Head of Secondary, Dubai

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GEMS Wellington AcademyDubai

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018 (or sooner, if possible)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation

About the School: 

Opened in 2011, GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis (WSO) is a Premium British School located in a prestigious area of Dubai. The school already has over 4200 students from FS1 to Y12; although WSO is large, it is effectively broken down into much smaller sections. There are currently 2880 in the Primary School, which is at full capacity. The Secondary School has a current roll of 1366 with the KS3 years near to full capacity. Each School occupies its own building across the WSO, which can accommodate over 6000 students at full capacity.   


The WSO focus is ‘World Class – World Ready’; to support this, we have truly world class and stunning facilities – a simply superb environment for the students to grow, learn and succeed. Virtually all teaching staff are either British or Irish; they operate at a very high level of expectations in teaching and professional development.    

First and foremost, WSO is a very caring and happy place; philosophically, nothing matters more than the children’s happiness and safety. We deliver British curriculum from the Foundation Stages through to Year 11. At post-16, we offer the IB, with pathways to study either the Diploma Programme or the Career Related Programme. University success rates are high, with the (i)GCSE results easily exceeding UK averages. WSO demonstrated exceptional levels of innovation both in technology and its pedagogy; therefore, some of the best practice from across the world is blended into our programme. A significant emphasis is placed on the co-curricular programme; in particular, performing arts, sport and outdoor education.

The Role:  

There are few Schools in the world which offer this type of opportunity for experience and progression. We are looking to appoint an outstanding and exceptional Head of Secondary. 

The successful candidate will play a major role on the Executive Leadership Team supporting the Principal/CEO in leading the whole school strategically, operationally and financially.  

 The Head of Secondary provides day to day leadership and management to ensure effective delivery of quality education. Responsibilities will include operational leadership, academic performance management, pastoral care, involvement in staff recruitment, inductions and training.    

The current post holder has secured a most prestigious role with the International Baccalaureate. It is hoped that the successful applicant will take up this new post in September 2018, or sooner if possible.    

To be considered for this role, candidates must:  

• Be an effective and dynamic leader (Head or exceptional Deputy) with a proven track record in school improvement; moreover, possessing real gravitas and presence within a school community.  

• Be rigorous in promoting excellence and developing commitment to high standards of care and opportunities for all.  

• Be able to demonstrate successful experience of leading and managing staff, promoting and developing approaches to learning.  

• Be able to demonstrate a comprehensive and confident knowledge of delivery at KS4 and post-16 (IB or A Level experience is essential). 

 • Be able to demonstrate genuine passion towards the wider co-curricular life of a school.    

Applicants will be fully qualified teachers with significant leadership experience, preferably within a UK curriculum environment.

The successful candidate will have clear communication skills both verbal & written and exceptional organisational skills. Refined interpersonal skills and experience of leading a large and high performing team are also vital.     

More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/gemswso-candididateinfo

Application Process:    

A very attractive overseas remuneration package is on offer to the successful candidate including tax free salary, accommodation allowance, VISA, joining airfare, annual return flight, medical cover and tuition fee concessions.     

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

To apply for these positions please visit our Careers site https://careers.gemseducation.com/ and apply online, ensuring you have uploaded an up-to-date CV, formal letter of application and recent photograph.    

Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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More about GEMS Wellington Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Silicon Oasis Campus, PO Box 49746, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 515 9000

GEMS Wellington Academy - Silicon Oasis opened in September 2011. It offers a uniquely crafted progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage, through an enriched and developed National Curriculum for England into personalised qualification pathwa...