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Vice Principal - Secondary

Al Basma British SchoolAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Start date:    August 2021

Location:    Abu Dhabi, UAE

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term: July 2023, renewable

Al Basma is a popular,  high performing ENC School in Al Bahia, Abu Dhabi. We are seeking a Vice Principal to lead the secondary section of our BSO accredited school (EduBase No.143834) commencing August 2021.

Our seven form entry school caters for 1400 children from FS1 to Y13 with 450 students enrolled in Y7 to 13 in 20/21. The secondary section will continue to expand year on year until the 7 form entry currently in Y5 reaches Y13.

The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for the day to day running of Y7 to 13. In addition they will be assigned a whole school responsibility which will be decided upon appointment based on their personal strengths and experience.

All stakeholders embrace our motto ‘Striving to be the Best’ which is embedded in everything we do collectively and individually. As such, we place great emphasis on the professional development of all of our staff.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a central role in leading the performance management and ongoing professional development of their team including overseeing the progress of NQTs, ECTs and AO candidates in their team through UK accredited induction programmes.

As an all through school serving children from age 3 to 18 we follow the 2014 National Curriculum of England and the EYFS Statutory Framework. We use GL CAT4 and Progress tests from Y4 to Y10 in addition to offering a wide range of GCSE, iGCSE, iAS and iA Levels from Cambridge and Edexcel exam boards.

The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that  planning, intervention, personalised pathways and the curriculum implemented in Y7 to 13 is data driven. They will also be responsible for assessment recording and reporting within the secondary section.

The school gained BSO (British Schools Overseas) accreditation in May 2016. In February 2019 the second BSO inspection graded the school good with many outstanding features, with the inspectors commenting on the school’s remarkable rate of improvement. Al Basma was graded very good with outstanding features in January 2019. Protection, care, guidance and support is a particular strength of the school.

Al Basma is located in Al Bahia, a quiet and safe neighbourhood of Abu Dhabi near to the international airport and Yas Island. Dubai is a 35 minute drive from the school.

For further information please see the attached candidate pack, inspection reports and the school information below. You can also visit our website or Instagram account @abbsalbasma


The successful candidate will show a genuine commitment to creating an inspiring and stimulating child-centered learning environment. Candidates should be committed to ongoing school improvement and feel comfortable in a climate of innovative and creative development.

We welcome applications from candidates with:

10 years of experience in secondary education and 3 years of experience in leadership in a secondary setting in  a British school in the UK or overseas.

• An Internationally recognised Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with QTS with a minimum of 10 years experience in education and 3 years of leadership experience.


• An Internationally recognised Bachelor’s Degree in the subject of the teaching qualification or a closely related subject plus an internationally recognised teaching qualification such as PGCE or PGDE in Secondary Education and QTS or equivalent.

Please note two supporting references, an experience letter and a police clearance certificate, ACRO or DBS no more than 3 months old must be provided.


Our remuneration package for Vice Principals appointed from overseas includes:

• Two-year contract and visa (renewable)

• Tax-free salary

• A two bed apartment or accommodation allowance

• Settling-in allowance

• Annual flight allowance

• Excellent international medical cover

• End-of-service gratuity

• Fee discount for dependent children


Interested applicants should click on the ‘Apply now’ button in the advert to complete the application form. You should also upload an up to date CV and a letter outlining how your experience to date has prepared you to fulfill the roles and responsibilities as detailed in the candidate pack in a culturally diverse school in the UAE.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted with the package details and asked to confirm they are a firm candidate before moving forward to interview. 

Shortlisting is scheduled for the 21st of May with the interview process scheduled for week commencing the 23rd of May.

Interviews will be conducted on Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams, as agreed with each candidate.

Whilst we appreciate all applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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