Head of School – Nobel Algarve British International School, Lagoa


An exceptional opportunity to steer an established British international school in Portugal through an exciting new phase of development.

For August 2024

Nobel Algarve British International School is located on two sites – in Lagoa and Almancil – in the very heart of the Algarve. The Globeducate group is now seeking an outstanding Head of School for Nobel Algarve Lagoa, a school which is in a very significant period of development and offers huge potential for the right candidate. Lagoa is situated close to the coast and with easy access to the rest of this stunning coastal region of southern Portugal as well as to Faro international airport.

Over more than 50 years, Nobel Algarve Lagoa has established itself as one of Portugal’s leading international schools, with students aged from 3-18. It is a British curriculum school from EYFS to A-level, with a Portuguese section for local families. Nobel Algarve is now part of the Globeducate British International Schools cluster which brings together schools in Portugal, Spain, France and the UK. Globeducate is a rapidly-growing, values-driven international group, now of 60+ schools in 12 countries, in which the schools share a common educational philosophy and four key values: Challenge, Enrich, Shape, Achieve. Globeducate seeks to create global citizens who can shape a better world and the Globeducate Agenda is aligned with the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The group puts people at its core and operates in ways that aim to be transparent and collaborative. There are central resources that are made available to all the schools, group-wide partnerships with organisations looking at pressing global issues, and active collaboration across the group among leaders, staff and students.

The new Head of School will be taking over Nobel Algarve Lagoa at a crucial stage in its development. The school has acquired an adjoining area of land as part of a process of ‘school of the future’ re-imagination and redevelopment. The Head will be responsible for shaping this development, which will provide first-class new academic, sporting and performance facilities and allow the school to increase its capacity from 1,000 students to c. 1,800. The development will, in effect, deliver a whole new campus and the headship will therefore suit a leader with experience in a founding situation.

The campus development represents a level of ambition that will be reflected in a refreshed strategy for the school. This strategic planning will also need to take account of the changing dynamics and demographics of the region. Nobel Algarve Lagoa will have to continue to appeal to its existing audiences while becoming the number one option for new families moving into the area, many of them coming with technology, entrepreneur and innovation-focused backgrounds.

Globeducate is therefore seeking a Head of School who will be able to grasp these opportunities and enable Nobel Algarve Lagoa to become one of the finest British international schools in Portugal and Spain.

The new Head will require creativity to see the potential of the site and its new facilities and to build coherence between this new physical space, the school’s strategic plan and the needs of the communities around the school. They will also need a deep interest in educational innovation and technology and to be able to help the school become a standout in the region for innovative practice. The successful candidate will have a very strong track record of leadership in good schools, they will align closely with Globeducate’s mission, educational philosophy and values, they will understand what it takes to develop and grow a school while constantly seeking improvement and innovation, and they will be committed to building student numbers by making Nobel Algarve Lagoa the school of choice locally. The role will require imagination, resourcefulness, credibility and the capacity to inspire internal and external stakeholders.

The Head of School will have considerable autonomy, answering to Globeducate’s CEO for Portugal and the UK for all educational, financial and operational management matters and working closely with the group education team, and will require the commercial acumen to deliver the school’s business plan. The Head will be enthusiastic about contributing to the wider group and understand the value they can derive from Globeducate’s central resources and cross-school support networks.

The potential of the role is enormous and it could be a career-defining opportunity. It is available for August 2024.

Further information about the school, the position and Globeducate is available through the link on the right side of this page.

For a preliminary, confidential conversation about the role and to request further job details please contact Jean Sullivan, Head of International Search at jeansullivan@rsacademics.com.

Applications for this position will be considered on an ongoing basis and early applications are therefore encouraged.

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a letter of application and CV/résumé. The letter of application should be addressed to Mike Farrer, Country CEO, Globeducate and address the specific role, your interest in and alignment with it and how you see your experience as most relevant. Please click the Apply Now link on the right side of this page. You will be taken to an online portal where you will be able to download the application materials. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Should you have any queries relating to submission of your application, please contact Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator, at applications@rsacademics.com. Alison can also be reached by calling +44(0)1858 383163.

Globeducate is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its employees and volunteers to share this commitment. Safeguarding and child protection issues will be discussed throughout the appointment process and candidates must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and criminal records and social media checks.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.

The safeguarding responsibilities of the role are indicated in the candidate information.

RSAcademics is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Applications for this position will be considered on an ongoing basis and early applications are therefore encouraged.

Suitable candidates will be invited to a preliminary Interview with RSAcademics colleagues. For those progressing to later stages, there will be online and in-person interviews with members of the Globeducate team.