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Head of Secondary

  • Dubai

GEMS Education

About the Role

We are delighted to announce the opening of a brand-new UK curriculum school in Dubai for September 2023. The School will be located in Al Waha, Dubai, very close to Sustainable City as well as many other attractive, expat Communities along the Al Qudra Road area. It will follow an established GEMS brand, with unique features at a great fee point.

All teaching and leadership staff will be UK-qualified and experienced international school teachers and leaders. The school will open for learners from FS1 to Year 8 in the founding year, growing subsequently each year to offer a through school curriculum within six years from its opening.

We are recruiting a Head of Secondary to join the team. The successful candidate will play a key role on the Executive Leadership Team supporting the set up of the Secondary School.

The Head of Secondary will support the Principal/CEO by contributing to and implementing the educational strategy through visionary and inclusive leadership. You will lead the day-to-day operations, overseeing all aspects relating to curriculum, teaching and learning and the pastoral welfare of the students.

Key Responsibilities Include:

• Supporting the Principal in the effective and efficient leadership and management of the secondary school
• Ensuring the smooth and effective day-to-day operations of the secondary phase
• Overseeing the development of the secondary curriculum
• Developing highly effective pastoral systems to ensure the overall personal and academic wellbeing of the students
• Ensuring high levels of student retention and being instrumental in all marketing activities to promote the school to the wider community
• Overseeing student progress and attainment through high quality teaching and learning
• Ensuring the effective use of assessment strategies and data across the secondary school to inform quality teaching and learning, curriculum development, target setting and ensure students are reaching their academic potential
• Embedding highly effective strategies and opportunities for parental engagement, including regular, high-quality communication between home and school (Pulse)

The successful candidate will:

• Be a vocational and inspirational educator who supports an inclusive learning environment, with the ability to raise standards for all students
• Have had successful experiences of leading and managing staff resulting in improved learning and student outcomes
• Be knowledgeable and confident of the recent developments relating to GCSE and A Level qualifications and other relevant external pathways
• Have extremely high standards and expectations for all, with excellence as the primary goal
• Be strategic and considered in their actions, with a proven track record in school improvement and self-evaluation processes
• Be someone who is visible within the school community, with presence and exuding gravitas both in their appearance and actions
• Believe strongly in and fully support the wider extra-curricular life of the school to develop fully rounded students

As a GEMS employee you can be guaranteed of an excellent, well-resourced professional environment, including working alongside highly driven, committed colleagues and polite and dedicated students. You will have access to significant further professional development opportunities not only at school level but also as part of the wider GEMS network.

Qualifications and Experience – The successful candidate will have significant middle and/or senior leadership experience and will have worked in NCfE schools for at least 7 years. You will also have a degree and Qualified Teacher Status. Further professional development in the form of NPQML / NPQSL or Masters in Education is desirable but not essential.

To apply for this position, please submit your full CV along with a Letter of Application outlining why you believe you have the skills, experience and attributes for the role.

About Your Benefits

All positions attract an excellent remuneration package including a competitive tax free salary, individual furnished accommodation, tuition fee concession, private medical insurance, annual airfare to country of residence, and end of Service Gratuity.

About GEMS

Trusted for over 60 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 170,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division.

To apply for this job please visit careers.gemseducation.com.

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