for August 2015

660 pupils | 3-11 years old | Coeducational | Day | British curriculum

Horizon English School is a thriving and happy primary school in Al Wasl, in the heart of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The School’s vision is to develop the independent learner with the skills and attributes to manage oneself, relationships with others and to contribute to the community, both local and global.  Horizon English School was founded in 1989 and then acquired by Al Najah Education in 2012. Over the years it has grown substantially and become a leading primary school in Dubai, now with enrolment of 660 students and a total capacity of 900 students. The school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for England. It is an accredited member of British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and is inspected and recognized by British Schools Overseas (BSO). It is also accredited and inspected annually by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai, which currently rates the school as ‘Outstanding’. The school has developed significantly in the past year and now enjoys excellent facilities and resources. It is currently 4 form-entry in some year groups and will grow organically to reach capacity over time. Horizon English School has a diverse intake of pupils from over 50 nationalities and a highly supportive parent body. The school enjoys a well-qualified and experienced teaching staff who are highly committed to the school.  

The School is owned and managed by Al Najah Education Limited, a group which currently owns a number of schools across the Gulf and in Asia, and has a vision to create one of the largest educational platforms in the MENA and Southeast Asia regions, encompassing the full education spectrum across pre-primary, primary & secondary, tertiary and continuing education. The Group’s mission is to provide the best education services, tailored to the needs of the communities it serves through its rapidly growing network of educational facilities.

The Board and Al Najah Education are currently seeking to recruit a new Headteacher to commence in August 2015. The Headteacher will report to the Board and to the Head of British Education at Al Najah Education. The successful candidate will be a highly qualified and experienced school leader who has a demonstrable understanding of what it takes to be an outstanding school. They will be an inspirational leader, who is nurturing and caring and has excellent interpersonal and communication skills. To lead Horizon English School, they will need to be highly energetic and motivated, with a strong belief in an inclusive and holistic education.

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For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at To apply for the post, please visit

Closing date:  27 April 2015

Longlist interviews:   28, 29 April 2015

Shortlist interviews:   5, 6 May 2015 (in Dubai)


Horizon English School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.