Definition of headship in English:



  • 1The position of leader or chief.

    • ‘There was still no law against Protestantism but Mary was using her headship of the church to dismiss married clerics.’
    • ‘The headship of the governments is upon the beast.’
    • ‘As per the proposal, every three years, the headship of the department would pass on to the peers and if any department had fewer than three professors, the headship would pass on to the Readers and so on.’
    • ‘No evidence was called as to the probability of her attaining a headship, or even the qualifications required for such a posting.’
    • ‘It is tragically true, that many men, Christian men, have abdicated their God-ordained calling in their homes and made it difficult for their wives lovingly to submit to their headship.’
    • ‘The supreme headship of the church was revoked by Parliament in December 1554 and acknowledgement made of the authority of the pope, who had sent Pole ‘to call us home again into the right way from whence we have all this long while wandered’.’
    • ‘Emperor Saga retired from the throne in 823 at the age of thirty-eight, the same year he awarded Kukai the headship of the monastery Toji for use as a Shingon training center in the Heian capital.’
    • ‘But the difference of course was that Henry VIII wasn't really interested in changing anything other than the headship of the church.’
    • ‘The separation of headship of state from the headship of government is a very important part of maintaining liberty.’
    • ‘I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband.’
    • ‘As some have suggested, Firth himself considered the possibility, which others of the ANU's founding fathers were pressing upon him, of assuming the inaugural headship of the institute.’
    • ‘Another reader accused of such an act was only asked to resign from headship of the department.’
    • ‘Ladki, the headship of a family does not pass to a daughter.’
    • ‘They suggest this could be achieved by rotating headship of departments.’
    • ‘Adam was the natural headship over the human race.’
    • ‘Evangelical ideals of husbands' headship as providers, leaders and decision-makers, and wives' subordination as helpmates and mothers were ideally matched to post-War ideals for family life.’
    • ‘It does appears that headships are filled quickly in Bolton.’
    • ‘‘There's a lot of evidence that in Bradford senior posts, including headships, are only getting one or two, or no applications,’ he said.’
    • ‘Scripture tells us that the husband is head of the wife, but we are also warned that the headship is of a special kind: ‘as Christ is the head of the church’.’
    • ‘Both men were told on Friday afternoon they would not be given headships and they are now considering their next career moves.’
    directorship, direction, governorship, governance, administration, jurisdiction, captaincy, superintendency, control, ascendancy, rule, command, power, mastery, domination, dominion, premiership, sovereignty
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    1. 1.1British The position of head teacher in a school.
      • ‘Under the headship of the neo-behaviorist Kenneth W. Spence, it led America in the production of psychology doctorates for many years.’
      • ‘Within weeks she was offered the headship of Sibford school in Oxfordshire.’
      • ‘The school has also gained specialist status as a technology college under his headship.’
      • ‘In my previous headship in Gloucestershire, I excluded a child for bringing a knife into school.’
      • ‘After Plato's death, the headship of the academy passed to a series of men who developed metaphysical and ethical systems inspired by the positive arguments contained in dialogues such as the Republic and the Phaedo.’
      • ‘It is his first headship and he says that Swindon is a good education authority to work for.’
      • ‘His tragic and isolated later years there were occupied in controversy over the rotation of the headship of his college.’
      • ‘It was her second headship after spending 10 years at another school in the city.’
      • ‘In charge of 1,000 pupils and 80 members of staff at the Park Avenue secondary school, she is finding her first headship an ‘exhilarating and exciting experience’.’
      • ‘They are in the clear majority in primary schools, but only half of heads are women, and in secondary schools, where half of staff are women, they only hold around one in four headships.’
      • ‘Her first headship was at Moorthorpe Girls School, near Hemsworth, West Yorkshire, and in 1968 she was made headteacher of Darfield Foulstone County Secondary School in South Yorkshire.’
      • ‘He joined Brentwood after headships at Bournemouth School and Arnold School in Blackpool.’
      • ‘He was assistant director of education at Lincolnshire County Council and headteacher later of Easingwold School in North Yorkshire, the school going on to win several national awards under his headship.’
      • ‘Among the improvements recommended were the re-establishment of the school's structure after the deputy head left to take up a headship at another school in December 2003.’
      • ‘Mrs Botham, a year five teacher, is set to leave the school to take up a headship at Sutton on the Forest PS.’
      • ‘A local head teacher will be jetting off to the Rugby World Cup in Australia this autumn, courtesy of former pupils, parents and friends who have joined forces to wish him well on his retirement from the headship of Holme Park School.’
      • ‘A new post, Directeur des Études, was instituted, as the academic headship of the school.’
      • ‘Miss Privett said he had achieved a considerable amount during his career and listed a string of credits which St Leonards had gained under his headship.’
      • ‘He became head teacher of Scarcroft School in 1939 before taking over the headship at Fishergate School in 1952.’
      • ‘The rest of his working life was concentrated on teaching children with special needs and his first headship was at Kingswood School in Corby.’