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Head of Secondary

Al Ain AcademyUnited Arab Emirates

Aldar Academies is currently seeking a Head of Secondary at Al Ain Academy in Al Ain commencing September 2021.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful Aldar family of schools and to help shape the future of Abu Dhabi’s leading school group.

Al Ain Academy opened in September 2011 providing high quality education to the region. The children are taught the English National Curriculum – tailored to be meaningful to children living in Al Ain, alongside the local curriculum of Arabic, Islamic Studies and Social Studies. Facilities at the school are excellent and include a large astro-turf field, two swimming pools, well stocked library, a large multi-purpose sports hall, an auditorium and outdoor play areas.

We provide a warm, friendly and supportive environment where pupils enjoy learning and achieving in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.

The successful candidates will be closely aligned with our core values and ethos and possess a genuine understanding and appreciation of the values of the region.


The Head of Secondary is an executive member of the leadership team, reporting directly to the Principal. The lead administer for the secondary school, he/she oversees the academic, social and emotional welfare of students in Years 7 – 13. And is responsible for managing and reporting all issues concerning the secondary school including but not limited to curriculum, policies, procedures, staff health and welfare, communication. The Head of secondary plays a key role in putting Al Ain Academy mission into practice and contributes to the whole school development.

• To ensure a safe and secure environment that allows for appropriate social, emotional, and academic growth for all students.

• To ensure that the secondary school programme is compiled with the legal, financial and organisational structures of the institution.

• To Support the Principal in strategic planning and developing policies and procedures for the purpose of achieving the school’s vision, mission and goals, and compliance with accreditation guidelines, international education standards, local laws and regulations.

• To oversight of operational aspects of the secondary school ensuring development and quality assurance of the programme, including but not limited to curriculum development, extra- curricular activities, staff evaluation and development, information technology, timetabling, etc.

• To monitor the effectiveness of school practice and the impact on students learning, and is knowledgeable about current curriculum, instruction and assessment practice.

• Is an advocate and spokesperson for the school to all stakeholders and established strong lines of communication with teachers, parents and students.

• Is directly involved in the design and implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices.

• To ensure that staff are provided with the necessary resources and professional development for successful execution of their assigned duties and responsibilities.

• To work collaboratively with the other leadership team to address all school related matters. And ensure that all relevant operational structures, such as the master timetable supervision roster, etc, are effectively and efficiently designed and implemented.

• To    supervise    the    instructional   programmes   of the   school, evaluating lesson plans and observing lessons on regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and  development.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Minimum of a Bachelor degree and certification in Educational

• Teaching experience at UK secondary level is essential, experience
        in an international school is an advantage. 

Minimum Experience:

• Minimum of three years of UK secondary school administrative
       experience as Assistant/Associate Principal or Head of Division in
       an international school setting.

• Leadership experience in curriculum development, instructional
       strategies and standards-based assessment.

Job Specific Knowledge & Skills

• Knowledge of English curriculum and latest developments.

• Knowledge of UAE Ministry of Education and ADEK regulations
       relating to curriculum, assessment and compliance

• Recent relevant CPD

Personal/ Leadership Qualities :

• Commitment to the ideals of international education.

• Ability to prioritise projects and tasks, and to respond to simultaneous requests from various areas.

• Ability to initiate and manage change in the work environment.

• Ability to identify problems, achieve effective solutions, resolve
       conflict, motivate staff and foster collaboration, and promote
       sound decision making.

• Flexibility, patience and egalitarian approach


A covering letter and CV including details of two referees should be submitted via the TES website or via email to 

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