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Head of High School – International School of Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

The new Head of High School will be responsible for the successful running of the High School and for the quality of educational outcomes. With the opportunity to work closely with the new Director and the other members of the Learning Leadership Team to secure and develop ISB’s reputation as a leading international school, this is an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified and ambitious education professionals.

Having recently appointed James MacDonald as its new Director, the International School of Brussels (ISB) is seeking a new Head of High School.

ISB is a well-managed and highly respected school. It has a distinguished reputation within the international school community for pedagogical innovation and for sharing best practice. This reputation combined with its excellent working conditions allows it to attract high calibre staff at all levels and in all roles. Entry to ISB is non-selective and it is widely regarded as a beacon school for inclusivity: it is committed to building a balanced community of learners with a diverse range of talents and abilities, including those of exceptionally high academic ability and a carefully managed number of students with diagnosed learning disabilities. The School’s mission is to develop independent learners and international citizens in an environment where all students are included, challenged and successful and the community engages in an ongoing, critical conversation about how to interpret that mission at the start of the third decade of the 21st century.

The School is constituted as an ‘Association Sans But Lucratif’ (a not-for-profit organisation) under Belgian legislation and it has no religious or national affiliations. ISB does not receive any state subsidies but is recognised by the Belgian authorities and therefore parents who send their children to ISB are compliant with the education law. Since 1980, ISB has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (“MSA”) and by the Council of International Schools (“CIS”). These accreditations were renewed in December 2019.

ISB has four School Divisions: the Early Childhood Centre, the Elementary School, the Middle School and the High School, each with its own teaching staff. Working alongside these horizontal divisions are the whole-school teams, including the Student Support Services, in ICT and libraries; in the Athletics and Arts programmes, plus other co-curricular provision.

More information about ISB in general and the High School in particular is available via the website.

Salary package will be commensurate with the seniority of the post and the profile of this highly-respected international school.

A full candidate brochure can be found at the link on the right of this page. It is anticipated that an appointment will be confirmed by 15th October at the latest. Please note that candidates may be invited for an initial interview via Zoom from mid-August and we reserve the right to convene final interviews in Brussels as soon as we consider that we have an excellent field of candidates. For this reason, although Friday 4th September is the official closing date, please contact Jean Sullivan to express an interest now. Jean is our Head of International Search and can be contacted by email on:

The appointment process will be led by Vicky Tuck, Senior Advisor:

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter, addressed to the Director, James Macdonald, which explains their reasons for applying. There is no need to submit a separate CV. Open testimonials are disregarded.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to RSAcademics’s Operations Manager (Leadership Appointments), Jonathan Barnes, at Jonathan can also be reached by calling RSAcademics’ Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163. The need for confidentiality is understoodand all discussions and applications will be handled with careful
regard to this.

The International School of Brussels is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo background checks to confirm suitability to work with children and the appointment is conditional upon the receipt and validation of three confidential references.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 04 September 2020 10.00am (UK time)