Our Leadership Team

Enabling local
and global success

Our leadership is made up of highly experienced and passionate teachers. Across both Tenby International School and Sekolah Sri Tenby, our teachers take great pride in our Amazing Learning ethos and constantly strive to connect philosophy and action to ensure students are given personalised guidance to excel inside and outside the classroom.

Teachers here know that they can make an impact far beyond the classroom. By instilling a school culture that places emphasis on independence and resilience, they play a key role in developing students with the attributes necessary to be successful in both work and life.

Lee Chalkly
Campus Principal

Lee completed a Humanities degree in History and Film at the College of St Mark and John before completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Exeter University. He returned to Luton to begin his teaching career. Whilst there he worked with Luton Town Football Club coaching the U11, U13 and U15 levels within the outreach programme. Following three years in Luton, Lee began his international career in Nairobi, Kenya where he was Deputy Head of Preparatory at Nairobi Academy.

For the last 25 years he has worked as a teacher and school leader with 12 years as Head of School. This experience has taken him and his family to seven countries and has included working with a variety of curriculums. Whilst serving as Director at the International School of Riga, the school leadership worked with the Latvian Ministry of Education to support the development of new pedagogy that was incorporated into the Latvian National Curriculum. The school was recognised for its innovation and commitment to great learning.

To support his professional growth Lee has completed an MBA in Educational Leadership at the University of Leicester, an MA in International Education at the University of Sunderland and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education with a focus on initial teacher training at the University of Nottingham. Additionally, he is a certified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.  He is experienced at leading schools through accreditation and is a visiting school accreditation leader.

Meet our Leadership Team

Andurette van der Merwe
Head of Early Years

Andurette is originally from South Africa and has moved to Malaysia with her husband, Hanro. She has been an Early Years teacher for 28 years. She trained and worked as a teacher in South Africa before starting an international career in August 2003 and have had various leadership roles in the Early Years. She has experience in different curriculum working in Malawi, Sudan, Latvia, Egypt and Qatar. Over the last two years in Qatar, she has been Head of School in a Kindergarten.

Andurette is looking forward to her role as head of Early Years at Tenby Ipoh. Her favourite quote is from Sir Ken Robinson “Every day, everywhere our children spread their dreams beneath our feet, and we should tread softly.”

She believes that young students learn best through doing; they learn holistically, and that play is the best way to offer young learners these hands-on experiences. She believes that through these hands-on experiences, children become independent, confident and competent individuals.

Samantha Leuty
Head of Tenby International School, Primary

Samantha has been a primary teacher for 12 years, starting her career in Scotland before working in international schools in Kazakhstan, Abu Dhabi and now Malaysia. She graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology, before completing her PGDE at Moray House School of Education in Edinburgh University.

Samantha joined Tenby Schools Ipoh in 2014 as an Early Years Leader (Meru) and, in 2016, became the Deputy Head of Primary for Tenby International School before moving to her current role in August 2019.

Becky Gray
Head of Tenby International School, Secondary

Becky completed a degree in Adventure Recreation before pursuing a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Geography at Liverpool Hope University and an MA in Geography Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. Since then, she has taught in The Bahamas, Tanzania and Oman, as well as in London and Leicester in the UK, leading the Humanities faculty and Sixth Form in various roles since 2012. Becky is a Chartered Geography Teacher through the Royal Geographical Society and she is continuing her learning journey by studying part-time at the University of Nottingham Malaysia for an MA in Educational Leadership and Management.

Becky believes strongly in holistic education and is excited by the many opportunities presented by ISP for students to develop their leadership, character and international mindedness, as well as their academic strengths, in order to find their passions in life.

Becky joined Tenby School Ipoh in 2019 as the Head of Sixth Form, moving to her current role as Head of International Secondary in August 2020.

Maizura Jaafar
Head of Sekolah Sri Tenby Primary

Maizura joined Tenby in October 2005 as a Bahasa Melayu teacher. She was teaching in the National School for 5 years and then joined the International Primary School as a class teacher and Year Leader. She took up the role of Deputy Head of International Primary in 2019 before moving to the current role.

She has a degree in Mass Communication from Universiti Sains Malaysia and completed her PGCEi from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Maizura believes that each child should be given equal opportunity and must have a stimulating environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Children can and will meet their potential where the school provides a safe environment where children are motivated to share their ideas and learn best with each other.

Mohandas Naidu
Head of Sekolah Sri Tenby Secondary

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to send in a letter of application together with a comprehensive CV including personal details, qualifications, work experience and contact details of three referees to hr.ipoh@tenby.edu.my.

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