremely happy. I am very grateful for Harris Hill and couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

Lucinda Coulton - Queen’s Gate

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