DEPUTY HEAD OF PROGRAMME in the English National Programme
part of the Lycée/Collège International, Ferney-Voltaire, France
(on the Swiss border, near Geneva)

START OF CONTRACT: September, 2017


We are the English National Programme (ENP), the English speaking part of a leading public sector international school offering primary and secondary bilingual and bicultural education in English within the French state system. Our school is in France on the Swiss border, minutes from Geneva. We offer a British based curriculum and a range of examinations from the French and English systems, including GCE, GCSE and IGCSE, along with the Brevet and Baccalauréat from the French system. The school leaving qualification that we offer is the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB), which follows a bilingual curriculum jointly set by the French Education Nationale and Cambridge Assessment in England. We have a strong track record in placing students at high-ranking universities in the UK, North America and Europe.

We are looking for a Deputy Head of Programme to play a key role in helping to provide leadership and direction for ENP. We wish to recruit an individual who will work closely with the Head of Programme, the leadership team and the ENP governing body in building vision and shared values across the Programme while sustaining a culture that promotes excellence, collaboration and responsibility.


You have at least three years’ experience as Deputy or Assistant Head teacher in an 11-18 secondary school or five years as Head of Department or Head of Faculty and have proven potential for school leadership. A working knowledge of French would be an asset, but is not a requirement. However, a commitment to learning French, or improving your command, will be essential.

You are an educational leader who has played a decisive role in whole-school improvements, based on sound theory and practice,  and you have confidence in your work. Outstanding communication skills and the ability to influence and convince will be highly relevant to this post. You will be able to drive policies for change and improvement, and will take on responsibility, working closely with the Leadership Team, for securing the involvement of staff in all initiatives.

You are a talented classroom practitioner in one of our three secondary subjects, English, Mathematics or History-Geography. Your teaching will exemplify the best of current practice, and be employable by you as a means to set high standards and a convincing improvement agenda.

The Programme

Pupils in ENP are part of a large public-sector French international school with over 2000 students, working on two sites. We teach three subject areas in English in secondary, and English in primary. History- geography and English language and literature form part of the French state curriculum of the sections internationales; we also offer IGCSE examinations in English and English Literature. I/GCSE and GCE Mathematics/Statistics exams are offered, allowing our students to take English examinations up to AS level in year 12. The international options of the Brevet (year 10) and Baccalauréat (year 13) link us to 40 or so other schools like ours within the French state system. These form a unique group in offering a major internationally-recognized school leaving qualification, along with, in most schools, examinations from the English system.

ENP is financed by parental tuition fees and governed by a parents’ association, the ALA-ELP association. The main part of pupils’ studies is taught in French and is not fee-paying. Subjects in ENP are taught, as if within an English school, to pupils who are mother-tongue English speakers or have good second language competence. The Programme has 1000 primary and secondary pupils who have to make a rapid transfer between French and English as they move between lessons taught using the methods of French and English school systems. For more details, please see ‘Employer information’.

Our offer

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with the skills and qualities you bring to the post. An installation package and top-up health insurance are also offered. Social security contributions are deducted at source and give healthcare coverage and other benefits. The Lycée and the Programme form a unique and highly stimulating environment. The Programme’s pupils are drawn from a strong demographic base and are enthusiastic about their education. The parent body is highly supportive and the Programme is well-funded.  There is a high potential for excellence in teaching, learning and achievement, all of which makes for a highly rewarding working environment. 


An open-ended full-time contract (CDI or contrat a durée indeterminée) is offered, commencing with two consecutive two-month probationary periods.


Apply by email only, sending a full letter of application and current CV with names and contact details of three professional referees to the following address to arrive by Monday March 6th: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please see fuller guidelines regarding application in the attachment ‘How to apply’. Our website and all attachments should be consulted before applying.

January 2017

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Additional information