Oryx International School is a unique project conceptualised by Qatar Airways and Orbital Education, creating a joint venture between a world renowned, multi-billion dollar turnover airline and a prestigious group of International schools. The objective of this £70 million project is to satisfy the demand for premium quality British style education for the children of expatriate employees of Qatar Airways in Doha.
The vision and mission of Oryx International School is to provide the employees of the world’s 5 star airline and their children access to a 5 star education. The bespoke, built to specification school provides state-of-the-art facilities and education technology to enrich teaching and learning experiences for our students. The school aspires to foster an ethos of global citizenship, the celebration of cultural diversity and a wide international perspective to equip their students with the building blocks to become potential leaders of the future across the world.
The facilities offered at the school site, combined with our approach to education, incorporates British style and tradition based upon the English National Curriculum, while retaining the value of local culture and tradition, allows Oryx International School to stand out.
Living and working in Qatar
Doha, the peninsula’s capital city of over 2.5 million residents, has a huge International community that choose to live and work here. Doha is preparing to host the Football World Cup in 2022 with new stadiums already completed and others still under construction. Qatar provides an excellent lifestyle, with a combination of cultures mixed with the best of Qatar’s past and present, making the local culture unique. Being in the Middle East, the weather is good all year round with extreme heat in the summer months. If you want to explore Qatar you will find plenty of opportunity to explore the desert, walk along the Corniche, visit museums, shopping malls, beaches, attend sporting events, music festivals, take a boat trip and much more. There are excellent education facilities, transportation and amenities across the city.
Head of Sixth Form (with teaching subject)
The Head of Sixth Form is an exciting, new leadership position and a key post in the next stage of the school’s development. Our first cohort of Year 12 will start their courses in August 2020. The post will involve up to a maximum of 50% teaching allocation in the first year. The role initially will be to set-up and make provision for the opening of our Sixth Form and to prepare our Y11 students for continuance of their studies at A Level / BTEC. Once our Sixth Form has opened, the teaching commitment will reduce accordingly with respect to the number of students enrolled. As this number grows, the teaching responsibility will be further adjusted to allow the Head of Sixth Form appropriate time allocation to carry out effectively, the duties required. It is envisaged that this post will become a full member of the SLT at the level of Assistant Head. Remuneration for this post carries an initial allowance, commensurate with the role as described, which will increase as the Sixth Form grows and develops.
The school will provide full A Level programmes (Pearson/Edexcel) and some BTEC Level 3 courses. Students will enter Universities and Higher Education establishments around the world, so initially the Head of Sixth Form will be required to advise on careers and future pathways post-Sixth Form.
The Head of Sixth Form will make up the Secondary Leadership Team alongside the Head of Secondary, AHT Secondary and the KS4 Leader. S/he will also advise the Executive Principal on the development of Sixth Form, as a member of the extended Senior Leadership Team.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity, and receive the resources, to shape and develop a bespoke Sixth Form at Oryx International School to become a leading provider of A level and BTEC courses in Qatar.
As an English school specialising in the English National Curriculum to a diverse international student population, strong English language is an essential requirement and applications from native-level speakers of English will be preferred. For more information please refer to the separate Job Description and Person Specification provided.
Benefits of working at an Orbital Education School
Orbital Education focuses on delivering the very best in British education to its students around the globe. It’s an expanding group with schools already in Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, China, Russia, Ecuador and the Middle East, with exciting plans to develop new schools across the globe. Key reasons to work at an Orbital Education School include:
1. Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and students worldwide
2. Enhanced professional development opportunities, through partnerships with specialist learning providers to offer recognised and accredited professional development programmes.
3. Opportunities for both career development and movement within the group, providing opportunity to see the world whilst progressing an attractive and rewarding career.
All applications must be made on the TES Application System
1. Complete all questions on the Online Application Form.
2. Supporting statement should be no less than 500 words and no more than 1000 words, and should relate directly to the specific role applied for and cover:
· your motivation for working in education
· a brief description of the philosophy of education which shapes your particular style of teaching
· what attracts you to the position
· how you feel your experience, skills and personal qualities qualify you to take on the role with details of any unique teaching methods or techniques that you have developed or employ
· what extra-curricular activities you can lead, supervise or have participated in
· any other information you would like the selection panel to know
Incomplete applications will not be considered and all applications will be acknowledged on receipt, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted with the outcome of their application.
Due to the expected high levels of interest in positions at the school, Oryx International School reserves the right to make an appointment at any stage of the recruitment process.
Interviews will take place in Doha and/or via Skype.
Safeguarding – Oryx International School, Doha 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. As part of the school’s commitment to safeguarding, all post-holders are subject to background checks and an International Child Protection Certificate administered by ACRO https://www.acro.police.uk/icpc/ (if ever worked or lived in the UK), Prohibition Checks where appropriate and/or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence.