Posted - 1 August 2017

Are you a dynamic, collaborative leader, with a deep commitment to all things related to children’s education, who would thrive in a rigorous, supportive, bilingual French and English learning community?

Do you possess the start-up spirit and energy to build on established strengths in a challenging environment? 

United Kingdom
seeks a

Head of primary

effective August 2018


The Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill opened its doors to 430 students in September 2015.The Lycée was officially named as Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill on Saturday 24 January 2015 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the former British Prime Minister’s death, as an hommage to the French-British friendship over the years.

The School is an independent school set up by the French Education Charitable Trust (FECT). It joins, as an “Ecole Partenaire”, the growing worldwide network of the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), a government agency overseen by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The AEFE’s network today numbers 494 educational establishments in 135 countries. 

The School occupies the site of the former Brent Town Hall, a beautiful 1930s Grade II listed building. The campus is set over five acres, with 12,000 square metres of newly refurbished and purpose-built teaching spaces for the three levels of schooling (Primaire: years 1 – years 6, Collège: years 7-10, Lycée: years 11-13).

The campus boasts multiple onsite sports facilities including a running track, three outdoor sports pitches and an indoor gymnasium. A newly-constructed Annex building houses modern science classrooms and a large, bright dining area, where fresh meals are cooked on-site daily.


"Through a rigorous, bilingual programme and innovative methods, we educate pupils to become responsible, creative and principled global citizens. We teach them to think critically and act ethically, to form and express their own opinions and respect those of others, to define their own life goals and to make sense of and embrace change.”


The Head of Primary position requires a dynamic educational leader, one with advanced written and verbal communications skills, preferably bilingual, a highly-developed level of interpersonal empathy and a willingness to engage at every level with our local community. The successful candidate will be able to navigate within diverse cultural mixes and demonstrate an international mind-set, with a strong focus on students’ learning, pastoral and academic achievements within a French and English bilingual international programme.

The Head of Primary is part of the senior leadership team and reports to the Head of School. He/she is responsible for the overall educational leadership and management of the Primary School in line with the whole school vision and development plan. He/she will motivate and inspire students and staff to ensure the intellectual and individual development of each student. The successful candidate will establish a culture that promotes the Lycée’s philosophy and values of excellence, integrity, courage and awareness.


The Primary School offers a bilingual and bicultural setting: the content of lessons follows the French national curriculum requirements and British ethos, with the goal that pupils will master both languages and cultures with equal fluency and ease over the years.

French remains the primary language of instructionÍž English is taught as a second language as well as native speaker’s level, to serve the various abilities of the students. Progressively all students will engage in both languages in every subject. Working in bilingual pairs, all faculty teach in their own native language, bringing along the specific educational culture of their country as part of the learning experience for our pupils.

Classes take place every day of the week with the same schedule, starting at 8.50am and ending at 3.40pm. School gates open at 8.15am with supervised time.

The school believes that intellectual and emotional development go hand in hand and the primary school provides, through its Social Emotional Counseling department, help and support whenever needed. The curriculum is complimented by a team of experts who implement the social and emotional learning programme and teach age appropriate classes to all pupils in small and large groups on topics such as nutrition, healthy relationships, respect and stress management.

The learning support team additionally provides families with external resources in the case of recurring issues and offers lectures and discussion groups for parents.


The Head of Primary School will:

  • Oversee all operations in the Primary section;
  • Inspire and build capacity for excellent teaching and learning within a bilingual international context;
  • Feel comfortable communicating in French and in English with staff and families;
  • Promote a dynamic culture of care, respect, high expectations and success;
  • Develop a thorough understanding and awareness of the school community and its dynamic;
  • Use professional judgment to balance competing priorities;
  • Cultivate productive relationships and partnerships within and beyond the school;
  • Manage school systems and resources to achieve educational outcomes;
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge of the principles and practice of leading learning in a school while supporting teachers as learning leaders;
  • Develop and manage people according to sound theories and approaches.
  • Participate in the various stages of recruitment;
  • Support and model Professional Learning, focused upon collaboration, learning and measurable results;
  • Promote 21st century pedagogies including inquiry and critical thinking;
  • Develop systems for timely, targeted and direct differentiated intervention for learning;
  • Implement, monitor and evaluate curriculum, instruction and assessment, with support from the Senior Leadership Team;
  • Supervise the bilingual programme of the primary school to ensure consistency of practice between French and English staff;
  • Use the Faculty Appraisal process to promote an intentional focus on learning and continuous improvement in student progress;
  • Provide opportunities for parents to engage in the learning process through parent forums, parent workshops and parent conferencing;
  • Collect and analyse a variety of quantitative and qualitative data which contributes to learning and strategic measures of school improvement;
  • Partner with parents and promote parent/school relationships that create the conditions in which common purposes and visions are established through the involvement of all stakeholders;
  • Establish trust and open lines of communication with families;
  • Participate actively in the overall progress of the entire school;
Education & Experience Required

The successful candidate will need to:

  • Demonstrate successful management experience in a school setting, ideally in a bilingual environment;
  • Hold at least a QTS qualification or equivalent, Masters preferred;
  • Demonstrate commitment to the 1 on 1 mentorship of students and pastoral care, have a sense of responsibility at all times for the health, safety and well-being of students;
  • Demonstrate commitment to International Education, Global Citizenship and Service Learning;
  • Demonstrate love of learning and teaching;
  • Demonstrate the ability to model and provide professional learning opportunities for Primary staff;
  • Exhibit excellent planning and organisational skills;
  • Model excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrate astute judgement and the ability to provide regular feedback;
  • Exhibit imagination, creativity and a sense of humour;
  • Demonstrate the ability to organise, inspire and lead a team;
  • Demonstrate an ongoing love of learning, becoming bilingual in French and English themselves while keeping abreast of new developments in international education.

This is a three-year renewable contract.  Salary and benefits for this post are competitive and will be commensurate with the responsibilities of the position.  In addition to a GBP salary (commensurate to education and experience) and regulatory pension scheme, benefits include free lunches during term time, 29 days holidays, the loan of a tablet device and laptop, access to national international conferences and workshops as decided with the Head of school, in accordance with the mission and needs of the School.


CIS is delighted to announce that Lycée International de Londres has retained CIS, represented by Joe Cornacchio and the CIS Leadership Search team, Pauline O’Brien, Ilse Huijskens, Becky Hazlett and Tanja Janjic to lead the search for a Head of Primary.

Leaders who are interested in this opportunity, should email their CV to

Candidates who already have an up-to-date leadership portfolio with CIS, should submit a cover letter of application.

If the School receives an outstanding application, the Selection Committee reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date below. 

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2017. The review of files will begin as soon as applications are received.  Finalists will be selected by the Search Committee as early in the process as possible. Finalists will be invited to London for final interview to meet with the Search Committee, Board and constituent groups of the Lycée International de Londres - Winston Churchill community, with the intention of making an appointment shortly thereafter. 


Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a higher standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

   |    CONTACT US
   |    FEEDBACK
   |    SITE MAP
CIS is a membership community working collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools,
higher education institutions, and individuals. Global citizenship is the centre of everything we do at CIS to support our members.
powered by finalsite