Supporting International Schools


Compass supports international schools worldwide to identify and source the best 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.





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




Tom Arnold Director

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 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

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 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 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 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.



Our service is divided into leadership search & teacher recruitment.



Leadership search for the appointment of talented school leaders.

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Contingent and managed services for the recruitment of teachers.

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For candidates seeking international opportunities, we welcome you to complete our registration by clicking below. We also recommend reading our CV Writing page.





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




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