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Head of Lower School

The British School of Valencia - Secondary CampusValencia, Spain

The British School of Valencia is a British teaching institution located in the centre of the city of Valencia, founded in 1992. From the beginning it has sought to offer a distinct teaching model, basing its educational project on the two key pillars of respect and tolerance and where the pupils can continue with their ongoing personal development over their time at school. In addition it aims to ensure pupils’ consolidated learning in a foreign language from a very early age, responding to the growing demands of today’s society.

Initially the centre opened its doors only for primary school pupils, deciding to include a further academic level each school year. This model has allowed us to ensure the application of the teaching model we originally envisaged and continue to strive to improve. It is extremely satisfying to see how our pupils who started primary school with us, today having finished school, are now young people with an excellent academic and personal preparation who are able to tackle their university studies with confidence and enthusiasm.  We have now grown to a school with nearly 900 students and over 37 nationalities which has helped the school grow both in vision and values.

Recently acquired by the Cognita Group, this has allowed us to grow, develop and become part of a global network of schools.

Cognita’s network of 80+ schools across  3 continents, combined with our investment in the professional development of our people, means we can now offer continuous opportunities for professional development and career opportunities on a global scale.

We are now recruiting a Head of Lower School to start in September 2021. This is a full-time position and we are looking to appoint an energetic and enthusiastic individual to the position of Head of lower school. The key responsibility for this post will be helping to develop the school’s future strategy. 

The success of BSV is due to excellent, well-planned teaching, within an environment where pupils are both cared for and caring. 

Most importantly, we will look for candidates who thrive on responsibility and who are highly-skilled communicators with the ability to lead a team. The ability to inspire students and staff, and the willingness to support the ambition and values of BSV, will be of key importance. The successful candidate will be self-reliant, resilient and adaptable. 

The key skills we are looking for:

• Solid knowledge of the British Curriculum with appropriate British experience and qualifications.

• To be able to work effectively as part of a department in order to produce a rounded and exciting Early Years and primary curriculum.

• Able to track pupil progress, identifying under and high achieving and students and implementing intervention to enable students of all abilities and leaning styles.

• Provide feedback and communicate effectively with parents and pupils.

• Play a key role in the Senior Management Team, attending meetings as appropriate and contributing to the development of whole school strategy

Safeguarding: Cognita schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

 Diversity: Cognita’s success depends on our people. With 80+ schools in eight countries and our employees representing over 30 nationalities, the scope of our difference is a source of pride. We believe this diversity positively promotes global citizenship and reflects the value of contribution irrespective of one’s personal characteristics and/or background

 Equal opportunities:

Cognita is committed to preserving and promoting equality of opportunity in all aspects of the conduct of its business.

No member of staff or any applicant for employment with Cognita will be discriminated against, harassed or victimised because of their personal characteristics. Cognita expects all staff to comply with the letter and the spirit of its policy.

Closing date for applications will be 21st May 2021

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