Principal’s Post

Bergvliet High School is searching for a dynamic, energetic and visionary leader to lead the School in the next exciting phase in the development of the school. The successful candidate must have the ability to motivate and lead the school in a manner which builds on its proud tradition of academic, cultural and holistic development of its learners. The post will be vacant from 1 March 2023 and the commencement date shall be determined by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). In addition to the requirements set out in the Personnel Administrative measures (PAM) document 1999, applicants are sought with the following skills, qualities and experience:

The successful candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum Educational qualification for the Senior Phase and FET (REQV13)
  • Be registered with SACE
  • A minimum of 7 years teaching experience, of which 3 years must have formed part of the Senior Management team and 4 years should have been in the role of Deputy Principal or Principal
  • In-depth knowledge of the Grade 8 to Grade 12 curriculum
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the key legislative frameworks required when managing a school, inclusive of those regulating professional bodies, unions and the education department.
  • Excellent verbal and written English proficiency. Proficiency in Afrikaans or isiXhosa would be advantageous.
  • Professional track record of excellence, both personally and professionally.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in the use of Information Computer Technology and Programmes, especially systems used by WCED, finance packages and cloud computing. Ability to analyse and use data resulting from various programmes in the management and development of the school.
  • Must complete and pass a Competency Assessment prior to appointment

The successful candidate must possess and be able to demonstrate the following skills:


  • Must have a track record verified by the provincial Department of Education, indicating leadership experience.
  • Training in school management and leadership or proven competency in these roles.
  • Capable of demonstrating core societal, professional, and educational values in their leadership style.
  • A proven track record of innovation, creativity and visionary leadership, especially in the areas of school development, culture, sports and fundraising.
  • A growth mindset and the ability to think critically when resolving problems in a collaborative style.
  • Provide fair and consistent professional and inspirational leadership
  • Effective conflict management with the ability to ensure accountability
  • Provide strategic leadership which will shape the vision and convey this vision to the school and all its stakeholders. Identify strategies which will ensure the sustainable growth of the school.
  • Drive organisational leadership by building inclusive practices, financial analysis and legislative compliance. Develop human resources strategies which ensure the professional development of staff, ensuring staff accountability and sense of belonging for staff.
  • Instructional leadership must ensure the ethos of academic excellence in all grades through the implementation of creative and innovative pedagogical strategies.
  • Build on the culture of the school’s commitment to transformation and diversity both within the school and the school’s involvement in outreach activities in its surrounding communities.


  • An ability to develop the strategic vision of the school by working closely with the Management Team and School Governing Body in the formulation and execution of the school’s strategic priorities.
  • Confirmed and comprehensive experience in school management, including the implementation and execution of curricula as well as planning, organising, motivating, supervising and controlling of school activities.
  • Holistic approach towards education with an emphasis on the development of outstanding academic, sport, and cultural achievements through applying the continued professional and school development system.
  • Transparent and participative management.
  • Proactive in addressing systems and policies to ensure the effective and efficient running of the school, such as learner discipline, identifying critical skills essential for sustainability of services and the development of succession plans and staff well-being.
  • Management of budget in collaboration with finance team and ensure financial sustainability of the school.
  • Manage and implement all marketing initiatives required to meet enrolment targets and continuously build and maintain the positive image of the school. Actively engaging in marketing of all initiatives and events and other school related functions.
  • Effective allocation and management of school resources to ensure the efficient maintenance of daily school activities.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Ability for introspection, reflection, deal with criticism and acknowledge areas of growth, then applying it for interpersonal growth.
  • Ability to positively engage with staff, parents, learners and stakeholders, especially during unfavourable circumstances.
  • Ability to establish effective relationships, inspire and cultivate leadership in others, especially staff and learners.
  • Ability to be flexible and agile when faced with adversity and descent.
  • Ability to manage diversity and the associated challenges encountered to develop a schooling community which respects difference and human rights.

Values and Principles:

  • Someone whose life purpose is to impact positively on the lives of learners and has the awareness of the critical role both the parents and the community play in learners’ education.
  • Invested in the development and wellbeing of teenagers, committed to pupil-based holistic education and the ideals of restorative justice.
  • Embrace the diverse school community and have the ability to communicate skillfully and to build relationships within the school and the broader community.
  • Commitment to building a learning environment that embodies the values of Bergvliet High School, namely, proactiveness, awareness, resilience, persistence, reliability, respect and sense of belonging to a caring community.
  • Strong commitment to honesty, accountability and integrity.
  • Good mentor and positive motivator.

Application Procedure:

The post will be advertised in the WCED vacancy list 2/2022 ( on 6 June 2022. An official application must be submitted via the WCED’s recruitment portal at that time. Potential candidates requiring further information about the school may visit our website.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and invited to present on a pre-arranged topic to the Recruitment Panel and will be expected to be available for interviews at a date, time and place determined by the school. BHS is an equal opportunities employer. The school and the WCED reserve the right not to fill the post. An expression of interest or submission of a formal application via the WCED will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview. Failure to meet the qualification and experience criteria will automatically disqualify candidates from consideration. Only short listed candidates will be interviewed.

Job Category: Management
Job Type: Full Time

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