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For August 2020

British Curriculum | FS2 to Year 6

The Arbor School provides a high standard of education based on the National Curriculum for England enriched with a compassionate, ethical outlook focused on ecoliteracy, sustainability and environmental justice. This educational vision is embedded within the curriculum of the Arbor School and is reflected in every lesson and task.

Through project-based, experiential and outdoor learning, children plan, collaborate, reflect and make meaningful changes to the world around them in an inclusive and supportive environment.


The Arbor School will also benefit from both a Scientist and an Artist-in-Residence who inspire the whole school community to think and act differently, facilitating their engagement with environmental projects both locally and globally.

In support of this vision, the school will boast top-class facilities using three bespoke climate-controlled biodomes and learning gardens as key spaces to engage children in a deeper understanding of their ecology and environment.

The Arbor School will provide a very high standard of physical facilities consistent with their educational aspirations. In addition to the large biodomes, there will be three small ones, atria and learning gardens in which students can regularly interact with soils, flora and fauna as a fundamental part of their educational experience. Their facilities will also include specialised science laboratories, art rooms, an auditorium and associated black box, libraries, canteen areas, film photography rooms and vocational workshops. In addition to these, sports will be well resourced and include a FIFA compliant soccer pitch, multi-purpose hall for indoor sports, a variety of outdoor courts and a specially designed swimming pool.

Following the successful vision and implementation of their Dubai based school, the group now have firm plans to open a new FS2 to year 6 school in 2021 based in Abu Dhabi and required an experienced Founding Principal of Primary to oversee and implement the new school. The school will also have an on site nursery (FS1) which will have its’ own Nursery Manager. When at full capacity, the school will have a student roll of 1080.


Mission Statement

The Arbor School provides a positive, caring and compassionate school environment, in which learners can shine in many different ways. Arbor students shall become innovative and capable leaders, with a strong set of ethical values, and anchored by a deep sense of environmental justice and sustainability.

The Arbor Promise

Students at Arbor are expected to demonstrate hard work and effort in all that they do. They are proactive in their learning, resilient when faced with a challenge and collaborative in solving problems. Arbor students are exceptionally caring, with an acute sense of compassion for others. They are passionate about the world around us and act with integrity and ingenuity when striving for a sustainable future.

Contact LSC

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Liz Gibbs on +44(0)7552 845990, or email at To apply for the post, please submit your up to date CV and a formal letter of application via the Apply Now link below, quoting code DARB. The letter should incorporate how you meet the person specification, why you are applying for the position and what particular attributes and qualities you would bring to the role.

Candidate Pack

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Key dates:

Closing date: 28 June 2019

Interviews: 2,3,4 September 2019 (in UAE)

The Arbor 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.


Additional information


Competitive salary and package


Abu Dhabi, UAE

Position Type

Founding Head of Primary

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