PYP Primary School Principal (Ref:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the reference number PP261010 in the subject line of the message.
Deadline : December 1,
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
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
The functions of the Primary School Principal
- 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
- Ensure that the supervision, observation and
appraisal of teaching staff are carried out in order to maintain and improve
- 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
The responsibilities of the Primary School Principal are:
- Oversight of
the curriculum, Grades N-5.
- management of holders of additional
responsibility and specialist teachers.
- oversight of curriculum innovation.
- development and implementation of the Primary
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
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.
- Ensuring that all classrooms are fully equipped
- Ensuring that the buildings are well decorated, clean and
- Advising the Head of School and Buildings Maintenance staff
on the maintenance of the Primary School buildings
- 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