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Assistant Head of Upper Elementary (Primary)

The Hamilton International SchoolQatar

About Hamilton  

The school offers an environment which is positive, caring, friendly and learner focused. We are building a team who are committed, enthusiastic and collaborative. We aspire to recruit teachers who not only support students, but support each other. We want you to thoroughly enjoy coming to school and making a difference to the lives of others. 

About the role: 

The Assistant Head of Upper Elementary will provide professional, highly effective leadership and management that will achieve outstanding results within the Elementary school. The Assistant Head of Upper Elementary will support, develop and empower the Elementary Phase, including Year Group Leaders, Teachers, Parents and Students. Under the direction of the Head of Elementary, the Assistant Head of Upper Elementary will play a crucial role supporting curriculum development, teaching and assessment practices and student achievement. The Assistant Head of Upper Elementary will be a proactive member of the Leadership Team, supporting Hamilton to be the school of choice for families in Doha. 

Key Duties and Areas of Responsibility 


  • With the support of the Head of Primary, the Assistant Head of Upper Elementary will support with the day-to-day management of the Elementary phase and to administer and supervise systems and routines to ensure the efficient operation of this section of the school within Grade 3 – Grade 5 (Year 4 – Year 6).
  • The Assistant Head of Upper Elementary will be part of an Academic Leadership team consisting of an Assistant Head of Elementary (Early Years) and an Assistant Head of Lower Elementary, KG2 – Grade 2 (Year 1 – Year 3).
  • Each Assistant Head has key areas of responsibility bespoke to each leader. This role includes:

A) Assessment and Reporting: Data analysis, pupil progress, tracking and reporting within the Elementary School. 

B) Curriculum: Curriculum mapping and leading our team of Elementary Curriculum Coordinators for the core subjects to meet international standards.

C) ECAs: Liaison for Elementary ECA matter in conjunctions with an ECA team.

D) Transition to Secondary School: Supporting curriculum transition to the Secondary School and supporting Secondary School as required with assessment and curriculum.

In addition, all Assistant Heads will be expected to:

  • To maintain an overview of the curriculum and keep up to date with any curriculum changes.
  • To provide professional leadership for the Elementary phase, ensuring the highest possible quality of education for students.  
  • To promote a positive and professional learning culture, inclusive of staff wellbeing. 
  • To support the continuous growth of a school which opened in August 2019, building on the excellent reputation it has established within Qatar.
  • Ensure the Elementary phase complies with MOEHE regulations.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic action plans, policies and whole school documentation.


  • Create ‘amazing learning’ opportunities for all students.Support Elementary School admissions processes in conjunction with the Admissions Team. 
  • Active development and fostering of positive relationships with students. 
  • Responsibility for morale and discipline standards withing the Elementary Phase.
  • Responsible for health and safety of Elementary School students, staff and visitors to this section of the school. 
  • Oversight of the Elementary curriculum, inclusive of the IEYC and IPC, and to work in conjunction with Subject Coordinators / Teams and Year Leaders to ensure successful teaching and learning is in place. 


  • Undertaking teaching duties as required by the Head of Elementary, specifically for cover.
  • Support cover arrangement for absent Primary teachers within the Phase
  • Be an excellent teaching role model, implementing practices successfully and consistently. 


  • Oversight of the Elementary curriculum policies and their implementation, including updating and introducing new curriculum initiatives. 
  • Maintenance of curriculum mapping within the Primary School 
  • Ensuring the regular reporting processes are adhered.
  • Play a key role in whole school accreditation for the Elementary Phase, including IPC and IEYC


  • Support with the provision of effective orientation and induction for new Elementary School staff 
  • Provision of professional and personal support and direction to Elementary staff in order to maximize the effective carrying out of their duties. 
  • Provision of timely advice to the Head of Elementary in matters pertaining to staff movement and deployment, and assistance in the recruitment of Elementary School staff. 
  • Ensuring the Elementary staff are given access to appropriate professional development. 
  • Maintaining open communication with staff 
  • Maintaining open communication in order to keep the Head of Elementary well informed about Elementary School matters. 
  • Support staff, and provide advice, in their interaction with parents. 
  • Ensure the quality of school reports and other written documentation sent home from the Elementary is of a premium standard.

Primary School Profile

  • Contribute to regular parent communication regarding Elementary matters. 
  • Assist in raising the profile of the Elementary phase and the whole school within the community. 
  • Ensuring that parental interest and participation in the Elementary is encouraged and that regular parent/teacher meetings occur. 
  • Maintaining a visible, approachable and welcoming profile for parents.
  • Support the development of school timetables and rotas for the Elementary school

Important Note:

Child Safeguarding and Protection  

THIS is fully committed to students’ safeguarding and protection. The selected applicants will be required to take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within our school, as well as adhere to and ensure compliance with The Hamilton International School’s child protection policies and procedures.  

Criminal Background Checks  

All successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory Criminal Background Checks covering the 10 years prior to their start date with the school; this will cover all countries of residence during that period.  

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