Principal - Lower and Middle School at International School of London - London in UK
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Principal - Lower and Middle School
International School of London - London (UK)

Appointed - Andrew Mitchell
Jan 14, 15
Jan 30, 15

International School of London - London

Job Description


Job Title:                 Principal – Lower and Middle School
Reports to:             Director – ISL UK
Deputised by:        LL (G7-10)
Campus:                   Lower and Middle School

0. General

To provide leadership in the creation of an Action Plan

1. Leadership

  • Chair of London SLT meetings
  • To undertake annually, in liaison with the CEO, Director of ISL UK Schools, CAO and the SLT decisions about staffing, annual school schedule, budget and School Action Plan
  • Develop a 5-year rationale for continuous development of the ICT administrative and communication tools
  • Ensure that every member of staff adhere to a personal professional growth plan
  • Develop a 5-year rationale for ISL participation in conferences
  • Lead the development of the ISL Open World

2. Personnel

  • Lead recruitment process and coordinate orientation and induction process
  • Professional learning, internship and mentoring coordinator
  • Monitor and appraise existent staff and coordinate evaluation of new staff
  • Monitor covers, duties, attendance, and staff professional conduct
  • Whole school Subject Coordinators line manager

3. Accountability

  • Meet monthly with the UK Director to report and advise on all aspects of the London School
  • Produce the London Annual Report and the London Annual Action Plan
  • Ensure that accrediting agencies recommendations are actioned, that resources and professional capacity is adequate to meet the demands of the plan.
  • Implement new or revised policies and review the London Procedures Manual
  • Participant in the ISL Principal Forum
  • To monitor effectiveness of SLT and review school meeting minutes
  • Chair London Staff, PTA and Adm meetings

4. Academic Quality

  • Conduct frequent teaching and learning observation
  • Supervise Student Reports and Parent – Teacher conferences
  • Evaluate the quality of feedback students receive, quality of assessment and reporting to parents on a two-year-cycle
  • Ensure that information displayed in corridors and public areas of the school is relevant and up-to-date
  • Facilitate professional learning, monitor quality of teaching and supervise coordinators.
  • Review the Assessment procedures regularly
  • Act on concerns about the quality of teaching and learning as quickly as possible


  • To manage the space, resources and personnel efficiently and effectively to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and H&S regulations
  • Set the London yearly calendar framework, the London annual calendar of staff meetings, parents meetings, reports, block weeks, in-service days and residential week
  • Set annual events: Graduation, Sports Day, Special Events, School Photograph etc.
  • Set staff teaching allocation, homeroom groups and sizes, teaching groups and G9-10 blocks of option choices
  • Supervise duties and covers


  • Promote the school events to the outside community
  • Establish partnerships with local schools
  • Encourage cross campus development of curriculum material and curriculum policies (e.g. language, assessment, learning support and academic honesty policies)
  • To establish an on-going relationship with local clergy, social services, fire office, local Member of Parliament, police force etc.

7. Administration

  • Review of job descriptions, staff procedure manual and parents handbook
  • Approve Student Handbook, PYP and MYP guides


  • Ensure that the London marketing material reflects ISL identity and that the London advertisements are in line with ISL branding and identity
  • Report to UK Director about Action Plan alignment to the wider Strategic Plan
  • Review internal communication procedures regularly
  • Chief Editor of the weekly School Newsletter
  • Main link with Admin staff, PTA Chair and ECIS
  • Responsible for visitors to the school
  • Lead and oversee London Open Days / Evenings


  • Create the London campus annual budget
  • School operations budget, PD budget and Office budget holder

10. Care & Guidance

  • In charge of whole school assemblies
  • Track holistic progress indicators for all students
  • Admissions supervisor
  • Monitor behaviour at start and end of school day
  • Child protection, risk assessment and H&S officer and liaise with external professional social services
  • Arbiter of student grievances
  • G10 and G5 Graduation Speech




    Fully qualified teacher, with either;
  • BEd. or equivalent; or
  • First degree plus post-graduate qualification in teaching


  • Leadership and management training
  • Masters in Education or similar



  • A minimum of ten years teaching experience
  • Able to demonstrate success in school leadership and change management
  • Significant experience as a Principal, Vice-Principal or other Senior Leadership post
  • Evidence of success in: building, leading, motivating and developing teams and individuals


  • Experience with IB PYP and/or MYP or other international educational programmes
  • Experience of working in an international setting
  • Experience in monitoring and improving learning at a school level


  • to be acknowledged as an outstanding educator and educationalist
  • to demonstrate good judgment, and possess a proven track record in pastoral and academic management
  • to communicate well with colleagues, pupils and parents
  • to show leadership and creativity, contributing to the development of the school as a whole
  • to set an example as a first-rate teacher, a hard-working colleague and through involvement in out of school events
  • to be an outstanding organiser and administrator.

To apply or if you require any further information about this role, please contact David Cope of Search Associates, as soon as possible and at the very latest by 30 January 2015.

Applications should include:

Current CV (no longer than 4 pages)
A recent photograph
Letter of application
A statement of your educational philosophy
Contact details of 4 professional referees
(including one from a senior person in your current school)

The ISL Board hopes to make the appointment by the end of February



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