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PYP Primary School Principal (Ref: PP261010)

The International School of Paris is looking for a PYP Primary School Principal to start in August 2011. The candidate should have a Masters degree in Education, experience as an Administrator in a PYP authorized school and preferably working knowledge of French and European work papers.

All interested candidates should send a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae and and e-mail addresses of three professional referees to jobs@isparis.edu with the reference number PP261010 in the subject line of the message.

Deadline : December 1, 2010.

Information for Candidates

Please read the school’s Vision, Mission and Philosophy, and the ISP Leader Profile. These describe the school and its goals.

Description of the School

The International School of Paris is a successful Nursery-12th Grade school which was founded in 1964 to provide an education in English for the diplomatic and business communities in Paris. We are the only English-lspeaking school within the city of Paris with Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary School sections. We are located in six buildings in the 16 arrondissement with the Secondary School being near Trocadero Park and the Primary School 15 minutes walk away. This is very close to many embassies and the headquarters of international companies and is consequently very convenient for families living in or near Paris. The majority of parents are from a professional background and have high academic aspirations for their children. Almost all of our graduates go on to university, either in their own country, in the U.K. or the U.S.A.

We have more than 60 nationalities represented in a student body of close to 700, so it offers a rich, multi-cultural educational experience. Our classes are small (5-24 students), allowing a close student-teacher rapport. We are the only school in France authorized to offer all three of the International Baccalaureate programs - PYP, MYP and Diploma.

PRE-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL (ages 3 to 11): The IB Primary Years Programme is offered, the school having been authorized in June 2004 and evaluated in 2007. There is a warm, friendly learning environment where, in addition to developing the skills and attributes of the PYP, we use the scope and sequence documents of the PYP for all subject areas.

SECONDARY SCHOOL (ages 11 to 18): The IB Middle Years Program is in place in Grades 6-10 and we were authorized in March 2003. We have offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program since 1985. We are the only school in the Paris area to concentrate exclusively on the I.B. Diploma, and our results are always above the world average, with a large number of bilingual Diplomas awarded.

Outside the classroom we offer a varied roster of after-school activities including soccer, basketball, baseball, table tennis, theatre, Model United Nations, yearbook, band, choir, student council, Environment Club and others. Teachers are encouraged to contribute to the pastoral and extra-curricular activities and are paid additionally for these.

All of the school buildings are networked, with both cable and wireless connections. There are computer projectors (‘beamers’) in every classroom and an increasing number of interactive whiteboards. In addition to the computer labs, there are mobile computer labs available at all levels of the school.

Primary School Principal

The Primary School Principal is a member of the Leadership Team, reporting directly to the Head. He/She is responsible for supporting, facilitating, motivating and organizing the work of the Primary School. He/she has oversight of the Primary School curriculum and the pastoral welfare of the Primary School students (Grades N-5). He/She acts as the Head’s representative or delegate in all matters specifically related to the Primary School. He/She participates in, but is not ultimately responsible for, teacher recruitment (which remains the Head’s responsibility.)  He/She actively participates in the overall school and primary school policy development.

The functions of the Primary School Principal are to:
  • Advise and assist in formulating policies and procedures for the smooth running of the Primary School.
  • Ensure that the Primary School has a well-organised curriculum, articulated from grades Nursery-5.
  • Ensure that the supervision, observation and appraisal of teaching staff are carried out in order to maintain and improve teacher performance.
  • Ensure effective communication within the Primary School and its stakeholders, promoting good public relations.
  • Liaise with, and promote good public relations with other educational institutions and agencies.
  • Oversee the purchasing of educational supplies for the Primary School, within the budget.
  • Maintain student discipline and oversee student welfare.
The responsibilities of the Primary School Principal are:
  • Oversight of the curriculum, Grades N-5.

    This includes:
    • management of holders of additional responsibility and specialist teachers.
    • oversight of curriculum innovation.
    • development and implementation of the Primary School curriculum.

These responsibilities will be carried out in consultation with the I.B. Primary Years Program Coordinator, Vice-Principals, Grade Level Coordinaors and teachers.

  • The pastoral welfare of Primary School students.

This responsibility will be carried out in consultation with the Grade Teachers and the learning resource specialist.

  • Ensure that there is appropriate admissions and placement of Primary School students in conjunction with the admission officer and Head of School.
  • Day-to day running of the Primary School
    • Organizing the daily activities of the school in collaboration with the Vice-Principal
    • Organizing special events - Open Houses, Parent-Teacher conferences, social events etc. (In co-operation with the Administrative assistants, Vice Principals, Grade Level Coordinators and teachers.)
  • The provision of resources, matching students with classes, rooms and teaching resources.
    This includes:
    • Ensuring that all classrooms are fully equipped
    • Ensuring that the buildings are well decorated, clean and tidy
    • Advising the Head of School and Buildings Maintenance staff on the maintenance of the Primary School buildings
  • General administration
    • Supervision/appraisal of all Primary School administrative personnel and administrative activities.
    • Supervision/appraisal of all Primary School Middle Management staff and all teachers
    • Preparation of the Primary School timetable and overseeing all After School Activities scheduling.


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