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Head of Primary

The British School of Malaga
Malaga, Spain
Date Added: Sep 21, 2022

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The British School of Málaga

Job Description for Head of Primary


Job Purpose

  • Joint responsibility, with the Principal and the Head of Pastoral, for the academic progress and pastoral care of all pupils from Year N to Year 6.
  • Ensure the Primary school is fully prepared at all times for a successful external inspection or Best Practice Review
  • Substitute effectively in the absence of the Principal in conjunction with the Head of Secondary
Reporting chain:

  • Accountable to the Principal for ensuring the success of the Primary school in both academic and non-academic terms.
  • Responsible, through the Principal, for the provision of current English and Spanish curricula and for ensuring that the whole school meets, or exceeds, all required standards as defined by the Best Practice Review and NABS. 
Strategic direction and development:
  • Support the vision, ethos and policies of the school, and of ISP, and promote the highest levels of achievement and attainment.
  • Support the evaluation of the effectiveness of the school’s policies and developments.
  • Represent the school at School Council Meetings (as required).
  • Be a member of the SLT and subsidiaries, attending meetings as and when necessary.
  • In conjunction with the other members of the SLT, Translate the vision into agreed objectives which are reflected in an on-going School Improvement Plan
  • Plan, in line with school planning cycles, and develop appropriate mechanisms for regular monitoring and review.
Leading teaching and learning:
  • Promote excellence in teaching and learning, ensuring a continuous and consistent Primary school-wide focus on pupil achievement and development in order that each child fulfils his or her full potential.
  • Strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for each student.
  • Monitor the work of the Head of each Key Stage, (Including relevant Heads of Department) and manage regular Primary Leadership Meetings. Oversee and contribute to the Primary PSHE programme
  • Ensure that progress is monitored through use of performance data, benchmarks and regular self-evaluation.
  • Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice using fit-for-purpose quality assurance methods (the QAF) in consultation with HoLASP; celebrate and promote excellence; challenge underperformance at all levels, both in pupils and staff, and ensure appropriate action is taken at an early stage.
  • Promote pertinent, relevant and regular professional development for all staff.
  • Ensure that individual pupil progress is regularly assessed, recorded, reported and used to inform future teaching.
  • Ensure that pupil support systems are in place and promote and monitor high standards of pupils’ conduct (including dress, manners and general behaviour).
  • Teach a small number of lessons, as needed, and cover for absent colleagues.

Marketing and External Links

  • Maintain effective relationships with parents and other members of the community, both to ensure an excellent local reputation for the school and to develop a partnership with them.
  • Develop creative initiatives which complement the activities of the school with the result that a culture of extra-curricular and other opportunities thrive.
  • Work with the Director of Marketing to achieve excellent internal and external communications, including relevant parts of the bulletin, year books and other parental links.
  • Support the work of the Admissions and Marketing Departments in recruiting pupils



Support the Principal in the following:

  • Develop and maintain a culture of high expectations for self and others.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with, and between, secondary staff and provide and sustain motivation.
  • Develop and maintain effective strategies and procedures for staff recruitment, induction, professional development and performance review, which deliver intended and agreed outcomes.
  • Provide training opportunities for staff in terms of their leadership and management skills.
  • Develop an ethos which ensures regular involvement of staff in school developments and encourages collaboration, innovation and individual and team creativity.

Pastoral Care:


In conjunction with the Head of Pastoral:

  • Be responsible for maintaining good discipline and a high standard of uniform throughout the Primary school.
  • Ensure there is a regular programme of assemblies and tutorial activities.
  • Ensure effective systems of supervision during pupil breaks and lunchtime.
  • Provide leadership (as required) in the supervision of pupil activities, both extra-curricular and social.
  • Maintain an overview of the transition from EYFS to primary and Primary to secondary.
  • Help to develop a proactive attitude towards dealing with parents.


  • Ensure all Primary school resources are managed strictly within allocated budgets; actively seek opportunities for cost-improvements and ensure that ‘value for money’ is at the core of all financial activities.
  • Ensure an effective programme of staff training in September and June, and at other points in the academic year, in consultation with the Head of T&L and the Head of Secondary.
  • Monitor staff absence
  • Full involvement in the recruitment of staff
  • Ensure the school’s Performance Management procedures are carried out fully by Primary staff, also acting as a Reviewer.
  • Oversee the organisation and running of Primary Parents’ Meetings
  • Assist and advise the Admissions team, particularly during visits by potential new pupils
  • Ensure adequate child protection measures and training are in force, in consultation with the DSL
  • Promote Health and Safety and ensure compliance with statutory requirements, liaising directly with the Health and Safety Representative for the Group and BSM’s Health and Safety Officer.

Supporting the work of ISP

  • Support the Principal in ensuring that the school is, at all times, managed within the overall legal and regulatory framework and that ISP policies are effectively implemented.
  • Develop strong, positive relationships with other ISP colleagues; contribute to collaborative work across ISP schools; and support other staff in participating in BSM work.
  • Represent BSM at appropriate forums (such as ISP, NABSS, COBIS, AoBSO etc).


Undertake any other duties that are reasonably deemed appropriate to the role of Head of Primary by the Principal.

ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.


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