Director of Academics, Thailand

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Headstart International School PhuketThailand

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Start date: January or April 2019 (Negotiable)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

School Details – 

At HeadStart we aim to stimulate students’ minds, as well as to encourage them to push beyond perceived traditional academic boundaries. It is our intention that through employing dedicated, enthusiastic and inspiring teachers, we will enthuse all our students to reach their potential and exceed expectations. We deliver a well-rounded personalised educational experience. We pride ourselves in being a community school, emphasising individual learning.

HeadStart is based in the centre of Phuket Island and gained ‘International School’ status in 2010. We are now a fully accredited International School with The Education Development Trust, having been awarded the International Schools Quality Mark (ISQM). The most recent accreditation showed the school to be a ‘Good School with Outstanding Features’.

We have been offering Cambridge qualifications throughout all Key Stages and iGCSEs for many years. The school now has over 650 students on roll and is oversubscribed in most year groups.

In August 2015 the school entered the latest phase in its exciting and rapid development when we moved into to a new state of the art campus. As part of the move to the new school, we also opened our Sixth-Form and had the first cohort completing their A Level examinations in 2017. Some of these students have been with HeadStart since the very beginning and have now graduated to worldwide universities.

Director of Academics –

We are seeking to appoint, as soon as possible, between January and April 2019, an inspirational Director of Academics who will support the Headmaster & the Heads of the Primary and Secondary phases of the school towards achieving a gold (outstanding) accreditation in May 2020.

The candidate should have a wide range of experience in educational leadership and experience in academic matters including leading curriculum change, formulating school development plans alongside key stake holders and significant experience of school information management systems and Cambridge examinations.

It is essential to have proven people management skills and the ability to work with key stakeholders.

The candidate will be available to start work between 7th January 2019  and 22nd of April 2019 due to the promotion of the existing post holder.

Requirements / Application Details – 

Essential Requirements:

· Several years teachers experience in a British Curriculum School

· Previous experience in an international school setting

· Previously held roles within school leadership/management

· Evidence of driving forward school improvement through a leadership role

· Available for a January or April 2019 start, exact timing of start date can be negotiated at interview

· A recognised teaching qualification, BEd., PGCE, iPGCSE or Equivalent

· Native-level English speaker

Desirable Requirements:

· Previous experience in Thailand

· Masters level qualification in Education

· Experience of working with the Education Development Trust in terms of school accreditation 

Remuneration Package:

(Full details of salary package and terms and conditions will be sent to short-listed candidates)

· Private medical insurance 

· 2 year renewable contract

· Short-Term Accommodation on arrival to help the settling process

· Free lunch and beverages during the school day

· Significant end of contract bonuses.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should complete the HeadStart Application form which is attached to this post (or available to download from our School Website) and submit this along with their CV and Covering Letter to:

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd November 2018; however, we encourage early applications and reserve the right to make an appointment to the ideal candidate before this date.

PLEASE NOTE: HeadStart International School is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post-holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS (in the UK) or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence.

Shortlisted candidates will be sent full salary details and be invited for interview (via Skype).

For further details please visit our school website at: 


We do not except applications from candidates with only a TEFL or equivalent qualification.

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More about Headstart International School Phuket
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: 39/99 Moo 4, Vichitsongkram Road, Soi Na Seau 1, T.Vichit, A.Muang, 83000,, Thailand
Telephone: +66 7661 2875
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