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St Andrew’s School, Turi – Director of Learning.

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The School

St Andrew’s, Turi is one of the leading international schools in Africa. Founded as a Preparatory School in 1931, it has grown to comprise of both Preparatory and Senior Schools. St Andrew’s is a full boarding school, situated on a beautiful 450-acre site on the western slopes of the Rift Valley North West of Nairobi, and at 2500m (making it malaria free) where the wonderful climate makes it one of the most sought after places to live in Kenya. 

St Andrew’s has a strong Christian foundation and ethos, which continue to define and   govern the nature and work of the School. The School has 600 students from over 25 nations, with the majority hailing from Africa. The School’s distinctive Christian character is evident in all aspects of School life, with children from all faith backgrounds welcome.

St Andrew’s School, Turi is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant will undertake their role and responsibilities in accordance with St Andrew’s School Safeguarding and Child Protection Guidelines and will be required to undergo all checks relevant to the post.

The Role

The Director of Learning (DOL), reporting to the Deputy Head Academic, is a senior   member of staff and a leading member of the Academic Management Team.

Responsibilities of the DOL include leading on the development of and training for staff, keeping up with the latest educational research, being the budget holder for all CPD, line managing key teams in the Learning Centre, and leading on student enrichment and scholarship programmes. The role is particularly attractive given the high profile of Teaching and Learning in the School, seen in the provision of weekly sessions and brand new facilities.

Please note that, while this is a significant whole school responsibility, the successful candidate will also have up to a 0.7 teaching timetable. With departing staff teaching in the Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Sociology (teaching posts to be advertised separately), an ability to teach one of these would be an advantage – but for the right  candidate there is flexibility to teach other specialisms.

Person Specification

Working at St Andrew’s, Turi, is an exciting and dynamic experience. Our desire is to recruit committed and resourceful staff, who are looking to not only develop their skills and leadership capacities, but also embrace new experiences and challenges.

Essential to working with us are:

  • The need to be able to support the School’s aims and Christian ethos
  • A clear passion for learning
  • A good degree in your teaching subject and relevant teaching experience
  • Experience in pastoral care (boarding school experience is desirable, but not essential)
  • A strong work ethic and experience of working in a team

Beyond that we want staff who are committed to allowing students to thrive; first-class communicators; passionate about the subjects and students they teach; creative and diligent in their planning; and, given life in a full boarding school, are adaptable, energetic and resilient.

The Package

There is a generous overall remuneration package as detailed below (the cost of living in Kenya is significantly lower than in the UK):

  • Salary: The successful applicant will be placed on the Turi Pay Scale and there will be an additional allowance for the role.
  • Accommodation: suitable rent free accommodation will be provided as a taxable benefit. Domestic and gardening help is arranged by the School, but paid for, at local rates, by the applicant.
  • School fees (where applicable): there is a 100% fee remission for staff children throughout the School; places are subject to the School’s normal entry requirements. Fee remission is a taxable benefit.
  • Medical care: all members of staff and their families (below 18 yrs) are covered under a comprehensive insurance scheme.
  • Pension: the School operates a defined contribution pension scheme in which the employer and employee each contribute 6% of the monthly salary.  For employees leaving Kenya at the end of their contract the full value of the contributions, plus accumulated interest, can be withdrawn from the scheme.
  • Relocation: outward and return flights for the applicant, and for his/her spouse and dependent children [up to the age of 18] as applicable, together with a freight allowance, at the beginning and end of the contract period, are paid for by the School. This is applicable to staff recruited from outside the country.
  • Meals: these are provided during term time as a taxable benefit.
  • Facilities: extensive recreational facilities are open to use by staff and their families. The onsite Phoenix Club, serving a wide range of food and beverages, acts as a wonderful social hub for the staff community and their families throughout the year.

How To Apply

Please complete and attach the School’s Application Form. 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Closing Date for applications: 26th January, 2022.

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