Vacancy Details

13173 - Assistant Headteacher Pastoral: Prep School (Years 7-9) - September 2023

Business Unit:
Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 28-Jul-2023
About the Role

We are currently recruiting for an Assistant Headteacher Pastoral: Prep School (Years  7-9) to join our experienced team at GEMS Metropole School, Dubai for September 2023. 

This is an exciting time in the school’s development.  We require an ambitious, experienced and highly skilled leader to drive standards and progress, working as an integral part of the Secondary Leadership team.  

Key Responsibilities Upon Appointment:


  • Make significant contributions to meetings of the Senior Leadership Team, and the Curriculum & Assessment Team

  • Contribute to the operational management of the school and ensure it functions efficiently and effectively

  • Be a highly visible presence around the school and role-model expectations and standards to staff and students

  • Take accountability for attainment and progress targets relating to Y9-11

  • To create, implement, and maintain assessment systems, making perceptive use of all student information 

  • Leadership of the school’s Assessment & Reporting Policy; its monitoring, review and evaluation 

  • To produce clear, concise and accurate information on pupil progress to all stakeholders

  • To form outstanding working relationships with other leaders and also external stakeholders

  • Have presence and visibility as a leader, demonstrating resilience where required

  • To work effectively under pressure with a calm demeanor, role modelling the attributes and qualities of a leader.

The successful applicant will be required to have the following:

  • A B.Ed. or degree and PGCE / PGDE or equivalent with exceptional subject knowledge.
  • Experience as a Senior Leader with a successful track record of leading initiatives at whole school level.
  • Credibility as an outstanding practitioner and leader
  • Experience of leading rapid, sustainable change is essential

About Your Benefits
All positions attract an excellent remuneration package.
About GEMS

Trusted for over 60 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 170,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division.

About the School

GEMS Metropole School, located in Motor City in Dubai, opened its doors in September 2014 and has continued to flourish and grow in student number and stature. The school is now open to students from FS1 to Year 13 with an all-through school capacity of 4200 students offering the National Curriculum for England.

The school has become well-known for their key areas of success, such as a strong community approach to education, highly inclusive school support to strong secondary options at Key Stage 4 and academic and vocational choices at Key Stage 5. In addition, the school has well-equipped classrooms, a highly competitive sports department, a farm, digital media rooms, innovation laboratories, dedicated science labs, music, art rooms and libraries.

Most recently the school has completely overhauled its digital strategy to lay the foundations to further its position as a leader in associated technologies in the region, focusing on the use of technology to a. enhance the learning experience of our students through experiential learning through the use of AR and AI technology b. improve feedback and communication between the student/teacher and teacher/parent and c. help reduce staff time and workload, helping to improve teacher wellbeing and reduce burnout.

Students from our Foundation Stage classes have access to attractive indoor and outdoor learning areas to explore and investigate, high quality Information Technology provision and Science provision to develop IT and Science-based literacy, and most recently a language hub to support key language skills across school.

In the Primary section, with the use of 1:1 technologies, students and teachers use iPads and interactive whiteboards to enhance learning opportunities where appropriate. The Secondary school continues to develop and grow and has seen the LEAD and skills programme blossom supporting students to make informed decisions and develop their learning and leadership skills. A new focus of personalised pathways is supporting students in their preparation for life after school and their journey towards success. In conclusion, GEMS Metropole School is a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) with the School Principal as a BSME Country Rep. This allows both teachers and students alike to continue to grow and develop with the rich traditions of the National Curriculum offerings and align itself with ‘like schools’ across the region and overseas.
About Application Process

If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application.

To complete the application you would need the following document(s):


In line with the UAE's Emiratisation goals, GEMS welcomes and encourages applications from UAE nationals to join our fast-growing team.

1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph
Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.