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Head of Libraries

North London Collegiate School JejuJeju Island

North London Collegiate School Jeju seeks a Head of Libraries

Effective start date: August 2022 (although an earlier start date may be considered)

The School reserves the right to make an appointment before any deadline dates if a suitable candidate is found.

Proposed interview dates: w/c 13th December 2021

Closing date for Applications:  10th December 2021 09:00 GMT

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide recent video evidence of their library experience.

NLCS Jeju welcomes early applications and reserves the right to make an early appointment to the right candidate. Initial selection and interviews will occur shortly after receipt of the application.

An immensely exciting opportunity has arisen to join NLCS Jeju as Head of Libraries.  The Library is central to the school and the ethos of scholarship under both in  terms of location and ethos.  The Head of Libraries works closely with the Heads of Department and the Academic Societies which are student led and help to drive the development of scholarship.  We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and forward looking individual to lead a team of librarians in the main Senior School Library but also in the  Junior School (First School and  Lower School).  We are looking for a leader who will encourage student leadership in the library and will be responsive to the needs of our student body from age 4 to 18. The Head of Libraries has a strategic role in the school and is line managed by the Vice-Principal  (Academic).  


North London Collegiate School (UK) was founded in 1850 by Frances Mary Buss; her aim was to offer an academically ambitious education to girls, similar to that available to their brothers. The School has pioneered women’s education for over 160 years and remains among the highest achieving schools in the UK. Exam results regularly top the UK league tables and the School has repeatedly outperformed other prestigious schools in terms of Oxbridge success rates.

Unlike many UK independent schools, NLCS has a firm commitment to ensuring close links with its overseas branch schools. Every effort is made to replicate the ethos and standards of NLCS overseas. Wherever possible, staff for overseas schools are interviewed in London and by NLCS (UK) staff, as well as staff from our overseas schools. All teachers, once appointed, are invited to travel to London for induction and training at the UK school and this is generously funded by our partners.

Once an overseas branch is open, it is regularly monitored and inspected by the UK school, and close links are formed through pupil and staff exchanges, joint departmental projects, educational visits and extracurricular activities, such as videoconference debates and jointly produced student publications.

As the NLCS family of schools expands (with a further overseas school opened in Singapore in 2020), it is hoped that partnership activities will expand so that each school in the group develops links with the others. We also hope to see staff join the group in order to build their career with us and benefit from the many professional development and career-progression opportunities, which a group of world-class schools such as ours can offer.


North London Collegiate School Jeju is a large, thriving co-educational Day and Boarding School for students aged 4-18. Our curriculum and ambitious academic ethos, together with our extensive co-curricular programme, reflect the schools close links with NLCS in London, and provide a high quality British Independent School education in an international setting. 

The successful candidate will be a highly qualified, knowledgeable and inspiring professional able to deliver the highest standards of academic and pastoral provision. All NLCS Jeju staff are committed to the Guiding Principles of the school and contribute widely to the school life beyond their classroom. We expect our candidates to exhibit passion and love of literature as well as an understanding of language that will enable predominantly second language English learners to develop and achieve at the highest levels across all years as well as in IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme through the acquisition of Academic English to support their future learning. 

Our graduating students achieved an average IB Diploma score of 39 points in the last two years (substantially above the world average of 30) and 50% of students scored 40+ points. Our alumni are now attending some of the world’s leading universities, from Cambridge to Yale, from Stanford to LSE, from Oxford to Imperial, and beyond. 


Students take IGCSEs and then follow the IBDP. This will be supported by an extensive co-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.


Jeju Island, 130km off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula, is often described as one of Asia’s best-kept secrets. Jeju’s temperate climate, natural scenery and beaches make it a popular tourist destination for South Koreans as well as visitors from other parts of East Asia.

In 2007, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee listed Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes as a World Natural Heritage site. The island also possesses outstanding geological features and special properties as a habitat for a variety of rare and endangered species.

Jeju provides NLCS staff and their families with a safe, peaceful and breath-taking environment in which to live. The employment pages on the NLCS Jeju website contain further practical information about life in Jeju.


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

Competitive salary

Initial three year contract


Relocation costs

Annual return flights to home country

Health insurance

Tuition fees for eligible children


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Start date: August 2022

Contract term: Initial three-year fixed term contract

Contract type: Fixed Term

Closing date for applications: Monday 15th November 09:00 BST

All applicants must submit an application form, CV and cover letter addressed to the Principal, Ms Lynne Oldfield, outlining their suitability for the role via NLCS’ applicant tracking system. Applications submitted outside of the applicant tracking system will not be considered.  For more information on the application process, please visit:

All shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their teaching and references will be taken prior to interview.

The School reserves the right to make an appointment before the application deadline if a suitable candidate is selected. Early applications are therefore encouraged.

The School 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 asked to apply for an ICPC and/or other relevant police and/or background checks.

For copies of the School’s Recruitment, Selection, & Disclosure Policy and Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy, please visit the school’s website.

For more information about working within the NLCS family of schools, please visit:

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