Vacancy Details

13776 - Head of Junior School - September 2023

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 14-Apr-2023
About the Role

We have an exciting new role available for a Head of Junior School to join GEMS Metropole School, Dubai.

We are looking for an outstanding, innovative leader to join the team. The successful candidate will join in September 2023 and play a key role on the Senior Leadership Team, supporting the Head Teacher Primary in driving the Junior School forward; strategically, creatively and operationally.

The Junior school vision is focused on traditional aspects and values, ensuring our students are confident speakers who are well mannered with strong etiquettes, and a sense of identity. You must have considerable experience in successfully nurturing pupils in a private school which focuses on strong values, good conduct and core skills. We are looking for a strong educationalist with an understanding of how to achieve excellence in teaching and learning and the gravitas to gain credibility with pupils, staff, Governors, and parents quickly. The successful candidate will also be outward-looking and forward-thinking with a clear passion for education; helping pupils prepare for the future whilst maintaining the core skills necessary to do so.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• To support Head Teacher Primary in embracing and encouraging the ethos and standards of excellence as defined in the Schools Core Values.
• To support Head Teacher Primary in ensuring high academic standards in the Junior School in relation to the schools own desire for all students to be the best they can as well as a commitment to the UAE National Agenda targets.
• To support Head Teacher Primary in managing budgets and undertake teaching and other professional duties as reasonably delegated by the Principal.
• To support Head Teacher Primary in leading the Junior School team – including performance management.

The Head of Junior School will provide visionary and inclusive leadership, and demonstrate exemplary management skills to further develop the Junior Schools ethos, including the provision of effective communication with all the school’s stakeholders, as well as ensuring the wellbeing and academic growth of all children.

To be considered for this role, candidates must be:

• Passionate about education and the development and welfare of all members of the School – students, staff, peers and themselves personally.

• Have experience in school senior leadership within the UK independent schools sector, possibly as part of an all-through school set-up.
• A creative, effective and dynamic leader with a proven record of accomplishment in school improvement, embracing accountability and building relationships through coaching and mentoring.
• Visible to all stakeholders, leading by example; possessing real gravitas and presence within a school community.
• Rigorous in promoting excellence, responsibility and commitment to high standards of care ensuring opportunities for all.
• Able to demonstrate successful experience and expertise in leading and managing staff, promoting and developing innovative approaches to learning.
• Able to demonstrate a comprehensive and confident knowledge of the National Curriculum for England.

The successful candidate will:
• Have a proven track record of raising standards for learners of all abilities.
• Have effective organisational, leadership, managerial and interpersonal skills.
• Be able to promote new initiatives and positive relationships throughout the school community.
• Be able to demonstrate genuine passion towards the wider co-curricular life of a school.

Working with GEMS Education offers you a unique opportunity for career progressions and enhance your experience 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 private school operator.

About Your Benefits
An excellent remuneration package is available for the successful candidate.
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.