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British International School Riyadh

Director of Student Services – Al Hamra Campus – required for August 2021

Applications for this job are closed

Important dates

Closing date of applications
28 November 2020
Start date
1 August 2021

Job details

Learning Support
Ages 4-18 / Whole School
English National
Positions available
Contract type
Vacancy type
Full Time
M1 - M6 + 30% Overseas Allowance


1 or more years experience

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We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Director of Student Services to lead the Student Services Department of the School across 5 campuses to ensure consistency of provision to best suit our students’ needs.

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.


We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Director of Student Services to lead the Student Services Department of the School across 5 campuses, someone who will continue to develop high-quality provision to support student learning and wellbeing. The successful candidate will provide leadership and vision in the areas of support for learning, English as an additional language, guidance and counselling services, alternative learning pathways, student wellbeing and safeguarding, leading and managing staff in these areas. Collaboration with students, staff, families, and the wider community is an essential aspect of this position, along with successful implementation and monitoring of services and programmes. 


The Director of Student Services is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and will oversee a team of Child Protection Officers across the 5 campuses. The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring that all policies and documentation across the different areas of the department reflect best practice, complying with UK and international standards of provision. The successful candidate will also be responsible for coordinating and delivering training, as well as leading parent workshops. This role will be at Deputy Head level and the candidate will therefore be part of the Extended Leadership Team. 


The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a passion for learning, be a reflective practitioner, showing a strong commitment to development of outstanding classroom practice.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies
  • Ensure sound administrative and organisation by producing and implementing clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies for the development of the Student Services Department
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, high levels of emotional intelligence, ability to collaborate within a range of teams whilst employing effective distributed leadership within Student Services.
  • Liaise with and manage visiting specialists, such as the Education Psychologist, to ensure students’ needs are assessed appropriately.
  • Fully support the school Mission, Vision and Motto.
  • Go the extra mile for students, contributing to the wider life of the school, including the broad co-curricular programme and community events and external examinations for access arrangement students
  • Have a UK or UK recognised teaching qualification.

We can offer:


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

Closing date for all applications: Saturday 28th November, 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 identified.

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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