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Head of Department - Languages

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The Aquila School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Oct 24, 2023

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We are looking for an amazing leader to join our team in August 2024, who: 

  • Believes in our school vision, which is to be - a happy community school with amazing learning at its heart where pupils are empowered to make choices, engage in meaningful learning experiences and make exceptional progress. 
  • Is suitably qualified and experienced for this role
    • (Holds, or is prepared to work towards, UK Qualified Teacher Status)
  • Has at least three years experience from teaching the Diploma Programme in an International Baccalaureate World School
  • Has a proven track record of securing excellent outcomes for their pupils

Key qualities and skills:  

  • To have the passion and skill to be able to lead learning and teachers so that lessons are engaging and relevant, enabling every child to make as much progress as possible 
  • To be able to develop positive working relationships with all members of the school community 
  • To be able to use initiative, be flexible, fun, proactive and positive
  • To have a sound understanding of the International Baccalaureate philosophy

Key duties include: 

  • Ensure teaching and learning are of the highest standard and personalised to specifically meet individual needs
  • Leading IBDP Language Acquisition, IBCP Language Development and our Multilingualism programme (home and additional languages, but not English)

Hours of work 

  • Monday to Thursday: 7.20 am - 4.15 pm, Friday: 7.20 am - 12:00 pm.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work will be required to support the academic and business needs of the school.
  • Holidays are as per the school’s KHDA approved calendar, plus induction weeks/external examination results days as directed by the school’s calendar. 

The Aquila School 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 covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.

How to apply: Interested applicants can apply via Jobvite and include an updated CV which includes a paragraph titled ‘Why I am the right person for this post.’ Please note - we reserve the right to appoint a candidate earlier than the timeline given above.


About the International Schools Partnership   
The Aquila School is owned by a London based company called 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.  
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 and Health & Safety 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.
  • Are financially responsible. We make financial choices carefully based on the needs of the children, students and our schools.
  • Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.
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, including an online due diligence search, references and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.  
ISP Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 
ISP is committed to strengthening our inclusive culture by identifying, hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing teammates regardless of gender, age, disability status, neuro-divergence, socio-economic background or other demographic characteristics. Candidates who share our vision and principles and are interested in contributing to the success of ISP through this role are strongly encouraged to apply. 
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