Founding Principal – RP Goenka International School

Kolkata, India

We are delighted to support RP Goenka International School with this important and strategic appointment.

For July 2022

This is an outstanding opportunity to be the Founding Principal of a non-profit, K-12 school in Kolkata that aims to be a beacon for innovation and exceptional teaching and learning in India and globally.

RP Goenka International School (RPGIS) aims to be world-class in all that it does. Its aspiration is to become the school of choice in Kolkata, quickly to become known as one of the best international schools in India, and in time to develop a global reputation for its blend of innovation, high academic standards, a holistic education and a culture of kindness.

The school will draw on the 200 years of experience of the present-day RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. The Group’s education division has a fine reputation for its chain of postgraduate-level International Management Institutes, a leading business school of India. The plans for RPGIS have been carefully considered and meticulously put together, with experienced consultants engaged to develop a concept based on the strongest educational foundations and to prepare the way for the appointment of a Founding Principal. RPGIS will meet demand for a high-quality education in the heart of Kolkata (earlier known as Calcutta), a vibrant city often described as India’s cultural and intellectual capital. Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal, one of the leading states of Eastern India.

RP Goenka International School will offer the IB PYP, IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme. It will be founded on four principles: nurture, excel, lead, empower. Happiness and a love of learning will define the school. At capacity, RPGIS will serve 750 students in an extraordinary building of 200,000 sq ft – architecturally bold, aligned with contemporary educational thinking and with the flexibility to adapt to new approaches and technologies as curricula and pedagogy continue to evolve.

The Founding Principal will need a very strong track record, most likely as head of an excellent IB school, evidence of strong pedagogical leadership and a record of success in strategic and operational leadership. Experience of founding or of working in India may both be an advantage. The opportunity will suit a highly-regarded leader whose enthusiasm, commitment and drive can help to realise the school’s national and global ambitions, who can foster a spirit of innovation and who can be a role model for the nurturing and kind culture that will characterise the school

RP Goenka International School will open in 2023 and the Founding Principal is required preferably by July 2022.

RSAcademics is supporting RP Goenka International School with this appointment process. For a preliminary, confidential conversation with Jean Sullivan, Head of International Search, or Keith Clark, Head of International Appointments, please contact

The deadline for the receipt of applications is Tuesday 25 January at 10:00am (UK)/15:30 (India).

Preliminary Interviews with RSAcademics will commence before the applications deadline and early applications are therefore encouraged.

To apply, candidates should complete an application form electronically and submit it to RSAcademics, together with a letter of application, CV/résumé and completed data sharing agreement. Please click the “Apply Now” link on the right side of this page. You will be taken to our online portal where you will be able to download all application materials. Please follow the instructions provided to complete your application.

Letters of application are to be maximum of two pages and should outline the attraction of this position and why candidates feel their experience, skills and personal qualities qualify them for the role. Please address your letter to Mrs Shivika Goenka, RP Goenka International School.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator, at Alison can also be reached by calling +44 (0)1858 383163.

RSAcademics is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

RP Goenka International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees to act in accordance with the school’s policies and guidelines. The successful applicant will be required to undergo all checks relevant to the post. The post is also subject to satisfactory references and a medical.

Key Dates

The deadline for the receipt of applications is Tuesday 25 January at 10:00 (UK)/15:30 (India).

For selected early applicants applying ahead of the deadline, Preliminary Interviews with RSAcademics colleagues may take place in the weeks commencing 10 and 17 January. For other applicants identified for interview, preliminary interviews will take place within seven days of the deadline.

Long list interviews will take place by video call with members of the RPGIS team in mid-February, with the potential to bring these forward in the case of early applicants.

The arrangements for final round interviews will depend on the travel restrictions in place at that time. Interviews will take place either online or in-person in Kolkata in early-mid March.