Head of British Secondary and High School at Taipei European School in Taiwan
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Head of British Secondary and High School
Taipei European School (Taiwan)

Appointed - Stewart Redden
Oct 26, 2021
Nov 19, 2021


On behalf of the Board of Directors of Taipei European School, Taiwan, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stewart Redden as the new Head of the British Secondary and High School Section of the school, to start in August 2022.

Stewart is British and has a B.Sc. degree in Pure Chemistry from Salford University and a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Management from Stirling University.     After teaching for several years in the Canary Islands, Singapore and Scotland, he served as Assistant Head of Secondary at Taipei European School between 2002 and 2012.    He was subsequently appointed to be a Vice-Principal at Renaissance College, Hong Kong (2012-2017) and since 2018 has served as Learning and Teaching Adviser for the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong (22 schools and 18000 students).

Stewart is very happy to be returning to Taipei European School after his 10 years in Hong Kong.

Search Associates would like to thank all the candidates who applied for the position and also everyone who assisted in this successful search process for Taipei European School. 



from August 2022

Taipei European School (TES) is seeking a new Head for its British Secondary and High School Section, from August 2022, to succeed Sonya Papps.

David Cope and George Entwistle of Search Associates are assisting TES by leading the search.


The mission of Taipei European School (TES, https://www.tes.tp.edu.tw/) is to provide educational excellence, with European culture and values, within the context of Taiwan and local culture.

Located in the Republic of China (Taiwan), TES is fortunate to be offering our students quality international education while being immersed in the authentic and dynamic Chinese language and culture setting.

The school has attracted regional and worldwide attention with its unique model for integrating British, French, German and British High School sections in terms of their curricula, administration, finance, buildings and facilities. Taipei British School, Ecole Francaise de Taipei and Deutsche Schule Taipei began around 1990 in response to the needs of expatriate families living in Taipei. The schools soon realized that there was much to be gained by joining forces to establish a combined European campus, and moved onto a shared campus in 1992. TES is now a single legal entity operating through a non-profit Foundation and comprising the original British, French and German school sections plus a High School established in 2002.

TES has grown steadily since its establishment and now has 1800 students of some 50 nationalities. TES operates on two campuses with well-appointed, modern facilities and has a total staff of around 400.

Teaching staff from TES come predominantly from the UK, France and Germany with smaller numbers from other European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA. Taiwanese staff are employed in a variety of positions across school. Class sizes are maximum of 24 in British Sections with smaller classes across the British High School and in the French and German Sections. 

TES is well supported by the various foreign institutes as well as the international chambers of commerce and foreign businesses in Taipei.

School governance

As a school combining three different curricula plus a High School, TES has in place a professional, integrated organisational structure providing efficient leadership and management. The executive body of the TES is governed by the Board of Directors (Foundation), which consists of 9 members. These 9 voting members are volunteers who are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school.

The CEO is hired, supported and evaluated by the Board. While the Board sets the overall strategic direction and mission of the school, it delegates the accomplishments of that direction and mission to the CEO. 

The CEO is the Executive Principal of the school but delegates significant responsibility to the respective Heads. The Head of each Section reports to the CEO. The CEO is also supported by the leadership team, covering the sections and the different administrative functions of the school. 


The core values

The school expects that we as a community

  • Strive for excellence in all that we do
  • Encourage the development of the whole person
  • Sustain a strong ethos that emphasises students’ welfare and their personal, social and emotional development
  • Encourage students to pursue their natural curiosity thereby developing enquiring and challenging minds and enhancing their critical thinking and preparation for life-long learning
  • Promote good citizenship through a concern and compassion for social, global and environmental issues
  • Respect and celebrate the multicultural environment of our school which enriches our community and our learning
  • Develop the potential of each member of our school community
  • Maintain a strong partnership between our school, parents and the community.


The curricula

The British, French and German sections follow their respective national curricula up to the age of around 14 years. The British section broadly follows the English National Curriculum from Early Years through to Key Stage 3. The curriculum of the French section is based on the Programme du Ministère de L'Education Nationale Français, and students may enter for the Brevet des Collèges in class 3eme. The German section follows the curriculum of the state of Thüringen.

Considerable work has been undertaken in recent years to streamline the Vertical and Horizontal alignment of the curriculum across Primary and Secondary as well as across the sections.

Currently, there are progressively arranged joint classes in subjects such as Chinese Language and Culture, physical education, music and art, as well as coordinated breaks, lunch times and extra-curricular activities. The result is that the students are leading the way in demonstrating how friendships and co-operation can flourish across different nationalities and language groups. 

From 14 to 18 years of age, the students enter the High School Section, which offers two distinct two-year programmes, taught mainly in English, but with some French and German curricular units. Students from the age of 14 to 16 follow a number of IGCSE core and optional subjects, culminating in examinations at the end of the second year. The 16 to 18-year-olds undertake the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or the French Baccalauréat, largely as a preparation for university or college entrance. There is also the possibility for our French section students to take the French national exams (the Brevet). 


Upcoming changes

The school is currently undergoing a construction project to relocate our Middle School to a brand-new building expected to be completed in 2024, as well as an ongoing renovation project to bring new built-for-purpose facilities to our upper secondary campus. The relocation of the Middle School and the redevelopment of the Upper Secondary Campus will bring opportunities for a visionary leader to join the transformation of the school. The Middle School will transition to the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) over a period of five years to gradually replace the UK Key Stage 3 and IGCSE.  The existing IBDP programmes will be enriched with opportunities made available with the additional learning space for purpose-built facilities development.


School objectives

TES's vision is to be a flourishing, multilingual and multicultural community of lifelong learners that embraces independence, curiosity and empathy to make a positive difference in local, national and global environments. We aim to be the school of choice for parents, students and staff who are looking for excellent accredited education programmes delivered in a variety of languages and who want to join an active and caring community. 

TES is one of a kind, being the first school to have French, German and British curricula running in parallel and intertwining. Situated in Taiwan, TES is blessed to be immersed in the traditional Chinese language and cultural environment. The combination allows students to experience and embrace a truly diverse culture and history from around the world, supporting the development of global citizenship. TES is a model for the future, and a great representation of the importance of common values and collaboration in a diverse international world. The school has a strong and inclusive programme of support for children with diverse needs. 

TES's student numbers have been growing year-on-year, but have now reached 1,800 and effectively the school is now at capacity. In 2011 TES received full accreditation from two of the world's leading accreditation bodies – the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 


The campuses

TES operates on two campuses.  Swire European Primary Campus in Shilin offers convenient first-class learning spaces for the younger students. The Secondary campus is located in YangMing Shan national park and offers spectacular views of the city as well as first-class learning spaces. The Primary Campus and Secondary Campus are designed with the age group's most appropriate learning environment in mind.


Primary Campus

Housing Nursery through to upper Primary, the school is split into zones with classrooms and other learning spaces for the needs of each age group. Separate playgrounds for Nursery, Infant, and Primary ensure the children are happy and engaged. Classroom learning spaces are large and we can create spaces where the children feel comfortable to learn.  Teachers are able to adjust the space to fit different learning goals. A sports field offers the space and facilities to support PE classes and Sport opportunities after school as well as play space at break times. 

Secondary Campus

The campus has 3 buildings which offer fit-for-purpose learning areas. With the new building completed in 2020 offering 2 underground gymnasiums, a weights room, a dance studio, as well as highly advanced classroom spaces where technology is utilised for best practice teaching. There is also a Sports Centre located close by, ensuring football pitch space, tennis courts are available for PE lessons.

Culture and community

As the only school in Taiwan offering a British, French and German national curriculum option - we are the natural choice for a more diverse background of parents and students. Our international community is truly diverse with over 50 nationalities represented.  While our school culture reflects the influences of our European heritages, British, French and German, we recognise all cultures.  We have strong connections to the context of our host country, Taiwan, and take every opportunity to draw upon the host country in our educational programmes. 



Taiwan is a semi-tropical island in East Asia, one of the world’s most exciting and rapidly changing regions. Taiwan’s friendliness, clean air, safety, health care system and the overall quality of life have helped put it above the likes of the USA, Australia, and Hong Kong as one of the best places in the world for expats to live. The people of Taiwan are extremely friendly, helpful, and interested in foreigners. The expatriate population is smaller than in some other Asian cities, but the community is close-knit and welcoming to newcomers.

Taipei is the political, economic, educational and cultural centre of Taiwan. Taipei is a developed, vibrant city of around three million people. Described by the International Herald Tribune as the "world's most underrated capital city", it is not especially large by Asian standards and rather less congested and less polluted than most other Asian cities. The city offers many opportunities for recreation, both sporting and cultural. It boasts many theatres, nightclubs, concert halls, museums, and temples, and it is therefore easy for people to enjoy an active social life. Taipei’s eateries, ranging from street stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants are a real culinary treat for foodies.  The mountains surrounding the city offer a quick and scenic get-away, and the rest of Taiwan and its surrounding islands are well worth exploring. Taiwan is also well situated for excursions to other attractive locations in South East Asia, such as Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.





The position

Taipei European School (TES) is seeking a visionary professional to be the Head of British Secondary and High School section to provide academic and strategic leadership and to lead the Middle and High school in the next exciting phase of TES development.

The relocation of the Middle School and the redevelopment of the Upper Secondary Campus will bring opportunities for this leader to join in this exciting transformation of the school. The Secondary School will transition to the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) to gradually replace the UK Key Stage 3 and IGCSE.  The existing IBDP programmes will be enriched with opportunities made available with the additional learning space and purpose-built facilities development.

Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the other key stakeholders, the successful candidate will inspire and motivate the team to cultivate a learning environment that continues to live the TES vision: to be a flourishing, multilingual and multicultural community of lifelong learners that embraces independence, curiosity and empathy to make a positive difference in local, national and global environments.

The Section Head is responsible for delivering and leading the section’s vision and strategy; to manage people and culture; to improve organisational performance, sustainability and compliance. This will be achieved by building key external and internal relationships that secure success and ensure the highest standards of learning and personal development for the students and teachers.


The purpose

First and foremost, all Section Heads embody the mission, vision and values of Taipei European School, articulating these for all aspects of the operations of the section. The Section Head is the pedagogical and organisational leader of the section and is responsible to the CEO for all aspects of the Section’s day-to-day operations. The Section Head is responsible for ensuring core values are adhered to, school policy is followed and accreditation standards are maintained in all sectional operations. The Section Head also works as a member of the TES Leadership Team and leads the British Secondary and High School Section Leadership Team.  

This role also acts as the Campus Manager for the secondary campus. Being the chairperson of the Secondary Campus Leadership Team comprising the three language streams, it is the role of ensuring unity of purpose and equity across the campus by ensuring regular meetings of the sections on the campus. The purpose of the meetings is to arrive at joint decisions about using resources, sharing knowledge and expertise and ensuring that Taipei European School benefits from the cooperation of the three language streams.  The Campus Manager will also manage the cross-sectional programmes and resources that are in operation.  These currently include, but are not limited to educational support services (Technology, Library, Nurses, Co-curricular activities (CCA), Chinese Programme). 

Leadership responsibilities

As the pedagogical and organisational leader of the section, reporting to the CEO and working with the members of the Leadership Team, the Section Head is responsible for the learning programme and the smooth running of the day-to-day school operations. As such the Section Head has the responsibility for the quality of the educational programmes and the professional practice of its personnel, including but not limited to:

Teaching and Learning

  • Leading the Curriculum Teaching Learning across the school based on the school's core mission, values and strategic plans
  • Shaping a vision of academic success to create, maintain and develop the conditions which enable students and teachers to flourish
  • Fostering a TES-wide ethos that upholds the highest standards of professionalism and diligence as an effective means of maintaining compliance with statutory legislation and guidance
  • Ensuring that the school meets all legislative and statutory requirements, including safeguarding, as well as those of the designated accreditation institutions
  • Maintaining a highly positive relationship between parents and other stakeholders
  • Cultivating a learning environment in which students are positively challenged to learn and flourish and to reach their full potential.

Teamwork and Leadership

  • Being a role model for students and teachers
  • Upholding good governance and ethical behaviour through leadership and by example
  • Recruiting high-quality teachers and learning support personnel
  • Leading the respective Leadership Team to ensure adequate and efficient deployment of staff and resources through effective strategic planning and collaboration
  • Ensuring continuous professional developments for the staff to share with them the responsibilities and accountability for maintaining a high-quality learning environment
  • Ensuring a comprehensive succession plan for key positions to ensure continuity of the learning programmes
  • Overseeing the performance management practices ensuring consistency and fairness; drive a high-performance culture across the school.


  • Ensuring relevant budgets are planned and managed in accordance with the school’s ethos and policies
  • Liaising closely with the CEO and Leadership Team to align practices under the “One School Principle”
  • Working closely with the key stakeholders on the school’s strategic teaching and learning facilities development projects
  • Effective running the operational aspects of the school
  • Effectively relaying information regarding the work of the executive team and the day-to-day operation to the Line Manager, ensuring important information is passed on and understood.


The Section Head will be responsible for managing all section academic staff, programme/curriculum content and assessment for the section and will also support the overall academic management of the school. This will be done within the parameters described above.

As leader of the Secondary Campus Leadership Team representing joint campus agreements, it is important to ensure equality of treatment on matters of discipline and consistent application of policy.  In cases of health and safety, there has to be the ability to make rapid decisions and to achieve fast and safe outcomes.  Events held during the school year need to be communicated to all sections and adequate safety precautions have to be taken and risk assessments performed.

Overall responsibility

  • Liaising with the CEO and LT on the strategic planning and development of the Taipei European School to ensure innovation and educational opportunity for all sections of the community.
  • Liaising with the CEO directing the Section SLT to create and implement the strategic plan which identifies priorities and targets for ensuring that students achieve high standards achieve to their potential, increasing teacher’s effectiveness and managing section improvement
  • Support the CEO in the management and direction of Taipei European School 
  • Provide ethical, effective educational leadership of the Section through the School’s Mission, Vision and Core Values, leading by example
  • Create an effective, productive, and caring atmosphere where all students and staff have the opportunity to learn and flourish.  To manage this by inclusion of the stakeholders in the decision-making process
  • Effectively delegate the day-to-day operations of Section to line managers and establish an effective mechanism to oversee operations
  • Ensure that all of the Section’s resources are utilized to have a positive impact on learning
  • Delegate campus management tasks throughout the sections proportionately.

Teaching and Learning

  • Direct curriculum and assessment subject leaders to ensure continuity and progression throughout the Section and in alignment with the British Primary section
  • Maintain and raise the standards of excellence and academic rigour within the Section
  • Ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their potential through learning experiences which are designed to meet individual needs 
  • Maintain an effective partnership with parents to support and improve students’ achievement and personal development
  • Ensure that parents and students are well-informed about the curriculum, attainment and progress, and about the contribution that they can make to achieve the school targets for improvement
  • Ensure the effectiveness of the programme of CCA and all Section activities which take place outside the formal classroom.

Pastoral leadership

  • Be responsible for the overall welfare of all British section students
  • Ensure policies, practices and parental communications are established and maintained to support the physical, emotional and social development of students
  • Deal with safeguarding and serious disciplinary cases. 

Campus management

  • Chair the Secondary Campus Leadership Team and liaise with all sections directly to maintain a collegiate working relationship
  • Collate campus wide opportunities or potential difficulties and obtain consensus on joint actions
  • Call upon support from any staff (including CA staff) on issues of safety or wellbeing
  • Raise any concerns about a section or department (on behalf of the campus) with the head of department or section. An action plan will then be drawn up with the section/department leader
  • Oversee emergency procedures for the campus so that it is safe for all users
  • Ensure consistency of whole school policies pertaining to facilities, students, staff, etc. (e.g. dress code, student supervision etc.)
  • Ensure that policies and agreements with staff, students and parents are adhered to across the sections.  This is of particular importance for child protection and student discipline matters.

Management and administration

  • Take responsibility for the day-to-day management of Section including the deployment of resources and of the educational budget
  • Recruit and manage section staff in line with policy and accreditation standards.  
  • Ensure that professional development opportunities for staff are linked to individual and school needs through positive performance management and in line with the school development plan
  • Through inclusion of staff, build high performing teams that are able to inspire, motivate and develop sustainable relationships with members of the school community
  • Liaise with administrative departments to ensure efficient administrative management of the Section.


  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of all students within the Section
  • Ensure that School policy and procedure with regard to safeguarding is adhered to at all times within the Section



Qualifications and experience

  • A professional teaching qualification and higher-level degree(s)
  • Evidence of training and qualifications in school leadership and management
  • Significant experience of senior leadership, ideally in an international school environment
  • Knowledge of international curricula, their delivery, and assessment (International Baccalaureate preferred)
  • An understanding of the budgetary process and financial management within a school
  • Understanding of the principles of organisational culture and behaviour
  • Ability to build, lead and motivate a team of high-quality staff and work with a team of international colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Knowledge of instructional supervision and evaluation
  • Awareness of the current issues and trends in education
  • Experience of successfully leading in an accredited school and maintaining the required standards.
  • Experience of managing delegated organisational budgets
  • Track record of successfully engaging with others in a diverse community, building positive and productive working relationships
  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures and experience of dealing with these issues.

Personal attributes and characteristics

  • Teaching and learning expertise with ability to lead the drive for educational excellence
  • Facilitative communication and interpersonal skills
  • Track records to drive changes focused on supporting the desired cultural beliefs and desired, agreed, outcomes
  • A high degree of personal and professional integrity
  • Ability to form strong and trusting relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritise and manage many issues while modelling clarity and transparency of process and communication
  • Adaptability to change and ability to embrace innovation and creativity
  • Enthusiasm for taking on a leadership role in a fast-paced, growing, changing school environment
  • Excellent administrative, organisational and ICT skills
  • A global citizen with high levels of cultural sensitivity and emotional intelligence
  • A lifelong learner
  • A leader who displays deep commitment to the TES core values, and clearly demonstrates the skills and qualities expected of a TES community member.



The school will offer a highly competitive package reflecting the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.  It will comprise an attractive salary and a range of other benefits.    Full details of the package will be shared with short-listed candidates.


TES and Search Associates are keen to attract suitably qualified applicants

from diverse backgrounds, particularly candidates whose gender, race, nationality or identity

is currently under-represented in international school leadership.

 Suitably qualified candidates should send their application as an email attachment to

David Cope of Search Associates


including all the items below, collated together in a single pdf,

to arrive as soon as possible, and no later than November 19, 2021:

  • a letter of application (no more than one page), briefly outlining why the candidate wishes to apply for this position and what specific skills, qualities and experience she/he can offer
  •  a CV/résumé (no more than two pages)
  • a short statement of educational and leadership philosophy (no more than one page)
  • the names and full contact details of at least three professional referees (one of which should if possible be the leader of the applicant’s current organization)

It is expected that interviews will take place during November and December 2021.   However, TES reserves the right to invite selected candidates to interviews in advance of this schedule.

Final closing date:     November 19, 2021

All applications to: dcope@searchassociates.com


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