Head of House (Assistant Principal), Singapore

Closing date:

North London Collegiate School (Singapore)Singapore

Date posted:
Start date: July 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

Head of House (Assistant Principal)

Start date: July 2020

Closing date:  15th November 2019

NLCS (Singapore) seeks enthusiastic and committed pastoral leaders as Head of House. The Heads of House will have responsibility for the social and academic progress of students in Grades 6 – 12 (Years 7 –13), and have oversight of their pastoral care. They will lead the teams of tutors and co-tutors within their houses, who have day-to-day responsibility for welfare and discipline in the Senior School. 

NLCS (Singapore) opens in August 2020, joining the NLCS family of schools. 


Founded in partnership with Sobha, North London Collegiate School (Singapore), will offer an academically ambitious education in keeping with the aspirational ethos of NLCS (UK). The School will provide the same impressive range of extra-curricular activities for which NLCS (UK), NLCS Jeju (South Korea) and NLCS Dubai are well known, and to foster well-rounded individuals who are capable of becoming leaders.  

This selective co-educational day school for students aged 3-18 years, will be built and funded by NLCS International’s partners, Sobha. The school will be purpose built, boasting impressive, state-of-the-art facilities.


The ethos of NLCS (Singapore) echoes that of NLCS (UK) – every effort is made to recreate the ethos of the UK ‘parent’ school, whilst taking into account and remaining sensitive to the local culture and context. 

The School aims to provide a first-rate ambitious academic education for every child, which inspires a life-long love of learning and gives the knowledge, attitudes and confidence to flourish. 

At North London Collegiate schools, academic success is gained, not through an emphasis on results, by creating an atmosphere of rigorous scholarship; students are encouraged to study beyond the examination syllabus in order to develop their intellectual independence and love of their subjects. The pastoral well-being is of the utmost importance and good relationships are fostered between students and staff, as well as between the students themselves. 

The extra-curricular life of NLCS schools is vibrant, both in academic and non-academic fields.  Students participate in a wide range of subject-focussed clubs and societies, from weekly book groups to Debating, to ‘Mad Scientists’ and ‘Model United Nations’. In the UK School, over forty academic clubs and societies operate weekly meetings and events, in order to give every opportunity for students to develop their intellectual curiosity, independence of thought and genuine love of subject; there are a large number of student-produced academic journals which reflect the particular interests of these societies.


The curriculum will reflect the academic ambition and aspirations of NLCS (UK), and schemes of work will broadly reflect the curriculum of NLCS (UK). This will be supported by an extensive extra-curricular programme of Sport, Music, Drama and other activities, which closely reflects that at NLCS (UK), are provided to enrich and broaden the education offered, developing the talents and confidence of students. 


Singapore is a thriving hub, and intriguing blend of Western modernity and traditional Asian culture. With a population of 5.6 million, Singapore is lauded for its rich culture and vibrant entertainment, and is a prime location for expatriates seeking a high quality of life and beautiful environment.

The Singaporean Government has invested in the education sector as a key priority to support the country’s economic development. With two universities in the top 100 in the world, Singapore’s higher education offer is considered to be one of the best in Asia. The international outlook within Singapore has led to international partnerships with universities offering joint degrees, research programmes and research collaboration; it also attracts 75,000 international students annually from around the world to study at their institutions.


NLCS (Singapore) is looking for dynamic and committed pastoral leaders with an outstanding record of accomplishment, to support and teach at the School as it opens in July 2020.  

The School operates a “vertical” pastoral system, within which the Heads of House are responsible for the well-being and academic progress of students in Grades 6 - 12. They will lead the teams of tutors and co-tutors within their houses, who have day-to-day responsibility for welfare and discipline of the students. They will produce weekly tutor notes, organise assemblies and raise agendas for pastoral meetings.

The Heads of House will meet weekly with the Vice Principal (Pastoral Care), individually and together with the other Heads of House, Head of Inclusion, Counsellor and members of teaching staff, to exchange information on pupils, contribute to the evaluation of the pastoral aspects of the School Development Plan and plan strategy for the future. They will work closely with the academic programme coordinators to ensure that pupils make excellent progress, that monitoring systems are robust, and interventions are effectively tailored to each pupil.

The Heads of House will develop close and productive working relationships with parents and will deal with concerns or complaints as they arise.

The successful candidates will work closely with the Vice Principal (Pastoral Care) in the organisation of the admissions process, including developing relationships with corporates and ‘feeder’ schools, organisation of the entrance assessments and the subsequent interviewing and selection of pupils. The Heads of House are also responsible for organising the induction programme for pupils joining the Middle and Upper Schools (and their parents).

As senior members of staff, they will be members of the Administration Team and attend weekly meetings; the Heads of House will also have responsibility for calendar entries relevant to Grades 6 - 12 and oversight of planning for key events.

The Heads of House will be responsible for helping to co-ordinate the PSHE programme, and will be expected to contribute to the teaching of this programme in the School. The Heads of House are each expected to teach approximately 21 periods per week.


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A competitive package will be offered to the successful candidate, which will include the following:

• Competitive salary

• Initial three year contract

• Accommodation 

• Relocation costs

• Annual return flights to home country 

• Health insurance

• Tuition fees for eligible children

Whilst we enjoy excellent facilities in a prime location, it is our people that will make our School such an inspirational place. If you are interested in joining our team please submit a completed application form, an up to date CV, and a covering letter of application that focuses on your personal educational philosophy.  Applications should be emailed to singaporerecruitment@nlcs.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 15th November 2019 12:00 GMT. However, please note that an appointment may be made prior to the closing date if an exceptional candidate is found.

NLCS [Singapore] is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to satisfactory enhanced background checks.

More about North London Collegiate School (Singapore)
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Depot Road, Singapore. View in Google Maps
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