Deputy Head of Secondary (Academic), Hong Kong

Closing date:

Discovery Bay International SchoolHong Kong

Date posted:
Start date: August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

 Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to help lead our growing Secondary School (Years 7-13) into the next phase of its exciting development. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of successful senior leadership and creating an environment for academic success for all. The candidate will also have experience of leading teaching teams, creative curriculum development and a clear commitment to inclusive education. 

The Deputy Head of Secondary will work closely with the Head of Secondary and the whole school Senior Leadership Team in order to successfully achieve the school’s strategic vision and mission.

About Discovery Bay International School

Centred in the community of Discovery Bay on the island of Lantau, the school derives much strength from its tranquil location and its surrounding active community. Establishing and maintaining strong, caring, respectful and supportive personal relationships is key to the DBIS ethos. Our approach allows DBIS’ outstanding teachers to work in tandem with supportive and aspirational parents in focusing upon the individual. It also allows students to concentrate on the challenging task of learning, growing and developing as individuals.

Our students enjoy a broad international curriculum with British characteristics and a distinctive learning journey that begins in Early Years (age 3-7), progresses to the Primary School (age 8-11) and culminates in the Secondary School (age 12-18). The DBIS student experience is characterised by a highly personalised learning environment, small class sizes, creative approaches to teaching and learning and a broad range of extra curricular activities.

The school has developed in tandem with the community it serves. Established in 1981 with an initial cohort of 3 students and 3 staff, the school now comprises 40 different nationalities, 1200 students and over 200 staff located on three very well-resourced campuses.  There are currently 400 students in the Secondary School with numbers continuing to grow every year. 

The Role 

The Secondary School’s distinction lies in the emphasis placed upon small class sizes, a personalised approach to student learning, and the pursuit of creativity and innovation. Secondary school teachers know their students well and are able to individualise their support and programmes according to the needs of each student.

The Deputy Head of Secondary will be a dynamic leader of learning with a clear educational vision and philosophy. The post holder will work collaboratively with Secondary staff to ensure that the curriculum and our approach to teaching and learning allows students in Years 7 - 13 to develop a range of essential thinking skills, knowledge of key concepts and an aptitude for continuous learning. Crucially, the Deputy Head of Secondary will help prepare DBIS students for a range of exciting educational possibilities and challenges in Hong Kong or internationally. 

Person Specification 

• Previous senior leadership position.

• Significant understanding of (I)GCSE, A Level and BTEC qualifications.

• Strong understanding of current developments in education and a passion for pedagogical development.

• Dedication to fostering an inclusive approach to education.

• Commitment to through school education.

• International mindedness and culturally sensitive.

• A warm, empathetic and visible style of leadership.

• The ability to work collaboratively and develop strong teams.

• Strong communication skills.

• A creative and innovative thinker.

• Energy and resilience.

• The flexibility to rise to the unexpected with determination.


The successful candidate will receive a competitive compensation package; the post includes cash, housing and professional development allowances, full remission of tuition fees for one child, a gratuity of 18.75%, and full medical and dental insurance for the employee.

Closing date for applications: 13 November 2019

We reserve the right to interview and appoint for this position prior to the deadline for applications so warmly encourage early applications.

A detailed job specification and the application procedure can be found at


Discovery Bay International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to respect this commitment.  In accordance with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, all posts at the school are subject to rigorous and appropriate background checks.

More about Discovery Bay International School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
employer gallery photo 0
employer gallery photo 1
employer gallery photo 2
employer gallery photo 3
employer gallery photo 4
employer gallery photo 5
employer gallery photo 6
employer gallery photo 7
employer gallery photo 8
employer gallery photo 9
employer gallery photo 10
employer gallery photo 11
employer gallery photo 12
employer gallery photo 13
employer gallery photo 14
employer gallery photo 15
employer gallery photo 16
employer gallery photo 17
employer gallery photo 18
employer gallery photo 19
employer gallery photo 20
employer gallery photo 21
employer gallery photo 22
employer gallery photo 23
employer gallery photo 24