Description of School:

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges of a global world. Founded in 2015, our school currently welcomes more than 1470 students of more than 70 different nationalities on its cutting-edge campus, in the centre of Dubai. From Pre-KG to Grade 12, SISD follows the full continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in three streams focusing on personalised learning and the development of 21st century skills. Students choose between the English with additional languages/STEAM stream or the bilingual English-French/German streams. We pride ourselves on being a fully accredited IB Continuum World School, offering the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), IB Careers Programme (IB CP) and IB Diploma Programme (DP). Our personalised international curriculum offers an engaging learning experience, the challenge of developing a real understanding of cultural diversity and the support of a thriving international community. Our state of the art, eco-friendly campus adjacent to Dubai creek, ensures that we can offer a wide range of sporting and after school activities tailored to the personal needs and preferences of every student.

Description of position:

The Deputy Head of Secondary School (Pastoral) is a key member of the Secondary Leadership Team with a key role in overseeing the provision of high-quality pastoral care, assuming responsibility for the enrichment of student life in the secondary school.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

This not an exhaustive list of all duties/responsibilities:

Leadership and strategy

  • To deputise for the Head of Secondary School as and when required

  • Leadership of the Grade Leaders and Secondary School Staff to promote high expectations of pastoral care for the students

  • Leadership and development of the pastoral system, including enrichment, houses and student councils

  • Promotion and communication of pastoral initiatives amongst stakeholders

  • Line management of Guidance Counsellor(s) and oversight of the Personal Development Curriculum

  • Contribute and ensure that the development and delivery of Secondary School improvement plan is aligned to the school’s vision

  • Use data and evidence effectively and appropriately to evaluate and impact on the horizontal performance of students

  • Attend regular leadership team meetings as part of the Secondary Leadership Team

  • Lead on the Moral, Social and Cultural Education programme

  • Lead behaviour for learning, ensuring there is a conducive and nurturing environment for learning to flourish

  • Stewardship of a positive learning environment by regular review of rewards and sanctions as well as consideration of outcomes from the professional development cycle

  • Develop systems to promote high levels of engagement, punctuality and attendance

Teaching and Learning

  • To continue to maintain an environment in the Secondary School that promotes and secures good teaching, effective learning, high standards of achievement and good behaviour

  • To contribute to the organization, implementation and monitoring the IB MYP, DP, CP, BTEC, ASDAN and Swiss Matura curricula and assessment so that statutory requirements are met

  • To ensure that secondary students develop study skills in order to learn more effectively and with increasing independence

  • To determine, organize and implement a policy for the personal, social and moral development of students

  • To monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning and standards of achievement of all secondary students through appropriate methods.

  • To determine and implement policies which promote:

  • a) positive strategies for developing good relations and dealing with incidents of conflict

  • b) equality of access, inclusion and diversity

  • To determine and implement positive strategies and programmes which ensure good student behaviour and discipline and give support and clear guidance on suspensions and exclusions

  • To develop and maintain effective links with the wider community including business and industry, to extend the curriculum and enhance teaching and learning

  • To continue to maintain an effective partnership with parents and the wider community to support and improve students’ achievement and personal development

  • To promote extra-curricular activities in accordance with the educational aims of the secondary school

  • To ensure information on student progress is used to improve teaching and learning.

Pastoral care and well-being

  • Exercise the role of the school’s child protection officer by managing all aspects of safeguarding issues, concerns and investigations to ensure students and parents fully understand the school’s safeguarding policy and procedures

  • Ensure school policies related to pastoral systems are followed by all secondary staff and that all secondary staff are held accountable for their implementation. the attendance policy is fully implemented and attendance is monitored, and protocols followed

  • Promote high levels of student well-being through bespoke initiatives that evolve dependent upon current trends in student care and support

  • Monitor, support and track student well-being

  • Communicate effectively with parents on sensitive issues

  • Enjoyment of, and proven ability in, communicating with young people

  • Maintain effective partnerships with parents to support student achievement, well-being and growth

  • Liaise with other schools and relevant organisations in matters of pastoral care

  • Effectively manage student behaviour and nurture the creation of an effective climate for learning


  • Manage and deliver the Secondary School cover programme for staff absence in a consistent and transparent manner

  • Organisation of supervision rotas outside of class time

  • Organisation of assemblies and coordination of relevant events prmoting community cohesion and a sense of belonging for all stakeholders

  • Collaboration with Admissions and the Head of Secondary to ensure an effective admissions process

  • Effectively manage, lead and inspire Grade Coordinators to have oversight, lead and monitor pastoral systems at grade level

Professional development

  • Support an ethos that embodies learning at all levels

  • Keep abreast of developments in international schools to ensure that SISD maintains a place at the forefront of international best practice

  • Lead, promote and cascade professional learning within the pastoral section

  • Provide necessary training for all pastoral staff to enable them to perform their roles and responsibilities to high standards

  • Collaborate with other Deputies and the Principal on recruitment, with a focus on those aspects that relate to the pastoral and wellbeing systems e.g., Grade Coordinators, Home Room Teachers and Counsellors etc.

  • Assist with whole school monitoring and evaluating of the Professional Development Cycle

Compliance and inspection

  • Assist with monitoring and regular review of key policies

  • Ensure regulatory compliance in areas relating to safeguarding and pastoral life at school

  • Seek excellence in all areas of the school SEF and school inspections relating to teaching and learning, pastoral and personal development


The salary and benefits package reflects the fact that the school is committed to excellence and is in line with UAE Labour Law.


Unlimited on Free Zone

Application for Position:

Candidates are requested to submit the following documents as a single PDF:

  • Covering letter addressing the position requirements (one side max)

  • Current CV, not to exceed two pages

  • A list of 3 professional referees with current contact details (position, phone number and e-mail address) not older than 3 years. This must include your current Head of School

Please send your application to: and include REF: - Application for position as Deputy Head Of Secondary (Pastoral) in the subject line of your mail.

For further information please call the HR team on: +971 4 375 06 00