Head of Secondary, United Arab Emirates, Dubai

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GEMS Wellington Academy - Dubai Silicon OasisUnited Arab Emirates, Dubai

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Start date: January 2020 or earlier
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

When you join GEMS Education you join an international education company with a global network of International schools and over fifty years of education experience. GEMS Education is the leading Kindergarten to Grade 12 operator in the world educating over 110,000 children from 151 different nationalities. GEMS Education staff access the company’s professional development programme, one of the largest education training programmes in the world.  This ensures the best possible academic outcomes as while ensuring that GEMS attracts and retains the highest staff calibre.

To find out more about GEMS Education visit: www.gemseducation.com

The Academy

GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis opened in September 2011, offering the National Curriculum for England to 3800 pupils with multiple pathways at Post16 including IB Diploma Programme, IB Careers Related Pathway, BTechs and A Levels.

The school offers world class facilities set in a modern campus in one of Dubai’s most prestigious developments. Our campus provides a bright, modern, well-resourced environment for our students to extend their learning. A special emphasis is placed on the integration of technology into the curriculum in keeping with the educational rationale for the school and the vision of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Performing Arts.

For more information on the school please visit: www.gemswellingtonacademy-dso.com

The Post – Head of Secondary

There are few international British Schools in the world which offer this type of opportunity for experience and professional progression. We are seeking to appoint an exceptional Head of Secondary, who will lead this large secondary school (11 - 18 years) of 1100 students within a whole school context of 3800 (3-18 years). The successful candidate will play a major role as a member of the Executive Leadership Team supporting the CEO in leading the whole school strategically, operationally and financially.

The Head of Secondary provides day-to-day leadership and management of the Secondary school to ensure effective delivery of high quality education. You will have responsibility of all educational operations of the secondary school including leadership of the teaching and learning, management of educational support team, ensuring academic performance, pastoral care, as well as involvement in all staff recruitment, induction and professional development.
This position would offer the successful applicant an opportunity to lead a successful significant secondary section within a larger whole school context and provide the professional learning  to understand whole school leadership FS - 13 in an international context.

To be considered for this role, candidates must:

  • Be an effective and dynamic leader (ideally a head/principal of their own school or an 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.
  • Preferably extensive experience working in a UK curriculum school, IB DP experience is desirable.
  • Have at least 2 years’ experience as a leader in a UK curriculum school


The successful candidate will have outstanding 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. Be able to demonstrate genuine passion towards the wider co-curricular life of a school.

Application Process

To apply for these positions please visit our Careers site and apply online  https://careers.gemseducation.com/gems/VacancyDetail.aspx?VacancyID=141171&ChannelID=2964 (Ref: 4016.)

Please ensure you have uploaded an up-to-date CV, formal letter of application and recent photograph.

Closing date for application is Monday 16th September 2019 although applications received before this date will be followed up immediately.

Assessment and Interviews will take place on Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd September 2019 in the UK.



More about GEMS Wellington Academy - Dubai Silicon Oasis
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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. View in Google Maps
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...