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Job details
Employer International School of Aberdeen
Location Aberdeen City
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Permanent
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed
Job starts August 2018

ISA’s Board of Trustees is looking for an accomplished and dynamic educational leader to start in August 2018 and take the school forward in a new phase of its development.

ISA offers an internationally recognised education for boys and girls aged 3 to 18. Its aim is to provide every child with every opportunity to achieve their potential through an innovative curriculum, excellent staff, outstanding facilities, close partnership with parents and an involved community. The school has about 400 students from 31 nations, and more than 60 teachers.

Graduating students earn the ISA High School Diploma accredited by MSA. In grades 11 and 12 they also have the opportunity to enrol in the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, and ISA’s IBDP graduates have consistently scored above the international average. In addition, ISA is an IGCSE test centre. Academic achievement is highly prioritised, with a special emphasis on Modern Language study. Besides an extensive after-school programme of sports and activities ISA offers a range of student-run clubs and outdoor adventure and travel opportunities. Community service is also very important.

ISA occupies a spacious site about 3 miles from central Aberdeen – the oil capital of Europe – in a suburb in Royal Dee-side. The school was custom built in 2009, and facilities for academic teaching, the arts and sports are excellent.

The School’s website at provides further detailed information.

The Head of School is the Instructional Leader and Chief Executive Officer of ISA. He/she is responsible for the development of the school in accordance with sound principles of organisation, administration, supervision, instruction, plant management and business administration. The Head of School reports to the Board of Trustees.

Applicants must be graduates with appropriate academic qualifications and with successful school leadership experience (preferably, but not necessarily, to Head of School level), including international experience. The contract will be for an initial term of 3 years, renewable thereafter by mutual agreement. The successful candidate will be offered a highly competitive employment package commensurate with his/her experience and skills.

Suitably qualified candidates should send to David Cope of Search Associates – - all the items below collated together in a single pdf as an email attachment (to arrive as soon as possible, and no later than 8 November 2017)

  • a letter of application (no more than one page)
  • a CV (no more than two pages)
  • a statement of educational and leadership philosophy (no more than one page)
  • the names and full contact details of at least three professional referees (one of which should if possible be the leader of the applicant’s current organisation)
  • a good recent head-and-shoulders photo

Interviews are scheduled to take place during November/December 2017, with the final round in Aberdeen. However, ISA’s Board of Trustees reserves the option to invite selected candidates to interviews in advance of this schedule.

Closing date: 8 November 2017

Applications to:

About the employer

Information about International School of Aberdeen
Org type Mainstream School
Phase All-through
Funding status Independent
Gender Mixed
Age range 3 - 18 years
Denomination Non-denominational
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Locations and contacts

Pitfodels House
North Deeside Road
AB15 9PN
United Kingdom
+44 1224 865558