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The 1400 students at South Island are our most outstanding assets. Made up of young people from 39 different countries, our school is an international, multicultural community that is characterised by excellent relationships between students and staff. Our students are well behaved, incredibly hard working and committed to their own learning. They enjoy their school and their achievements and they live life to the full through their exceptional involvement in a very wide range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities. The students reach high academic levels: the vast majority leave school at 18 with diploma level qualifications and go on to universities, world-wide.

We are committed to providing an all-round education for our students and they respond by excelling in all areas of school life. We are non-selective, although students are required to pass an English test to ensure they can fully access the curriculum. We have a special learning support class for students with moderate to complex learning needs. These students are integrated into mainstream classes wherever possible, sometimes with additional help. There is a small EAL team to further support students requiring additional English language skills.

South Island follows an English language curriculum in an international context. Our IB MYP curriculum from Years 7 to 9 is innovative, international and designed to develop approaches to learning to support higher levels of study. Our students progress onwards to (I)GCSEs, and finally to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or Career-related Programme (IBCP). Outcomes are always far above international averages.

Pastorally, we are a school where the well-being, happiness and success of every individual is very important to us. Tutor groups are around 17 in size and tutors stay with their groups throughout the school. All teachers are expected to be tutors within a very strong Learning Family and House System.

In Years 7 to 9, student guidance is led by a Head of Year within the Family Bauhinia learning family. Students are also assigned to one of six houses, and the Heads of House take over leadership of student guidance from Year 10 onwards, ensuring students receive the personalised help and support they need right the way through to Year 13.

Our teachers, who join us from English speaking nations and schools around the world, generally find South Island the most rewarding and engaging post they have experienced. Our staff find it a joy to work with such talented young people, showing such lively enquiring minds and a strong sense of personal responsibility. Our challenge is always to ensure that our students reach their full potential, and meet the rightly high expectations of their parents and the local community. 

Teachers work very hard at South Island School, both within and outside of regular working hours – and the professional rewards for their commitment are very strong. Our dedicated team of Support Staff also ensure that everything we do is professionally supported. Staff are committed to their own learning and they give selflessly to provide enrichment opportunities for our students. They also work for each other and there is a real team spirit at the school, where people are supported to achieve their best through induction, professional review and a continued commitment to training. There are regular opportunities for further promotion, both within the School and across the Foundation.

The school provides an excellent learning environment with very good facilities in individual subject areas. We have a sophisticated ICT infrastructure, a one to one laptop programme using Apple Macs and numerous other forms of technology to support learning and teaching. All teachers are all issued with their own Apple Mac laptop. We have an innovative school week structure that includes two hour lessons in many subjects and regular collaborative planning time for all teaching teams, and the school enjoys a reputation for innovation and risk-taking.

Not surprisingly, South Island School is continuously oversubscribed and there is a high demand for places. Our philosophy is ‘Making a Difference’. The values and mission areas that underpin this statement enable us to prepare our students to be aware of their place in society and of the responsibilities that they have  – to themselves, to their families, to their community and as global citizens.

As part of the family of ESF, South Island School enjoys the benefit of the professional community of a much larger educational organisation. There are 1,000 teachers and 17,000 students in our network and we have significant resources to develop collectively.

If you are an outstanding practitioner, and you would like the challenge of living and working in a dynamic, vibrant and stimulating community then we would welcome an application from you.

Tom Vignoles

(Information about levels of pay and conditions of service for all ESF teachers can be found on the ESF website.)

South Island School (SIS) is a thriving and highly successful member of the English Schools Foundation (ESF). In addition to working closely with ESF, SIS is governed by our School Council and has a very active PTA.

We have recently introduced the IB MYP programme to Years 7-9, with the programme reaching Year 9 for the first time in September 2019. Our Years 10-11 curriculum consists mainly of (I)GCSE courses, with a small number of other courses also offered. In Years 12-13, our students study for the IB Diploma (IBDP) or IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). The vast majority of SIS students successfully achieve their university or further education ambitions, with destinations regularly including top universities in Hong Kong, the UK, USA, and other countries. 

South Island School is divided into three Learning Families: Family Bauhinia, Family Bamboo and Family Banyan. Family Bauhinia is a tight-knit community that supports Year 7-9 students in their transition between primary and secondary school. Upon arriving at SIS, each student joins one of our six houses: Bahay, Casa, Kuca, Maison, Namas and Shtepi, and is assigned to a tutor group. All teachers are tutors who are actively involved in facilitating our Pastoral Learning Curriculum (PLC). In Year 10, students progress to Family Bamboo or Family Banyan and remain in the same Learning Family for the rest of their time at SIS. We have established a robust support network of tutors, heads of year, heads of houses and school counsellors to create a safe and inclusive environment for every student at SIS. 

The academic and pastoral curricula are complimented by our Values in Action curriculum, which incorporates a wide range of extra-curricular activities, events and trips. Our mission is to ‘Make a Difference’ in our own lives, within our community and as empathetic citizens of the world. Our programme includes the annual Making a Difference Week (MaD Week), when students in all year groups undertake week-long local community projects or (in more regular times) overseas service trips. Furthermore, our numerous student-led councils and organisations serve as a platform for students to have tangible input to their school community and learning environment.

Our community thrives on creative energy and innovation, where we strive to take a progressive, growth-mindset approach in preparing our students for their futures. All students and teachers have MacBooks through our 1-on-1 laptop program and the use of ICT is embedded in teaching and learning practices. Weekly staff development and planning time ensures that our students receive only the highest standards of education. 

SIS is a dynamic school that nurtures the leaders of our future. We thank you for your interest in joining our team.

Important note

Applicants MUST possess formal teaching qualifications (Bachelor/Master Degree in Education, or Bachelor Degree in any subjects with Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Education, or equivalent). Those who do not have any of the above will NOT be considered.

Current opening(s):

For enquiries, please contact Ms Cecilia Lo at +852 2555 9313 or

To apply

Interested parties must apply via the ESF recruitment system by clicking HERE. Please note that applications through email or any other means will NOT be considered.

  1. Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLR) and additional responsibility and leadership positions taken up by specific teachers.
  2. Please also read the ESF Teachers’ Remuneration Package for details.
  3. For temporary or part-time positions, please note that applicants must be a permanent Hong Kong resident or possess a valid visa to work in Hong Kong. Applicants should also note that temporary contracts are subject to a different remuneration package. Amongst other variations, temporary contract holders do not receive the Benefits noted in section D of the ESF Teachers’ Remuneration Package, unless otherwise stated.
  4. Vacancies are advertised as they arise. For post-related enquiries, email us at

Current opening(s):

Applicants must be a permanent Hong Kong resident or possess a valid visa to work in Hong Kong. 

Applications must be submitted online through HERE

Step 1: Go to the Registration tab and register. You will then receive an email with an activation link.
Step 2: When your account has been activated, login to the system and click “Job Listing”
Step 3: Check the box next to the job(s) that you wish to apply for and click “Apply & Continue” at the bottom of the page.

ESF is an Equal Opportunities Employer
Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the ESF’s Personal Data Policy, a copy of which will be provided immediately upon request.

What we expect of our teachers

South Island School is home to a stimulating learning environment with  passionate students who take charge of their own learning. We expect the best of our students and so, of course, we want only the very best teachers to lead and challenge them. 

As a Teacher and a Tutor, we expect you to:

  • Commit to our School Mission and Philosophy of ‘Making a Difference’ and our international and multicultural ethos;
  • Adhere to all of the policies of the school and of ESF and comply with the expectations and contractual obligations of all teachers;
  • Be skilled in teaching through the medium of English;
  • Care passionately about the safeguarding and well-being of young people and colleagues;
  • Engage students within and outside the classroom and possess excellent knowledge and enthusiasm surrounding at least one curriculum area;
  • Practise inclusive and differentiated teaching methods for students requiring support with English as an Additional Language (EAL) and students with other Individual Needs (IN) students, as well as for students of all backgrounds and ethnicities;
  • Be skilled in applications of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), with the ability to use technology to enhance learning;
  • Make a significant contribution to the extra-curricular programme and to the development of your Faculty and the School;
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Be committed to your own personal and professional development.

In return, we commit to ensuring that your time with us is both rewarding and satisfying.

Professional standards governing teachers and those applying for leadership positions are defined in two ESF publications which can be downloaded from the ESF website (see ESF Leadership Capability Framework & ESF Teaching Capability Framework).

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