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British International School Riyadh

Head of Senior School – Al Hamra Campus - required for August 2021

Important dates

Closing date of applications
31 October 2020
Start date
1 August 2021

Job details

Head of Section
Ages 11-18 / Secondary
English National
Positions available
Contract type
Vacancy type
Full Time
Leadership Scale


1 or more years experience

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Due to the retirement of the current incumbent, we are seeking to appoint a well-qualified, experienced, and highly motivated Head of Senior School. We are specifically looking for a leader who will contribute to the further development of our dynamic school.

The British International School Riyadh (BISR) is an extremely well-regarded not-for-profit, five-campus, co-educational school in the Middle East, catering for students aged 3-18 providing high quality education to the expatriate community since 1979. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and as a British School Overseas (BSO). BISR is also a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). The school follows the English curriculum, greatly enriched by the local and international context. Learning is holistic, supported by a broad co-curricular programme, encompassing extra-curricular activities, student leadership, service learning and residential trips. Strong pastoral care supports student well-being.


Due to the retirement of the current incumbent, we are seeking to appoint a well-qualified, experienced, and highly motivated Head of Senior School. We are specifically looking for a leader who will contribute to the further development of our dynamic school, someone who can add to the existing vision and already very high academic standards. The successful candidate will have a strong track record as a leader and will need to have English National Curriculum experience.


The successful candidate will:

  • Have a strong track record of successful leadership and change management within an international context
  • Have the ability to lead, inspire and challenge teams of teachers, middle and senior leaders
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, high levels of emotional intelligence and a good sense of humour, effectively leading and collaborating within a range of teams
  • Have excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with parents and the wider community in supporting student learning
  • Have the ability to think and plan strategically for the continuing development of the Senior School and to convert strategies into operating plans that can be implemented successfully
  • Be innovative, creative, enthusiastic, highly motivated and have a clear vision and foresight to develop the school, implement new initiatives and continue to improve educational standards
  • Ensure students flourish by leading the creation of a positive climate for learning, supporting the holistic development of students, with a strong emphasis on well-being in an intercultural context
  • Fully support the school’s Vision and Mission  
  • Be a role model for other colleagues and within the community, going the extra mile for students and contributing to the wider life of the school, including the broad co-curricular programme and community events
  • Have recognised senior leadership and/or masters level qualifications


We can offer:


To apply, please follow the link: and provide a supporting statement of application following our Guidelines;

Closing date for all applications: Sunday 31 October, 2020


BISR believes very strongly in the role of the school in safeguarding children and young people.  All staff, whatever their role in the school, will require to undergo rigorous background checks before commencing employment.


The school reserves the right to make an earlier appointment if a suitable candidate is identified

For more information about the school please visit our website:

How to apply for a position at BISR

To apply and for additional information, please follow the ‘inteachers’ link on the vacancy.

When applying via this link, please provide the following in support of your application:

All applications must include:

  • An up to date two-page Curriculum Vitae, including a photograph
  • A statement in support of your application, which must include an answer to the following question:  How do you think you would be able to support our Mission and REACH motto?

Teacher applications must include:

  • How do you demonstrate that you are a lifelong learner and how does current pedagogical practice have an impact in your classroom?
  • How do you create a positive classroom climate and support student well-being in your current school?
  • What strategies do you use to ensure that all learners in your classroom attain very well?
  • What is your contribution to your current school community?


BISR is fully committed to safeguarding children and young people. We complete rigorous background checks for all staff, whatever their role in the school, prior to them commencing employment.

The school reserves the right to make an earlier appointment if a suitable candidate is


For more information about the school please visit the 'ABOUT US' section our website


We very much look forward to receiving your application. 

Teachers who work at BISR should have


  • Qualified Teacher status.
  • Certificate of Education - PGCE or B.Ed.
  • Training or qualification relevant to the post.


  • An appreciation of the demands of a British school in an international context.
  • Recognise the vital importance of a positive commitment to the co-curricular life of the school.
  • An appreciation of the importance of intercultural understanding and cultural sensitivity.
  • Recognise the responsibility each individual staff member has in supporting the holistic growth and well-being of students.


  • Experience of working in various contexts both in the UK and internationally.
  • Experience of teaching within a Key Stage or subject.
  • Experience of positive behaviour management strategies.
  • Experience of planning for children with a range of learning needs, including extremely able students.
  • Experience of curriculum development, monitoring and assessment.
  • Experience of working with second language students or prepared to undertake training.

Skills and Abilities

  • A detailed knowledge of the English National Curriculum.
  • Ability to organise a stimulating learning environment and demonstrate excellent creative teaching skills.
  • Willingness to collaborate with colleagues in preparing for learning and teaching.
  • Good organisation of recording and evaluating progress.
  • Show good communication skills when working with pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • Effective skills in managing and organising own time and directing deployment of teaching assistants.
  • Good ICT skills to be effective in your job.
  • An understanding of Assessment for Learning Strategies and use of this to inform future planning.
  • The desire to develop knowledge of the curriculum above and below the preferred key stage or in a cross-curricular context.

Personal Qualities

  • Warmth and sense of humour.
  • Flexibility.
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Team player.
  • Commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Willingness to be involved in co-curricular activities and events and engage in all aspects of school life.
  • High expectations of yourself and of children.
  • First class communication skills.
  • Empathy with pupils, colleagues, parents and visitors.
  • You must be a glass half-full person!

Equal Opportunities

  • Ability to promote equal opportunities with respect to race, gender and disability

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