Head of Secondary


Palmela, PT

Date:  19 Jun 2024
Application closing date: 

Inspired Education is the leading global group of premium schools, with a portfolio of over 110 premium private schools spanning six continents which utilise proven educational practices from every corner of the globe, ensuring over 85,000 students receive a world-class learning experience from Kindergarten to Year 13. In addition, we are delighted to be recognised in the top 10 highest value private companies in the UK by Beauhurst.


In over 25 countries, Inspired schools are individually developed and anchored in the vibrant cultures of their respective locations. They collectively form an international family of schools that nurtures each student's academic and personal development in a progressive, dynamic, and innovative learning environment.


By joining our award-winning team of over 12,000 employees, you can work in state-of-the-art facilities alongside industry-renowned educators and leaders in some of the world's most desirable locations. We invest heavily in our team members who enjoy industry-leading professional development, exceptional career opportunities, and mobility across our group.


St. Peter’s International School is an international school that provides a competitive, high-quality response to the needs of a diverse population. Our fundamental principles are centered on the integral development of the child, valuing academic and professional success, based on attitudes, practices and values that contribute to the growth of the individual.

This is an exciting time to join the team as we are designing our growth roadmap and new staff will be able to actively participate in this project. While this is an organisation committed to academic excellence, we believe that this is only possible if we are also committed to the personal and professional growth of our staff.

All staff at St. Peter’s are actively involved in the pastoral life of the school. The role will also offer the opportunity for contribution to co-curricular clubs and enrichment.

To join our team in August 2024, we are looking for a well-qualified and talented Head of Secondary. 


The Head of Secondary, International is a key member of the school's Senior Leadership Team (SLT) responsible for providing professional and effective leadership across all aspects of the secondary phase. You will play a pivotal role in shaping the school's vision, driving student achievement, and fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment. The selected candidate will be expected to teach 14 periods. The ability to teach Mathematics will be regarded positively. 


  • Develop and implement the school's strategic plan for the secondary phase with the Head of International and SLT.
  • Lead Secondary Heads of Department and staff, fostering continuous improvement and raising the IB average.
  • Promote the school's vision and passion for learning to students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Represent St. Peter’s International School to help grow the International Section.
  • Ensure the secondary curriculum meets student needs and aligns with Cambridge and IB programmes.
  • Conduct admissions interviews and oversee the induction process for new students and families.
  • Lead the Secondary House Council and student leadership initiatives.
  • Maintain a safe, supportive learning environment and uphold the student Code of Conduct.
  • Guide students from Grades 6-11 on university applications and career pathway
  • Implement and oversee the behaviour support system for positive student outcomes.
  • Establish consistent behaviour policies with clear consequences.
  • Lead the team responsible for behaviour support plans and communicate with families.
  • Monitor and improve the pastoral care and SEBL curriculum.
  • Oversee PSHE and SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) initiatives.
  • Promote a positive school culture and foster a respectful, supportive environment.


  • University degree in appropriate subject.
  • A minimum of 3 years' experience in a senior leadership position, ideally within a secondary school setting.
  • Proven track record of raising standards and achieving excellence in education.
  • Strong knowledge of the Cambridge and or IB curriculum and international education best practices.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire staff, fostering a collaborative and supportive environment.
  • Commitment to student well-being and safeguarding.
  • A creative and strategic thinker with a passion for innovation.


Inspired Education Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practices and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. 


Visit our careers site for more information; https://jobs.inspirededu.com