Assistant Principal, Hong Kong

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Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong (SHK)Hong Kong

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: An excellent and internationally competitive package of benefits is offered under the terms of a two year contract.
Contract term: Fixed Term

Following the success of Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside where 1700 students study in one of Southeast Asia’s finest schools,Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong opened in 2018. A primary school, we provide almost 1,000 places for children aged between 3 and 11 years old.

Operating within a world-class and purpose built facility, students and teachers enjoy wide access to our swimming pools, sports hall, dance studio, gymnastics centre, auditorium and recital suite. These spaces, among others, have been designed bespoke for primary aged children.

The school enjoys an advantageous setting in Tseung Kwan O - easily accessible by road and MTR, it also benefits from the strongest of partnerships with Shrewsbury School in the UK (


The Assistant Principal will:

  • Be responsible to the Principal and deputise where appropriate when he/she is absent
  • Make up a part of the Senior Leadership Team and, as such, hold a whole school role in advising, supporting and guiding the Principal
  • Hold responsibility for the operational management of the School in keeping with our mission statement and key objectives
  • Act as Line Manager to the Phase/Team and Curriculum Leaders and be responsible to the Principal in all matters which have a whole school implication
  • Play a key role in all selection of new School staff
  • Operate the performance management programme of staff appraisal and
    professional development in keeping with our mission statement and key objectives
  • Oversee the budget for the School and other whole school areas as required by the Principal
  • Take responsibility for creating a culture of purpose, discipline and ambition in the School
  • Work closely with the Principal and Director of Marketing on promoting the school in the wider community
  • Work closely with the Principal, Registrar, Director of Marketing and Director of Business Services in administering admissions to the school
  • Liaise closely with parents of students in the School across the spectrum of issues
  • Fully support the ongoing and final transition of students


The Assistant Principal will:

  • Set and maintain high standards across and beyond the curriculum for the whole school community
  • Work closely with teaching teams as they continue development of a knowledge rich curriculum, sensitive to the needs of all students
  • Draft policies and consultation papers pertinent to the School and contribute to those with a whole school implication, presenting them at the Senior Leadership Team meetings
  • Oversee assessment tracking and ensure standards/expectations across the school remain ambitious and challenging
  • Share the production and maintenance of the Staff Handbook, Staff Guidelines and School Policy Compendium
  • Share the responsibility and management of accreditation and inspection processes with the Principal and the rest of the SLT
  • Oversee the programme of school assemblies and take a lead role in them as part of the creation of the required culture of purpose, discipline and ambition
  • Lead the School reporting process
  • Support the production and maintenance of welfare/pastoral records for students in the School


Professional Expectations:

The Assistant Principal will:

  • Demonstrate leadership in his/her approach to school life
  • Engage full in formulating and articulating the school vision
  • Be a role model for students in the School
  • Maintain a high profile and daily presence in the School classrooms and staff room taking a close, personal interest in the performances of School staff and students
  • Be able to manage a range of tasks simultaneously and to demonstrate a clear understanding of priorities and delegation
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills and a clear understanding of appropriate lines and media of communication throughout the school community
  • Take initiative and act with decisive authority in the defined areas of responsibility
  • Be honest, diligent, reliable and resilient
  • Have a strong understanding of building and cultivating relationships with the parents and the wider community

Candidate Profile:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a fully qualified teacher with QTS
  • Be a dedicated outstanding leader capable of inspiring students
  • Have taught in the UK and / or with the English National Curriculum, leading to a full working knowledge of The National Curriculum for England for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Development Matters guidance for the EYFS
  • Have a demonstrable understanding of the importance of a knowledge rich curriculum framework
  • Have a minimum of 6 years teaching experience and a minimum of 4 years leadership experience, experiences in Early Years will be perferred
  • Have the ability and aspiration to attain high standards across the whole school 3
  • Have a track record of exceptional pastoral care and be able to prioritise the happiness and wellbeing of all students
  • Have experience of working with English Language Learners
  • Have excellent assessment for learning skills
  • Have a flexible and creative approach to leading the school curriculum and structures
  • Have knowledge of the value of the extra-curricular dimension in developing the potential of students
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, visible through their relations with children, colleagues, parents and other professionals
  • Have a positive approach to professional development particularly in the area of leadership
  • Have a strong track record of a commitment and positive attitude to teamwork and the experience and mind-set to make a productive contribution to support and develop this across the school
  • Have the ability to develop, work within and apply all school policies
  • Have a pioneering attitude and a good sense of humour

Child Safeguarding:

Shrewsbury International School is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Attend in-house Child Safeguarding programmes
  • Play a leading role in promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all students in the school
  • Report to the Designated Safeguarding Lead any concerns they have for the welfare of a student - this may include unsafe practices witnessed within the school as outlined in the school’s Whistleblowing Policy
  • Keep professional relationships with students where personal boundaries are respected and maintained
  • Seek advice from a Line Manager or the Designated Safeguarding Lead with issues or concerns related to Child Safeguarding


  • Formal proof of identity with photo ID (Original Driving License / Passport).
  • 3 signed, confidential references (one of which will be from the candidate’s current headteacher) before the start of contract.
  • Verification of original qualifications.

How to Apply:

Applications will be only be accepted through the full completion of an Online
Application Form for Teaching Staff at:

Closing Date: 23.05.2019

Further Details:

Full details of the school are available on our website at

Any queries should be forwarded to our HR Officer, Ms Momoko Law at:

More about Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong (SHK)
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: 10 Shek Kok Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +852 2480 1500