Principal, Japan

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The British School in TokyoJapan

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Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

The British School in Tokyo
Co-educational – Day – Ages 3 to 18
Accredited Member of COBIS

The Board of Governors at The British School in Tokyo (BST) is seeking to appoint a new Principal following the retirement in August 2019 of Brian Christian, who has given outstanding service to the school for the past seven years.

Established in 1989, the BST is committed to providing British-style international education of the highest quality. Governed by a non-profit trust, the school exists to provide an outstanding British education in English to a growing and increasingly diverse international community of both short and long term Tokyo residents.

Located in the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world, set to play host to the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympics and Paralympics in Summer 2020, the school’s strong reputation for high quality holistic education is well established. It is a truly international co-educational school with over 1000 students aged between 3 and 18, representing over 65 different nationalities. Situated on two attractive, impressively resources and well-located sites it has established a high-achieving Sixth Form connecting its pupils to the best universities. As well as academic excellence The British School in Tokyo puts a premium on extra-curricular achievement nurturing individual and team talents in music, the arts and sport.

The Board is seeking a new Principal who will:

  • Have proven success in school leadership coupled with international perspective; and be an experienced educator who is inspired by British educational values;
  • Be a creative and strategic thinker capable of combining academic rigour, excellence and extra- curricular provision while having the ability to attract, inspire and nurture the most passionate and creative teachers and educational leaders with the energy to deliver excellence, foster collaborative and respectful relationships;
  • Be adept at handling longstanding and new relationships with partner organisations, government and other key stakeholders, recognising that this often means being sensitive to the nuances of working within a Japanese context. To be an impressive ambassador for BST in Tokyo and be able to perceive how this can inform BST’s unique opportunity;
  • Have experience to successfully oversee the organizational evolution of a growing school.

An attractive international package will be extended to the successful candidate.

Further details are available on our website:  

For a preliminary discussion please telephone Anthony Millard: +44(0)7768 687052  or email to arrange a time to speak.

The British School in Tokyo is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Applications are invited as soon as possible via the AMC website.

Closing Date: Monday 30 April, 2018, 10:00 GMT

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More about The British School in Tokyo
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002, Japan
Telephone: +81 3 5467 4321
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The British School in Tokyo was officially opened in 1989 by the incumbent British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, with just 63 girls and boys on roll. The School was established to meet the needs of parents who wished their children to receive a ...