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Head of Department – Early Years (Montessori Nursery - FS2)

Cambridge Academy EthiopiaEthiopia

Cambridge Academy Ethiopia

Welcome to Cambridge Academy Ethiopia, an international school completing its first year of operation in the beautiful Ethiopian city of Addis Ababa. We aim to provide our students with an international experience that is unique, not just in Addis Ababa but across Ethiopia. We draw upon the best aspects of the British curriculum and blend it with modern, theme based, experiential learning all whilst meeting our local community needs. The school opened last year, welcoming children from Nursery to Year 10 and has grown into a good, international school with over 300 students. We are, however, ready to move into the next phase of our development which will see an increase in the development of our teaching and learning alongside the continued growth of our facilities and resources. These improvements are designed to enable us to move from being a good international school to an outstanding one that reflects the community and the stakeholders we represent.

Our ambition is for our school to be a hub for the local community where we offer, not only a first-class education, but also place for parents to meet, enjoy our rich array of facilities and to grow with the school, in partnership, as part of a wider Addis Ababa community.

Our students are taught by highly qualified teachers with excellent English, a passion for providing the best learning experiences and teaching children to grow and develop as independent learners. The strong emphasis we place on experiences outside of the traditional classroom and opportunities outside of school, both locally and internationally. At the heart of our school is a focus on individual, regional, national, and international values where a love of learning, discipline and mutual respect are paramount.

Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country and its second largest in terms of population. It has a unique cultural heritage, being the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church - one of the oldest Christian denominations.

Addis Ababa is a modern African city and the capital city of Ethiopia and the African Union and is often called the "African Capital" due to its historical, diplomatic, and political significance for the continent. It is in the geographic centre of the country. A greenbelt of forests and semi-subsistence cultivated land surrounds the city. This historically significant city in its enchanting mountain setting is recognized as one of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful cities. Addis Ababa was a symbol of African independence throughout the continent's colonial period and was a founder member of the United Nations and is the African base for many international organisations.

Cambridge Academy Ethiopia is looking to appoint an exceptional, fully qualified, Head of Department - Early Years (Montessori Nursery - FS2) to join the school management team.

Due to a significant increase in interest in the school and anticipated student numbers growth, we are seeking an accomplished, ambitious and adventurous Head of Department to further develop and lead our early years provision. We seek an accomplished early years practitioner who is adept and experienced at managing ‘learning through play’, continuous provision, free-flow learning and is sympathetic to the values of Montessori provision. The successful candidate will lead a department of specialist teachers.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Advise the Principal of Early Years & Primary on the aims and policies of the department and the resources required to implement these
  • Co-ordinate the preparation and development of programmes of study, teaching materials, teaching programmes, methods of teaching and assessment
  • Be accountable to the Principal of Early Years & Primary for the progress and attainment of students within the subject area
  • Contribute to quality assurance procedures in line with whole school policy including self-evaluation, the development planning and monitoring the work of the department
  • Be responsible for the department in relation to all relevant aspects of all regulatory and accreditation processes
  • Contribute to the selection for appointment and professional development of teachers including the induction and assessment of teachers to work in the department
  • Manage the devolved departmental budget to ensure department is appropriately resourced
  • Ensure the effective use of the department’s equipment, proper maintenance of the materials and fabric of the department and the observance of relevant health and safety regulations

For successful candidates, a competitive salary and benefits package are offered including an internationally competitive salary, school provided accommodation, medical insurance, annual flight allowance and end of service gratuity.

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