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Assistant Headteacher - Academic (Senior School)

Assistant Headteacher - Academic (Senior School)

Tanglin Trust School


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Job type:
Full Time, Fixed Term
Apply by:
26 January 2018

Job overview

A leading British international school in Singapore seeks teachers with distinction.We provide expatriate students, aged 3 to 18, with high quality learning experiences in an environment that values both innovation and tradition. 

Assistant Headteacher - Academic (Senior School)

The successful applicant will be a member of the Senior School Leadership Team and contribute to the day-to-day management of the Senior School, as well as the development of Senior School policies, practices and procedures and the promotion of Tanglin Trust Senior School. He or she will also lead on several key whole School strategic academic responsibilities. This is a significant opportunity for existing or aspiring leaders to make their mark in a high achieving environment.

Closing date of application: Friday, 26 January 2018.

Please see ‘Work at Tanglin’ on our website at  for details of this position and information on how to apply.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to provide an Enhanced DBS disclosure certificate.

Tanglin Trust School  

CPE Registration No.: 196100114C  

Period of Registration: 7 June 2017 to 6 June 2023 

About Tanglin Trust School

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‘Tanglin Trust School Singapore has a long tradition of providing British-based learning with an international perspective.  At Tanglin we strive to make every individual feel valued, happy and successful.  Responsibility, enthusiasm and participation are actively encouraged and integrity is prized.  Working together in a safe, caring yet stimulating environment, we set high expectations whilst offering strong support, resulting in a community of lifelong learners who can contribute with confidence to our world.'

Strategic Focus:

Tanglin Trust School moves proudly toward its centenary in 2025. The school’s strategic plan: One School, Exciting Futures provides a clear direction for the school’s journey.  In doing so, we honour the past, embrace the present and aspire to the future. Our key strategic themes focus on:

  • Inspired Learners
  • Flourishing Individuals
  • Personal Best
  • Team Tanglin
  • Our People


Established in 1925, Tanglin Trust School is the oldest British international school in South East Asia. Tanglin is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and is registered as an educational charity.  Tanglin is a vibrant co-educational school of 2,800 students aged from 3 to 18 years, representing over 50 different nationalities.  The school is split into the Infant School (3-7 years); the Junior School (7-11 years), the Senior School (11-16 years), and the Sixth Form College (16-18 years).

Our Core Strengths:

  • Academic

Our academic curriculum utilises both British-based and  international learning programmes, organised through  subject disciplines within a strong academic framework. Planned progression within each discipline supports students  in broadening their knowledge and deepening their understanding of the world as they move through the school. Through their studies, Tanglin learners develop the skills  they will need for future success in self-directed lifelong  learning, namely: Critical and Creative Thinking • Communication • Social and Collaborative Skills • Self-Management • Research

  • Pastoral

At Tanglin, we continuously develop strategies and initiatives that keep us at the forefront of outstanding pastoral care.  A well-embedded pastoral system nurtures positive relationships and promotes an ethos that both values and  celebrates children as individuals while creating a strong sense of community. Drawing on available research from the field of Positive Psychology, the Lifeskills curriculum aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. Our Coordinated Wellbeing Services team – consisting of the Nursing team, Counselling team and Educational Psychologist  – provide additional specialist support, and can advise teachers and work with students as and when required.

  • Co-Curriculum

The co-curriculum programme is central to a student’s education at Tanglin. Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) play  a crucial part in all staff and students’ weekly schedules, and all staff are expected to be involved with the leading  and developing of co-curricular options, either in areas  associated with their subject specialism or in an area in  which they have experience or interest. Through The  Arts, Sport, academic enrichment, clubs and societies  and Outdoor Education, students’ learning is enriched  and developed. The co-curriculum is supported by significant time, resource and CPD opportunities, and staff are  encouraged to utilise and develop their personal passions  and hobbies.

Enhanced Curriculum:

Tanglin provides the English National Curriculum with an international perspective.  Tanglin's links with Singapore and Asia are increasingly woven into subject areas and key topics across the school to ensure students achieve international mindedness that will allow them to contribute to the world with confidence.  Drawing on professional and dynamic staff, Tanglin aims to nurture every individual to achieve their intellectual, spiritual, cultural, social and physical goals.

Pathway Options:

As students progress through the Key Stages of the English National Curriculum, they are presented with a widening choice of subjects that are taught by a dedicated team of subject specialists.  They are guided in making choices for GCSE and IGCSE courses with examinations normally taken at the end of Year 11.  Students then have the opportunity to select either the A Level or IB Diploma pathway in Years 12 and 13 with this choice being unique amongst Singapore schools. Students' examination results consistently surpass Singapore and global averages, with around 95% of graduates typically receiving their first or second choice university, which are among the best in the world.


Tanglin is inspected every year within the British Schools Overseas (BSO) framework, recognised by Ofsted.  Tanglin has been awarded ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible grade, in their latest inspections (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022).


Tanglin students are also encouraged to contribute actively to the local community, support social projects and participate in sustainable and long-term service commitments. A strong pastoral system nurtures positive relationships, promoting an ethos that values and celebrates students as individuals while fostering a strong sense of community.

Learner Profile:

Underpinning life at Tanglin are a set of ten attributes, closely aligned with the IB’s Learner Profile, which the school strives to develop in its students; balanced, caring, risk-takers, knowledgeable, resilient inquirers, communicators, principled, open-minded, thinkers and reflective.

We are looking for people who can bring new perspectives, life experiences and skills that will enrich our community and the learning of our students, both inside and outside the classroom.  If you share our vision and are keen to embrace the challenges and rewards of life in an established international school in Singapore, we would love to hear from you.

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