Robert Jones | Head of School, Westwood International School

CIS is very pleased to announce that Robert Jones has been appointed as the next Head of School at Westwood International School, Botswana following a competitive international search.

Robert Jones will join Westwood International School from September 2019. Originally from the UK, Robert has worked as a teacher and leader on four different continents and in ten different countries, including 12 years working in Africa. An English native speaker, Robert is also fluent in French and Spanish and has an extremely developed sense of cultural awareness. 

He has in-depth knowledge of all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, having worked with the IB for almost twenty years as a teacher, examiner, teacher trainer and administrator. Robert will bring his extensive leadership experience in IB schools and prior experience of working in Africa to his role as the next Head of School at Westwood International School.

On his appointment, Robert Jones commented:

“I am delighted to be joining the Westwood International School Community and returning to Southern Africa. I am looking forward to working with the entire community on the next stage of the school’s exciting journey. I was extremely impressed by the personal and professional service offered by the CIS recruitment team. Thanks to their thorough and insightful approach, I felt I got to know the school and its community extremely well. Thanks to CIS, I felt I was in very good hands throughout the entire recruitment process."

Westwood International School selected CIS Leadership Searches, represented by Pauline O’Brien, to lead the search for a new Head of School in a process involving members across every section of the school community. In consultation with the Board members, CIS carefully evaluated all applicants, matching the skills, experiences, motivations and philosophies of the candidates against the needs of the school. Contending candidates were personally video-interviewed by CIS and reviewed before being shortlisted and invited to Botswana for final onsite interviews.

Westwood International School’s governing Council commented:

“We are delighted that Robert will be joining us to continue the on-going development and improvement of the school. We were thoroughly impressed by Rob’s commitment, vision and energy and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the Westwood family. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Pauline O’Brien and CIS for their support and professionalism throughout the recruitment exercise.”

CIS would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Westwood International School on this fantastic appointment and wish Robert Jones well in his new position.