St. Michael's International School

Kobe, Japan

Positions available at St. Michael's International School


Thank you for your interest in joining the team at St. Michael’s International School. When vacancies arise we advertise in the Times Educational Supplement from early December, selection activities and Skype interviews take place in January. Initial contracts are offered for two years and begin on 1st August.

Applicants for teaching positions should hold a UK teaching qualification with Qualified Teacher Status or an international equivalent. Applicants should have at least two (2) years teaching experience in a UK or British International School. Applicants with IEYC/IPC experience will be at an advantage.

St. Michael’s International School is committed to keeping children safe and happy. Please read our safeguarding information if you are considering an application.


We are looking for an excellent specialist teacher to join the team from August 2021.  This is a unique, full time teaching position for someone who is eager to teach both Music and PE to all primary ages. 

The successful candidate will be a qualified primary teacher who is passionate about teaching Music and PE.  A music specialist with an interest in strings, choir and performance.  You will be an excellent communicator and strong team player, who gets on well with colleagues, students and parents. Amongst other things, you are well organised, have a good sense of humour and be a confident user of technology -  St. Michael’s is a G-suite school and uses Chromebooks and IPads for teaching and learning.  

During COVID, our well established school choir has been replaced with a string ensemble and we have recently invested in class sets of ukuleles and xylophones.  Candidates interested in developing our string programme further will be at an advantage. Our PE curriculum has been modified to reduce high contact sports and encourage the development of physical fitness. 

Application requirements

Candidates should hold a UK or internationally recognised teaching qualification and have a minimum of two years experience in a UK or British international school. 

Please complete the online school application form, upload a copy of your CV as well as a cover letter outlining your educational philosophy, teaching strengths, professional goals and why you want to join the team at St. Michael's International School. 

St. Michael's International School reserves the right to make appointments when we feel we have identified the right candidate. Therefore, we encourage teachers to submit applications at their earliest convenience and not to wait till the closing date we have indicated for the position.
 

Position Type: Class Teacher
Contract Type: Full-time
Apply by: December 11, 2020
Job Starts: August 2021
Click here for the Job Description and Application Form

St. Michael's International School

At a glance

St. Michael’s International, a British School in the Anglican tradition, provides a quality primary 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 CIS and WASC accredited international school in Western Japan, offering a specialised Early Years and Primary education, where young learners thrive in a unique and caring environment, nurtured by more than seventy 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, 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

After just one half-term, I feel at home at St Michael’s. There is a positive energy around the school, making it a happy place to work, and colleagues constantly check in with each other to see how they can be of help. The curriculum is creative and engaging, and teachers have the flexibility to adapt plans to suit their children’s needs and interests. Regular events make each week different and there are a range of extra curricular activities to suit all tastes. Outside of school, Kobe is a great place to live. It has all the amenities you could possibly need and is nestled at the foot of some beautiful mountains. Transport links are excellent, meaning I’ve already explored a wide range of places in just a few weeks.
Joanne Offer, Primary Teacher, 2019

My experiences of St Michael’s and Kobe so far have gone beyond all my expectations and, having wanted to live in Japan for so long, they were very high! All the staff have made me feel extremely welcome and, despite only having been here for a few months, I already feel very much part of St. Michael’s and the wider community.
Rebecca Price, Primary Teacher, 2018

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.