Principal (Foreign, IB Curriculum)
Victoria Park Academy
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Salary & Benefits: commensurate with experience
Shenzhen Victoria Park Academy (VPA) is a pioneering IB and bilingual school in China, founded by the Victoria (China) Education Group in 2021. With Dr. Maggie Koong, Head of Academy and co-founder of Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA), Hong Kong, at the helm, VPA offers a high-quality education from Kindergarten to Year 9, integrating two complementary educational philosophies.
VPA merges Chinese educational traditions with inquiry-based learning to provide a unique and stimulating learning experience. The school's immersive bilingual education model is designed to have one teacher per language, with students benefiting from the expertise of two class teachers: one specializing in Mandarin Chinese and the other in English.
The school's curriculum system and established campus culture aim to leverage the educational strengths and urban characteristics of Shenzhen and Hong Kong to cultivate future learners who are caring, driven, daring, and persevering. VPA is committed to empowering students with Chinese heritage and a global vision, providing them with a well-rounded education that fosters a strong sense of identity and cultural understanding, as well as international-mindedness and global citizenship.
As a sister school of VSA Hong Kong, VPA is a pioneer in the integrated development of quality education in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. With a focus on attracting and retaining highly qualified and dedicated teachers and staff, building strong partnerships with parents and the local community, and promoting sustainable development and environmental responsibility, VPA is committed to providing a challenging and stimulating bilingual learning environment that prepares students for lifelong learning, responsible leadership, and making a positive impact on the world.
 The Victoria Education Group has a long history of providing high-quality education, beginning in Hong Kong in 1965. In 1998, Dr. Maggie Koong brought Victoria Education to the Mainland, and the Victoria (China) Education Group was established. Today, the group boasts over 5,000 students and 500 staff members across multiple campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, and Hangzhou. The group offers a range of educational programs, including kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and early education centers.
Vision and Mission
(Please refer to the school website)
VPA Principal (Foreign, IB Curriculum)
At VPA, we are currently seeking an experienced Principal (Foreign, IB Curriculum) to join our team. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader who inspires a culture of respect, innovation, high expectations, and success. As Principal, you will work closely with the Head of Academy and other members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to map out educational priorities and recruit, retain, and develop a committed and highly professional faculty and staff.
The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) comprises Head of Academy, Mainland Principal (National Curriculum) and Hong Kong Deputy Principal (Curriculum Implementation).
As part of this team, you will play a critical role in shaping the strategic direction of the school and ensuring that our students receive the best possible education. We are committed to creating a collaborative and supportive working environment, and we believe that our success as a school depends on the dedication and expertise of our staff. If you are passionate about education and are excited about the opportunity to work in a dynamic and innovative school, we encourage you to apply for this position.
As the leader of VPA, the Principal reports directly to the Head of Academy and holds the responsibility for the following:
The Principal works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to facilitate coordination amongst the school and administrative sections and to develop a holistic teaching and learning programme relevant to the challenges of our times.
The successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to think strategically and tactically. S/he will possess the flexibility needed to collaborate successfully within a demanding and busy school environment.
In addition, s/he will have the high-level management skills required to continue to develop and lead the School’s students and staff. S/he should be able to navigate within the school’s bilingual bicultural community and demonstrate an international mindset, with a strong focus on students’ learning, pastoral and academic achievements.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualifications and qualities:
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate their ability to work collaboratively, think strategically, and operate effectively in a dynamic and demanding school environment. They should also be committed to professional growth and continuous learning, and have a track record of achieving positive outcomes for students, staff, and the wider school community.
How to Apply
Applications should include the following:
Completed applications should be uploaded via this page.
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