CATS Colleges is a leading provider of pre-university academic courses and English language courses in the UK & USA. We provide programs including A Level, IB and University Foundation, High School Diploma, post-secondary arts programs up to MA level, as well as English Language Study, to a growing number of international students seeking to win places at UK, US & European universities.
We operate a number of different educational brands: CATS Colleges in Cambridge, Canterbury and London; CATS Academy Boston in Braintree; Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) and Stafford House English language schools and study holidays. We benefit from being part of a global team focused on teaching and learning.
CATS ACADEMY BOSTON MISSION
CATS Academy Boston offers an American coeducational college preparatory boarding and day program (9 through 12) for a predominantly international cohort of students, who are linguistically, culturally and academically diverse. Focusing on the needs of each individual, CATS helps students realize their full potential and attain admission to the college choice that is right for them. CATS provides a supportive learning community where all students receive the necessary guidance to achieve their goals, aided by a personalized learning plan.
CATS helps students by nurturing strong English language skills along with creative and critical thinking skills which they have often not experienced in their previous education systems. The school’s strong academic, social development, and extracurricular programs, delivered by highly talented and committed staff, provide for the needs of the whole student. This holistic approach enables the international student body not only to gain entry to, but also to succeed in, American colleges and universities, and to become well-informed global citizens and leaders.
CATS Academy has a current enrollment of approximately 475 students from over 30 countries. We are a boarding community with approximately 450 boarders.
THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM
CATS Academy’s academic program provides core courses and a range of electives. Each year, students enroll in at least five academic courses, plus elective courses based on individualized learning recommendations.
OVERVIEW OF THE JOB
Reporting to the General Manager – CATS US, the Head of School leads the Academy community as its most senior member of staff. He or she is responsible for the Academy’s strategic and day to day management, including educational provision, welfare of students, communication with parents, appointment and management of staff, and its successful operation as an ongoing commercial enterprise.
He or she works closely with the central sales and marketing team to ensure successful recruitment of pupils and promotion of the College in the wider local, national and international community.
The start date for this opportunity is August 2021, for the 2021/2022 school year.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOB
The following gives a guide to the main tasks and the scope of the role. These aren’t exhaustive, and may vary where necessary to suit the skill set of the executive leadership team and the needs of the Academy.
To communicate a clear and convincing vision for the Academy, translating this into strategy and clear operational plans to ensure the on-going success of the Academy.
To provide leadership and direction to ensure that all staff contribute effectively to the objectives of the Academy.
To identify opportunities for future growth and development and ensure that the Academy responds in a proactive manner.
To prepare for and address external challenges, ensuring the Academy retains the flexibility to respond to changes in the international education market.
To uphold the highest standards in pastoral care and champion the provision of a premium student experience.
To develop and implement a sector leading and appropriate approach to learning for all students.
To ensure high standards of achievement in external examinations and support students to progress to the best possible university destinations for them.
To encourage and provide opportunities beyond academic achievement for the development of students to help them become well-rounded, independent, self-assured adults.
To take a leading role in promoting the Academy to prospective students, parents and agents within markets identified by the sales team.
To develop and deliver effective presentations for marketing and informational purposes.
To develop and maintain partnerships with the wider community: locally, nationally and internationally.
To develop a highly effective Senior Leadership Team.
To recruit, deploy and retain excellent teachers appropriate for the needs of the Academy.
To recruit, deploy and retain high quality management, administrative and support staff.
To develop and implement a high quality, modern approach to professional development of staff.
To ensure the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees and visitors.
To work closely with the central teams, providing appropriate information as requested.
To communicate with your line manager regularly about the needs, successes and general operation of the school.
To ensure that the Academy abides by the requirements of all inspectorates and regulatory bodies.
To ensure that at all times the Academy is managed efficiently and with financial prudence.