About the School

About the School

ISB Entrance Photo

ISB is a fully inclusive 2-18 year co-educational day and boarding school. It comprises Early Years, Primary and Secondary Sections that work closely together in a distinctive, friendly family atmosphere. Fourteen hundred+ students, two hundred members of staff, forty-three different nationalities in one unique place; where each individual matters and educational standards and facilities are world-class.

Academic success is at the core of the school mission, not forgetting a strong emphasis on the self-development of students through involvement in a wide range of sport, music, art, drama and outdoor education.

ISB is proud to be a not-for-profit school, where all revenue goes back into making the school a place where students, not costs, are the primary driver of improvement. ISB is governed by a voluntary, elected Board of Directors and they are an important part of the school community. Their primary responsibilities are to make strategic decisions about  resource investment and in ensuring that statutory legal obligations are met.

ISB Board 2017-18

Any correspondence with Board Members or enquiries for further details or information should be routed through to Karen Tsen (board_secretary@ac.isb.edu.bn).

A Warm Welcome From The Principal

A Warm Welcome from

the Principal


Here at ISB we prepare our students for a bright future by ensuring that they acquire the skills necessary to be successful job-seekers in the 21st century, whilst also developing traditional values and qualities required to become responsible and active global citizens.

ISB combines an excellent academic reputation with a family-friendly, community feel. In 2015. our new multi-million dollar campus opened in Bandar Seri Begawan, bringing with it the very best of educational, sporting and arts facilities. Our other site at Kuala Belait is smaller, yet still offers an memorable experience. Being situated in such contrasting locations, within a country known for its natural, untouched beauty, helps ISB to develop our all-round curriculum, with a strong commitment to extra curricular activities and a particular emphasis on the Eco projects we proudly embrace. Our site in Bandar is the only ‘Greenmark-Approved’ school on Borneo, gained through intelligent design and student input.

As with any international school, we have an excellent track record for academic attainment. However, this is only a part of what we offer. I strongly believe that the purpose of education should be to develop the whole child. A young person is more than the sum of their examination results. At ISB we achieve this in an inclusive, supportive and nurturing environment, aspiring to help each student achieve to his or her full potential in whatever area of expertise or interest they wish to grow. We have a sophisticated student monitoring and care system which enables us to deliver a more personalised educational experience.

ISB students are happy, confident, supported and rightly proud of their achievements and their school. I hope our website gives you a sense of this and a feel for who we are. Should you wish to come and visit our school to see this for yourself, we would love to welcome you at any time.

Dr. Steven Geraghty
Executive Principal

Mission Statement





CIS Accreditation Information

Council of International Schools

Dr Geraghty accepting the CIS re-accreditation plaque - 2015
Dr Geraghty accepting the CIS re-accreditation plaque in March 2015

International School Brunei is currently accredited through the Council of International Schools (CIS) www.cois.org, having successfully achieved initial accreditation status in 2005. Successful CIS accreditation means that  academic attainment and pastoral care frameworks have met detailed criteria which rate the school to the same, or higher, standard compared with over 700 other international schools around the world.

ISB is very proud to hold CIS accreditation; it serves to highlight and confirm the unique nature  the school as a place in which 1400+ students, comprising 46 different nationalities and speaking 39 different languages are developing qualities such as open-mindedness and global thinking. The accreditation cycle takes place over 10 years.

The process of quality assurance is cyclical; ISB is in the process of ongoing CIS Accreditation Processes which culminate in February 2018 with another re-accreditation Team Visit from a group of teachers and education leaders appointed by CIS.

The Steering Committee

The CIS Steering Committee coordinates the administration of the Accreditation Process, which includes the administration of the parent, staff and student surveys, selection of the sub committees for the Self-Review  and the writing of the main self-evaluation reports.

The Chair of the team can be contacted should you have any further queries regarding this process:



Carol Hancox

Our Staff


ISB has 202 members of staff from all around the world; at the last count, 21 different nationalities were represented. The majority of the teaching faculty are from the United Kingdom and New Zealand. All of our teaching staff are highly qualified up to, and including, doctoral level. We insist on well-trained specialists across the subject and age groupings.

We take applications from interested colleagues throughout the year but our main recruitment needs materialize in January to March of each year. Vacancies are advertised on our website and also on recruitment websites such as TES, CIS and IBO. We are always on the look-out for committed, enthusiastic, environmentally-minded and caring colleagues.

In return we offer a well-renowned, stable working environment, with advanced teaching and learning facilities. Colleagues are friendly, multi-culturally minded and keen to support.  We have 1400+ fantastic students and friendly and helpful parents in a supportive atmosphere. Brunei itself offers a safe, family lifestyle, a good standard of living and travel opportunities in the wider Asia region.

If you are interested in working with us, please send us a full CV, listing three referees, one of whom must be your present Head of School (referees will not be approached without your prior consent). Along with the CV, please attach a cover letter, length not exceeding two sides of A4. Send to:

We cannot respond to all applications but if you have not heard from us within three weeks of sending the email, please consider your application unsuccessful but we thank you in advance for considering us as a destination workplace.

Working in Brunei

Click the link for more information about Brunei Darussalam


Available Posts

Teachers and Middle Leaders – a range of Primary and Secondary Vacancies. Are you a qualified teacher, committed, enthusiastic, environmentally-minded and caring? We want you for our high performing, reputable international, multi-cultural school in Brunei Darussalam. 

International School Brunei (ISB) has been servicing the needs of the expatriate and local community for 53 years and is looking for well-qualified, committed staff to fill various posts. The school occupies a new state-of-the -art campus in the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, and is sited 10 minutes’ drive from the international airport.

ISB offers an adapted UK National Curriculum from Early Years to Year 8, followed by IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We enjoy healthy examination pass rates (last year 81% of all examinations taken were graded A* – C and 67% ouf our IB Diploma students exceeded world averages).

Thirty-six different nationalities make up a committed and enthusiastic student body and the talented teaching faculty contains eleven different nationalities, and is mainly derived from UK and New Zealand. We are an inclusive and community-minded school and our ‘family feel’ extends to all areas of the school.

Brunei Darussalam itself, is a modern oil-rich state nestled on the island of Borneo and beside the South China Sea. Brunei has a sub-tropical climate and a family-friendly lifestyle, a good standard of living and travel opportunities in Asia and Australasia.

Vacancies for August 2018/2019

Bandar Seri Begawan Campus


1) Head of Boarding – Information Pack | Job Description

2) Head of English – Information Pack | Job Description

3) English Teacher – Information Pack | Job Description


1) Early Years Coach – Click here for more details

How to Apply

Interested candidates are asked to submit the following documents:

1) A letter of application detailing why you wish to work as ISB, the impact you have had in your current and previous roles, and how this would be of benefit to the ISB community (max 2 sides of A4)

2) A CV documenting your employment history to date, your qualifications, and your personal information (such as date of birth, family situation and number of dependents – all of which are important to us in terms of visa applications).

3) The names and contact details (including a telephone number) for three professional referees, one of whom must be your current Headteacher/Principal)


Your application should be emailed to the Principal, Dr Steven Geraghty: recruitment@ac.isb.edu.bn

Longlisted applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the stated closing date, with Skype interviews scheduled as soon as possible thereafter. At this point applicants will be asked to complete an application form specific to ISB.

If you have not heard from us by this time, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. However, we do thank you for the time and effort it takes to make such an application, and will hold your details on file for any suitable opportunities in the future. Should you prefer that we do not store your application, please let us know.

The deadline for receipt of application is 12 pm (GMT) on 15 December 2017.



History and Development of ISB

The Development of ISB







School at Tapak Kuda from 1970 to 1986

ISB has a long and proud tradition of educating expatriates and locals alike, stemming from small beginnings over 50 years ago. Datin Glass, a senior government officer’s wife, started a tutorial group for her daughter and two friends in 1964 at her home in Jalan Perayaan. She taught them by means of a correspondence course sent out and marked by the South Australian Correspondence School.

The numbers grew quite rapidly and by 1970 the school moved to a site provided by the Government of Brunei Darussalam at 34 Tapak Kuda and was known locally as the Supervision School. By February 1971 there were 30 kindergarten pupils and 31 primary students. The enrollment continued to grow and by 1974 it had reached 160. In 1976, the school became the International School (B) Bhd, employing trained teachers and the then current principal, Mrs Bennett adopted an education based on the UK primary school principles.

tapak kuda

Student drawing of School at Tapak Kuda

ISB 1996

International School Brunei, 1980

ISB continued to thrive. It outgrew the Tapak Kuda premises and moved to the Government-leased premises at  Jalan Dato Haji Ahmad, Berakas in 1985, through a combination of vigorous fund raising, debentures, bank loans and royal support.

ISB was officially opened by Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien on 9th March 1986, eight years after securing the lease. In 1993, ISB extended its curriculum to admit lower secondary students.

International School Brunei, 1996

In 2001, ISB achieved full post-16 status when it was authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to offer their prestigious Diploma programme. In 2006, ISB opened a small Primary branch in Kuala Belait.
ISb 2015

International School Brunei, NOW…..

ISB, a not-for-profit school, has developed a strong eco-focus in its curriculum and extracurricular activities and this focus will continue into the future. In 2015, the school relocated to a new 22 acre site in Kg Sungai Hanching, with purpose-built buildings and facilities for a great learning and teaching experience for students and staff alike. The inclusion of a 180-bed Boarding Residence improved our international offering, allowing students from abroad to enjoy the ISB experience. The new build also incorporated the BCA Greenmark Award, one of the few buildings in Brunei to be assessed successfully for this.

The new campus allows us to build on our academic and extra-curricular activities whilst remaining true to our green philosophy. Plans are also in hand for a large recycling collection centre and examples of sustainable energy conservation methodology in ISB’s new CARE Centre.
ISB aerial view

Bandar Seri Begawan

Jalan Utama Salambigar,
Kg Sungai Hanching,
Berakas 'B' BC2115,
Brunei Darussalam

+673 233 0608
+673 233 0023
+673 233 2613

+673 233 744

Kuala Belait

Lot 4655, Jalan Panglima,
Kuala Belait KA1189,
Brunei Darussalam

+673 334 7113
+673 334 7109

+673 334 7109