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EFL School Principal

Oxford International Education Group
Brighton, UK
Closing date
Jun 27, 2024

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Job Type

EFL School Principal

Location: Face-to-face role based at the Brighton School

Working hours: 40 hours per week,

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Cover)

Start Date: 15th July 2024

Salary: Competitive

Job purpose

The School Principal is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the effective day to day running of the school. Key to the role also is maintaining an excellent level of customer service and working to develop the school's business. The Principal offers leadership and handling the daily functions of the OIEG school. As part of his/her job description, the School Principal is in charge of setting and maintaining the academic standard of the school and implementing policies and procedures to carry out established goals.

Main duties and responsibilities

School Performance

  • Working to improve the financial performance of the school at all times
  • Maintaining an active local client recruitment policy
  • Encouraging agent and internet bookings
  • Maintaining key performance statistics

General Administration

  • Maintaining an excellent level of customer service in administration
  • Running school administration efficiently and in an organised manner
  • Answering student enquiries and requests


  • Maintaining and improving profitability
  • Completing Petty Cash, cheque and credit card details each month along with banking of income
  • Agreeing budgets and spending with the Adult School Director
  • Reviewing finance procedures and accounts regularly with the Finance Department and School Administrator

Sales and Agent Marketing

  • Maintaining marketing contact with agents and direct enquiries
  • Providing an excellent level of service to agents


  • In conjunction with the Director of Studies and the Head of HR maintaining appropriate staff levels
  • In conjunction with the Director of Studies and Head of HR ensuring within the staff body there are the necessary skill levels to take the School forward
  • Ensuring that all staff are familiar with the School codes of practice and that these are adhered to keeping accurate staff records
  • Maintaining a positive school-employee relationship
  • Completing Safer Recruitment checks through references and interviews

Client welfare

  • Ensuring that all necessary and suitable information is on hand and available to students
  • Ensuring that suitable procedures are in place to deal with welfare problems
  • Ensuring that students in host family accommodation are satisfied and, in conjunction with the Accommodation Manager, dealing with any host family related problems
  • Collating student feedback and taking action on the information received
  • Recording and dealing with complaints and comments
  • As Welfare Officer, maintaining a high level of quality control

Continuous Development and Progression

  • In conjunction with the Adult School Director, maintaining continuous development of services and standards within the school
  • Helping to Identify opportunities in all areas for improvement of products and services

Student Facilities

  • Ensuring that an active and successful social programme is provided for students
  • Ensuring student facilities are maintained

Maintenance of School Standards & Site Maintenance

  • Maintaining the school to a professional and presentable degree at all times
  • Recommending areas in need of renovation or alteration and implementing and overseeing any necessary work
  • Advising on the upkeep of the building and facilities


  • Maintaining school standards in line with ISI and BC
  • Preparing the school and necessary documentation for inspection

Cover role

  • To be able to perform the functions of the School Administrator in their absence: respond to student enquiries, make student bookings, dealing with student finances, daily finances, paying Homestay families, student induction
  • To be able to cover functions performed by the Accommodation Team in their absence: dealing with issues and complaints directly, liaising with the Admissions team, calling families and making homestay bookings

Junior Groups

  • Meeting and liaising with Group Leaders
  • Coordinating with the Operations Manager for programmes and bespoke requests
  • Dealing with issues and complaints
  • Overseeing P&Ls for groups

This job description is provided as a guide to the role. It is not intended to be an exhaustive description of duties and responsibilities. It may be subject to periodic revision to meet business requirements.

Person specification

Statutory requirements

  • Eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure check or overseas equivalent


  • First degree
  • DELTA, Trinity DipTESOL or equivalent

Experience and knowledge

  • Experience of leading and managing a team of administrative and academic staff
  • Experience of handling finances and working with budgets
  • Experience of working with international students and creating a supportive environment for students from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Experience of guiding schools successfully through ISI and British Council inspections

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong time management skills with the ability to manage a changing workload with frequently changing priorities
  • Capable of providing inspiring leadership and creating a high performance work culture
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Ability to manage systems and where necessary develop administrative systems and processes
  • Sound IT skills
  • Ability to plan short, medium and long term objectives
  • A track record of meeting targets and objectives
  • Desire and ability to deliver excellent customer service
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong commercial acumen with a flair for business development

Personal qualities

  • Acts with integrity at all time
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of students
  • Fosters an open, collaborative and equitable culture that inspires and builds trust
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability both to lead and to work within teams
  • Passionate about education

How to apply

Applications should be made by sending a full and up to date CV with a 1-page supporting statement to by 23rd June.

For more information on Oxford International

Please visit our corporate site:

Or, you can also visit our divisional websites: &

Oxford International is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. This role involves working with children and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Oxford International is an equal opportunity employer. Every applicant and employee has the same opportunities regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

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