POWIIS: Times Education Supplement (TES) Awards

Updated: Jan 18, 2018
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Principal, Simon LeesePOWIIS Principal, Mr Simon Leese


Opened in 2011, Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS) continues to build its reputation in Penang and beyond. Founding Principal Philip Couzens embedded a sustainable ethos based on the structures of top English independent boarding schools. Current Principal Simon Leese came to POWIIS in 2015, after 22 years in a top English private school, followed by 12 years as Headmaster of New Zealand’s oldest senior boarding school. He says:

‘There is a lot of movement in international schools, staff and pupils. I haven’t moved around much. Children need stability, so do teachers, and so do schools. POWIIS is not about investment and profit like many schools - it is here for ever. I won’t see children of our current students - but the school most certainly will.’

Times Education Supplement (TES) Awards

In 2017 POWIIS was shortlisted in the British International School Awards in London for its innovative student welfare programmes. For 2018, the school is again shortlisted this time in the Times Education Supplement (TES) prestigious UK Independent Schools awards. One of only four schools in the ‘International School of the Year’ section (the only school in Asia) Principal Simon Leese notes:

‘We are building our Sixth Form. There are many options for students, but we are determined to be the clear A level destination of choice in the region. The TES recognises our ambition, our quality and our innovation. Whatever the outcome in February in London, we are delighted to be ‘on the map’ of the top schools around the world.’

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