Head of Secondary


Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation.

About the School

GEMS Westminster School – Ras Al Khaimah. WSR is a diverse and vibrant community that combines tradition and innovation in teaching and learning, enabling pupils to excel in all aspects of their school life. The school offers the internationally recognised National Curriculum for England, and prepares students to take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course and A Level Examinations of the Universities of Cambridge London (UK), Oxford AQA and Pearson Edexcel.

As a community, we place a strong emphasis on relationships between staff, students and parents; the culture and ethos of the school rooted in celebrating our diverse international community.

GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah is part of the Gems Education group, the largest global education company in the world, ‘We see genius in every child’. GEMS Westminster school opened in September 2013, we are an all through school with over 3000 students from KG1 to Grade 12 (4 to 18 years). GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah is a happy, stimulating, caring school, where we develop a love of learning and high aspirations.

About the Role

We are currently recruiting for a Head of Secondary to join our team from August 2022.

The Head of Secondary will provide visionary leadership and will demonstrate exemplary management skills in the assistance of recruitment and development of faculty, the quality assurance of all teaching and learning, and the provision of effective communication with all the school’s stakeholders, as well as ensuring the social wellbeing and academic growth of all children.

We are looking for someone who:

*Is a dynamic, passionate, resilient and inspirational leader;

*Has excellent working knowledge of Key Stages 3 to 5 of the National Curriculum for England (NCfE);

*Has the ability to plan strategically and effectively manage change;

*Creates an effective, productive, and caring atmosphere where all students and staff have the opportunity to learn and grow;

*Develops and supports a learning focused culture for students, staff and the community;

*Fosters an environment where students and staff take ownership of their own learning;

*Leads the continual development of the Secondary curriculum to ensure all learners have the right levels of challenge and support;

*Fosters a collaborative environment that supports contributive leadership from all stakeholders;

*Is a highly effective communicator with students, parents, colleagues and the wider community.

To be considered for this appointment, you will require:

*A full teaching qualification (a school leadership qualification would also be desirable);

*A track record and experience of continued professional development and involvement in the recruitment of staff;

*Relevant senior leadership experience across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the National Curriculum for England;

*A thorough knowledge and understanding of effective school improvement planning and self-evaluation processes;

*A thorough knowledge and understanding of current assessment and reporting practices within Secondary Schools;

*Experience within curriculum design and adaptation;

*Exceptional communication skills.


• Effective team worker and leader.

• High expectations for accountability and consistency.

• Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every student.

• Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence.

• Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils.

• An understanding of a wider school community and the importance of working at a through school.

Teaching and Learning

• Outstanding classroom practitioner.

• Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and rewards.

• Has good communication, planning and organisational skills.

• Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement.

• Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Secondary Leader to gain valuable international exposure or further advance their career with a global leading company and world class International School, located in the UAE.

Working with GEMS offers you a unique opportunity to enhance and progress your career in a global setting. Whether this is your first role in international education or the latest in your successful career overseas, GEMS provides you with the unparalleled chance to be part of the world’s largest K-12 private school operator.

About Your Benefits

All positions attract an excellent remuneration package

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