The genesis of Hillcrest International Schools
began on State House Road across the grounds of the country’s Presidential Residence. Hillcrest Preparatory School was founded in 1965 by educationalist Dorothy Noad and long-serving government employee Frank Thompson. Sports has been a cornerstone at Hillcrest, with pupils at Prep breaking records from as early as 1969 at the Junior Swimming Championships. The school was also granted permission to utilise neighbouring fields at State House, as sports pitches to practise Hockey and Cricket and hold Inter-Schools Matches. The school magazine has been in print since 1967 and is now published on a termly basis as The Crane magazine. Year 12 students also develop an annual publication, the Hillcrest Magazine with the initial published work capturing the school year of 1970-71. Hillcrest Preparatory secured its international school status in 1972, when it received the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) status; joining a conglomerate of British Curriculum schools across the world. Concurrently, changes in Kenya both political and economic established great need for private secondary schools. Existing schools were not able to cater to the growing number of local students as well as expatriates, hence the idea for Hillcrest to expand its educational offering to include a Secondary School. This was put forward through the collaboration of several investors; colourful politician and variegated business owner Mr Kenneth Matiba, land-owner and Kenya Breweries employee Mr Samuel Mburu and business partner of Mr Matiba’s, Mr Stephen Smith. Hillcrest Secondary School was established in 1975 as a joint venture amongst the three mentioned partners, and Frank Thompson as the Head of School and Director. Hillcrest Secondary was built in the current school’s location, along Langata Road in Karen and included a boarding facility. Humbly beginning with an enrollment of 54 students and three classrooms. The school was one of a few offering students Cambridge Overseas ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examination and certification. The school’s boarding house, Toad Hall offered students a flexible approach to pursuing their education while living on the school grounds. With reference to its school motto, Semper Prospice Hillcrest International Schools is always looking forward and has evolved over the years, with each school presently located in the Karen-Langata area. The triplicate of schools was complete following the inclusion of the neighbouring sister school, Forest Edge in 2000. With the owners initially renaming it Forest Crest school and later evolving to become Hillcrest Early Years. Children can now join Hillcrest International Schools from an early onset at 18 months at the Early Years School, moving up to Hillcrest Prep and thereafter to Hillcrest Secondary completing their education at 18 years.
Overall responsibility for the professional leadership and management of the department in order to ensure high standards of teaching and learning are delivered, resources are used efficiently and effectively and the subject/s curriculum is managed and developed in accordance with school policy
Accountable to: The Head via the designated line manager
Responsible for: department staff.
Responsibilities for the Head of English Faculty
A Policy/Strategic direction and development
- Contribute to whole school policy-making and strategic planning as required by the Head.
- Prepare, monitor and update annual departmental plans in consultation with colleagues.
- Take the lead in ensuring that school policies and strategies are embedded in schemes of work and departmental plans.
Leadership & management of others
- Lead and manage the department, recruiting, inducting, developing, deploying, motivating and appraising members of the department to ensure that they have clear expectations of their roles, and that high performance standards are achieved and maintained.
- Empower members of the department to develop their leadership potential to ensure continuous improvement within the department.
- Manage day to day requirements such as examination entry and departmental timetables, delegating as appropriate, to ensure the efficiency of the department.
- Chair departmental meetings to ensure that they are used effectively to review performance and that actions are recorded and implemented.
Teaching and Learning.
- Promote excellence in teaching and learning to ensure all pupils develop their potential and are
- equipped for life beyond school.
- Exemplify in own practice the skills of teaching and learning typified by lead professionals,
- and ensure that good practice is shared throughout the department.
- Ensure that schemes of work are used, reviewed and modified to enable the maintenance and
- development of high standards of teaching and learning.
- Monitor pupils’ work and the classroom practice of those in the department to ensure high
- standards are maintained.
- Keep up to date with developments in subject area and education in general to ensure that best
- practice is adopted within the department.
- Ensure the department’s delivery and development of the curriculum is effective in meeting
- the needs of all pupils.
- Contribute to the broader life of the school by supporting and leading curricular and extracurricular
- events such as school productions and activity days.
Actively promote interest in the subject outside the immediate physical and timetabled confines of the department.
Marketing and external links, including public occasions
- Actively promote the department within the school community to encourage pupils’ interest in the subject area.
- Contribute to the positive promotion and marketing of the school in the local and wider community.
- Lead the department’s contribution to marketing events and external links
Management of resources
- Monitor and control the department’s allocated budget and purchasing arrangements, to
- ensure the efficient and effective use of all resources.
- Identify future resourcing needs and aspirations for the department for consideration in the
- school budget planning process.
- Ensure that all resources are fit for purpose and used in accordance with health and safety guidelines.
Qualifications for the Head of English faculty Job
- Minimum undergraduate degree and professional certifications in the area of specialisation.
- Must have at least 4 years’ experience in a similar role.
Method of Application
Send an application letter detailing your relevant experience and teaching philosophy together with a detailed Curriculum Vitae including names and contacts of three referees to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 13th February, 2017. These positions offers a competitive remuneration package.