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Deputy Head of International Secondary

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Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park
Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia
Date Added: Jan 3, 2023

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Deputy Head of International Secondary School – Student Wellbeing and Progress Role Profile

Purpose of Role

To drive as part of the Senior Leadership Team the learning, people development and growth in the International Secondary School ensuring it is the School of ChoiceTo lead on a student wellbeing and progress inspiring others and modelling a self-reflective, self-improving approach.  To ensure that colleagues are supported and provide amazing learning by setting high expectations and providing continuous development.  To contribute to a culture supporting the safety and wellbeing of all members of the community.


Principal AccountabilitiesStudent Wellbeing and Progress


  • Wellbeing and safety To either take responsibility for or support the SLT member responsible for safety and wellbeing of all students and adults in the secondary school.
  • Learning and Embedding Quality Leading colleagues to ensure learning takes place that supports outstanding progress and assessments and data are used to intervene where needed.


Joint Accountabilities as part of the Secondary Senior Leadership Team


  • Leadership and Development - Lead, inspire and develop middle leaders, teachers, and administrative staff in the secondary school.
  • Vision and Strategy To contribute to a 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 Model and contribute to the effective articulation of the story of the secondary school with focus on the principal area of responsibility.
  • Commercial Success and KPI’s Support the Head of Secondary in the 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.


Specific Responsibilities - Dependent on the area of responsibility assigned to the Deputy Head role.

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.
  • Know, uphold and develop, as part of the SLT, the safeguarding, child protection, safer recruitment and whistleblowing polices, and any other policies related to safeguarding.


Learning and Embedding Quality

  • Support teachers to improve learning in lessons to achieve outstanding student progress.
  • Create systems that use assessments and data to identify students who require intervention.
  • Work with the SLT in the secondary school to ensure progress towards the 9 criteria ISP Learning Improvement Process.
  • Celebrate ‘Amazing Learning’ in the school community by students and adults.


Joint Responsibilities as part of the Secondary Senior Leadership Team

Leadership and Development

  • Model empathetic leadership demonstrating integrity and self-reflection, knowing your strengths and areas for development.
  • Lead and inspire middle leaders in the secondary school, setting individual aspirational targets and supporting their completion.
  • Support the recruitment of staff that will embrace the ISP vision and school culture.


Vision and Strategy

  • Put learning and the ISP VisionSchools 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.
  • Work in partnership with SLT and ISP to develop the school and ISP vision


Marketing, Admissions and Communication

  • Understand the secondary school story and be able to articulate this to stakeholders with specific reference to the area of responsibility.
  • Be aware of enrolment numbers and supportive of actions to maintain positive trends.


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.


Partnership with Parents, Carers and the Wider Community

  • Act as a model for building effective relationships with the families in the secondary school.
  • 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

  • School Leadership as Assistant Head at least
  • Effective Communicator
  • Team Player
  • People Person
  • Inspirational Leader
  • Strategic Thinker
  • Empathy
  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Ability to develop others
  • Reflective
  • Honest
  • 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.

ISP Principles

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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.


  1. Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.


  1. Community Focus. Is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students and their families.


  1. 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.


  1. Leading & Inspiring Others. Supports, encourages and inspires students, colleagues and teams so that they give their best.


  1. Understanding People. Is a very good judge of talent, can objectively articulate the strengths and motivations of people inside or outside the organisation.


  1. Influencing & Communication. Consistently informs, influences and inspires students, parents and colleagues through timely and effective communication.


  1. Agile. Responds and adapts to changing circumstances; manages and solves problems by providing solutions in a climate of ambiguity.


  1. Strategic, Commercial & Financial Awareness. Has the ability to apply understanding of the business and industry to improve effectiveness and profitability.


  1. Planning & Decision Making. Makes decisions on the best course of action and then plans, organises, prioritises and balances resources to achieve the desired outcome.


  1. 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.


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