For August 2018
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: its Primary School caters to just over 500 students, who range from KG to Year 6; the High School educates 456 students, from Years 7 to 13. Both schools are heavily oversubscribed in all year groups. There are 30 teaching staff in the Primary School and 53 teaching staff in the High School.
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.
CPHS offers the Revised National Curriculum of England (2014), IGCSE, AS and A-levels through the Cambridge International Examinations and Welsh Joint Education Committee. The School places great value on academic achievement, and sporting successes are celebrated alongside superb achievements in other areas such as music, the performing arts, chess, public speaking and debating.
There is a long sporting tradition at CPHS. The school believes that physical fitness, co-ordination and sportsmanship should be within reach of everyone, and all pupils have PE lessons until the Year 11. The School competes regularly as part of the Private School Association (PSA) with local schools and pupils often competing on the national and international stage.
The Model United Nations offers pupils who are interested in International Relations the chance to debate global issues in a competitive and fast-paced environment. The High School takes part in a local CAY:MUN each year and send a Junior and Senior trip to the USA to attend and compete against international schools.
Art, Music, ICT and Drama are curriculum subjects until Year 9. Students can also select to continue studying from these subjects at GCSE level. In addition, there is a vast array of co-curricular Music, Art, Drama and Robotics clubs for students who wish to pursue the Arts outside their academic studies. The school holds a major High School production every other year accompanied by its school band. Music is active, with the band playing twice a week at school assemblies, annual concerts and international band trip.
Go MAD (Go Make A Difference) is the catchy name used for the school’s Community Service Programme. Students in Years 7-10 are required to complete at least 10 hours of Community Service annually. It is assumed that students in Years 10-13 will continue their involvement, voluntarily, leading by example through participation in the life of the school and the wider community. Through active service to others, the personal, social, emotional and spiritual welfare of the students is enriched. This takes the form of initiating and/or participating in events to benefit others in the local or international community as well as taking positive action to care for and protect the environment and cultural heritage of our world. Each year, CPHS plans a whole-school event to celebrate its commitment to Community Service, and the funds raised are donated to a charity. The past two years they have hosted a 'Brave the Shave' event to support Childhood Cancer Treatment.
The House system plays a very important part in the life of the High School, promoting both healthy competition of all kinds and supportive social interaction. High School students and staff are placed in one of three School Houses, named after former ministers of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands: Redpath (red), Elmslie (green) and Young (yellow). Students who transfer from the Primary School continue in the same House and siblings are usually allocated to the same House. Three staff are Heads of House and there are student House Captains from the Middle School, Upper School and Sixth Form.
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 High School and Primary 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 High School Principal to join the school from August 2018. The new appointment comes at an exciting time for the School with a number of development plans afoot and opportunities to build, based on the growing demand for school spaces in the Cayman Islands.
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 pupils and staff with confidence.
The development of a strong relationship with the Principal of the Primary 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 children as they move through the Schools and beyond.
To download the Candidate Pack for further information click here.
For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for the post, please submit your up-to-date CV and a letter of application through the Apply Now button 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: 15 June 2018
Longlist interviews: 18, 19 June 2018
Shortlist/Final interviews: 27, 28 June 2018 (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.
Competitive Salary and Package
High School Principal