For August 2019

4-18| 970+ students | Co-educational | Day


Founded in 1949, Cayman Prep & High School(CPHS) is now a leading provider of quality education for students aged 4-18 in the Cayman Islands. CPHS is a not for profit, private school owned and operated by the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. It is one of two private schools offering the British Curriculum in the Cayman Islands.

The school is based across two campuses, a short distance from each other: its Primary School caters to 522 students, who range from KG to Year 6; the High School educates 456 students, from Years 7 to 13. Approximately half the students are Caymanian and half are from international/expatriate family backgrounds. Most students are English speaking with around 4.4% EAL students from a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Both schools are heavily oversubscribed in most year groups. In addition to the Principal and 3 Primary Leadership Team staff, there are 33 teaching staff and 13 Learning Assistants. 

The School’s mission is to provide a stimulating learning environment, firmly rooted in Christian principles, in which its students become critical, creative thinkers, responsible citizens and lifelong learners in an ever-changing world. The Primary School curriculum is inspired by the revised National Curriculum of England (2014) but uniquely adapted to meet the needs of its international context and student body, as well as having a specific focus on local culture, history, geography and traditions. The Primary School aims to offer a high quality learning-focused environment where learning is irresistible, engaging and enjoyable and a setting where students make real choices, develop positive self-esteem, growth mindset and high moral values, based on the school’s Christian beliefs. As well as providing excellent provision in academic subject learning and teaching, learning in and through creative arts, sports and music is highly valued and delivered to an exceptionally high level. The school also offers an enriched and extensive extra-curricular programme. In Kindergarten, Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) is used to provide a holistic, child-centred and exploratory curriculum. An inquiry-based learning approach has been extended into Year 1 and beyond and its development is an ongoing focus and aim of the school. The High School offers a UK based curriculum, which includes IGCSEs, AS and A-levels through the Cambridge International Examinations and Welsh Joint Education Committee.

A Christian ethos is evident throughout the school and students are inspired to think, from the very earliest ages, about what sort of contribution they will make to the world and how they will make a difference. The school supports them in such a way as to ensure they grow into responsible, mature, and engaged members of the school community and citizens of the world.

Positive parental relationships are crucial to supporting students’ learning and the school shares information which actively engages parents in their child’s education, creating worthwhile and valuable partnerships.

CPHS is strategically led by a Board of Governors, which is appointed by the Council of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI), and is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of both the Primary School and High School, using the agreed Articles of Association. The Board is the steward of the school’s mission and resources. This model espouses the Director as responsible for operational and academic matters at the school, as per Board policy. The Board is responsible for setting policy and approving the annual budget, strategic planning, performance, risk management, financial controls, employment terms, facilities, accreditation and memberships, marketing and mission attainment. Included in the membership are the two School Chaplains and two members appointed annually by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

The Governors and Director of CPHS are seeking to appoint a Primary School Principal to join the school from August 2019. The new appointment comes at an exciting time for the School, as it moves into its 70th year of delivering excellence in education in the Cayman Islands.

The Primary School Principal is accountable to the Director and to the Board of Governors for ensuring the educational and operational success of the Primary School. The Principal reports directly to the Director, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the school. Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Director, the Principal takes responsibility for the quality of teaching and learning, ongoing self-evaluation, school improvement, curriculum development, leadership and management, staffing and day-to-day running of the school. The Principal provides guidance and direction for members of the Primary School staff and oversees the continued development and provision of a high quality international curriculum firmly rooted in Christian principles according to the ideals of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The members of the Primary School’s Senior Leadership Team report to the Primary School Principal.

The Governors will be looking for someone who is confident in their own vision with the energy and dynamism to introduce fresh thinking. They must be able to address and drive forward strategic concerns and provide solutions. Key attributes of this proactive leader will be the capacity to command the respect of all constituencies and to inspire the students and staff with confidence.

The development of a strong relationship with the Principal of the High School, enabling both of the Principals and schools to work closely together as a team, will be key to a sense of continuity and shared goals for the students as they move through the Schools and beyond.

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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 edward@lsceducation.com. To apply for the post, please submit your up-to-date CV and a letter of application via the Apply Now link below, quoting code CPHS. 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. 



Closing date: 6 March 2019

Longlist interviews: 14, 15 March 2019 (by Skype)

Shortlist/Final interviews: 26, 27, 28 March 2019 (in Grand Cayman)


Cayman Prep & High 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


Cayman Islands

Position Type

Primary School Principal

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