Head of Drama and Acting - September 2020, Dubai

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GEMS Wellington Academy - Dubai Silicon OasisDubai

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive Tax Free Salary. Furnished accommodation. Flights. VISA. Medical Cover. Tuition fee concession for dependants.
Contract term: Fixed Term

When you join GEMS Education you join an international education company with a global network of International schools and over fifty years of education experience. GEMS Education is the leading Kindergarten to Grade 12 operator in the world educating over 110,000 children from 151 different nationalities. GEMS Education staff access the company’s professional development programme, one of the largest education training programmes in the world. This ensures the best possible academic outcomes as while ensuring that GEMS attracts and retains the highest staff calibre. To find out more about GEMS Education visit: www.gemseducation.com  

The School: 

Opening in 2011, GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis (WSO) is a Premium British School located in a prestigious area of Dubai. WSO has over 4000 students from FS1 to Y12; although WSO is large, it is effectively broken down into much smaller sections. There are currently 2880 in the Primary School, which is at full capacity. The Secondary School has a current roll of 1366 with the KS3 years near to full capacity. Each School occupies its own building within the Campus.

The WSO focus is ‘World Class – World Ready’; to support this, we have truly world-class and stunning facilities – a simply superb environment for the students to grow, learn and succeed. Virtually all teaching staff are either British or Irish; they operate at a very high level of expectations in teaching and professional development.

We deliver British curriculum from the Foundation Stages through to Year 11. At post-16, we offer the IB, with pathways to study either the Diploma Programme or the Career-Related Programme. University success rates are high, with the (i)GCSE results easily exceeding UK averages. WSO demonstrated exceptional levels of innovation both in technology and its pedagogy; therefore, some of the best practice from across the world is blended into our programme. A significant emphasis is placed on the co-curricular programme; in particular, performing arts, sport and outdoor education.


About the Role: 

We are looking for an outstanding Head of Department to join our Drama and Acting Faculty at GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis from September 2020.  

WSO is the GEMS Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts and Theatre Tech, with outstanding facilities, offering over 3000 students weekly Performing Arts lessons taught by trained professionals. As a Centre of Excellence, we have developed a bespoke partnership with the leading UK Drama Conservatoire, ArtsEd, to enhance our Performing Arts provision. Through this partnership, both students and staff have regular professional development opportunities, through Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance pathways.

As a Centre of Excellence for Performance and Theatre Tech, working alongside Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s outstanding Performing Arts school (ArtsEd) and United Dance Organisation (UDO), we are able to provide our students with a world-class Performing Arts education.

In order to continue to develop our world-class Performing Arts training at WSO we are now looking for an outstanding Head of Drama and Acting who is able to bring vocational, teaching and learning and leadership experience to the department. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced leader or an experienced drama/acting teacher looking for the next step in their career. You should be somebody who is looking to join a global leading company and a world-class international school.

You will be responsible for running a successful department and should have previous experience implementing outstanding teaching and learning practice both within the classroom and across a wider department setting.

We welcome applications from candidates driven to provide education at an exceptional level. GEMS teachers enjoy an outstanding school environment in which to deliver a dynamic and creative curriculum to motivated students.

Teaching at GEMS is not just a job, it’s a career. Our teachers enjoy free access to leading CPD programmes and have the opportunity to grow with the company on a global scale. With most of our leaders coming from within the GEMS network of schools, GEMS teachers are in a unique position to consider career opportunities across the world as we expand into more and more countries.

Successful applicants will have:

  • A B.Ed. or a Bachelor’s in a relevant subject alongside a PGCE / PGDE or equivalent
  • Exceptional subject knowledge, including knowledge/experience of Acting pathways including Acting for Screen
  • Proven Leadership qualities
  • Commitment to promote and support the vision, values and ethos of the Academy
  • Knowledge and understanding of what constitutes high-quality educational provision and how to secure it within the Academy
  • Possess drive, enthusiasm, determination and boundless energy to improve the life chances and experiences of students
  • Generate high expectations, enthusiasm and commitment from staff
  • Willingness to commit to extra rehearsals and support wider school events and performances. 

As a teacher at a GEMS School you can expect:

  • Students who are enthusiastic and keen to learn in a positive environment
  • The opportunity to work within a team of highly supportive and creative colleagues
  • Excellent professional development and guidance
  • A school committed to doing the best for each and every one of its students 

All positions attract an excellent remuneration package including: 

Competitive tax-free salary, individual fully furnished accommodation, free schooling, private medical insurance, annual airfares to country of residence and end of Service Gratuity. 

GEMS Teachers also have free access to our loyalty app GEMS rewards www.gemsrewards.com which provides significant savings on day to day life in the UAE. We offer thousands of discounts and 2 for 1 offers on everything from flights, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets, making your salary go further and enhancing the opportunity to save whilst working overseas.

More about GEMS Wellington Academy - Dubai Silicon Oasis
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Dubai Silicon Oasis, PO Box 49746, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +971 4 515 9000

GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis opened in September 2011. It offers a uniquely crafted progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage, through an enriched and developed National Curriculum for England into personalised qualification pathwa...