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Assistant Head of Primary

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Tenby Schools Penang
Penang, Malaysia
Date Added: Mar 3, 2023

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Description of School

We are one of the biggest school groups in South East Asia with over 5000 students attending Tenby schools every day across Malaysia. We are part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP), a leading International Education company based in London with 50 schools across the world. We are part of a worldwide family with sister schools in Spain, UK, Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Canada, Dubai and the UAE.

We have a proven track record of staff development and good quality teaching and learning. We are unique because we have a Private Malaysian school and an International School on the same campus and we are truly integrated.

Tenby Penang is one of the leading schools on the island of Penang. Find out more on our website ( and our social media sites.

Key benefits

  • A culture of engagement and trust, where staff contributions are recognised and valued.
  • A passionate and motivated team of professionals who put children at the heart of decision-making.
  • An embedded whole campus commitment to professional development and a commitment to serving others.
  • A peer network of like-minded teaching colleagues and support from non-academic staff. 
  • Access to expertise, best practise sharing and learning opportunities across countries and cultures. 
  • A commitment to employee well-being.

We also offer

This is a two-year contract with an option to renew at the end. Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Fee discount for children of employees
  • Medical outpatient and insurance benefits
  • Personal Accident insurance coverage
  • Generous contributions to an Employee Provident Fund (EPF)
  • Fee reduction for children of employees
  • Flight and shipping allowance at the beginning and end of the contract


ISP Malaysia- [Tenby School Penang]

[Assistant Head of Primary]


Purpose of Role

We are looking for suitably qualified, inspirational and experienced Assistant Head of Primary to join our forward thinking and dynamic teaching team that provides quality teaching and learning for our students – commencing August 2023.  

ISP Principles                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.

Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.

Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.

Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.

ISP Assistant Head of Primary Key Responsibilities

  • Working with the Head of School to contribute to a strategic view for the school
  • To support and promote the school’s vision and mission and core values in order to promote the welfare, progress and continued development of the school and its students.
  • To model, promote and support being self-reflective and self-improving.
  • To teach pupils (as required) in all aspects of the agreed school curriculum
  • Working with the Assistant Head of School (Curriculum) to review student progress
  • To liaise regularly with the Head of Learning Support to ensure students with additional needs are supported
  • Supporting the Head of School in working through the LIP and taking steps to improve identified areas.
  • Demonstrating high standards of personal integrity, loyalty, discretion, and professionalism
  • Supporting the professional development of teachers
  • Participating in the school’s marketing and outreach initiatives

Key responsibilities and duties of Assessment Lead:

  • To review and improve our assessment procedures and tracking
  • To identify intervention for different groups based on data and pupil progress meetings.
  • To create moderation to ensure whole school accuracy with data.
  • To monitor and track interventions to “narrow the gap” and ensure that all children make good progress

 Key responsibilities and duties of a Subject Leader:

  • To lead, co-ordinate and manage effective learning across the school
  • To lead, develop and manage the curriculum across the school
  • To monitor and review impact and identify areas for development across the school
  • To liaise with stakeholders as appropriate to support student achievement
  • To have pupil progress meetings for core subjects
  • To manage and develop systems for monitoring pupil concerns and needs at the relevant year group
  • To deliver CPD to support teachers based on learning visits to support our students being in a good struggle.

 Key responsibilities of Teaching:

  • To teach children in the Primary age range, catering for the ability and the aptitude of all children within classes, through effective planning, preparation of lessons, marking of work and on-going assessment
  • To liaise with parents/carers, providing them with regular updates on their child’s learning and progress

 Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Appropriate degree and teaching qualification e.g. Bachelor’s Degree with teaching qualification, PGCE/Diploma in Education OR relevant degree.
  • Minimum 5 years teaching experience required preferably in an international school context covering International Primary Curriculum.
  • Creative, inspiring, patient, resourceful and energetic.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
  • Highly responsible, dedicated, hardworking and a team-player.
  • Reflective individual who is committed to life-long learning and development.
  • Experience teaching students with English as an additional language.



Initial interviews will be completed through Zoom. Final interviews will be carried out face-to-face whenever possible.

How to Apply

The closing date is Wednesday March 15th 2023 but it is strongly recommended to submit applications as soon as possible.

Candidates are invited to apply via Jobvite and attach:

  • A comprehensive CV with recent passport-size photograph and contact details of three referees (one of which must be from your current school).
  • A letter of application which demonstrates how your experience meets the requirements of the person specification.

Applications should be emailed to: [email protected]

Applications must be received no later than midday on Wednesday March 15th 2023.  Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.


Shortlisting will be finalised on Friday March 17th 2023 and applicants will be advised whether they have been shortlisted by Tuesday March 21st 2023.

 Final Interviews

The selection process will be discussed with the shortlisted candidates.  Candidates may be asked to undertake a practical task related to the knowledge and abilities in the Person Specification.

We are intending to interview for the post during week beginning March 23rd 2023.

 Notification of outcome

Shortlisted candidates will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible following the process.


Unsuccessful shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity for professional feedback during the week following the interviews.

 Taking up post

The successful candidate will take up post on August 23rd 2023 – induction for new staff arriving in Malaysia will commence from Thursday 17th August 2023.

Should you require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

 ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.

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