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Head of Science (Secondary)

International School of MilanMilan


is seeking to appoint a

Head of Science (Secondary)

to join us from September 2021

Candidates should be a well-qualified science specialist, committed to high standards, interested in using innovative approaches to learning and enthusiastic about promoting international understanding. IB experience is an advantage but as training will be given, not a necessity.

As interviews will be held on a rolling basis via Zoom and we are looking to appoint the right candidate as soon as we find them, we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. The successful candidate would be required to be in Milan for a week's INSET with other staff before term begins in September.

Our school

Founded in 1958, ISM caters for over 900 students from more than 60 nationalities. Our present campus opened in September 2013, incorporates a theatre, swimming pool and full-size gymnasium as well as specialist classrooms, labs, libraries, arts and music areas. All of our sections are fully authorised for International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes – Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Kindergarten to Grade 6; Middle Years Programme (MYP) from Grades 7 to 11; Diploma Programme (DP) in Grades 12 and 13. ISM is the most established IB world school in Italy and has an excellent record of results in the Diploma averaging 34/35 points. In addition, we opened our Boarding school in 2018 which has added immensely to the sense of family at ISM.

Our host city

Milan has long been considered the dynamo of the Italian economy and the country’s most cosmopolitan and forward-looking city. Located near the heart of Europe, it is extremely well-connected with three major airports and easy road and rail inks across the country and the continent.  Although Milan is a busy commercial centre, the artistic and cultural heritage of Italy is prominent, from galleries and theatres, to its fame as a global focus for fashion, design, nightlife, cuisine and lifestyle.  There is a history of sporting excellence and its location near the mountains, lakes and the Mediterranean Sea make it ideal for sporting activities as well as its renowned professional teams.

The position

We are seeking to appoint a Head of Science to join the Secondary School science team. The sciences are booming at ISM of late, having experienced a significant increase in science courses in the IB Diploma as well as related undergraduate applications. Our superb science team is made up of six teachers and a science technician, who operate across a suite of five laboratories. This role will also involve the teaching of a Science subject at Diploma level as well as the ability to teach a more general science course comprised of elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the 11-16 age range.

Essential characteristics for ISM applicants:

-      to be in possession of a university degree in a related subject and an appropriate teaching qualification

-       to be ready to lead a team of excellent science teachers with a clear focus on excellent outcomes for students.

-      to have had recent experience teaching the subject within the 11-19 age range

-     to be enthusiastic and passionate teachers/leaders. A love of the subject and the ability to convey this successfully to students is essential

-     to be an EU passport holder or already be in possession of a valid visa that enables to work in Italy. For exceptional candidates we will be able to support the visa process for non EU candidates.

Why work with us?

• A knowledgeable and talented staff body committed to supporting the very best in student achievement.

• IB professional development during employment

• A competitive salary

• 30 hours of free Italian language tuition

• Support settling in to Italy with our Relocation Agents

• Free lunches cooked freshly by our on-site team.

• 75% discount on tuition fees for teachers’ children

• The largest international campus in Italy and a school where teachers are respected as professionals and afforded autonomy to teach in the most innovative and effective ways.

• Possibility of living rent free in our Boarding school.

More information about the school can be found on our website at: https://www.internationalschoolofmilan.it 

or our TES employer page at:


The school is one of several very successful Italian schools belonging to ISE (International School of Europe) which in turn is part of Inspired (www.inspirededu.co.uk), a worldwide network of premium schools offering global best practice and professional development.

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should complete the standard TES application form via the TES “apply now/quick apply” link. When completing this application form, it is particularly important that candidates include the following:

• Supporting Statement (within the box provided) which clearly outlines why you are interested in the role and in the school;

• CV with photo (as an attached supporting document);

• Contact details of three referees (within the box provided), one of which must be the Head/Director from current/most recent appointment.

If there are any questions please feel free to contact the Headmaster at acallow@ism.it

The person appointed will be expected to start work in late August 2021(or as soon after as possible), before which date a criminal records check will need to be completed as part of our safer recruitment and child safeguarding policies.

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