Head of Secondary (Grades 6-12), United Arab Emirates

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Al Dhafra Private SchoolUnited Arab Emirates

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Al Dhafra Private Schools are owned by Dhafir Group who are a highly successful and well-organized establishment based in the UAE. The group currently own 2 co-educational, all through schools based in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, which offer American and British curricula respectively.


Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi is a well-respected and popular 3-18 school with over 1500 students, meeting the needs of the local Emirati and diverse international community. The school is on a very exciting journey and has recently received a very positive Inspection Report from the Abu Dhabi Department for Education and Knowledge (ADEK). The school enjoys the benefits of dynamic, experienced leadership and management, a vibrant learning community, dedicated teachers and supportive governance. The school is located at the entrance to Abu Dhabi, perfectly situated to explore and experience the beauty of the emirates.

THE POST – Head of Secondary (Grades 6-12)

We are seeking to appoint a highly skilled, dedicated and experienced leader to join our whole school Senior Leadership Team. The successful candidate will be required to work collaboratively alongside a multi-cultural teaching and support team in our continued pursuit of excellence. The main aspects of the role will be to lead on and oversee the further strategic development and operational procedures of the Secondary Department (Grades 6-12), ensuring the quality of education provided to Al Dhafra students is as good as it can be. The Head of Secondary will also be required to work extremely closely with the Primary team, to facilitate seamless transition between the phases. This opportunity is ideal for someone who is already a senior leader or experienced middle leader looking for the next progression in his/her career.

We invite applications from individuals who are able to:

  • Support and create an environment in which their team members can flourish;
  • Foster a ‘can do’ attitude amongst colleagues and are prepared to lead by example;
  • Plan strategically, with the students interests at the forefront of everything they do;
  • Promote a real sense of family community through working in partnership with all stakeholders;
  • Support their own and their colleagues’ professional development;
  • Initiate positive school improvement and aspire to excellence in all areas;

Qualifications / Person Specification 

  • A relevant teaching qualification: minimum of a BEd. or BA/BSc + PGCE/QTS for the age group you will be leading;
  • A minimum of 5 years recent teaching with middle or senior leadership experience;
  • An excellent understanding of secondary teaching, learning, curriculum, assessment and pastoral care;
  • Experience / Understanding of teaching students for whom English is a second language;
  • Excellent communication skills to lead by example, as well as collaborate with other senior leaders, staff members and parents;
  • Ability to work strategically, research and implement new ideas whilst evaluating current processes;

Terms and conditions

  • 2 year contract renewable annually;
  • Remuneration package including a competitive tax-free salary, accommodation or allowance, health insurance, flight allowance and end of contract gratuity.


Please send your up to date CV, with full details of two referees and recent photograph, along with a letter of application to: secretary@dhafraschools.com mentioning the job title in the subject line of the email.

In the letter outline your leadership philosophy and why you believe you have the right experience and skill set for this role. Also describe an area that you have led on in your current role and how it successfully impacted on school improvement.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Visit www.dhafraschools.com for more information about us.

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More about Al Dhafra Private School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Abu Dhabi Campus, P.O.Box 25801, ME09 Mohamed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 2610 8400
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