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Head of Secondary

Star Twar
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Oct 9, 2023

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Head of Secondary

Star International School Twar is looking to recruit a strong and resilient Head of Secondary to join our school in Dubai for Jan 2024. 

Star International School Al Twar and Al Qusais is a part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP). The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our pupils, colleagues and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time.

Purpose of Role

The Head of Secondary is a senior figure in the school and as such should be an exemplary, and visible, role model for staff, students and parents. It is not envisaged that Head of Secondary will have a teaching timetable, but the possibility is not excluded. To contribute to the overall vision and ethos of the school ensuring the best standards possible for pupils and staff.

The successful candidate will need to be positive, enthusiastic and creative in their approach to our school vision; ‘To develop Star members in the local and global community, who are able to lead themselves and others; through their love of independent learning and their compassion for humanity’.

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.


Head of Secondary Key Responsibilities

  • directly line manage Heads of Departments and chair meetings.
  • to ensure that department curriculum documentation for the Secondary School, is consistent in terms of layout and content is in line with school policy. 
  • ensure that department curriculum documentation ensures a breadth of knowledge and progression of skills that will cater to all groups of students across the ability spectrum. 
  • be responsible for the updating of handbooks and job descriptions in the Secondary School   
  • be responsible for internal and external assessment in the Secondary school and the tracking of student progress.   
  • oversee the setting up, writing and production of high-quality Secondary School reports to parents according to the timetabled schedule.   
  • directly monitor standards through work scrutiny’s, department reviews, observations, teacher and student feedback, and individual appraisal of staff   
  • Oversee the production and maintenance of the Secondary part of the whole school timetable.  
  • ensure adequate cover supervision is provided for absent colleagues.   
  • be responsible for, in liaison with Student Enrichment coordinators, a high-quality extra-curricular programme.   

Student Support in the Secondary School - The Head of Secondary will:   

  • work closely with the Assistant Head, Pastoral and may attend meetings   
  • ensure that a comprehensive PSHE programme is in place that provides for the needs of all students.   
  • ensure that all students receive appropriate pastoral care.   
  • be responsible for discipline in the Secondary School, in particular for dealing with serious behavioural issues, suspending students where necessary, or recommending stronger action (expulsion) to the Principal.   
  • be responsible for the setting up and monitoring of an effective student profiling system   
  • monitor the support programmes for those with special needs and language difficulties   
  • be responsible for all health and safety matters in the Secondary School both on and off campus including overseeing school trips according to school policies  
  • manage regular fire drills and duck-and-cover exercises 
  • oversee assemblies in the Secondary School, and take at least one assembly per term. 
  • be responsible for monitoring admissions into the Secondary School 
  • be responsible for ensuring the highest standards when Secondary students are involved in performances, whether inside or outside school.   

Provision and efficient use of educational resources - The Head of Secondary will: 

  • in cooperation with the Principal, allocate budgets to academic departments and oversee the purchasing and inventory process 
  • ensure that all departments are adequately resourced to provide high quality curriculum delivery 

Teacher support - The Head of Secondary will: 

  • be responsible for monitoring and raising the quality of teaching and learning in the secondary school.
  • be responsible for the running of a rigorous performance management process for Secondary staff that takes account of both personal and school developmental needs. 
  • oversee a programme of professional development opportunities, in liaison with the CPD Coordinator, both internal and external, which links to school needs and the performance management process. 
  • be responsible for the induction of new staff.  

Links - The Head of Secondary will: 

  • Develop cross-curricular links in the Secondary School 
  • liaise on a regular basis with the various school administration departments supporting staff and student well-being. 
  • liaise with the marketing department in promoting the school.
  • ensure that connectivity between The Secondary School and Primary school is developed at every opportunity. 
  • develop opportunities for connectivity between SIS Mirdif, its sister campus and other similar ISP schools.
  • take every opportunity to develop links with the local community.

Communication - The Head of Secondary will: 

  • Run Secondary School Briefings 
  • be responsible for the organisation of parent-teacher conferences according to the calendar.
  • be responsible, in collaboration with other senior leaders, for the production and updating of a school calendar, which includes meeting schedules and events. 
  • be responsible for the production of a duty rota for secondary staff.
  • be responsible for monitoring staff communication with parents.
  • be responsible for the Secondary School content on the website, publications and advertisements. 
  • Other whole school duties and tasks will be assigned and agreed upon as appropriate.  

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • The candidate should hold a degree i.e., B.Ed. or a B. A or equivalent.
  • A certified teaching qualification, at degree level such as B.Ed., PGCE, PGDE or equivalent.
  • An ‘Outstanding’ teacher with at least 5 years of experience working in an International British Curriculum school is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to harness individuals’ potential and ideas bringing them together in one cohesive team.
  • Excellent IT and interpersonal communication skills to work closely with students and parents.
  • A collaborative team-player with excellent personal skills.
  • Classroom and behavior management
  • Collaborative team player, inspirational speaker, empathetic listener.
  • Integrity and confidentiality.
  • Internationally minded.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Intercultural awareness, creative.
  • Online and classroom teaching experience.
  • Flexible and a can-do attitude

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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