Oakley College is situated on the outskirts of Las Palmas, capital of the beautiful island of Gran Canaria and of the wider Canary Islands. Since its foundation in September 1989, Oakley has grown to a co-educational British International School of 610 students, from 2-18 years of age (Pre-Nursery-Sixth Form). Our Early Years and Primary school (ages 2-11) deliver an adapted Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum, incorporating strong elements of thematic and enquiry-based learning. Our Secondary students (aged 12-18) study a minimum of five subjects in preparation for IGCSE and A-Level examinations, their learning journeys adapted according to their individual needs and in response to whether they are expatriates or Spanish nationals. Primary and Secondary pupils study Spanish language and the history and geography of Spain, throughout the duration of their studies at the school. The Oakley College family includes children, parents and staff from more than fifteen countries; therefore while levels of English proficiency are generally high, an awareness of how to adapt lessons for EAL learners, as well as a range of learning styles, is essential.
We pride ourselves on our strong academic programme, our family atmosphere and positive links with the local community and, above all, the committed team of staff who care for and educate our students. The school seeks self-motivated professionals who can achieve excellence by positively adapting to an international setting, whilst maintaining the very highest expectations of their students and themselves. The ideal candidate would be fully qualified (with QTS) and have a minimum of two years’ experience of teaching the National Curriculum.
Oakley provides its teachers with permanent employment contracts. The package offered to teachers includes a competitive net salary, a relocation allowance and administrative support with all core areas of establishing yourself as a resident of Gran Canaria. Successful applicants will be expected to participate fully in the development of a vibrant, expanding learning community and, through our staff development programme, to further their own skills whilst contributing to our evolving vision for the school’s future success.
Full details of how to apply for a position at our school are included at the end of this information pack.
The school is on the outskirts of Las Palmas in the residential area of Tafira. It is easily accessible by public transport and staff often live in Las Palmas by the beach district of Las Canteras or nearer the school in the residential area of Tafira Alta, close to the university, national park and gateway to the mountains.
We believe that a caring and stimulating environment is essential to the development of children. We aim to provide a high quality educational experience to our students, ensuring a passion for learning and life.
A confident learning community
"To provide a high quality British education in a caring family environment"
Respect, Responsibility and Resolving Problems
The school combines traditional Canarian buildings with 21st century architecture, on two sites a few minutes apart.
The Early Years site is housed in a spacious villa, situated in Calle San Quintín in Tafira Alta, near to the main school building. This accommodates children from 2 to 4 years of age and is equipped with age-appropriate outdoor play areas as well as a kitchen and dining facilities.
The main school building at Zuloaga combines a classical Canarian building, housing the Primary classes with the 21st Century architecture of the Secondary block. Visitors enter a main atrium that houses the school library and independent study areas for Secondary children; this site is equipped with science labs, an ICT suit and is the location for the main administrative offices. All classrooms and offices are linked by a powerful ICT infrastructure including IWB projectors, Internet in every classroom and a file server.
The recently completed modern building extension accommodates the sixth form classes and the new gymnasium. The school is equipped with a number of outdoor play spaces and a neighbouring sports ground.
The Teaching Day
(50 mins + 10 )
* The above reflects the duration of the teaching day; as in all quality school settings, the length of the working day will vary.