Head of International Secondary School Role Profile
Purpose of Role
To drive learning, people development and growth in the International Secondary School ensuring it is the School of Choice. Ensure that amazing learning happens and that the school provides varied and exciting experiences for young people and develops knowledge, skills and understanding so that they have successful futures. To ensure that colleagues are supported and provide amazing learning by setting high expectations and providing continuous development. To lead on the safety and wellbeing of all members of the community.
- Wellbeing and safety – To be responsible, along with the DSL (if not the Head of Secondary) for safety and wellbeing of all students and adults in the secondary school.
- Learning and Embedding Quality – Empower teachers to focus on the quality of learning in the school ensuring progress towards the 9 criteria ISP Learning Improvement Process.
- Leadership and Development - Lead, inspire and develop senior leaders, middle leaders, teachers, and administrative staff in the secondary school.
- Vision and Strategy – To focus on the four key areas of the Secondary School – Learning, Experiences, Community and Futures – aligning with the ISP vision of ‘Schools of Choice’.
- Marketing, Admissions and Communication - Establish the secondary school as the ‘School of Choice’ in the local area, articulating the story of the secondary school and ISP.
- Commercial Success and KPI’s - Be accountable for growth and success of the secondary school against its KPIs.
- Partnership with ISP – To work with and contribute to the wider group and articulate the benefits.
- Partnership with Parents, Carers and the wider Community – Develop effective relationships based on a culture of partnership.
Wellbeing and Safety
- Act as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the secondary school if another senior leader is not appointed.
- Model and foster an open culture and inclusive atmosphere where everyone looks out for each other and focuses on learning and getting better.
- Put the safety and wellbeing of our young people and adults above everything else. To be a public reminder that this is important to students, staff and parents.
- Know, uphold and develop the safeguarding, child protection, safer recruitment and whistleblowing polices, and any other policies related to safeguarding.
- Train other staff on safeguarding issues and procedures.
Learning and Embedding Quality
- Empower leaders and teachers to focus on the quality of learning
- Work with SLT to devise and lead a CPD programme inspires and improves colleagues.
- Work in partnership with SLT in the secondary school and campus to ensure progress towards the 9 criteria ISP Learning Improvement Process.
- Focus on the learning in the school as much as the factors that affect learning.
- Celebrate ‘Amazing Learning’ in the school community by students and adults.
Leadership and Development
- Model empathetic leadership demonstrating integrity and self-reflection, knowing your strengths and areas for development.
- Lead and inspire senior leaders in the secondary school, setting individual aspirational targets and supporting their completion.
- Identify potential leaders in the school and provide pathways to career progression supporting the sustainability of the school.
- Recruit staff that will embrace the ISP vision and school culture.
Vision and Strategy
- Put learning and the ISP Vision ‘Schools of Choice’ at the heart of decision making.
- Ensure that students have experiences beyond the classroom that mean the school is offering a truly international and varied experience.
- Be a leader and member of the community bringing together students, teachers and staff and liaising with all stakeholders positively.
- Make sure that students have a variety of opportunities for their future pathway and have received the support and information to make the most of them.
- Lead on strategy and school development planning in partnership with your SLT and ISP.
Marketing, Admissions and Communication
- Work with Marketing and Admissions to discuss plans and content to effectively communicate the story of the secondary school and ISP.
- Develop a clear understanding of the secondary schools’ market and existing families to ensure you develop the ‘School of Choice’ vision.
- Be aware of enrolment numbers and supportive of actions to maintain positive trends
- Have a retention strategy to maintain families.
Commercial Success and KPIs
- Understand your commercial responsibility to support the school delivering on its KPIs (financial, learning, people, marketing, health and safety and safeguarding).
- Effectively manage the secondary school budget using it to improve learning and the offering in line with the ISP ‘School of Choice’ vision.
- Use parent and employee engagement surveys to drive action and improvement.
Partnership with ISP
- Understand the value of being part of the ISP group and articulate the wider benefits.
- Use your place in the group to develop partnerships and add strength to your secondary school.
Partnership with Parents, Carers and the Wider Community
- Build and lead your SLT and teachers in building effective relationships with your families.
- Foster a culture of partnership involving parents in decision making.
- Be open and honest developing two way communication with the community.
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
- Leadership Qualification such as NPQH, Masters or NPQSL - Desirable
- School Leadership as Deputy Head at least
- Effective Communicator
- Team Player
- People Person
- Inspirational Leader
- Strategic Thinker
- Outstanding Teacher
- Ability to develop others
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Sense of Humour
About our School
Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park is a special place where all successes are celebrated, from academic, music and drama performances, eco-awards to sporting events. The busy school is on a 20-acre purpose-built campus that is equipped with modern facilities for learning and teaching. The Campus consists of two schools – an international school that follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), National Curriculum for England (UK), IGCSE and A-Level programmes; and a Malaysian private school, Sekolah Sri Tenby, following the Malaysian curriculum.
Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.
Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.
Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.
Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.
ISP Leadership Competencies
You consistently demonstrate and role-model the ISP Leadership Competencies in all that you do.
- Collaboration. Takes an active part in leading their school or region; is cooperative and a genuine team player, developing positive, supportive relationships with colleagues to solve problems and maximise opportunities.
- Learning & Getting Better. Continually demonstrates personal commitment and passion for learning and getting better using evidence and feedback; supporting others in their continual learning, development and growth.
- Innovation Leadership. Is good at creating an environment where ideas for learning initiatives and services are generated and is able to motivate and inspire others through the process of creation through to completion.
- Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.
- Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.
- Community Focus. Is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students and their families.
- Integrity & Ethical Management. Has the ability to work ethically and with integrity; helps others feel valued; upholds and models the ISP Vision, Purpose and Principles.
- Leading & Inspiring Others. Supports, encourages and inspires students, colleagues and teams so that they give their best.
- Understanding People. Is a very good judge of talent, can objectively articulate the strengths and motivations of people inside or outside the organisation.
- Influencing & Communication. Consistently informs, influences and inspires students, parents and colleagues through timely and effective communication.
- Agile. Responds and adapts to changing circumstances; manages and solves problems by providing solutions in a climate of ambiguity.
- Strategic, Commercial & Financial Awareness. Has the ability to apply understanding of the business and industry to improve effectiveness and profitability.
- Planning & Decision Making. Makes decisions on the best course of action and then plans, organises, prioritises and balances resources to achieve the desired outcome.
- Diversity & Equity. Has the sensitivity, awareness and skill to understand the values, behaviours, attitudes and practices across cultures that supports all children and adults to learn and work effectively.
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.