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Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

St. Paul's School

São Paulo, Brazil

  • Expired
Job type:
Full Time, Fixed Term
Start date:
End of July 2018
Apply by:
11 December 2017

Job overview

St. Paul’s was founded in 1926 and was the first school in South America to receive accreditation from the UK government as a British School Oversees. Fully coeducational, with about 1,000 pupils, aged from 3 to 18, it is a school with history and tradition, but which embraces innovation, contemporary values and the latest in digital learning. Pauleans are members of a caring community and are supported in their learning by the best in pastoral care. It is our aim to discover the passion and talents of every pupil, and create the right environment to develop these. Pupils leave us confident, assured and well prepared for an exciting life, and a multitude of opportunities, often at top universities both in Brazil and abroad. Pauleans are many things, but most of all they are themselves. It is this which prepares them for the unknown and an exciting life in the world beyond school.

We are a world-class school, and an international member of HMC and IAPS, and a member of COBIS and the LAHC. We are proud of our local, national and international reputation and we constantly strive to improve the opportunities for our pupils and staff. Our recent BSO inspection judged us as a leading British School overseas, and you can download the report from our website

Constantly seeking to improve our facilities, the school has undertaken an almost continuous programme of building works over the past 20 years as it has gradually grown; this includes extensive refurbishment and extension of the original school building, the creation of a sixth form centre and library and in August 2014 we opened our multimillion real underground state of the art sports centre. In February 2016 we inaugurated our new academic centre, which houses a learning resources suite, music and arts centre, music recording facilities, and 10 modern science laboratories. This exceptional facility places teaching and learning at the heart of the school.

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The school is seeking a highly motivated, inspirational and talented practitioner to lead our modern foreign languages department, building on and securing the future achievements of our pupils in their language learning.

At present French, Spanish and second language Portuguese are structured as separate departments, teaching language and culture to all pupils from Form 1 (Y7) to the Upper 6th (Y13).  French and Spanish are introduced at the end of Key Stage 3 and we offer IGCSE (for native and second language learners) in all three subjects. IB diploma courses in French, Spanish and Portuguese are offered at ab initio, language B and language A. Our pupils are natural linguists and almost all are awarded the bilingual diploma at the end of the sixth form.

All teachers should demonstrate a full commitment to the life of the school and are encouraged to pursue both their own professional development, as well as have an aspiration to help the school continue to develop and extend its reputation for excellence.

For expatriate staff the package is a two-year (renewable) contract that includes:

  • return flights (at the start and end of each contract)
  • luggage allowances (outbound and return)
  • visa expenses
  • pension scheme
  • health care plan
  • dental treatment
  • UK sterling salary allowance
  • accommodation

Please click here to apply for this position and for full job description.

Closing date: 11th December 2017 (9am UK time), but applications will be considered as they arrive and interviews may happen before this date.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The offer of the role would be made subject to receipt of satisfactory references, proof of relevant qualifications, identification checks and other safeguarding checks, an overseas check if appropriate and a pre-placement medical assessment. Proof of entitlement to work in Brazil is also required where necessary.

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About St. Paul's School

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+55 1 3087 3399

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St. Paul’s was the first British School to be established in São Paulo (Brazil) and continues to offer an Anglo-Brazilian curriculum, embracing the best of both cultures. As an all-through (ages 3-18) co-educational school, offering the IGCSE and IB courses to pupils, we are affiliated to a global network of top UK Schools through our membership of HMC (Head’s Conference) and COBIS (Council of British International Schools). Almost 100 years old, we draw on our proud heritage as the first British school in Latin America to be recognised as a British School Overseas (BSO) by the UK government. Yet, we look forward with creativity and confidence.

At St. Paul’s we always strive to be our better selves. We have the courage of our convictions, essential values, freedom to imagine and create. This is achieved through our high quality British and Brazilian holistic education which drives the personal and academic development of pupils, within a framework of a caring, inclusive and united community. Our commitment to broad educational experiences opens many opportunities for pupils who go on to leading universities in the United Kingdom, America and Brazil.

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