Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome

<p>Principal's Welcome</p>

Excellence in Education

I am delighted to be the Principal of The International School of Penang and I feel honoured to be part of a school with such a rich and distinguished history.

Uplands has provided over 65 years of excellence in education as a nonprofit organization and has a proven track record of providing excellent facilities and opportunities for all of our learners. We are proud to be an international community that appreciates and values the rich, multicultural diversity within our school. We provide an academically challenging environment for our students with a low student/teacher ratio to achieve the best possible educational outcomes for our boys and girls. We also provide a wide range of opportunities for our students in Arts, Sports, Service, and Cultural activities, promoting our students to be active learners who embrace their creativity and become life long inquirers. 

Our school values are integral to who we are and what we stand for and these link inextricably with the IB Learner Profile which we adopt through our IB Primary Years and IB Diploma programmes which form the bookends of our curriculum pathway.

Our motto of “Respect for self, Respect for others” is the mantra which we believe sets our students up for success whilst at school and beyond their time at Uplands, making them the internationally-minded, global citizens who thrive as alumni when they leave our school.

Our school campus is a wonderful learning environment for our Reception to Year 13 students (4-19 years of age) and having all of our learners on one site provides a real sense of community within the school. We welcome all potential new students and their families to meet with our Heads of School to discuss the individual needs of their child/ren and they can also explore the school during their visit. I look forward to meeting you.

More about our Principal

The International School of Penang welcomes Gavin Clark as the new Principal in August 2020. Gavin grew up in the North East of Scotland attending Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen. Gavin graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a MA in Management and then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, also at The University of Aberdeen. Gavin has held teaching and senior leadership roles in Primary and Secondary schools in Qatar, New Zealand and Malaysia, both in day and boarding schools. He joined The International School of Penang in January 2019, having been a Principal in New Zealand. Gavin holds a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Waikato and he is a Certified CEO with the CEO Institute, a mark of distinction and respect, and recognition of excellence in business leadership. Certification sets the gold standard for acknowledging professional qualifications, assessed on business education, work experience, and a commitment to continuing professional development.

“I would also like to formally welcome our new Principal, Gavin Clark, who was promoted from Head of Primary on 1st August on the departure of Giles Mongare. Gavin has already proved his capabilities, and as a Board, we have full confidence in Gavin’s abilities to take Uplands forward in the same spirit as instituted by Giles over the past 3 years.” The Chairman’s address to the Ordinary General Meeting on 8th August 2020.


The International School of Penang (Uplands) is a not-for-profit, co-educational and non-denominational day and boarding school for students aged between 4-19 years old.


To provide an exemplar international education in a dynamic multi-cultural environment, encouraging all school members to be active learners and engage with the local and wider community.


To be an international community that upholds the School’s values, nurturing its members to become globally minded citizens.


Respect for Self. Respect for Others.