Principal, Republic of Korea

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Seoul Foreign SchoolRepublic of Korea

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Start date: August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Seoul Foreign School was founded in 1912, and after more than a century of growth and development it is now a leading school in the Asia Pacific region and one of the most respected international schools in the world. Along with its rich history, it benefits from being located in one of the world’s most thriving cities for business and culture. Seoul Foreign School is a not-for-profit school, and is based upon Christian faith. It is highly regarded as an academically rigorous school and is fully accredited by WASC, inspected by BSO and is a member of CIS. The School is also proud to be an active member of FOBISSEA, APAC and EARCOS.

Established as part of Seoul Foreign School in 1981, Seoul Foreign British School (SFBS) is the oldest British curriculum school in Seoul. SFBS follows the English National Curriculum at the primary level followed by IGCSEs. It offers a distinctly British curriculum yet in a truly international context. Its curriculum has been adapted to reflect the international nature of its students and its location in South Korea. SFBS embraces its international diversity with its 280 students representing approximately 30 nationalities. The British School has recently undergone an inspection through BSO (British Schools Overseas).

Overall, Seoul Foreign School is structured as an Elementary, Middle and High School (K-12), as well as the British School (R-Y9) and each of these sections has its own Principal. The Elementary and Middle School follow the IB PYP and MYP programmes and in the High School, all students take the IB Diploma Programme.

Seoul Foreign School’s mission, centred in Christ, is to inspire educational excellence and promote Christian values, personal integrity and responsible global citizenship through a dynamic international experience. The School’s vision is to be the premier choice of the international community in Seoul, and is proud to be known for its students and alumni who strive for excellence and maintain an intrinsic love of learning. Seoul Foreign School enrolls students from all religious backgrounds and welcomes them as integral members of the School’s diverse community.

Seoul Foreign School has a unique and caring environment characterized by high expectations, genuine commitment, expert instruction and exceptional outcomes. The School is proud to send its graduates to excellent colleges and universities across the globe, including some of the most competitive and selective schools in the world. Seoul Foreign School nurtures the whole child. Its students become graduates who are leaders in the global community, experts in their fields, and serve their communities and nations through meaningful social contributions.

The School Board and Head of School are currently seeking to appoint an effective, inspirational and dynamic Principal for Seoul Foreign British School to commence in August 2018. This is a key role in leading and managing the British School, ensuring the achievement of excellent educational standards, promoting and safeguarding the welfare of its children, and being part of the dynamic Senior Leadership Team of Seoul Foreign School.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity,  please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or  +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at To apply for the post, please visit and submit your up-to-date CV and a letter of application. The letter should incorporate how you meet the person specification, why you are applying for the position and what particular attributes and qualities you would bring to the role.

Key Dates Closing date: 11 September 2017
Longlist interviews: 13-15 September 2017  (in London or by Skype)
Shortlist/Final interviews: 19, 20 October 2017 (at Seoul Foreign School, South Korea)

Seoul Foreign School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.

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More about Seoul Foreign School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Main Campus, 39-1 Yeonhui-ro 22-gil, Sodaemun-Gu, Seoul, 03723, Korea, Republic of
Telephone: +82 2330 3100

Seoul Foreign School (SFS) is an independent mainstream all-through international school and sixth form college for pupils of mixed gender aged between 2 and 18 years old. The British School division teaches the National Curriculum of England while t...