Assistant Head / IB Primary Years Programme Co-ordinator, Reading

Closing date:

The Abbey School ReadingReading

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020 (or earlier)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive salary reflecting qualifications and experience;
Contract term: Permanent

Assistant Head Junior School/IB Primary Years Programme Co-ordinator

Contract: Full Time, Permanent

Required: September 2020 (or earlier)

Salary : Competitive salary reflecting qualifications and experience;


We seek to appoint a forward-thinking, leader for this (new) key position, to help drive our thriving Junior School forward on the next stage of its journey. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced PYP practitioner to lead the implementation and authorisation of the programme within our school, in a way which builds on the School’s existing strengths.

The post will provide an excellent opportunity to develop your leadership and management skills as a member of The Junior School’s Leadership Team (JLT), responsible for both the strategic development of the school as well as assisting in its smooth day to day running.

With its 130+-year history as a pioneer in educating women, The Abbey combines impressive established strengths and bold ambitions, and is poised to embark on the next phase in its evolution. The Abbey has been at the forefront of girls’ education since its foundation in 1887 and our forward-looking principles remain as relevant today as they have ever been. 

As an IB World School, The Abbey is one of the best places in the world to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We have offered the IB Diploma Programme as one of the academic routes through our Sixth Form since 2008, and our students have achieved world-class results ever since. 

The School was rated exceptional or excellent in all areas in the latest Educational Quality Inspection by ISI in 2014 and was found to be meeting all standards in the Regulatory Compliance Inspection in 2018. 

The Junior School prides itself on professional and highly qualified teachers who are committed to inspiring students with a love of learning which form the foundation of a successful, lifelong, educational journey. Whilst our focus is on learning, our students attain at a high level and we value scholarship and depth of thought. The School’s educational philosophy is reflected in The Abbey Learner Profile (based on the IB Learner Profile), encouraging girls to think broadly, as well as deeply, to make connections, and to develop attributes that go beyond intellectual development and academic success. We promote positive emotional and mental health and well-being for our whole school community, and recognise that it has equal importance to our physical health. We believe that a self-aware, resilient child is one who will get the most out of the opportunities available to her, who will develop both academically and emotionally and who will grow into a young person able to embrace the opportunities and challenges that life offers.

We welcome students from a wide variety of cultures and nationalities and offer a bespoke, forward-looking programme of  learning and teaching that is underpinned by a spirit of curiosity, inquiry, collaboration and international-mindedness, with a focus on the process of learning as much as on the outcome.

Equal Opportunities

The Abbey School aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of qualifications and abilities, talent, personal qualities, skills and potential.  The Abbey School welcomes applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds and personal circumstances.  A detailed Equal Opportunities policy is available on request.

To find out more about our lively and well-resourced school and for a full job description please visit our website www.theabbey.co.uk on the work for us tab.

Interviews will only be arranged following our receipt of a completed application form.

Please apply via the Abbey Careers Portal completing an application form, uploading your CV and covering letter

Closing Date for Applications: 9am GMT Monday 24 February. Early application is encouraged as we may interview and appoint before the closing date.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.




More about The Abbey School Reading
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Denomination: Christian
Address: 17 Kendrick Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5DZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 118 9872256
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