Banda School Head of Lower School Jobs in Kenya
Banda School Head of Lower School Jobs in Kenya
The Head of Lower School is a member of the Senior Leadership Team who works closely with the Head of Pegasus Early Years and the Head teacher , to whom he/she is responsible, in order to ensure the effective and efficient management of all aspects of the School. The Head of Lower School has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of Years 1 - 4 and enjoys considerable autonomy. It is essential that there is a close liaison and an excellent working relationship
between all three Heads.
The Head of the Lower School is expected to provide dynamic leadership of the department,
maintaining the highest possible standards and inspiring a team of committed staff. The postholder constantly strives to ensure that pupils receive the very best all-round education in order that they can achieve their full potential.
Responsibilities associated with the post
Lead, develop and inspire an excellent, committed, forward-looking teaching and support
Enthuse and inspire pupils with the joy of learning and the thrill of exploration
Work collaboratively with the Head of the Early Years and the Head to provide a quality
all-round education for pupils in the local community
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning are at the heart of the School and the Head of Lower School must embrace and underpin this philosophy. The Head of Lower School is expected to have a teaching commitment and should be a highly effective practitioner. In addition, the Head of Lower School should help to generate and promote a culture of positive reflection and innovation, drawing on good practice and inspiring teachers to develop their own skills.
He / she should be conversant with modern methodologies and latest best practice and should be able to make informed judgements on what works best for teachers and children.
Consult with the Head on:
The formulation of aims and objectives of the Lower School
Whole School Policies and Handbooks
Recruitment at all levels
Matters concerning Health and Safety
Preparation for Inspection
Other appropriate matters as directed
Structure of Management
The Head of Lower School plays an important role in the whole-school management of The Banda. The postholder will meet weekly with the Head as part of the Senior Leadership Team and is expected to take part in whole-school working groups as appropriate.
Appointment and Management of Staff
In consultation with the Head, take full responsibility for the selection and appointment of teaching staff in the Lower School
Deploy and manage all teaching staff and allocate particular duties to them in a manner
consistent with their conditions of employment and job descriptions
Evaluate the standards of teaching and learning, ensuring that proper and appropriate
standards of professional performance are established and maintained
Supervise and administer the School’s system of performance management – observations and appraisals.
Ensure that all staff have access to advice and training appropriate to their need, in order to support and promote professional development.
Determine and implement effective policies for the recruitment of pupils
Ensure that the progress of pupils in the Lower School is monitored and recorded appropriately
Ensure that there is an effective policy for pastoral care and that this is implemented
Determine measures to be taken to promote good discipline amongst the pupils in order to
ensure high standards of behaviour: Where this is less than expected, ensure that measures are taken to rectify this
Ensure the maintenance of good order and discipline at all times where pupils are present on the school premises and during ‘off site’ activities
In consultation with the Director of Teaching and Learning:
organise and implement an appropriate curriculum, having regard for the needs, experience, interests, aptitude and stage of development of the pupils and the resources
available to the Lower School
Ensure that all pupils have access to a broad range of enrichment opportunities, including
sporting and extra-curricular activities, to supplement the taught curriculum
Public Relations and Relations with Parents
Make arrangements for parents to be given regular information about the school curriculum,
the progress of their children and other matters pertaining to the School
Organise and attend meetings, events and functions as are necessary to promote positive and
effective relationships between staff, pupils and parents
Promote the interaction of the School with the wider community.
Address concerns and enquiries on a regular basis
Resources, Premises and Administration
In consultation with the Administration and the Head:
Allocate, control and account for those financial and material resources of the School which are under the control of the Head of Lower School
Assist the Administration in making arrangements for the security and effective supervision of the Lower School grounds and buildings and their contents
Ensure that maintenance needs are reported promptly
Create and maintain an effective administration system for handling duties and the efficient administration of the Lower School
It should of course be noted that the above job description is not exhaustive, and that other duties and responsibilities may be expected, consistent with the efficient and effective role of Head of the Lower School.
The Head of Lower School needs to:
Be a fully qualified teacher with Key Stage 1 and / or 2 training and experience.
Have experience of working in British curriculum schools.
Be able to build strong relationships with parents and families.
Be able to build strong working relationships with colleagues.
Be able to create a stimulating and engaging department.
Be able to use initiative, show flexibility and be adaptable.
Be pro-active as a leader of The Banda Lower School team.
Be punctual, with additional preparation time at the beginning and end of each term.
Be a strong communicator with adults and children.
Show organisational skills.
Show leadership in behaviour, dress and speech.
To lead by example in professional matters.
Display confidence in and possess a high level of written English.
Be able to use ICT in teaching and administration. Familiarity with using Interactive
Whiteboards and iPads is vital.
Present a clean Certificate of Good Conduct or International Child Protection Certificate
Safeguard and promote the welfare of the pupils.
Keep up to date with educational developments from UK.
Be a motivator
The Head of Lower School should be:
A progressive thinker with vision;
Caring, approachable, able to engage fully with pupils, parents and staff;
An excellent classroom practitioner who is committed to enabling every child to fulfil their potential in all areas;
A passionate believer in high quality Key Stage 1 & 2 provision with a clear understanding of the curriculum at these stages;
A team-builder with excellent communication skills, able to listen, consult and motivate
A dynamic innovator who will lead from the front.
How to Apply
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