Head of Secondary, Budapest, Hungary

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Britannica International SchoolBudapest, Hungary

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Start date: August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Inspire, Excel, Exceed

Contract term: Initially for two years but renewable

Are you a fully qualified teacher, with a relevant Bachelor degree and PGCE or BEd?

Do you have previous teaching and management experience in an international British style primary school, or do you know someone that does?

If so, you will be interested by this fantastic opportunity to join our successful International School in Budapest.

Britannica International School, Budapest (http://www.britannicaschool.hu/) is the longest established British School in Hungary. We cater for children from five to eighteen years of age. We have a thriving Primary Department and an excellent Secondary Department.

The foundation of our educational programme is the National Curriculum for England suitably enhanced to reflect our truly international nature. In the Secondary Department, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Advanced Subsidiary Levels (AS) and Advanced Levels (A Levels), provide graduating students with gold standard diplomas for entry to leading universities around the world including those at Oxford and Cambridge. In recent years our public examination scores have been above the UK national average and our A level grades have allowed our students to enter many prestigious universities, both in Hungary and abroad. The school is a registered Cambridge International Examinations Centre and a full member of the Council of International Schools.

The school is part of the Orbital Education group, an expanding group of international schools specialising in providing the English National Curriculum to an internationally diverse student population, between the ages of 3 and 18 years.

In addition to our school in Budapest, the Orbital Education group have schools in Mallorca-Spain, Slovenia, China, Russia, Ecuador, and the Middle East, with plans to develop schools in new regions across the globe. In this role, you would have opportunity to collaborate and work with teaching staff at other schools across the group, to support our students achieve their potential. After two years’ successful employment you would also have the option to be considered for roles at other schools across the group, providing the opportunity to progress your career while also seeing the world.

Living and Working in Budapest:

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s up and coming expat hotspot and an increasing number of people are relocating to Budapest each year. The Hungarian capital has all the things Western European cities have to offer – good quality of living, diverse culture and attractive job opportunities – with a much lower cost of living. You may wish to visit the following website, which compares the cost of living in different cities around the world.


The Position

The Head of Secondary reports directly to the Principal and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The Head of Secondary, helps to deliver the school's mission and vision, through the implementation and constant monitoring of the academic programmes. The Head of Secondary is accountable for standards within the secondary phase, including staff performance. As an English school specialising in the English National Curriculum to a diverse international student population, English as a First language is a crucial requirement for the candidate, and accordingly applications from native-level speakers of English will be preferred.

How to apply?

We invite applications from experienced and dynamic practitioners who have a proven track record of successful leadership, and a Secondary school background. We are seeking someone with a creative and innovative approach to Secondary education that achieves outstanding results and happy children.

The successful candidate will be an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team and play a key role in the development and implementation of the school’s strategic plan.

Applicants must have a relevant Bachelor degree from a reputable UK University (or equivalent), Qualified Teacher Status, with either a PGCE or BEd from the UK, and a minimum of 5 years Secondary school teaching experience, at least two of which must have been in a senior management position in an independent or international British style school.

Applicants should be committed and outstanding teaching practitioners, able to lead by example, possessing excellent IT, organisational and communication skills.

For more information please refer to the separate Job Description and Person Specification provided.

More detail about the ideal candidate and our offer can be found within the attached document.


Applications should be made by e-mail and include a covering letter addressed to Mr. Neil McGarry, School Principal, along with a colour photograph and an updated CV including the details of two referees, one of whom should be your most recent employer. Interested applicants should review the job profile and person specification, and ensure their covering letter highlights how their experience, knowledge and skills match those of the ideal candidate.

Applications should be sent to: Neil McGarry, School Principal, at neil.mcgarry@britannicaschool.hu copying in recruitment@orbital.education

Closing date:

The closing date for applications is 27th April 2018.

The school reserves the right to appoint before this deadline if the right candidate is found so early application is recommended. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone/skype for a brief conversation with Mr. Neil McGarry, School Principal.

First round interviews will be held in the week beginning 30th April 2018. If you have not been contacted by this date, please assume that, on this occasion, your application has not been shortlisted. Final stage interviews are anticipated to take place on the 24 & 25 May 2018.

Safer recruitment

Britannica International School, Budapest is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of its staff and stakeholders to share this commitment.

Appointment to this role is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and systems overseas. This position is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’, must be declared. We operate an equal opportunities policy.

Job location

More about Britannica International School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 18 years
Address: 1121 Budapest, Kakukk Utca 1-3, Hungary
Telephone: +36 14669794