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We identify and source exceptional talent for international schools worldwide.




Founded by Tom Arnold in 2011, Compass provides leadership search, recruitment and consultancy to schools spanning continental Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.




Leadership Search 

Appointment of school leaders & SLT.

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Contingent recruitment of teachers & middle leaders.

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Associate Consultants helping schools prosper.




Here are some of the international schools who have used our services.



Kathryn Kirk Director

Kathryn brings over 20 years of professional experience in both the Education and the International Development sector. A qualified and experienced teacher, Kathryn has also worked with the former UN Secretary General Kofi A. Annan, major NGO’s and International Organisations at a senior level across Europe, Africa and the Americas, focussing on External Relations.

Heather Thompson Senior Consultant

Heather joined Compass in 2015 bringing with her 25 years of recruitment experience. Heather’s expertise has been supporting clients and candidates in the Middle East and Africa and she herself has relocated many times with her husband who is an international Head.

Honoria Arnold Senior Consultant

Honoria is an accomplished educator and school leader with over 30 years of experience in UK primary schools, 16 years as a Headteacher and more recently as an Executive Head across two schools. Honoria has significant experience in  recruiting teachers and senior leaders.

Nicola Hemingway Senior Consultant

Nicola has extensive knowledge of the international teaching market having worked for over 25 years in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe as a teacher, teacher trainer and Principal across two schools. Nicola has first-hand experience and understanding of the role of an international teacher as well as the recruitment needs of international schools.

Kevin Page Associate Consultant

Kevin began his teaching career in his native New Zealand and has been working in IB international schools across Switzerland, Germany and Austria. As a former international Head of School and school board member, he is widely experienced in recruiting senior leaders.



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