Head of School at International School of Zanzibar in Tanzania
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Head of School
International School of Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Appointed - Position has been filled
Oct 13, 14
Nov 3, 14



Position Posted - 13 October  2014

Deadline - 27 October  2014


International School of Zanzibar seeks a New Headteacher

Effective in January  2015


The School

The School was opened in 1988 by parents who wanted a school that offered an international curriculum. The Government of Zanzibar provided the site on which the office, nursery blocks and a playground were constructed. Then the Library block was added in 1997 and the secondary block in 2007. We have grown since then. We now have a sixth form of year 12 and 13 and we offer a wide range of courses, to prepare students for university.

The Library

The school aims to provide a broad balanced and stimulating curriculum based on the British National Curriculum (BNC). It takes a global perspective and allows students to develop cultural diversity.

Students engage with a range of subjects which develop their academic, aesthetic, creative, physical, personal, and social skills to a high standard; in a supportive, respectful and welcoming environment.

Students are encouraged to develop creative and enquiring minds, be independent learners with skills for future lives. Importantly, they are taught to respect other cultures, the wider community and the environment.

They are expected to show an understanding and appreciation of Zanzibar and its culture through schemes of work and by localizing the syllabus and interact with the local community

Teachers offer role models for positive behavior and provide regular feedback on student performance.      


Early Years and Foundation

The Foundation Stage is for children between 18 months and 5 years, from Playgroup to Reception.  Playgroup develops personal, social, emotional, linguistic and physical aspects as well as literacy, maths, understanding the world and art. In Reception, children are prepared for Key Stage 1, where learning becomes more formalized, based on the BNC.


Key Stage 1 (Years 1 – 2)

KS1 builds on the early years, encouraging independence, responsibility, and interpersonal skills.  Here they are assessed informally, especially in English and Maths. Learning, practical and written homework is given. 

Key Stage 2 (Years 3 - 6)

KS2 builds on KS1 are taught English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, ICT,CPSHE, Art, PE, French, Swahili, Performing Art, and Swimming.  British National Curriculum is followed with local relevance.  Students are continually assessed, with formal testing at the end of half term or term. At the end of the year, students are given tests based on SATs in Maths and English. Years 3-4 homework of 1 1/2hr per week is given, increasing by 30 per day in years 5&6.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)

Students are taught by specialist teachers.  Tests and homework is increased accordingly.  

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 – 11)

Students follow courses that lead to IGCSE, University of Cambridge International Examination.    

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 -13)

At this stage students follow courses to AS and A levels.


The school is owned by parents and governors are elected by them at an AGM.

Setting, location and Campus Facilities

The school  on a pleasant campus five km from Stone Town and two km from the airport, and close to various beaches and hotels. It is spacious site with a library, a science lab, specialist language room, ICT room, football field, a swimming pool, basketball ground and a safe play area for young children.

The school has many clubs including judo, music, Yoga, etc.


 Future Directions for Our School        

The school is planning to develop further cultural activities such as ballet, opera, local music, performances and plays, art exhibitions, dance etc. with the completion of the multi-purpose hall.  It also plans to equip all the classrooms with computers for all the students, fixed classroom projectors for all the teachers and other technical facilities as required. 

With regard to the curriculum, we are planning to widen it, develop SEN and psychological services, and debating and other critical education activities.   






Responsibilities of Head of School

The Head of School is responsible to the Board of Governors and in accordance with the policies of the Board performs the following duties:

  • Organizes and administers the school
  • Provides continuous supervision, appraisal and evaluation of the educational program for the purpose of continuous educational improvement.
  • Is a member of the Board of Governors and the PTA ,
  • Assumes responsibility for the professional development of all staff by offering appropriate and supported study leave, conferences, and other appropriate activities,
  • Interprets the Board of Governors policies in the school and community,
  • Is responsible for recruitment and contracts, personnel records, orientation, evaluation of professional staff and all other matters related to personnel,
  • Is responsible for preparation of the budget, keeping proper accounts, and action on financial and accounting matters within policies set by the Board,
  • Assumes overall responsibility for school decorum,
  • Secures and maintains community understanding of school activities through a comprehensive, continuous program of involvement and interaction.

Preferred Qualifications

  • demonstrated ability to pursue and foster educational excellence in alignment with our Mission and Core Values
  • previous successful teaching and leadership experience in international school setting or equivalent
  • at least five years experience as Head of School/Deputy Head or equivalent
  • appropriate graduate degree and educational leadership credentials
  • has experience with and commitment to inclusive and comprehensive strategic planning
  • extensive experience with change management and a futures orientation
  • experience with standards-based performance appraisal systems
  • demonstrated success with recruitment, development, evaluation, and maintenance of a strong faculty
  • knowledge of and experience with human resources, marketing and community relations
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with local people, the community and state officials
  • long term interest with a minimum three year commitment

If a candidate’s dossier does not have the above qualifications, there should be a compelling reason why this candidate believes he or she would be an ideal person to join and lead our school community.

Desired Personal Characteristics

  • an open minded leader who can communicate and inspire others
  • someone who is appreciative of cultural diversity and demonstrates cultural sensitivity
  • energetic, organized and impressive work ethic and has a demonstrated interest in community service
  • tolerance for ambiguity with a sense of humor with a devotion to the highest principles of international-mindedness
  • a considerate and compassionate individual

Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefits depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. We offer health insurance, payment of Zanzibari taxes, home leave, transportation at the beginning and end of contract, shipping and retirement contribution.

Application Procedure

The International School of Zanzibar has selected Dr Ahmed Gurnah to act as consultant for the search process.

Interested candidates should send an application AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME but no later than October 27, 2014. (The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.)

Candidates should note, that in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, the school reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline mentioned above. For this reason it is VERY IMPORTANT that interested candidates apply as soon as possible.

Candidates should send the information requested below. It must be submitted EXACTLY in the form and manner requested. Please DO NOT send any information other than that which is specifically requested:

  • A letter of application, no longer than two pages, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are interested in this particular position
  • A current resume not to exceed two pages
  • A one-page statement outlining educational beliefs and leadership style
  • A one-page list of references with phone numbers and email addresses
  • A maximum of four letters of reference which may already be in your possession

Please note that ALL the above materials must be scanned into a SINGLE PDF ATTACHMENT (low resolution preferred). Please note that it is important to limit the size of your SINGLE PDF to 4MB. (No photographs, color, etc): <b>The PDF should be sent to Search Associates at both of the E-mail addresses listed below, IN THE SAME TRANSMISSION.


  • Only one e-mail containing only ONE pdf (NOT word.doc)
  • 4MB or less
  • Send ONLY what is requested
  • Specifically, send your PDF attachment to:    tdavenport@wcs.org  and gurnah@hotmail.com

For further information about the school please go to website www.isz.co.tz 

Attention: If you apply for this position, please inform the school and us (Admin@searchassociates.com) that you saw the notice on the Search Associates website. 


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