Vice Principal of Primary School, Singapore

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UWC South East Asia - EASTSingapore

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

East Campus

UWCSEA has a vacancy for August 2018 (but will consider a January 2019 start for the right candidate) at its East Campus for a Vice Principal of Primary School. The Vice Principal is one of the pedagogical leaders within the Junior School. The Vice Principal, working with other members of the Primary Leadership Team, is responsible to the Principal of Primary School for the learning programme in the Primary School.

The Vice Principal has shared responsibility for the quality of learning and for the recruitment and professional practice of its personnel. The Vice Principal will also work as a member of the East Campus Leadership Team to ensure unity of purpose within the Campus and the College as a whole.

The Context

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. UWC South East Asia is committed to safeguarding our students and protecting them from harm. In keeping with the expectation that all staff and volunteers share this commitment, those applying for a position at the College must be willing to undergo employment background checks and screening appropriate to the post.

If you have a strong sense of adventure and an exceptional level of commitment to teaching and learning, UWCSEA might be the perfect next step for you.

Here are some reasons why:

  • You can be part of the College at an exciting time in its development. The implementation of our bespoke College-wide curriculum, the integration of technology into teaching and learning, and a significant focus on educating for ethical dispositions are just some of the exciting initiatives our staff are currently involved in.
  • As a non-profit organisation, we invest a percentage of income into scholarships for approximately 100 students each year. These scholars come from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. You can teach and learn from these exceptional students.
  • Our academic results are outstanding, but our focus on holistic education means teachers are involved in all aspects of the programme. At UWCSEA you can take students trekking in the Himalayas or kayaking in Thailand, building houses in Cambodia or skiing in Switzerland. Equally, you can support them in making real connections with the local community, working with children with multiple disabilities or teaching life skills to domestic workers who have been the victims of violence. All our students and teachers, from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12 are involved in our activities, outdoor education and service programmes.
  • We provide a professional learning programme that brings international experts to the school and supports teachers in their professional learning journey.

Person specification

  • A degree and professional teaching qualification is essential: a higher degree is desirable
  • Knowledge of international curricula, concept based teaching, learning and assessment
  • Proven ability to develop and lead talented staff and high achieving students in an International School context
  • Passion for international education
  • Understanding of leadership to improve teaching and learning
  • Awareness of current issues and trends in education
  • Understanding of the principles of organizational culture and behaviour
  • Honesty, integrity, compassion, and a good sense of humour
  • Ability to develop a sense of community and generate trust with all constituent groups
  • Strong organizational and proven problem-solving skills
  • Excellent self-management skills
  • Understanding of the place of technology within the school environment
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills: written, spoken and in presentations
  • Academic expectations include enthusiastic participation in Professional Learning, both that which is mandated by the College and that which is identified by the teacher.
  • Teachers should be willing and eager to participate in the five key elements of a UWCSEA education: Academic; Personal & Social Education; Service; Activities; Outdoor Education.
  • On average the College expects a yearly contribution of two sessions per week in each season to Activities and/or Service.
  • The College expects that teachers will participate enthusiastically in the curricular Outdoor Education experiences which are relevant to their students and will also occasionally volunteer for holiday Outdoor Education trips.
  • Applicants should be enthusiastic about teaching within a multi-cultural environment.
  • Flexibility of approach, a collaborative style and a good sense of humour are essential.


The main focus for the VP Primary School is to ensure that the pastoral and curricular needs of the students and teachers are met, and to assist the Principal in creating and maintaining a spirit within the Primary School that supports students to be happy and perform at their very best. The VP Primary School will work with and support the Heads of Grade to develop and manage the staff and students within their Grades.

  • Assisting the Principal with the implementation of the College mission, ethos and values, throughout the school.
  • Assisting in the annual process of recruitment
  • Developing and communicating the Strategic Plan
  • Assisting staff with pastoral needs, including discipline issues
  • Developing and ensuring the quality of our UWCSEA curriculum
  • Assisting staff with curricular needs, including implementation of new initiatives
  • Monitoring the quality of all Junior School expeditions
  • Monitoring the quality of teaching and learning
  • Supporting the Professional Learning Programme (PLP)
  • Coordinating the Junior School components of on-campus events
  • Working with the Principal to ensure that there is continual professional learning for teachers
  • Deputising for the Principal in his/her absence

Logistics (in collaboration with the Principal)

  • Liaising with the Timetable Manager in the production of the Junior School timetable.
  • Contribute to the compilation of the Academic Calendar
  • Collaboration with the Principal in the organising of School Orientation Evenings and assuring input of pastoral care into presentations.
  • Creation and management of duty roster for teachers and teacher assistants
  • Ensuring evacuation procedures are up-to-date, adequate to the school’s needs and are communicated to all concerned.


  • Making sure student records are kept up to date and inclusions such as file notes are completed and followed up.
  • Coordinating reports, including guidance on timing and assistance with checking and distribution and follow-up with staff.
  • Supervision of the Junior School Office secretaries in terms of responsibilities and time management.
  • Ensuring that curriculum policies and documentation are updated regularly and made accessible to all Junior School staff.


Job location

More about UWC South East Asia - EAST
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: East Campus, 1 Tampines Street 73, 528704, Singapore
Telephone: +65 6305 5344