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Deputy Principal (Head of Junior School)

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The British School in Colombo

Sri Lanka

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Job type:
Full Time, Fixed Term
Start date:
August 2018
Apply by:
10 January 2018

Job description

The British School in Colombo is an independent, co-educational day school which follows the National Curriculum for England.  The school serves an international pupil body with some 53 different nationalities although the majority of children are of Sri Lankan origin. The school employs both local and expatriate teachers.    There are currently 1400 pupils on roll with 750 in the Junior School. It is one of the leading British schools in the subcontinent, and has an enviable reputation for providing high quality education in a caring, nurturing environment.    

The school is seeking an outstanding educationalist to lead the Junior section of the school. The current Deputy Principal (Head of Junior School) has been with the school for 4 years and is now leaving to return to the UK.

The school is housed in modern, purpose-built accommodation with dedicated facilities for science, computer science, art, music drama and sport.  The professionally equipped Auditorium is used for assemblies and productions throughout the year.  There are also 2 libraries and a multi-media room for sole use by Junior School pupils.

Focussed on the principles of holistic education, child-centred excellence and inclusivity, the Junior School sets out to provide a broad educational experience in which all pupils are prepared for a successful and healthy future founded on mutual respect, self-discipline and a love of learning.  It is a school where children can experience many opportunities and develop confidence in a challenging and inspirational environment. 

The Deputy Principal (Head of Junior School) works closely with the Deputy Principal (Head of Senior School) to ensure continuity of learning, close co-operation between staff and the implementation of one school ethos.

See the school’s website www.britishschool.lk for further information.

The contract will be for an initial term of 3 years, renewable thereafter by mutual agreement of the Principal and the Deputy Principal (Head of Junior School). The successful candidate will be offered an attractive employment package commensurate with his/her experience and skills.   

Suitably qualified candidates should send to David Cope of Search Associates – dcope@searchassociates.com - all the items below, collated together in a single pdf, as an email attachment, to arrive as soon as possible and no later than 10 January 2018

  • a letter of application (no more than one page), outlining why the candidate wishes to apply for this position and what specific skills, qualities and experience he/she can offer
  • a CV (no more than two pages)
  • a statement of educational and leadership philosophy (no more than one page)
  • the names and full contact details of at least three professional referees (one of which should if possible be the leader of the applicant’s current organisation)
  • a good recent head-and-shoulders photo

Interviews will take place during the second half of January, with the final round in Colombo early in February. However, BSC reserves the option to invite selected candidates to interviews in advance of this schedule.

Closing date: 10 January 2018  

Further information from, and applications to:  dcope@searchassociates.com

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About The British School in Colombo

The British School in Colombo is one of the leading British schools in the subcontinent and has an enviable reputation for providing high-quality education in a caring and nurturing environment. Sri Lanka is a wonderful country, rated as one of the best tourist destinations in the world. The country has a tangible sense of optimism and this is reflected in our school. We are enthusiastic about our future and BSC will be an exciting place to work and develop professionally in the coming years.

There will be challenge and rewards here for teachers at all stages of their careers. We realize that teachers will apply to BSC for a number of possible reasons. However, what is the case is that successful teachers here usually have many things in common. First and foremost, they are enthusiastic and flexible. Teachers need to be willing to rise to a challenge of adapting both culturally and socially to a new and very different environment. Of course, Colombo provides a wonderful base from which to explore and travel both Sri Lanka and the wonderful richness of south and east Asia. However, successful teachers also recognize that the school provides an outstanding opportunity for them to develop professionally through not only their own work but by helping others to develop professionally too.

Education is vitally important in Sri Lanka and therefore, teachers are held in high esteem. Within our community, it is vital to be enthusiastic about teaching and learning and to recognize that successful teaching is a collaborative activity. Colombo is a somewhat chaotic and busy city, with a hot and humid tropical climate. Nevertheless, it is a culturally and socially vibrant place, boasting a wide range of cuisine and it is a wonderful centre from which to explore the sub-continent and South East Asia.

Before applying to any international school it is important to think carefully about whether the environment is right for you: this is no different in Colombo.  Those who arrive in this wonderful city with their eyes open and a willingness to take full advantage of what Sri Lanka has to offer will thoroughly enjoy their stay and, like many BSC colleagues, will wish to remain in the area for much longer than an initial contract. 

We are proud to be members of FOBISIA and teachers enjoy the many benefits that membership delivers.

Teachers are provided with

  • a generous tax-free salary
  • fully-furnished accommodation (no pets are allowed)
  • a utilities allowance
  • flight at start and end of the contract
  • an annual return flight to home country
  • full medical cover within Sri Lanka
  • freight allowance
  • an end-of-contract gratuity.

If you are interested in working with us, please complete the TES application form and attach a Letter of Application which should outline your teaching philosophy and explain why you would like to work at BSC.

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