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 the UK and Switzerland. He also gained substantial experience of international education recruitment before founding Compass in 2011. In this time he has recruited for and visited many international schools worldwide.


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 Marketing & Accounts

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.


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.


Rachel Wright Senior Consultant

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


Ian Tysoe Associate Consultant

Ian is experienced in the UK independent and international sector, leading day and boarding schools in Dubai, Switzerland and the UK. He has inspected with ISI, Ofsted, and is a Team Evaluator for CIS. Ian has been a housemaster, director of boarding and head of several boarding schools.


Gillian Greenwood Associate Consultant

Gillian has led schools in the UK, Havana, Tokyo, Jakarta, Qatar, Zambia, Spain, Egypt and Romania. She has experience in establishing new schools and leading successful BSO inspections. Gillian has been a member of IAPS, JCIS, FOBISIA, NABSS, BSME, CIS and COBIS.


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.





Just before registering, click here to read what candidates have to say about their experience of Compass.





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





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