Academic | Posted 07.01.2019

Start Date – September 2019
School Opening – September 2020



Stonyhurst College is the UK’s leading co-educational Catholic boarding and day school, with over 425 years of history, set in a magnificent grade I listed building.

The College has a long history of nurturing men and women of individuality, generosity and service. Leaders in public life, academia, business, war heroes, politicians, rebels, writers, scientists, and actors number among the former pupils, a testimony to the capacity of a Jesuit education to foster individual gifts and talents. Our motto ‘Quant Je Puis’ (as much as I can) remains for us an overarching principle.

Pupils from Stonyhurst routinely attend some of the best universities in the world. With a high number of students going onto Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group Universities in the UK and leading universities in the United States, Germany, France, Spain and Hong Kong.

Stonyhurst is a school which constantly looks to innovate and use its history and traditions as a lens on the present and the future. The opening of Stonyhurst International School Penang will mark one of the most exciting and significant developments in our 425 years of history and we look forward to welcoming our first pupils.

At the heart of everything we do is delivering an exceptional education for our pupils and ensuring that their formation, both inside and outside of the classroom, is the best in the world. We empower them to be the best that they can be, shaping leaders of the future.

The Ignatian values upon which Stonyhurst was founded in 1593 continue to underpin everything we do today. Stonyhurst pupils are encouraged to involve themselves fully in the opportunities offered to them. Living in a supportive and diverse community, they are helped to develop those qualities of character that will distinguish them in later life as men and women for others. An Ignatian school provides a foundation for such a life, an education that nurtures individuality and encourages generosity. It is a springboard to a life of purpose.

We achieve high academic results, have exceptional pastoral care, and offer an extensive range of co-curricular activities. The pupils in our care are given the individual attention, resources and space in which to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally.


Stonyhurst International School Penang is a coeducational day and boarding school for pupils from 3 years to 18 years from all religious denominations and secular belief systems. At capacity the school will cater for 1200 students.
The school is in an outstanding location nestled in one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods on Penang Island with direct ocean frontage and featuring world class educational facilities.
The school aims to be the premier values-based international school in Penang, focused on achieving the best possible academic outcomes for students alongside developing pupils who are critical thinkers, problem solvers and most importantly, are inspired to be men and women for others.
Stonyhurst International School Penang offers a truly unique educational experience for students through our deeply personalised learning, coaching, advisory and counselling programmes. The organisational structure of our school allows us to allocate students an individual learning coach and mentor that will guide them through their entire learning journey with us.
Students will be offered explicit opportunities to work alongside both older and younger students as part of their coaching group, developing a genuine sense of cohesion and friendship between our senior and junior students. All of our students will undergo coaching and advisory training and take an active part in mentoring students across the school.
Our partnership with Stonyhurst College, United Kingdom allows us to provide students with unrivalled pathways into the very best universities worldwide.



The Role – Principal, Stonyhurst International School Penang.

The Governors of Stonyhurst International School Penang are seeking to recruit a Founding Principal to take on the role no later than September 2019. They seek to recruit someone who has the expertise, innovation and drive needed to lead Stonyhurst International School in Penang successfully and to develop a thriving, stimulating and happy learning environment for the pupils.

The Principal will be accountable to the Governors of Stonyhurst International School Penang for the day to day running of the School. He or she will work alongside the Board of Governors of Stonyhurst International School Penang and Stonyhurst College UK to recruit and develop a strong Senior Leadership Team to work with collaboratively in delivering the new school’s shared objectives.
In addition to the strategic and operational leadership of the school, the Principal will be heavily involved in the marketing of the school and developing links with the local community. The Principal will work alongside the architectural and consultancy team to manage all aspects of the development of the new campus.

The successful candidate will be supportive of the Ignatian ethos of the school and of the founding school’s pedagogy and educational priorities.

Terms of Appointment


The position will be demanding and carry a great deal of responsibility. Consequently, the package available to successful candidates will be generous and commensurate with the importance of the role and the successful candidate’s experience.

A housing allowance, or housing, will be provided for the successful applicant, along with medical insurance, airfares for the Principal, spouse and dependants and fees remission for dependent children.

The post will be offered subject to satisfactory references, a medical examination and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

To Apply

Prior to application please carefully review the information pack. Applications should clearly detail how you meet the personal and professional specifications required for the position and contact details of your referees. Applications should be submitted via the TES online application.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications will be 7th February 2019 with first interviews planned for 4th March and final interviews w/c 18th March.

Please note that the final stage may require travel to Penang w/c 18th March so applicants must ensure they have a valid passport and are able to travel at that time.

The Headmaster is happy to have informal discussions with potential candidates who are interested in this role. To schedule an informal discussion with the Headmaster please contact Roxanne Taylor at

Click here to access the TES online application