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Head of School

International School Ikast-BrandeDenmark

The Role

International School lkast-Brande has an exciting and challenging opportunity for an outstanding and international-minded school leader. Having celebrated 10 years of successful development and growth, we are now seeking to appoint a dynamic new Head of School to build upon the school's tremendous success to date. Key objectives include ensuring the highest standards of education and examination results, student well-being, staff development, raising the school's profile, and achieving sustainable financial targets through steady school growth.

The successful applicant will have the drive and vision to enhance student achievement, and the interpersonal skills required to work with a diverse school community: students, staff, and parents alike. The Head of School we are seeking will be highly visible and approachable. He/She should be a source of inspiration, innovative, and focused on enhancing our students' academic achievement, well-being, and opportunities beyond the classroom. The Head must be a firm and fair decision-maker, with the students' best interests at heart. The right candidate will be an outstanding leader and manager of people, with the capacity to motivate and empower a strong staff team.

About International School Ikast-Brande

International School lkast-Brande was founded in 2009 and swiftly became the leading international school in the area. Located in the heart of Denmark, in purpose-built facilities of outstanding architectural quality, ISIB is an inclusive school dedicated to providing a high-quality international education to families who relocate to Denmark, as well as to families in the surrounding area who want a rigorous and international education for their children. The Cambridge International Curriculum and IGCSE examinations, combined with the International Primary Curriculum, are our points of academic reference. We also offer Danish national examinations in the Danish language.  

We have approximately 200 students on roll, aged from 2 years 9 months to 17-year-olds, with a secondary section comprising approximately 70 students. ISIB is a big family with a strong community atmosphere. Our students represent over 30 nationalities, providing a rich and diverse school environment. 

ISIB students of all ages are confident and outgoing, and extremely positive about their school. Their parents are supportive and actively involved in the learning of their children. We encourage  our students to find a balance between academic success and other interests. We promote strong ethical principles to our students, empowering them to make good decisions for themselves. This creates a positive environment where self-discipline flourishes. Staff and students look forward to coming to school and working together each day.

To learn more about our school, please visit www.isib.dk. You can also find us on lnstagram (https:ljwww.instagram.com/isib.dk/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lSlkastBrande).

Denmark and lkast-Brande Municipality

Denmark is often referred to as the world's happiest country, famous for the concept of hygge ('cosiness and conviviality') and its strong social democracy. Denmark is an open, friendly country with a reputation for safety, a clean environment, and progressive thinking. A healthy work-life balance is important in Danish culture, and people enjoy varied outdoor activities in their free time: hiking and camping, cycling, sailing and other watersports, and enjoying the endless sandy beaches along the North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts. There are over 400 islands in the Danish archipelago, and the country is rich in forests, lakes, and charming historic towns.  

lkast is located in the centre of the country and enjoys excellent transport links by road and rail.  The lively town of Herning is ten minutes' drive away; the 'Danish Lake District' around Silkeborg  is within 30 minutes' drive; North Sea beaches can be reached in an hour, and Germany in a little over two hours. We also have easy access to nearby Billund airport with international connections across Europe and beyond. Midtjylland is a beautiful and dynamic region, famous for its independent 'can-do' attitude, as epitomized by the sporting success of FC Midtjylland, based in Herning. lkast-Brande Municipality is home to leading multinational companies such as Siemens and Bestseller, and is the heartland of the Danish textile industry, as well as being home to numerous entrepreneurs and start-ups.  

lkast's community is the ideal place for a family and an exciting new adventure for travellers.  There are many international forums and groups to help newcomers settle and meet people.  Most Danes speak excellent English, and Danish is a fun language to learn.  

Requirements

Please see attached job description and person specification for further detail.

Application

If you think you have the skills, expertise, and personal qualities to guide our school forward through its next phase of development, we would be delighted to hear from you. You will be at the centre of a vibrant environment, playing an important role in the lives of hundreds of students and parents. You will be a central member of the Senior Management Team, have access to extensive professional development, and be supported by a dedicated and experienced Board.

Completed applications should be sent no later than February 26th 2021. Candidates should send the following documentation to recruitment@isib.dk:

• a letter of application (no more than one page), briefly outlining why you wish to apply for this position and what specific skills, qualities, and experience you can offer the school

• a CV (no more than two pages)

• a statement of your educational and leadership philosophy (no more than one page)

• the names and full contact details (including current professional email addresses) of three professional referees

• a recent passport photo

Please address the application to Mr. Kurt Moeller Pedersen, Chairman of the Board.

For further queries about the application process, please contact Ms Kerry Bell, Deputy Head of School, at kerrybell@isib.dk

All applicants will receive an acknowledgement. Shortlisted applicants will be informed about the initial round of online interviews. Initial online interviews will take place using a suitable online platform from the first week in March 2021, with the final round of interviews (either online or in person in lkast, coronavirus restrictions permitting) to take place from the last week in March. The final selection process will be held in lkast the week commencing 19th April 2021. The ISIB Board reserves the right to appoint an appropriate candidate in advance of this schedule.

ISIB is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care. The school expects all applicants to share this commitment. All successful applicants are subject to an interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, and reference checks. 

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