St. Michael’s International School

Kobe, Japan

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St. Michael's International School

At a glance

St. Michael’s is a British international school in the Anglican tradition, providing a quality education within a positive culture of excellence and a caring family community.

Known as the small school with the big heart, St. Michael’s International School is the only IPC accredited international school in Japan, offering a specialised Early Years and Primary education, where young learners thrive in a unique and caring environment, nurtured by more than seventy five years of expertise.

Location: Kobe, Japan

Type: International School

Funding status: Independent, Fee-paying, Not-for-profit

Phase: Early Years (Nursery & Reception) and Primary (Year One - Year Six)

Age range: 3-11 years

Gender: Mixed

Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum (IPC) school, National Curriculum in England for Mathematics and English, IEYC member school

Accreditation: The only IPC accredited school in Japan. Jointly accredited by CIS and WASC since 2007, accredited member school with COBIS and EARCOS, founding member of Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS)

Welcome to St. Michael's International School

We believe our young learners deserve the very best education. This starts with providing the highest quality of teaching and learning possible delivered by amazing professionals who, like us, believe that our young people are capable of incredible things!

Faculty Overview

St. Michael's International School employs highly-qualified, experienced class teachers, assisted by specialist teachers and full-time class assistants. The teaching staff comes from a variety of places, but mainly the UK.

All of our class and specialist teachers hold a UK teaching qualification or an international equivalent with at least two year's experience in a British or British international school.

The school keeps abreast of curriculum development, new teaching methodologies and research, and shares and uses these in various training days throughout the year. Currently, SMIS staff are focusing on the pedagogy of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC.)

New Staff Testimonials

This is my first year at St Michael's! Living in and working in Kobe fulfills me tremendously. Before working at St Michael's, I was teaching in a small primary school in North West London. Life was beginning to feel a bit dull with constant bad weather and the same walk to work every day. When I saw a job advertised here, I applied within hours. Nothing excites me more than the culture of Japan, its food, people and nature. What I love about Kobe is that you can experience the best of both worlds- a buzzing city and beautiful mountains. Not to forget the shopping is just amazing here and I can spend hours window shopping! It's been great to be welcomed by such kind, skilled and caring staff as well as curious children and supportive parents. I am enjoying being part of such a close-knit community who supports you in all aspects of living in Kobe.
Nicola Coburn, Primary Teacher, 2023

I am now in my second year at St Michael’s. I was warmly welcomed from the start and it didn’t take long to feel part of the SMIS community. The induction process was smooth and supportive and helped me to feel at home living and working in Japan in just a few weeks. I have loved teaching the International Primary Curriculum and have been well supported by colleagues whenever I have questions to ask. The atmosphere in school is positive and friendly, and there are many exciting events throughout the year. Kobe is a wonderful city to live in. I especially love the nearby mountains and the many options for eating out! Friendly locals, easy transport and beautiful nature have made travelling further afield in Japan a highly enjoyable experience.
Sal Bunker, Primary Teacher, 2022

When I saw the position advertised for St Michael's International School we researched the school as well as the Kansai region. We decided we had found a brilliant school for our children to attend, in an area which had everything we needed. The beach, lots of mountains, and food from all around the world at our fingertips. We feel extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity to join the St Michael's community. We have been warmly welcomed and have had more offers of help than we can remember. We love meeting people from all over the world and are already starting to feel at home in Kobe. On the weekends, we like to explore the local mountains and try out our Japanese language skills on patient shopkeepers and restaurant owners.
Jane Stackhouse, PE & Music Specialist Teacher, 2018

Please note:

We receive a great many applications for a limited number of openings. While each applicant will receive a response confirming their application, we apologise in advance that we are not able to respond to each applicant individually after that and will only contact those candidates whose applications we wish to take further.

SMIS does not discriminate with regard to race, colour, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, political opinion, or disability.