Founding Principal, Dubai

This job has expired

RGS Guildford DubaiDubai

Date posted:
Start date: August 2020 ideally
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

We are leading the search for the Founding Principal of RGS Guildford Dubai, opening in August 2021 in partnership with Cognita. 

This is an exciting, challenging and rewarding educational leadership opportunity. You will be creating and leading a branch of one of the most respected and successful schools in the UK, in a unique partnership with an outstanding global schools group. As the leader of this new British curriculum, coeducational school for children aged 3-18, your role will be to work with experienced colleagues and partners, and with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, to establish and then lead an innovative and outward looking school of the highest quality, and to do so with energy, pride and integrity.

The partnership between the RGS and Cognita to create this new school in Dubai is truly ground-breaking, bringing together two of the world’s leading educational organisations. The Royal Grammar School Guildford is one of the most prestigious independent day schools in the UK, with a national and international reputation for academic excellence. Cognita provides a uniquely global education that goes beyond grades to develop all-round academic excellence – equipping young people with the confidence and resourcefulness that prepares them to grow, thrive and find their success in a fast changing world. Collaboration, community and innovation are just some of the many principles that unite the RGS and Cognita. 

There is a great deal of excitement about RGS Guildford Dubai and what can be achieved. We consider it an honour to be working with two such inspiring and high-quality educational providers and we wholeheartedly commend this leadership opportunity to outstanding international educators with vision and drive.

We look forward to hearing from you.   

Interested candidates are positively encouraged to contact Jean Sullivan or Russell Speirs by email or telephone for an initial, confidential discussion:

Russell Speirs -  / +44 7879 607078 

Jean Sullivan -  / +44 7885 879887 

For further details, including an application form, please visit 

Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 14 October 2019.

The Royal Grammar School, Guildford and Cognita are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to a range of background checks, sight of original qualification certificates, satisfactory references and a medical.

More about RGS Guildford Dubai
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Tilal Al Ghaf, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. View in Google Maps
employer gallery photo 0
employer gallery photo 1
employer gallery photo 2
employer gallery photo 3
employer gallery photo 4
employer gallery photo 5
employer gallery photo 6

RGS Guildford Dubai will open in August 2021 as a coeducational day school, offering a British curriculum. The School will ultimately accommodate about 2,100 students from age 3 to 18, many of whom are expected to be expatriates. 

Location &...