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Head of Science - September 2021

Jumeirah CollegeUnited Arab Emirates

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The School

Jumeirah College is a GEMS Premium Secondary School which delivers the National Curriculum for England, offering the full range of GCSE and A level courses. Our student body is a dynamic international community of over 1,100 students from over 59 nationalities. We take pride in the development of the whole child, recognising the importance of developing cultural and global awareness.  We have a thriving enriched curriculum which provides a diverse range of activities, initiatives and charitable endeavours that both engage our student body and embed our philosophy of global awareness and world citizenship.  For more information please see our website.

The College has been repeatedly judged to be Outstanding in inspections. Although non-selective at admission, our students achieve exceptional exam results which compare to top UK schools.  In 2020 99.9% of GCSE results were 9-4 with 73% 9-7, and at A level 63% of all grades were A*/A with 88% A*/B. This success enables our students to move on to the very top universities around the world, including Cambridge, UCL, Stanford, Monash and Toronto. 

As one of the leading schools in the Middle East, Jumeirah College is the first-choice school for many families. The school has recently been awarded ‘World Class School’ status by the High-Performance Learning network and is a member of HMC, BSME and COBIS.  Jumeirah College has also formed a recent partnership with ArtsEd International to enable the further development of creativity across the curriculum. The success of the school has been repeatedly recognised with Jumeirah College being nominated for a series of awards, including being shortlisted as ‘International School of the Year’ by the TES. Jumeirah College is an inclusive school and will require applicants to be tolerant, inclusive and able to teach a diverse student body of culture, language, special need and highly able students.

About the Role

We are currently hiring an experienced Head of Science for Jumeirah College, Dubai. This appointment is for September 2021 start.  There is the possibility of a suitably qualified and experienced candidate being appointed to the role as a full member of SLT with whole school responsibilities in addition to the Head of Faculty role. Candidates are encouraged to identify their interest in this possibility and describe how their current role has prepared them for leadership at SLT level.

The successful candidate will be leading an exceptional department which is both extremely popular and successful. Despite the non-selective nature of the school in 2020 100% of GCSE candidates gained 9-4 with 96% achieving 9-7 and 50% achieving Grade 9s.  91% of A Level Biologists gained A*/B out of which 68% gained A*/A this gave the department a 1 in ALPS.  In A Level Chemistry 88% of students gained A*/B, out of which 64% gained A*/A.  In A Level Physics 87% gained A*/B, out of which 55% gained A*/A. The department has 11 purpose-built laboratory spaces, and phase 1 of a two-part upgrade to the facilities has just been completed.

The challenge for the successful applicant will be not only to maintain this level of success, but ensure the already high standards continue to rise. In addition to departmental responsibilities, the Head of Science sits on the Extended Senior Leadership Team, which meets once a month to help guide the direction of the College. The opportunities which Science present for students are central to the philosophy of the school. As a result, this appointment is crucial to the continued development of Jumeirah College.

What we offer:

  • Students that are enthusiastic and keen to learn in a positive environment.
  • Opportunity to work within a team of highly supportive and creative colleagues.
  • Excellent professional development and guidance
  • A school committed to doing the best for each and every one of its students.

If you meet the above criteria, are enthusiastic about teaching and learning and have the drive and passion to get the most from our students then we would very much welcome your application.

Teaching at GEMS is not just a job, it's a career. Our teachers enjoy free access to leading CPD programmes and have the opportunity to grow with the company on a global scale. With most of our leaders coming from within the GEMS network of schools, GEMS teachers are in a unique position to consider career opportunities across the world as we expand in to more and more countries.

Jumeirah College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students.  A UK enhanced DBS or equivalent police check is a pre-requisite for all appointments.

The successful applicants will have the following:

  • A certified teaching qualification with exceptional subject knowledge and experience of leading a high performing teaching team
  • Experience teaching GCSE and A-Level or equivalent.  We are seeking to appoint talented, highly motivated and well-qualified individuals. You should have a proven track record of outstanding learning and teaching
  • At least 2 years’ experience of the National Curriculum for England
  • To be considered for this post you must hold a B.Ed. or degree and PGCE / PGDE or equivalent. The successful applicant will possess the willingness to commit to Extra Curricular activities

As a teacher at Jumeriah College you can expect:

All positions attract an excellent remuneration package including:
Competitive tax-free salary, individual fully furnished accommodation, free schooling, private medical insurance, annual airfares to country of residence, and end of Service Gratuity.

GEMS Teachers also have free access to our loyalty app GEMS rewards which provides significant savings on day to day life in the UAE. We offer thousands of discounts and 2 for 1 offers on everything from flights, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets, making your salary go further and enhancing the opportunity to save whilst working overseas.

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