Supporting International Schools


Compass supports international schools worldwide to identify and source exceptional leadership and teaching talent. Founded in 2011, we have recruited for schools in over 50 countries, spanning continental Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and North & South America. In this time we have assisted many Heads, middle leaders and classroom teachers seeking to develop their careers internationally. Our experience spans new school start-ups through to more established international schools.




Our service is divided into leadership search & teacher recruitment.



Leadership Search for the appointment of school leaders & senior leadership team.

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Recruitment of teachers & middle leaders through contingent & managed services.

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Click here to see some of the international schools who have used our service.



Tom Arnold Director & Founder

Tom is a qualified teacher having taught in both the UK and Switzerland. He also gained substantial experience of education recruitment before founding Compass. In this time he has recruited for and visited many international schools worldwide.


Ian Kerr MBE Associate Consultant

Ian has over 40 years of experience as an educator in England, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. During this time he was Head of an international school and in 2004, he was honoured with an MBE for services to education and the Malaysian Community.


Honoria Arnold Marketing & Accounts

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


Heather Thompson Senior Consultant

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


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, he is widely experienced in recruiting teachers.


Rachel Wright Senior Consultant

Rachel has an extensive background in recruitment. Having worked within UK based recruitment consultancies and taken the step of relocating overseas, Rachel is suitably placed to support the many candidates looking to take this vital step.



For candidates seeking international opportunities, we welcome you to complete our registration by clicking below. All candidates will be required to produce relevant police checks covering the previous 5 years. For those currently overseas, we strongly recommend completing a police check before departure of country. We also ask you to read our CV Writing page before submitting your CV.





For international schools who wish to enquire further about our recruitment services, refer to our Contact section.




Mzuzu International Academy

  Click here to read the latest newsletter from Mzuzu International Academy.   “In 2003 a group of community leaders in Mzuzu and a group of Malawians living in the USA had a ‘dream’ to build an internationally accredited secondary school in Mzuzu Malawi. Having recognised that northern Malawi had a shortage of quality educational […]

Fine Tuning Recruitment

  Recruitment plays a major part for any international school and probably takes up a more than is warranted proportion of a Head’s time. With average turnover higher than that of UK schools, international schools need to adopt an intelligent approach to their recruitment strategy. Here we explore the recruitment process and offer some ideas […]

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