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West Island School      Website:
West Island School is a member of the English Schools Foundation. The School was established in 1991 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As an international secondary school offering iGCSE and IB programmes, we occupy award winning buildings in the Western district of Hong Kong. We serve a stable and established community in the Pokfulam district, with over 1200 students on roll. Our school mission of strength from diversity reflects the considerable achievements of our learners from over 40 different nationalities. Our students progress to the universities of their choice because they achieve highly, are well equipped and are leaders of the future

Teacher of Film and Media


(This is a re-advertised position. Previous applications need not apply again)

We are seeking a full time Teacher of Film and Media. The position will be a full-time two years renewable contract starting August 2018.

Film Studies within Creative Arts Faculty

Film Studies is a thriving subject within the school and we have two iGCSE (AQA) groups in both Year 10 and 11 as well as two IB groups in both Year 12 and 13 working at either standard or higher level. The popularity of the subject within the school is matched by the success of our students who consistently attain above expectations and who achieve highly year on year. Film Studies is one of the most popular subject choices within the Arts Faculty and a significant number of students will choose this for their future careers.

You will be able to teach your specialist subject of film across the age and ability range (Year 10-13) including iGCSE and IB Standard and Higher Level. Previous experience of teaching IB is not a requirement, however, post 16 experience teaching in a comparable qualification such as A level would be an advantage.

Working with the Head of Film and also as part of a larger Creative Arts Faculty, you will need to be: enthusiastic, a team player, willing to work collaboratively to make things happen and be passionate about the role and meaning of Film in young people’s lives. The preferred candidate will be willing to offer opportunities beyond the classroom in film and media for students at WIS.

As well as being inspired by the work ethic and sense of enjoyment our students have for learning, you will also be able to teach using the very latest film technology. The department is supported by a full-time technician. Students can use a vast range of resources including Canon DSLR, Camcorders, sound recorders, audio recorders, lighting, Finalcut Prox and Motion software to create graphic special effects. Our latest drone technology is proving very intriguing for learners.

You may be asked to contribute to the teaching of another area from time to time and you should mention all subjects that you are qualified to teach in your application.

All teachers at West Island School are tutors to a group of approximately 15 students within a particular year group.

Working at West Island School

West Island School is a rewarding environment to pursue your career as a teacher. We prioritise professional development and are engaged in appreciative inquiry developing our own practice as a community of teachers who learn from each other.

You will find your colleagues to be pro-active, passionate about our students, adaptable and supportive of you in both the school and Hong Kong. It is indeed, an exciting place to live and work.

Our students are well motivated, ambitious for themselves and for the whole school community. Our distinction is the diversity of backgrounds which creates an inspiring community of learners that motivates us as teachers.

In 2017, the average IB score was 36.7 with 2 students achieving 45 points and 4 students achieving 44 points. 49% of grades at iGCSE are A*-A. We also cater for a cohort of students who achieve highly in Btec Qualifications, 78% of grades are D*-D. As an inclusive school, we cater for a number of students who have particular learning difficulties and experience success in personalised pathways.

As a result, student outcomes are excellent and they are able to access the universities of their choice, many of which will be the most prestigious.

Over the next three years, we are planning to move towards the MYP curriculum for Years 7-9, so it would be useful but not essential if you are able to make an active contribution to this change. You do not need a detailed knowledge of the curriculum, but a willingness to learn and an empathy for inquiry based learning approaches.

Finally, there are a range of extra-curricular events and activities which every


- The successful candidate would ideally have experience in film and media teaching though IB experience is not a pre requisite.
- Bachelor Degree in Education, or Bachelor Degree in other subjects plus a PGCE, or equivalent;
- Previous teaching experience in similar school settings;

Closing Date: 26 Nov 2017
For enquiries, please contact Andrew Tranent at

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