Secondary - Head of Drama, Dubai, UAE

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Horizon International SchoolDubai, UAE

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Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

Horizon International School is a supportive, student focused, international community school. We strive to challenge and inspire all learners to develop their skills and nurture values through a love of learning so that they can responsibly embrace the diverse challenges of tomorrow.

Horizon International School in Dubai is an established, thriving community that follows the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum of England in Primary and Secondary. Students take a combination of IGCSE and GCSE at the end of Key Stage 4 leading into ‘A’ levels thereafter. Since our doors opened in September 2008, the school community has rapidly grown, and we now have approximately 850 students with ages ranging from 3 to 18 from over 45 different countries.

The Post

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated, dynamic and innovative Head of Department with an excellent track record and experience of successfully leading and delivering on school priorities; to help shape and ensure the success of our developing Secondary Department. 

The successful candidate must possess the capacity and credibility to drive forward the ambition, ethos and vision of the school, with a commitment to their own and others’ professional development. Applicants should have demonstrated significant impact as a teacher. They must be willing to build upon their existing teaching and leadership skills, ensuring that the principles and policies of Horizon International School are implemented and embedded to ensure everyone counts, everyone contributes and everyone succeeds. 

You will need to demonstrate a commitment to and evidence of success in sustaining academic excellence, upholding high standards and development of the wider aspects of school life; that enable every child to succeed. Applicants should be excellent classroom practitioners in their own right; as well as being able to; work as part of a team, roll up their sleeves and inspire other staff to excel.  

Qualifications/Professional Development/Experiences essential for the role:

• Proven ability to develop and implement a strategic vision for their subject

• Has participated in a leadership programme and is currently actively developing their leadership skills

• Has led on whole school initiatives and can evidence impact

• Teaches consistently very good to outstanding lessons as evidences through lesson observations.

We offer a spacious, well-resourced learning environment, with enthusiastic, motivated children and supportive families. 

• A dedicated practitioner who strives to provide the very best learning opportunities they can for their students;

• Professional both in their conduct and appearance and fully committed to the life of the school

• Open minded and flexible, willing to contribute ideas and fully support the strategic vision of the school;

• Hardworking, with the desire to make a difference and go the extra mile

A relevant degree coupled with PGCE or QTS is essential. Police clearance certificates are also not negotiable.

Relevant UK experience in Secondary Drama - HOD is essential and recent international experience would be advantageous, though not essential. 

The school provides a competitive salary package commensurate with the post.

The successful candidate will benefit from furnished accommodation, private medical cover, flight allowances, end of service gratuity and an attractive tax-free salary. In addition, there will be a significant commitment to supporting the development and career goals of the successful candidates. 

The Application Process

Please complete the application form. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and relevant interviews will be set up accordingly.

Deadline for applications: 14th February 2019. Please note, the school reserves the right to appoint the most suitable candidates before the application deadline.



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More about Horizon International School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: St 9a off Al Wasl Road, Umm Al Sheif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 348 3314
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