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Principal - West Yas Academy

Aldar EducationUnited Arab Emirates

Aldar Academies are currently seeking an inspirational school leader for the position of Principal at West Yas Academy in Abu Dhabi commencing Academic Year 2021 - 2022, or by negotiation for the right candidate.

West Yas Academy is situated on Yas Island, the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Ferrari World, in a purpose-built campus with world class facilities designed to provide learners with a future-focussed curriculum set in vibrant learning environments and equipped with the latest technology. The school delivers the US Massachusetts Curriculum, the most highly regarded US curriculum with close ties to Harvard and MIT.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful Aldar family of schools and to help shape the future of Abu Dhabi’s leading school group. 

The successful candidate will combine an excellent track record of successful leadership experience, developed in the US or internationally, with strong inter-personal skills and cultural awareness with the ability to inspire the West Yas community and manage the demands and needs of all stakeholders. Exceptional communication skills combined with being a visible leader and ambassador for the school are central to this role.   The role requires strategic thinking with a firm grasp of how to ensure outstanding teaching and learning across all phases of the school. Candidates must be committed to working in partnership with the local community and developing ways to engage with parents and forge effective partnerships with them.

The successful candidate will be closely aligned with the core values and ethos of Aldar Academies and West Yas Academy and possess a genuine understanding and appreciation of the values of the region.


Strategic, operational, and financial responsibility for the school

Strategic direction and leadership of school improvement

Provide inspiring and purposeful leadership for the staff, students, and the wider community

To develop a school improvement plan founded in a secure understanding of data and classroom observation

Monitor and evaluate the performance of the school and the quality of teaching and learning

Continue to maintain an environment that promotes and secures outstanding teaching, effective learning, high standards of achievement and good behaviour.

Develop and maintain effective links with the community including business and industry, to extend the curriculum and enhance teaching and learning

Improve the existing system for the management of staff performance, incorporating target setting and individual development plans

Continue to develop an organisation in which all staff feel valued and recognise that they are accountable for the success of the school


Minimum Qualifications

BA in Education or BA Degree with relevant teaching qualification is essential

Master’s in education or similar level qualification essential

Minimum Experience

A minimum of 10 years’ experience in education

A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior leadership position

Job Specific Knowledge & Skill

Ability to establish positive working relationships with a range of stakeholders, including the Board and Strategic Governance Group is essential

Ability to understand the operational and financial requirements to manage a successful school is essential


Aldar Academies are a family of world-class, child centered, and innovative schools based in the UAE.  We educate over 25,000 students across our group of owned and managed schools and as we grow so does our need for highly skilled, inspirational, and dedicated school leaders.  We offer an attractive remuneration package including medical cover, flights, housing, and free child school places.  Our future-focused learning model includes both students and staff and so we place a special emphasis on professional development, coaching and training.

Successful candidates will have access to a wide network of professionals and opportunities to both lead and contribute to training others as well as developing themselves.

Aldar Academies are keen to hear from like-minded, forward thinking school leaders who would welcome the challenge and opportunities that we have to offer.

This job description is not all inclusive. Aldar Education reserves the right to amend this job description at any time.  We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are also mindful of our national development strategy and encourage UAE Nationals in their application at our company.

Aldar Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Offers of appointment are subject to satisfactory references and police clearance.

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