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Head of Expressive Arts

Head of Expressive Arts

Modern English School Cairo


  • Expired
Job type:
Full Time, Fixed Term

Job overview


Modern English School Cairo offers a dynamic and vibrant learning environment where members of the school community feel cared for, challenged and inspired, just as our school motto proclaims.

We are regarded as a top contender in international education in Egypt and the MENA region, maintaining a reputation for providing quality educational opportunities for our students for almost three decades.  With 2200 students from EYFS to the completion of Secondary school, most of our students are with us for their 14-year school journey then leave us to take up places at some of the best universities around the world, including the UK, US, Canada and Egypt. Our purpose is to prepare future generations of leaders though an enriched curriculum which balances academic, creative and social development of the individual.  We boast a teaching staff of 165 properly qualified teachers, capitalising on their varied professional and life experiences to inform an approach to teaching that best suits our context, our aims and the needs of our learners.  Our school campus is well-equipped and generously resourced; specialist classrooms and outdoor areas provide learning environments which are conducive to authentic engagement in learning.

We seek to recruit a highly-competent teacher of either Art (including Photography), Drama or Music to lead our successful Secondary Expressive Arts Department as HOD.  The Expressive Arts Department encompasses the following curriculum areas: Art, Photography, Drama/Theatre and Music.  The successful applicant will have leadership experience at Department level and be able to teach either Art, Drama or Music to IGCSE (CIE) as well as A Level and IBDP.   In additional to teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate will oversee the teaching team, curriculum planning, management of budget and resources etc.  He/She will also contribute significantly to the organisation of school-wide events including large scale productions and art exhibitions.  Please refer to the attached job description for more comprehensive details of this significant position of responsibility.

Alongside evident subject expertise, applicants ought to be confident in their use of technology in the classroom and have a sound understanding of how the study of Art, Music and Drama can help to advance critical thinking and independent learning skills.   We seek a Head of Department who can support students in developing their understanding of relevant content and skills across the creative arts subjects, as well as foster a genuine love for learning across the department.

Candidates should be talented, inspirational, adaptable, enthusiastic classroom leaders with a draw to an active school life in a vibrantly changing, exciting city.

Our benefits package includes:

  • Tax free salary in Pounds Sterling (25% paid in local currency at the bank exchange rate each month)
  • Monthly contribution to housing
  • Extensive support upon arrival in Cairo - a full induction programme including comprehensive assistance with sourcing and renting accommodation
  • Annual flight allowance
  • Free local and subsidised international health insurance
  • Free education for dependent children
  • Settling-in allowance
  • July & August vacation (paid)
  • Free transportation to and from school
  • End of service gratuity
  • Access to relevant professional development
  • A comprehensive programme of support for NQTs
  • An opportunity to be part of a very professional team of educators

More comprehensive details of our benefits package, including salary, will be sent to those shortlisted for interview.  MES Cairo is committed to safe recruitment practices; thorough reference and security checks are undertaken on all successful candidates.

You can learn more about our school via our website, or by following Modern English School Cairo on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.  To express your interest in joining our teaching staff please access our online application portal at:

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About Modern English School Cairo

A BSO ‘Outstanding School’, Modern English School Cairo was established in 1990 with just 26 students; today the school population stands at 2300+ students, and a staff of 180+ properly qualified and highly competent teachers. MES Cairo has gained an array of significant awards, memberships and accreditations. It is fully accredited by BSME (British Schools in the Middle East), BSO (British Schools Overseas), COBIS, MSA (Middle States Association) and certified as an IBO World School. A member of ECIS, NESA, COBIS and BSME, MES Cairo is a multi-national, co-educational, English-language medium, international school that caters for students from Foundation Stage One to Secondary (Year/Grade 12).

Our well-resourced Foundation Stage provides an excellent start for formal education with the Early Years goals at its core. Students then progress to a curriculum based on the highly regarded National Curriculum of England (KS1 and KS2). Primary children follow a learning programme similar to that of a good progressive British school, with the addition of French, Arabic and Religious Studies. Students learn via the best of both modern and well-established teaching techniques, with great importance placed on the creation and use of a stimulating learning environment. Having the expertise of specialist French, PE, Music, Computing and Special Educational Needs teachers further strengthens our Primary School. When students have completed their Primary education, they are well prepared for the further challenges that Secondary education will bring.

A broad and balanced curriculum is offered within all three curricula areas of our Secondary section: British (Y7-12: KS3 followed by IGCSEs, then AS/A Levels), American Section (G7-12: Middle School followed by High School Diploma and Advanced Placement courses) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP11-12). Students select options from a range of subjects to suit their interests and specialisms. We boast specialist Science Labs, Computer facilities, drama studios, art studios, music rooms, and a fully equipped Design and Technology workshop. Arabic and Religious Studies are taught throughout the school. Our students are very well prepared for higher education, achieving excellent results in external examinations compared to national and global standards; they go on to study at some of the best universities in the world.

The school is located on an impressive 32,500m2 landscaped campus in the clean and well-positioned suburb of New Cairo. The campus architecture is designed to promote a family atmosphere. The sports complex contains volleyball and basketball courts, two heated and covered swimming pools, a full-size football pitch, all-weather athletics track, gymnasium, weights and cardio room and a dance studio. A 400-seat theatre, three large multi-purpose halls and three well-resourced libraries support the pursuit of providing quality teaching and learning on campus.

At MES Cairo our mission is to care for, challenge and inspire our students. Our Graduate Profile promotes mutual respect, broadmindedness and understanding amongst people of all nationalities and cultures. The staff and students strive to embody these qualities in their day-to-day lives.

Our community of teachers, students and their parents is committed to high standards and continued success. We provide ongoing support for teachers and ample opportunity for quality continuing professional development and experience, committed to the importance of lifelong learning for all. The school has a reputation for excellence and we work hard to maintain this by recruiting suitably qualified teachers of high calibre and endearing personality.

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