Prince of Wales Island International School

Prince of Wales Island International School

The Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS) is a co-educational day and boarding secondary school (Years 7-13) modelled on the best of British independent education. We follow a curriculum (based on the English National Curriculum and Common Entrance) in Years 7 to 9, with IGCSE and A level (CIE and Edexcel) in the upper years. Drawing from Penang, the whole of Malaysia as well as internationally, POWIIS now has 400 pupils with good numbers in the sixth form. The eventual capacity is 750, with a projection of 450 for September 2016. The spread of ability is quite wide and includes many very able students. IGCSE results have been strong, with 49% A/A* and 93% five A* to C in 2015. A level results were 51% A/A* and a 95% pass rate in 2015, most leavers heading towards good universities in the UK, US, Australia or Asia.

The outstanding buildings are located in a new township in the attractive rural location of Balik Pulau, on the island of Penang. Facilities at the school are second to none in Penang and arguably in Malaysia. They include a substantial and developing library, a magnificent 500 seat natural acoustic concert hall/theatre with full backstage and technical facilities. An exceptional feature is our Steinway D concert grand piano, a provision usually found only in professional venues, and is indicative of a sector leading reputation in the performing arts. There is a multi-purpose sports hall, a 25 metre swimming pool, football and netball pitches, tennis courts, a fitness suite, art studios, and a design technology centre. The state government plans an education hub in the locality including the establishment of an international university nearby. Although there is no primary section at present, the licence already covers this and a separate campus will be established in the not too distant future.

The senior staff are from leading schools internationally and many of the teachers have come directly from the UK and the international circuit. We are seeking to recruit able and visionary teachers interested in supporting high standards in a friendly and relatively informal ethos, where contact with pupils extends well beyond the classroom and includes involvement at weekends with the boarders. The philosophy borrows from the best of both the independent and state sectors in the UK, as well as international schools in the region, providing an interpretation appropriate to a core of Malaysian students and also those from ex-pat families and the international groups from further afield. The student mix contributes towards a rich experience as the students prepare for university as well as for careers in a wider international context. One of the attractions for teachers is the quality of the students, most of whom are utterly delightful, many are talented and discipline problems are largely absent. The school has a very special atmosphere of purposeful and relaxed co-operation with excellent staff/pupil relationships.

Because of its beauty and gentle life-style, Penang is an attractive location for teachers at various stages of their careers. It is an excellent and safe place for families, but the comfortable standard of living and exotic travel opportunities will appeal to younger teachers as well as those at a more senior stage. The quality of life, for all, is very high, not least because of the warmth and generous hospitality of the people of Penang.

The vision is a secondary school with impressive academic credentials that is also concerned with the welfare of its pupils and staff, teaching a set of values exemplified by the motto Truth, Wisdom, Integrity and offering a wide educational experience that stresses the worth of activities well beyond the boundaries of exam syllabuses. Programmes in music, sport, drama, art, outward bound activity and community service are central to the school’s development.

Part of the philosophy of the school is that subjects should be taught by specialists at all levels. Candidates for posts should therefore have good academic backgrounds themselves and be able to teach across the range from Year 7 through to A level. One of the great strengths of the school is that teachers have a whole range of interests themselves, enabling contributions beyond their subjects. Teachers are encouraged to follow their own enthusiasms within school and, indeed, to be seen to pursue their areas of interest outside. Applications are welcomed particularly from those with sporting interests. The school’s trips calendar is impressive, both within Malaysia and overseas.

POWIIS continues, as it grows, to appoint teachers across the whole range of subjects as well as support staff. There are currently about 50 teachers. There are openings available for those wishing to take on pastoral responsibility as housemasters and housemistresses or as resident staff in the boarding halls. Experience of boarding education and independent schools is an advantage.

POWIIS is a boarding school and consequently all teachers are expected to contribute to the wider aspects of boarding school life including occasional weekend involvement on a rota basis.

Please apply directly by e-mail to sending a completed application form together with a brief letter of application and your CV. Please do not apply through the Hirewire system.

We do our best to acknowledge applications and to keep applications informed, but the large number of applications sometimes makes this impossible, for which we apologise. Resubmission by previously unsuccessful applicants is welcomed.



There are no current vacancies.