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Head of Primary

Head of Primary

The British School Quito

Quito, Ecuador

  • Expired
Job type:
Full Time, Fixed Term
Start date:
15 August 2018
Apply by:
4 February 2018

Job overview

Are you a fully qualified teacher, with a relevant Bachelor degree from a reputable UK University, Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE or BEd from the UK), and with previous teaching and management experience in a maintained, independent or international British style primary school? If so, you will be interested in this fantastic opportunity to join our successful and growing school, as Head of Primary.

The opportunity to lead the primary team at British School Quito is rare and exciting and if you are seeking a role where you can work in a school that is both warm and welcoming and has a determined ambition to achieve its goals then I strongly encourage you to apply.

About the School

BSQ is Ecuador's only truly British international school, where the English National Curriculum is taught with strong links to local language and culture. We are proud of our joint British-Ecuadorian roots and have a very strong reputation in the local and international community. Our curriculum is student-centred, so that each individual can reach their full potential.

British School Quito is a foundation, with the sole purpose of providing education. We are an IB World School, accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools. We are licensed and accredited by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education. The school is located in the beautiful Cumbaya valley to the East of Quito and 20 minutes from the airport, a remarkable and wonderful place to live and learn. The Early Years, Primary and Secondary sections are all on one campus, which has rich local flora and fauna – hummingbirds are daily visitors to most areas. The school has an ICT lab, science laboratories, art and music facilities, a cafeteria, playgrounds, swimming pool and a sports field. We have a central library with an auditorium area for assemblies and productions.
The school forms part of the Orbital Education group, an expanding group of international schools providing a British Education to an internationally diverse student population.  In addition to our school in Quito, the Orbital group have schools in other culturally attractive and historically important destinations, such as Spain, Hungary, Russia, Shanghai, Slovenia and the Middle East, with exciting plans to develop schools in new regions across the globe.  As part of the Orbital group, our staff have the opportunity to work and collaborate with colleagues around the world, supporting them to achieve excellent outcomes and enabling their students to achieve their potential.  After two or more years’ successful employment, staff also have the opportunity to be considered for roles at other schools within the group, giving them the opportunity to see the world at the same time as progressing their career. 

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced and exceptional practitioner to join our team in Quito and share our passion for high expectations, but we are also looking for someone with a creative and innovative approach to primary education that achieves both outstanding results and happy children.
There are currently 200 children in our primary school from nursery to Year 6, with a growing role that is anticipated to continue. Our staff are UK qualified and have a rich range of experiences and talents. Our families are supportive and share the high ambitions of the leadership team for the school.
BSQ has already built its reputation on high quality and high standards and as such it has similarly high expectations of its staff.   The school therefore welcomes fully qualified, flexible, creative, student-centred teachers who will further enhance the quality of teaching and learning and also be prepared to contribute to the extra-curricular life of this busy school. Applicants are invited from teachers currently working in the UK maintained or independent school sectors and from those already posted overseas.

Applicants must have a relevant Bachelor degree from a reputable UK University, Qualified Teacher Status, with either a PGCE or BEd from the UK.  You should have previous teaching and management experience in a maintained, independent or international British style primary school, and experience of teaching the EYFS programme, English National Curriculum or IB courses as applicable to role.  Applications from fluent native-level speakers of English are preferred.

BSQ Teachers:

  • live and learn with respect and care for each other.
  • live and learn with a happy and welcoming attitude to everyone.
  • live and learn with an active and determined approach to our ambitions.


Applications -  If you have the experience and the desire to join us, then please submit your application to the Principal Mrs Emma Newman at by Sunday 4th February. You are also welcome to arrange an informal discussion about the role. Your application should be submitted by email and should include a CV with photograph, a letter of application and the names and email contacts of two referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer.

To apply, please submit your application to the Principal, Mrs Emma Newman at  

Closing date - Sunday 4th February 2018

Successful applicants at the first stage will be interviewed by Skype and the final short-listed candidate/s will be invited to Quito for an extended interview and programme of activities designed to ensure best fit both for the candidate and the school.

Skype interviews will take place during the week beginning February 5th with Quito visits during the week beginning February 19th

Prior to starting the post, the employee will have to present a current DBS certificate or Police Check from their current country of employment along with original and notarised copies of their qualifications. The school reserves the right to appoint before this deadline if the right candidate is found.

The British School Quito is committed to safeguarding children and young people.  All post-holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS (in the UK) or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence.


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Working in Quito, Ecuador gives colleagues an amazing opportunity to immerse themselves into the culture, with the natural wonders of the Amazon and Galápagos on their doorstep.

The British School Quito is an international quality, English language, British curriculum school with Ecuadorian Social Studies and Spanish as core subjects. The school has over 330 students from ages 3-18.

There is a full time bilingual assistant assigned to each Early Years and Primary class. Learning Assistance and ESL programs are available. Students in the primary school follow the UK National Curriculum core enriched with Ecuadorian and global content. Students in the secondary school follow the KS3 National Curriculum, IGCSE programs of study in years 10-11 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in years 12-13.

We are an IB World School, accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. We are licensed and accredited by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education.

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