The TENBY SCHOOLS GROUP operates international and private schools in Malaysia; currently in Shah Alam, Penang, Ipoh, Johor Bahru and Miri. Each campus provides for both primary and secondary international schools. The campuses in Penang, Shah Alam and Ipoh also provide for private schools following the Malaysian curriculum.

All Tenby Schools campuses are housed in purpose-buit facilities.

The Schools

Tenby Schools Ipoh opened in a new campus in September 2013. The campus is located in Bandar Meru Raya on the edge of the city. In addition to the new campus there is a separate Early Years Centre in the centre of the city. There are over one thousand students at the Bandar Meru Raya Campus and a further 150 at the Early Years Centre.

Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park is located in a purpose built campus on the edge of Shah Alam. The campus opened in 2008 and was extended in 2012 to make provision for the rapidly increasing school roll. The campus now provides for two thousand students from Early Years to Sixth Form.

Tenby Schools Penang moved to a new campus in Tanjung Bungah in September 2011. This enabled the extension of the international school from secondary only to the full age range (Early Years, Primary and Secondary including the Sixth Form in September 2013). 

Tenby International School, Miri opened in September 2011 in the premises of the former Piasau Primary School. The school moved into a new campus in the Senadin area of the city in September 2013 and now provides for students from Early Years to Year 10 with approximately 240 students on roll.

Tenby Schools Setia Eco Gardens opened in January 2013. The school occupies a purpose built campus situated in SP Setia’s Setia Eco Gardens township, part of the Iskandar Development Zone in Johor. Currently the school has a roll of approximately 200 students from Early Years to Year 10. The school operates the southern hemisphere school year, beginning in January and ending in August. The school will be starting classes in Lower Secondary of the Malaysian National Curriculum (Form 1 to Form 3) from January 2015 onwards through the setting up of Sekolah Sri Tenby (SST).

The schools therefore vary in size and in age. However each school now occupies modern purpose built facilities with specialist accommodation for sciences, design-technology and the arts as well as sports facilities including a multi-purpose sports hall, basketball courts, tennis courts and swimming pool.

The Curriculum

All the Tenby international schools follow a British style curriculum. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) forms the core provision in the primary schools. At secondary level, courses lead to CIE IGCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.  CIE Checkpoint Tests are taken at the end of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.  At present there is post-16 provision through CIE A Level and AS Level courses in Ipoh, Shah Alam and Penang.  

The national private schools in Penang, Ipoh and Shah Alam follow the Malaysian National Curriculum leading to the UPSR examinations at the end of the primary school and SPM at the end of secondary education. There is an emphasis in the national schools on developing bilingualism in Malay and English. As science and mathematics are now both delivered through the medium of Malay in order to meet national requirements, extension classes in science and mathematics are also provided in English.

Tenby is therefore a rapidly developing educational organization. To make a Tenby education available to as many as possible within the community, fees are set at a level which is affordable to a wide range of expatriate and Malaysian families. This is achieved by means of careful control of expenditure and the appointment of a combination of expatriate and local teachers supported by a strong emphasis on teacher training and development. The aim is to make high quality international education and private Malaysian education available to all.

Leadership Structure

The leadership structure of schools within the group differs from campus to campus, partly as an accident of history, but also to reflect the size, culture and organization of the schools. In Ipoh there is a Director of Schools with overall responsibility for the operational aspects of the campus and Principals of the separate international and national schools each with their own school leadership teams.

In each of Setia Eco Park, Penang, Setia Eco Gardens (Johor Bahru) and Miri there is a Campus Principal who has overall responsibility for the operations and academic programme working with Heads of School who have direct responsibility for the teaching staff, students and academic programme of the individual school. The Campus Principal and Heads of School together with the Bursar form the senior leadership team of the campus. It is planned that during 2014 Tenby Schools Ipoh will transfer to this model.

The head of each campus (Director of Schools/ Campus Principal) is directly accountable to the School Board and the Tenby Group Chief Executive Officer. There is a School Board for each campus, equivalent to a governing body, and consisting of school leaders, members of the parental community and representatives of the Tenby Group. The heads of campus together with senior officers of the Tenby Group form the Executive Committee. This is chaired by the Chief Executive Officer and is the major policy making forum for the group (subject to approval of the Board of Tenby Educare Sdn Bhd, the holding company for all the schools). In this way the group aims to achieve a balance between individual school autonomy and group wide policies necessary to support benchmarking and the fulfillment of the Group’s vision and mission.

Applications for Leadership Positions

Interested candidates are invited to send in letter of application including the reasons for applying to Tenby Schools together with a comprehensive CV, a recent passport-size photograph and contact details of three referees (one of which must be from your current school) to

(We thank all applicants for their expressed interest; however, only applicants short-listed for an interview will be notified.)