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Head of World Languages, Secondary School
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Head of World Languages, Secondary School

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La Côte International School Aubonne


Job type:
Full Time, Part Time, Permanent
Apply by:
12 January 2018

Job overview

Job Reference: 03932
Location: La Côte International School, Aubonne, Switzerland
Closing Date: 12/01/2018
Department: Academic
Hours Per week: Not Specified


  • Coach, mentor and help develop colleagues to be the best they can be.
  • Create meaningful accountability for outcomes.
  • Be an outstanding role model.
  • Lead transformational change in the World Languages Department.

Core requirements of the Post

  • Inspire trust and confidence in students, colleagues and parents;
  • Engage and motivate students to strive for high performance;
  • Be committed to a modern, inquiry-based, student-centred approach to education that inspires and engages students;
  • Have experience of using technology in the classroom to enhance and transform personalised  learning;
  • Help build strong teams and create the conditions for staff to learn from each other;
  • Continually strive to develop the quality of students’ learning;
  • Generate and execute action plans for year on year improvement in the school’s results in World languages;
  • Use the student tracking and monitoring process to advance student learning and enhance professional practice in line with the school's aspirations and priorities;
  • Contribute significantly to school improvement / development planning and promote the learning priorities of the school development plan;
  • Develop the curriculum and ensure continuity and progression through the Secondary school;
  • Maintain and develop links with the Primary school and ensure continuity and progression;
  • Develop and deploy resources to support high quality student learning;
  • Promote the wider aspirations and values of the school and of the World Languages Department.

Personal Skills

Teach students so that they achieve the best they can by:

  • Planning effective teaching programmes which provide exemplary learning; opportunities within and beyond the classroom;
  • Positively targeting and supporting individual learning needs;
  • Maintaining high levels of behaviour and discipline;
  • Effectively using homework and other extra-curricular learning opportunities;
  • Establishing a purposeful and safe learning environment;
  • Using technology to enhance and transform personalised learning opportunities.

Tracking, Assessment, Recording, Reporting

  • Make effective use of formative and summative assessment to plan challenging learning opportunities for all students;
  • Ensure data is collected and used to enhance teaching and learning;
  • Monitor and record students’ learning to ensure they remain on track to achieve challenging targets;
  • Report on progress to appropriate stakeholders.


  • Establish a purposeful and safe learning environment for all students;
  • Promote the progress and well-being of individual students in general;
    Contribute to the preparation of action plans and other support mechanisms;
  • Alert appropriate staff to problems experienced by students and make recommendations as to how these may be resolved;
  • Communicate effectively with parents of students, liaising with other staff as appropriate;
  • Take on the role of a Homeroom tutor as required.

Co-Curricular activities

  • Support the life of the school beyond the classroom;
  • Lead one or more agreed after school activities each week;
  • Participate in residential weeks and other trips as appropriate;
  • Contribute to whole school learning initiatives during term.

Other Requirements

  • Contribute positively to the morale and community spirit in the school;
  • Work effectively in different teams;
  • Assist in whole school marketing initiatives and contribute to the growth of the school;
  • Operate at all times within the stated policies and practices of the school;
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of good practice in teaching techniques;
  • Maintain subject(s) or specialism(s) to enable effective teaching;
  • Keep knowledge of wider curriculum developments up to date;
  • Undertake professional development to enhance teaching and students' learning, and apply outcomes and identify impact;
  • Share outcomes with colleagues
  • Meet responsibilities with regard to health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant legislation and conform to professional and ethical requirements;
  • Any other appropriate duties as allocated by members of the school’s leadership team.


Visa requirements for working in Switzerland – the successful candidate must be an EU citizen or hold a valid Swiss Permit B or C.

Background checking -  all post holders are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both Country of residence/birth and any Country of residence within the last 10 years.


About La Côte International School Aubonne

La Côte International School is a mixed, non-denominational all-through school situated in Aubonne, near Geneva and Lucerne in Switzerland. It delivers an English language education. Students are between the ages of 3-18, with a school roll of over 250 pupils across more than 30 different nationalities, supported by more than 40 teachers. It is a member of Nord Anglia Education Schools, a family of 42 international boarding and private schools in 15 different countries around the globe, educating a total of 34,000 pupils throughout all its schools. It works with a number of different forms of curriculum, including the English National Curriculum in the Early Years & Primary School stages, Bilingual French-English Swiss Maturité Stream and International Baccalaurates (IB) Middle Years and Diploma Programme.

The school has its origins in its first school Most-sur-Rolle, a school with seven members of staff teaching 42 pupils. The student roll doubled by the end of the school’s first academic year, encouraging them to open a secondary school to serve a growing community from a larger campus. It joined Nord Anglia Education’s family of premium schools in September 2011, and moved to its current purpose-built Aubonne campus in 2014.

Head of School

Wendy Ellis

Values and Vision

La Côte’s approach to learning is highly student-focused, recognising the diversity and individual strengths of each student to ensure that it teaches in a way that suits them best. Aiming to develop students as all-rounders, the school focuses on nurturing pupils’ personal, social and academic development to prepare them for a successful future.

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