Founding Principal, David Priest

HKCA PLK School IB-PYP School in Hong Kong

David Priest, originally from Yorkshire, England, has been an international educator for over 35 years. He started his teaching career in 1980 after graduating from the University of London with an honours degree in Education, and has more recently been an administrator at international schools In Japan, Kenya, India and Mainland China. He has a certificate in International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Centre in London and also a certificate in Pedagogical Leadership from the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Being passionate about creating the very best learning environments for students and teachers, David has committed himself to building learning organisations and uniting communities through the development of shared values, common goals, and a relentless focus on effective student learning, growth and well-being.

As a trained accreditor for the Council of International Schools (CIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), David has been a member of a number of visiting teams, assessing and evaluating schools as part of their accreditation process.

In addition, David was invited to train and participate as a Reader and Team Visitor as a member of the International Baccalaureate Educator Network (IBEN), assessing and evaluating IB schools as part of their evaluation and authorisation processes.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge, training and experience that provided strategic leadership for the new school he founded in 2010, Changsha WES Academy was able to achieve CIS membership within 2 years, PYP authorisation within 4 years, and CIS accreditation within 5 years. CIS and PYP visiting teams commented on how far the school had come in such a short period of time, and how satisfied the parents were with their children’s achievements. We believe this is testament to David’s passion for, and commitment to, organisational development, and his ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders for the benefit of the students.