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Established in 1998, ISCT is a private, co-educational school offering a respected British based education which is applicable to local and foreign students. Students complete the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE at Year 11 and the AS and A level exams during Year 12 and 13.  If you think you’re aligned with our values, then we’d love to have you as part of our family. 


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We apply the characteristics of effective 21st century education to our model of teaching.


We respect our students and address challenges by working with them to reach a solution. 


We achieve success by planting our students in a nurturing and supportive environment.


ISCT graduates are equipped to face the ever-changing future of life and work with confidence. 

All of our current job openings are advertised on our website as well on that of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA):


The International School of Cape Town (ISCT) is one of the largest Cambridge schools in the country, offering the British curriculum from Nursery to A level, since 1998. The school prides itself on consistently producing excellent academic results in a warm and supportive environment, incorporating the latest in teaching skills and technological innovation. Although our student body is 60% South African, we have representatives from over 25 countries, offering a rich diversity of cultures and nationalities and equipping our alumni to be successful and adaptable global citizens.

Principal – International School of Cape Town (ISCT)

The International School of Cape Town (ISCT) is currently seeking an inspirational and experienced school leader from January 2023 to provide strategic direction and leadership of this highly regarded international school in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Established in 1998, ISCT is a private, co-educational school offering the British curriculum from Nursery to A’ level to local and foreign students, with a rich diversity of cultures and nationalities. With a current enrolment of nearly 500 students, it is one of the largest Cambridge schools in the country.

The school is located on two campuses. Woodland Heights is home to Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) and High School (years 7 – 13) and is the original ISCT campus. Key Stage 1 students moved close by to Struben House in 2016, with newly renovated classrooms. A virtual tour of the campuses is available on the school website at International School of Cape Town (

The school is non-selective but obtains excellent results at both IGCSE and A Level and has specialist facilities for the Sciences, Art, Drama, IT, Music as well as AstroTurf sports facilities

As the new Principal, you will have an exciting opportunity to lead the school in the next phase of its development, providing strategic direction and vision to the staff and Senior Management Team. You will be constantly looking to improve standards of learning and achievement to ensure that every pupil is able to fulfil their true potential, promoting excellence, inclusion and high expectations at all levels of the school.

You will be an experienced school leader with a right to work in South Africa and knowledge of both international and South African school settings. You will have an understanding of the South Africa educational and historical context and strong knowledge of the Cambridge curriculum and philosophy and will possess the cultural awareness and global perspective to inspire the whole school community. As a visible leader and ambassador for the school with excellent communication skills, you will have the drive to ensure the continuing commercial success of the school.

If you would like to know more, please download our Job Description. 

The salary and benefits package will be commensurate with the seniority of this position.

Closing date: Sunday 6th February 2022. Please note, we reserve the right to close our vacancies early if sufficient applications are received.

Interview dates: First stage interviews will take place during the weeks of 28th February to 4th March.  Dates for second stage interviews will be confirmed after first stage interviews. 

Please apply at Principal – International School of Cape Town (ISCT) – Education Development Trust  where you will be asked to upload your CV and complete a short application form. 

Terms and Conditions 

The International School of Cape Town is totally committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All prospective staff will be expected to provide the following prior to confirmation of appointment: 

1. A police criminal record clearance (no less than 6 months old) from the country of current / most recent employment, a Sexual Offenders Register clearance, and a Child Protection Register clearance 

2. Proof of identification (i.e. colour ID or passport) as well as proof of current address 3. Certified copies of your qualifications 

4. Employment checks including references from the current or most recent and a previous employer 

5. Provision of a South African Revenue Services (SARS) personal tax number 6. A certified copy of registration with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) or proof of application for membership 

7. In the case of non-South Africans provision of a valid work visa enabling the prospective employee to be employed at ISCT 

8. Full disclosure of any material reason that may impact ISCT’s decision when making an appointment. 

No appointment will be considered or finalised until the above have been met by the prospective employee. EE candidates are preferred. ISCT, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.