Head of The International Section, Oxford

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: d'Overbroeck's has its own salary scale (above the national scale) and pension scheme
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

The new Head of the International Section (TIS) will join d’Overbroeck’s at a time of significant development for the school. The position, as a key member of the whole school’s Senior Leadership Team, represents an exciting opportunity to play a role at the heart of our overall strategic growth plan. The successful candidate will be an exceptional educationalist with a track record of leadership and management experience within the international secondary education context.  She or he will be capable of sustaining and developing d’Overbroeck’s International Section’s reputation for delivering an outstanding educational experience to international learners new to the UK, whilst simultaneously meeting ambitious targets for growth within an increasingly competitive market. 

The outgoing post holder has developed excellent, long-term relationships across a wide-range of internal and external stakeholders. The new Head will possess the gravitas and in-depth knowledge to build on these relationships and operate as a compelling ambassador for the International Section. She or he will possess the global outlook and cultural sensitivity necessary to inspire our vibrant community of international learners and the vision, energy and drive to lead this important section of d’Overbroeck’s school.  The post holder will provide expert advice, guidance, support and regular briefings to colleagues in the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and make presentations to senior Oxford International colleagues in order to inform the development and marketing of the educational provision at the International Section. Strong strategic capability, first class communication skills (oral and written) and the desire to work collegially are essential, alongside a deep commitment more broadly to the values and ethos of d’Overbroeck’s. 

d’Overbroeck’s is a part of Oxford International Education Group and is governed by our Board of Directors. The new Head of International Section at d’Overbroeck’s will report directly to the Principal of d’Overbroeck’s school. 

The successful candidate will be expected to take part in:

  • Strategic Leadership of the School; working closely with the Board of Directors and the SLT of d'Ovebroeck's to develop strategic initiatives.
  • Pupil recruitment and the marketing of The International Section;  work closely alongside colleagues with the Marketing and Admissions team and with our colleagues within Oxford International recruitment teams cultivating a wide range of overseas markets to ensure the school’s recruitment targets are met.
  • Operational Management;  assist the Deputy-Principal (Academic) and the Deputy-Principal (Pastoral) with the recruitment, development and retention of high-quality teaching and pastoral staff, to ensure that all d’Overbroeck’s International Section students achieve their academic ambitions within a caring and culturally diverse environment.
  • Educational Culture; provide a high standard of teaching and learning in a happy and engaging environment where every pupil will be supported to acquire the linguistic, academic and social skills to succeed

The Head of International Section will be a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team

The Board and the school are supported by our Local Governing Body who work in an advisory capacity. The Local Governing Body is chaired by Robin Badham-Thornhill, former Head of Summer Fields School in Oxford. Currently, it is made up of a group of educational experts from a variety of fields who all have strong links to d’Overbroeck’s.

The Head of International Section is supported by and manages senior colleagues within the International Section, including the Deputy Head (Pastoral), the Director of Studies, the Head of EAL/Teaching & Learning and the International Registrar. She or he also works in close collaboration with the Head of Boarding who is responsible for all boarders across the school.

For further information on the position, please refer to the Candidate Brief.

To apply for this position, please submit a fully completed application form, along with a full CV and covering letter. Please apply as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday 21st March.

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More about d’Overbroeck’s
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Independent Sixth Form, The Swan Building, 333 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7PL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1865 688600
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