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Deputy Head of the Primary School

The British School in TokyoTokyo, Japan

The British School in Tokyo (BST) is seeking to appoint two experienced and dynamic individuals to join the Primary and whole school Extended Leadership Teams from August 2021 onwards. 

The successful candidates will have a proven track record of senior leadership and a compelling educational philosophy which aligns with the BST approach and ethos. 

The Deputy Heads of Primary will have daily responsibility for one of the school’s current Primary campuses – BST Shibuya (Early Years to Year 3) or BST Showa (Year 4 to Year 6).

The Deputy Heads of Primary will also have a passion for pedagogical development and will work closely with the Head of Primary and other senior leaders to implement BST’s Strategic Vision and Plan, which includes the opening of a new and innovative central Tokyo Primary campus in August 2023. 


About the School 

The school was established in 1989 and is committed to providing a British-style international education of the highest quality. 

Located at the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world, the school’s strong reputation for high quality holistic education is well established and it is a truly international co-educational school with over 1000 students aged between 3 and 18, representing over 65 different nationalities. 

The Primary School is flourishing with 640 students in a four-form entry, and it has waiting lists in every year group. A new state of the art central Tokyo Primary School campus with its outstanding facilities is under construction and is scheduled to open in September 2023. The successful candidate will play a significant role in bringing this project to fruition.

The school is well known internationally for its high academic standards, for the care they take with each individual student of any ability and for the happy, multicultural environment that they provide for learning and play. 

The English National Curriculum provides the basis for smooth progression and easy transition between the Primary and Secondary sectors, and examination results have been outstanding in recent years. A growing emphasis is placed upon ensuring students take ownership of their learning, are challenged in their education, for character strengths to be developed and increasingly for the curriculum to be organised through big ideas and concepts. 


How to Apply

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th January, 2021

Longlisted applicants interviewed the week beginning: Monday 11th January, 2021

Shortlisted applicants interviewed the week beginning: Monday 25th of January, 2021


Applicants are required to specify which whether they wish to be considered for the role of Deputy Head at BST Shibuya (Early Years to Year 3) or Deputy Head at BST Showa (Year 4 to Year 6).


Please apply via the School's application portal here: https://www.bst.ac.jp/employment/ 


This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check or International Child Protection Check.

An attractive package including accommodation will be extended to the successful candidate. 

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