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Head of Secondary School - International Secondary School-Khuzam

RAK AcademyUnited Arab Emirates

International Secondary School Khuzam (ISK) is part of the Ras Al Khaimah Academy (RAK Academy) family of schools. The school opened in 1975, and since then has provided excellent opportunities to young people, preparing them with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the modern world. They are a large and diverse community of learners, with students from over 80 countries.

The school works to guide and motivate every student to reach their full potential, offering academic and extra-curricular opportunities, rich and stimulating teaching, a dynamic curriculum, and excellent learning facilities. Every child is unique, with their own talents, interests, and potential.

Students aged 11-14 years follow Key Stage 3 of the English National Curriculum. From ages 14-16 years, students elect subjects to study for a range of IGCSEs. Students can then choose either A-Levels or the IB Diploma Programme for the final two years to prepare for university and life after school.

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Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Academy is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious schools in the United Arab Emirates. It is a not-for-profit, non-selective, coeducational school for students from Pre-KG to Grade 12 located in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. It was originally founded in 1975 to provide education for the children of British expatriates in the Emirate. Since 1988, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the school has evolved to cater for students of all nationalities and abilities.

“Learning excellence with a community heart" is RAK Academy’s core value with a strong belief that a ‘care’ ethos, combined with a deep respect for difference and diversity, is the foundation of all academic endeavour and success. The Academy commits, first and foremost, to do what is best for the student. The result is a world-class international education, with a choice of internationally recognized curricula.

Today RAK Academy welcomes over 2,700 students from 97 different nationalities. RAK Academy consists of five campuses situated across the Emirate, offering a British-style curriculum for primary age students, an international primary curriculum (IBPYP), as well as an international secondary curriculum (IGCSE, A/S Levels and IB Diploma).

RAK Academy benefits from 5 well-equipped campuses that offer world-class facilities to its young learners and ensures their wholesome development in a nurturing and safe learning environment. Student wellbeing is their top priority and that is reflected in the facilities their campuses have to offer. Together, its campuses offer 266 classrooms, 7 fully equipped ICT suites, 4 theatres, 5 art rooms, 5 well-stocked libraries and 5 music rooms offering an exposure to a variety of instruments. They also have 6 science labs and 3 design technology labs to nurture the inquisitive minds of their young learners, as well as 5 mosques.

RAK Academy believes that physical education is an important part of student well-being. Their physical education facilities include 4 small and 2 big indoor gymnasiums, 17 indoor and outdoor play areas, 2 swimming pools, 5 football fields, 7 basketball courts, and 1 tennis court.

The academy provides bus facilities for its students. In addition, they also have 5 on-campus clinics, an online uniform store, 6 canteens and 5 coffee shops.

Truly reflective of their endeavours to nurture their students into well-rounded individuals, their secondary students have graduated and moved on to join premier universities around the world, such as University of Waterloo, Zayed University, Durham University, University of Geneva, University College London, University of Virginia, University of Bath and Universiteit Van Amsterdam, to name but a few.

The Board and Executive Principal of RAK Academy are seeking to appoint an outstanding Head of Secondary School to lead International Secondary School Khuzam from August 2021. The Head of School will be expected to provide professional, highly effective leadership and management that will achieve outstanding results in all aspects of secondary school life. The Head promotes an inspiring vision and clear direction that is shared by all members of the school and the Senior Leadership Team. He/she will ensure that the school is managed and organised to meet its aims within specific budget requirements and is responsible for evaluating the school’s performance and identifying priorities for improvement.

The successful candidate will be joining an Academy group where students must be at the heart of everything they do. The post will be a demanding one; the students and staff need outstanding leadership in their very real journey towards the improvement and development of their school.

Ras Al Khaimah itself is a beautiful place to live and work, with a wide range of regional attractions. The local RAK community is supportive and appreciative of the academic demands placed on their children as a necessary pre-requisite of successful future life chances. RAK Academy wants to be at the heart of the community, and they are determined in this drive to make RAK Academy schools a regional asset for companies who wish to relocate with their employees’ families to this area.

Remuneration Package

● Attractive tax-free salary including housing allowance.

● Flights at the beginning and end of contract for employee, spouse and dependants 18 years and below.

● Medical coverage for employee, spouse and 2 dependent children 18 years and below.

● Annual travel allowance for employee, spouse and dependants 18 years old and below.

● Two free school places for children 18 years old and below.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at To apply for the post, please visit and submit your up-to-date CV and a letter of application quoting code ISK. The letter should incorporate how you meet the person specification, why you are applying for the position and what particular attributes and qualities you would bring to the role.

Key Dates

Closing date: 29 January 2021

First Round Interviews: 10 & 11 February 2021 (virtual)

Second Round Interviews: 15 & 16 February 2021 (virtual)

Final Round Interviews: 24 & 25 February 2021 (virtual)

RAK Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.

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