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Al-Rayaan International School: Head of Secondary School

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18 Apr, 2012

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Al-Rayaan International School located at CASA Trasacco Junction on the Spintex Road (near Accra Mall). The school currently enrolls up to Form 1 students, with plans for advanced to add on Form 2 Level next year. Due to this continuous expansion, the school as several vacancy for next academic year.

Job Description

Post Commencement: 15th August 2012

Our pupils would like our new Head to be:

  • Someone who is good to talk to
  • Fair and just
  • A person with lots of ideas
  • A problem solver
  • Someone who treats everyone at ARIS as a special person

Due to the following well balanced British and Cambridge Curriculum at ARIS, the Board and Head of School wishes to appoint a highly experienced individual who would like to work in a multi-cultural setting.

The successful person will be able to demonstrate:

  • A clear vision for an improving school
  • Positive leadership to support, encourage and inspire talented staff
  • The energy, enthusiasm and commitment to work in partnership with parents, the Head of School, ARIS Board and the community, to give our children the best possible start in life

Are you the person we are all looking for?
Preliminary visits to the school are welcome by arrangement.

Pay Scale and Benefits:

  1. Re-numeration: dependant on qualification
  2. Bonus: Based on targets achieved through Performance Review
  3. Financial support for further professional development which will be at the discretion of the School and the needs of the school
  4. Annual pay rise will depend on inflation and the performance of duties
  5. Leave: Six weeks paid holidays during summer holidays in addition to other school holidays

Reporting to: The Head of School

Main Purpose:
To provide professional leadership for the school that secures its success and improvement, ensuring high quality education for all its pupils and improved standards of learning and achievement.

1. Shaping the Future:

  • To ensure the vision for the school is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon effectively by all
  • To work within the school community to translate the vision into agreed objectives and operational plans which will promote and sustain school improvement
  • To demonstrate the vision and values in everyday work and practice
  • To motivate and work with others to create a shared culture and positive climate
  • To ensure creativity, innovation and the use of appropriate new technologies to achieve excellence
  • To ensure that strategic planning takes account of the diversity, values and experience of the school and community at large

2. Leading Learning & Teaching:

  • To ensure a consistent and continuous school-wide focus on pupils’ achievement, using data and benchmarks to monitor progress in every child’s learning
  • To ensure that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource management
  • To establish creative, responsive and effective approaches to learning and teaching
  • To ensure a culture and ethos of challenge and support where all pupils can achieve success and become engaged in their own learning
  • To demonstrate and articulate high expectations and set stretching targets for the whole school community
  • To implement strategies which ensures high standards of behaviour and attendance
  • To determine, organise and implement a diverse, flexible curriculum and implement an effective assessment framework
  • To take a strategic role in the development of new and emerging technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of pupils
  • To monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies
  • To challenge underperformance at all levels and ensure effective corrective action and follow-up

3. Developing Self and Working with Others:

  • To treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect to create and maintain a positive school culture
  • To build a collaborative learning culture within the school and actively engage with other schools to build effective learning communities
  • To develop and maintain effective strategies and procedures for staff induction, professional development and performance review
  • To ensure effective planning, allocation, support and evaluation of work undertaken by teams and individuals, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities
  • To acknowledge the responsibilities and celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams
  • To develop and maintain effective strategies and procedures for staff induction, professional development and performance review
  • To regularly review own practice, set personal targets and take responsibility for own personal development
  • To manage own workload and that of others to allow an appropriate work/life balance

4. Managing the organisation:

  • To create an organisational structure which reflects the school’s values, and enables the management systems, structures and processes to work effectively in line with legal requirements
  • To produce and implement, along with the head of school, clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies for the development of the secondary school and its facilities
  • To ensure that, within an autonomous culture, policies and practices take account of national and local circumstances, policies and initiatives
  • To recruit, retain and deploy staff appropriately and manage their workload to achieve the vision and goals of the school
  • To implement successful performance management processes with all staff
  • To manage and organise the school environment efficiently and effectively to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations
  • To ensure that the range, quality and use of all available resources is monitored
  • To use and integrate a range of technologies effectively and efficiently to manage the school

5. Securing Accountability:

  • To fulfil commitments arising from contractual accountability to the ARIS Head of School
  • To develop a school ethos which enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes
  • To ensure individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood and agreed and are subject to rigorous review and evaluation
  • To work with the Head of school (providing information, objective advice and support) to enable it to meet its responsibilities
  • To develop and present a coherent, understanding and accurate account of the school’s performance to a range of audiences including governors, parents and carers
  • To reflect on personal contribution to school achievements and takes account of feedback from others

6. Strengthening Community:

  • To build a school culture and curriculum which takes account of the richness and diversity of the school’s communities
  • To create and promote positive strategies for challenging racial and other prejudice and dealing with racial harassment
  • To ensure learning experiences for pupils are linked into and integrated with the wider community
  • To ensure a range of community-based learning experiences
  • To collaborate with other agencies in providing for the academic, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural well-being of pupils and their families
  • To create and maintain an effective partnership with parents and carers to support and improve pupils’ achievement and personal development
  • To seek opportunities to invite parents and carers, community figures, businesses or other organisations into the school to enhance and enrich the school and its value to the wider community
  • To contribute to the development of the education system by, for example, sharing effective practice, working in partnership with other schools and promoting innovative initiatives

This job description forms part of the contract of employment of the person appointed to this post. It reflects the position at the present time only and may be reviewed in negotiation with the employee in the future. The appointment is subject to the current conditions of employment in the contract.


Required Skills or Experience


Person Specification:
This person specification lists the essential requirements that are necessary to do this job and how these will be assessed. In your application you should state clearly how you meet the requirements which are being assessed by this method, as the panel will reach a decision on whether to short-list you or not based on the information you provide.

A) Training and Qualifications:

  • Qualified Teacher Status – E
  • Evidence of further qualifications and/or training in School Management – D

B) Experience of Teaching and Educational Management:

  • Excellent classroom practitioner – E
  • Minimum 5 Years Teaching Experience – E
  • Subject Leadership – D
  • Key Stage Leadership – E
  • Experience across secondary phase – E
  • Experience across primary phase – D
  • Experience of teaching in more than one school – D
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural school – E

C) Professional Knowledge and Understanding: Applicants should demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • The principles of teaching and learning – E
  • The principles and practice of effective school evaluation including data analysis – E
  • Current educational issues including  policies, priorities and legislation – E
  • Strategies for managing school improvement – E
  • The effective management of staff – E
  • Strategies to promote and sustain individual/team development – E
  • Strategies for strengthening a school’s links with the wider community including the local community and parents – D
  • Knowledge of school developmental planning – D

D) Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • Applicants should be able to provide evidence that they have the necessary qualities and attributes required by this post. These qualities may be demonstrated in the letter of application; however, it is more likely that these will be more fully assessable during the interview process and from the references. Applicants should be able to:


  • Build and maintain effective relationships – E
  • Think strategically to create a coherent school vision – E
  • Manage conflict – E
  • Think creatively to anticipate and solve problems – E
  • Listen to and reflect on feedback – E
  • Inspire, motivate and support colleagues – being a team player – E
  • Be innovative, imaginative and creative with a clear vision of educational excellence – E
  • Be ambitious and well-organised with an attention to detail – E
  • Be an inspirational leader with the energy and enthusiasm to build upon recent developments and take the school forwards – E


How To Apply


Cover Letter
The letter should be fully completed and legible. It should be clear, concise and related to the specific post.

Confidential Reference and Reports

  • Professional references should provide a strong level of support for relevant professional and personal knowledge, skills and abilities referred to above – E
  • Positive recommendations from current employer – E
  • Satisfactory health and attendance record – E

A detailed job description is available at Applications should include a cover letter, CV with full employment history and referees, a recent photograph and be sent to [email protected]. Closing date: 5th May 2012.

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