Founding Principal – Rashid and Latifa School, Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the re-opening and merger of two of Dubai’s oldest and most important schools.

The Directors of the new Rashid and Latifa School Task Force and the Board of Governors seek applications from outstanding individuals for the position of Founding Principal, ideally to take up post in September 2022.

Already a successful educational leader, you will be extremely ambitious for the children and staff at the school, inspired by the opportunity to deliver outstanding educational outcomes through an innovative and creative curriculum.  You will be a visible and approachable leader, with excellent communication skills, capable of building positive relationships with all stakeholders and you will be sympathetic to the particular demands and sensitivities of this extremely high-profile position.  The ideal candidate will be fully cognisant of the standards, expectations, laws and relationships required with the UAE Ministry of Education and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority of Dubai.

The new Rashid and Latifa School (RLS) will educate sons and daughters of the Dubai ruling family as well as other Emirati students and expatriate students.  The co-educational primary school will follow an adapted form of the National Curriculum for England, while secondary students, in gender-segregated classes, will study IGCSE at age 16 and the IB Diploma ad Careers Programme thereafter.  A leadership awards scheme and well being programme will be central to the work of the school.  The intention of the Governors is for the school to be at the forefront of global developments in education, supported by world-class, school-based research and innovation, working with a number of international partners.

RLS will open in September 2023, born from the Latifa School for Girls and Rashid School for Boys, which were established in the 1980s, through a Royal Decree of the late ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.  Under a new Board of Governors, the decision was taken in June 2020 to close the two schools for two years, to reset, re-energise and re-culture them and, above all, to oversee their merger under a unified leadership.

As preparations for the re-opening continue, the Founding Principal will join the RLS Task Force ideally in September 2022 for the final year of the project, leading to the opening.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 12th January 2022

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