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Teacher of Design and Technology, Engineering and CAM experience an advantage

West Island School seeks to appoint a passionate and motivational Teacher of Design and Technology to start in August 2024 (Full-time Two-year contract, renewable by mutual agreement). 

You will be joining a team of nine teachers who collaborate with our Technology Faculty to offer the following wide range of subjects: Computer Science, Digital Design, Engineering, Fashion and Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Product Design.

Technology is a thriving faculty within the school and we currently teach MYP in Years 7-9 and currently have eleven BTEC and IGCSE groups in Year 10 and 11 and five BTEC and IBDP groups in Year 12 and Year 13. The popularity of the subjects within the school is matched by the success of our students who consistently attain above expectations and who achieve highly year after year.

You will be an excellent teacher who understands how inquiry can be promoted in learning, shows a willingness to contribute, learns from the rest of your team and is excited to explore new ways of working. An ability to contribute to the teaching of some other areas of the faculty would be an advantage. The Technology faculty is passionate about providing stimulating and relevant learning experiences within and beyond the classroom. The faculty are proud of their collaborative approach and you should enjoy working in a team, contributing to the development of resources and approaches to teaching and learning across each phase.  

West Island School is a rewarding environment to pursue your career as a teacher. We prioritise professional development and are engaged in developing our own practice as a community of teachers who learn from each other. As part of ESF, we also benefit from an extensive CPD programme which draws from the world’s best researchers and trainers to upskill our leaders and teaching teams. 

All teachers at West Island School are tutors to a group of approximately 15 students within a particular year group and you should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the holistic development of young people through pastoral work. It is essential that you are willing and able to contribute to the wider life of our schools such as leading overseas visits and trips.

Finally, there is a range of extra-curricular events and activities to which every teacher is expected to contribute. Many activities are based on the teacher’s own interests or in support of students who are leading activities. It is essential that you are willing and able to contribute to the wider life of our school.

In return for your passion and for delivering quality education, we offer a highly competitive salary, gratuity, housing allowance, passage, healthcare, and subsidised school places for your children. Our strength as part of the English Schools Foundation means that we offer security and the opportunities that are inherent in an established organisation of our size. 

Please refer to the ESF recruitment website as well as our own school-based website for further information. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information about the school or living in Hong Kong.

Interim Principal - Clare Haworth      

Head of the Technology Faculty – James Playford

See ESF Terms and Conditions for further details of the conditions of service.  


Bachelor's Degree in Education, or Bachelor's Degree in the subject with PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education), or equivalent

Knowledge and experience of BTEC Engineering and CAM machining would be an advantage but is not essential.

Commitment to inclusion and ability to differentiate effectively

Evidence of leading or contributing to an extra-curricular programme of events

Pro-active, adaptable and passionate team player able to share responsibility for the development of curriculum and pedagogy

School Overview

IB/GCSE Profile

Weekly Newsletter (April 2023 - Jan 2024)

School Website

Videos: Chairman's Award | ESF Evening of Dance  


For other inquiries, please direct to Rathi Nandakumar @ 852- 28191962 or Email:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and offers may be extended prior to the job closing date. We strongly recommend early applications as we reserve the right to appoint candidates earlier than the closing date.

By applying for this position, your application may be considered for other opportunities (senior-level roles, head of department, etc.) within ESF.

ESF is an Equal Opportunities Employer

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is fully committed to providing equal employment opportunities. ESF will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, religion, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, creed, citizenship or any other status protected by local laws or regulations.

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 upon request.

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.




The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the largest English-medium international school organisation in Hong Kong. Our 22 schools and comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities bring out the best in every student through a personalised approach to learning and by inspiring curious minds.

There are over 18,000 students from 75 different nationalities in ESF kindergartens, primary, secondary and all-through schools. About 70% of our students have parents who are permanent residents of Hong Kong.

ESF is proud of the high academic and wider achievements of our students. In 2020, 22 ESF students achieved the perfect score of 45 points in the IB Diploma examinations; more than 95% go on to leading universities worldwide.


West Island School is a world class co-educational IB World School with a leading reputation in Hong Kong. Our school motto “Strength from Diversity” reflects that the school caters for students from over 40 nationalities. The school has a strong focus on developing responsible global citizenship teaching through the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Courage, compassion and service beyond the classroom define our students. We have a reputation for academic excellence and the vast majority of students graduate to a range of leading worldwide universities after completing the IBDP or IBCP programme. In 2020, our average score for the IB Diploma was 37, and 29% of students achieved 40 points or more. Extracurricular activities are offered termly through an extensive CAS programme (Community, Activity and Service). We have a strong focus on pastoral care to support the whole development of young people.

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Job Overview

  • Posted On
    20th February 2024
  • Salary
    A 15-point pay scale ranges from HK$506,040 to HK$885,420 per year.
  • Contract Type
    Fixed Term, Full Time
  • Job Type
    Fixed Term
  • Specialisms
    Design and Technology Teacher, Engineering
  • Job Levels
  • Apply By
    20th February 2024
  • Start Date
    1st August 2024


English Schools Foundation, Hong Kong

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