Deputy Head, Spain

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The British Council School, MadridSpain

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Start date: August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

The British Council School was established in Madrid in 1940, at a time when Europe was facing the challenge of the rise of fascism. The school has always offered a bilingual and bicultural education, underpinned by its objective to develop future citizens with the core values of loyalty, flexibility, resilience, caring and challenge. The school facilitates cultural relations engagement with key target audiences through a high-quality, bilingual and bi-cultural curriculum to a school community of 2,000 children from 2 to 18 years of age. The school is part of the British Council, the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities worldwide. It is an integral part of their work in Spain and one of their flagship instruments of cultural relations.

The British Council School is one of the most prestigious in Spain and was rated as outstanding in every category in its most recent BSO inspection. It achieves excellent results, both in Spanish and UK examination systems, and prepares its graduates to attend universities in Spain, the UK and around the world. Many of their more than 10,000 Alumni students - of both Spanish and other nationalities - have achieved significant professional recognition. The bond between the school and its students lasts a lifetime, thanks to the strong ties that it fosters during school life.

One of the School's main objectives is to enable students to demonstrate that they live and breathe the school's values, as well as the qualities required by universities and companies around the world, such as leadership, team work, negotiation skill and entrepreneurship.

The British Council has ambitious plans to open new British Council schools in other countries around the world, based on the Madrid model.

The School Board is currently seeking to appoint two outstanding professionals as Deputy Heads to support the Head in the leadership of the whole school. The new Deputy Heads will commence in August 2020 and will be expected to provide academic and pastoral leadership to the School, working closely with the senior and middle leaders and staff in the Early Years, Primary and Secondary sections. The successful candidates will need to have demonstrable experience of successful leadership in high-performing schools, either in the UK or internationally, and will need to be fluent in English with a good level of Spanish. While these roles will each have an individual focus on academic and pastoral leadership, they will be expected to work across and contribute to the whole life of the school.

For an initial, informal discussion about these opportunities, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at

To apply for the post, please visit the LSC Education website at quoting code BCSM.


Closing date: 3 February 2020

Preliminary interviews: 13, 14 February 2020 (by Skype)

Final interviews: 24, 25 February 2020 (in Madrid)

The British Council School Madrid 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.

More about The British Council School, Madrid
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Address: 5-7 Calle Solano, Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid, 28223, Spain. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +34 913 373 612
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DFE 6069|URN 142417|College Board School Code 792464

Head of School: Ms. Mercedes Hernandez Estrada


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