ESF Discovery College

Head of Secondary

Far East, Hong Kong

The Discovery College is now recruiting a Head of Secondary for the academic year 2019-2020 onwards (Start date to be mutually agreed). 

Discovery College is looking for a leader who is:

  • Committed to and inspired by the school’s Vision of “Grow. Discover. Dream.”
  • Visionary.
  • Visible, approachable; a great communicator who builds positive relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Dedicated to setting high expectations and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Supportive of Positive Education/Visible Learning inherent in the wellbeing focus already established at the College.
  • Excited to be part of and contribute to a highly reputable foundation of 22 schools.
  • Able to recognise the importance of enabling and resourcing staff to fulfil their potential.
  • Able to manage and deliver both excellent educational and operational results.
  • Someone who encourages collaboration and a shared sense of purpose, while being a firm decision-maker.
  • Committed to the effective and responsible use of technology in support of the learning programme.

What Discovery College has to offer a new Head of Secondary:

  • Discovery College’s reputation as a highly-respected school in the international community, with a record of excellent academic achievement.
  • A strong organisational culture and mission: a diverse student body and commitment to produce students who are “independent learners / international citizens.”
  • A palpable sense of community built on trust and transparency.
  • A culture that embraces new ideas and uses innovation for continuous improvement.
  • A uniquely designed, state-of-the-art campus with extensive facilities.
  • A strong Leadership Team and supportive Council, with positive working relationships between the two and a strong commitment to common goals.
  • A supportive and appreciative parent community.
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic and passionate students.


  • Senior management experience in a similarly sized (Secondary or all-age) school
  • Experiences in a range of different schools, with a well developed school outlook

Abilities – The candidate will be skilled at

  • Setting high expectations and fostering a culture of continuous improvement
  • Building a professional learning community
  • Building positive relationships with external stakeholders from different cultural backgrounds; and
  • Reflecting and evaluating when embedding change in a school context
  • Understanding of assessment for learning
  • Understanding of personalised learning
  • Proven ability to develop community and parent links
  • Proven ability to build a professional learning community

Knowledge – The candidate will

  • Have an understanding of leadership capabilities in a school context
  • Have sound understanding of the primary/secondary curriculum for students of all abilities
  • Understand how students learn and in particular how to meet the needs of EALand special needs students
  • Understand effectiveness in Performance Management and Development
  • Development / Training to Support Role Competencies
  • Development activities
  • Evidence of having developed a range of senior leadership skills and experiences in current role and the ability to reflect and learn from them.
  • Evidence of training for a senior leadership position
  • Relevant courses
  • Appropriate leadership development professional development relevant to the role

Closing Date: 15 May 2019
For enquiries, please contact Joyce Kwok at +852 +852 39691000 or

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Start Date: 01-08-2019

Apply By: 15-06-2019