Principal’s Welcome


Ashley Penny

Dear Community Members

It is a privilege, and an honour, to have been appointed as the Principal of this great school! The staff and I warmly welcome you, and your, family to the website of Etonhouse International School – Suzhou.

As an IB World School, we believe that everyone grows and develops overtime.Throughout this journey, we foster attributes and capabilities of being life-long learners. This is not just the responsibility of our students but the entire school community. New learning will happen and new experiences explored. Then allowing community members to reflect on practice.

At EtonHouse International School – Suzhou, education is viewed as a partnership where parents and the school work closely together ensuring that students are confident, knowledgeable, responsible and caring citizens. Together we strengthen programmes and maximise experiences.

All decisions are made with our students at the centre as they are our number one priority. This includes offering a vibrant, innovative and rigorous education, aligned with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years Programs (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). When combined with our rigorous curricula, students are provided with the basis for an inspiring and challenging education that develops a love of learning, whilst at the same time, ensuring that they have the knowledge, skills and values to cope with a rapidly changing and sometimes unstable world.

All our teachers are highly qualified, passionate and committed to teaching and learning. Our teams develop exciting and stimulating lessons that not only engage students, but also encourage them to inquire and to learn more about the world around them. Our students are consistently challenged. As we move from one day to the next,we ask students to care for one another at all times.

Our open-door policy gives parents the opportunity to take part in their children’s education, either through planned events or more informal gatherings.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Best wishes

Mr Ashley Penny




Mr Ashley Penny has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, leader and education consultant. Nearly 20 years within an Australian context and 12 years of international experience in China, United Kingdom, Indonesia and Nauru Island. As the Principal of an IB World School which offers continuous education from Early Years to Year 13, Mr Penny is currently enjoying the many and varied opportunities of connecting with, supporting and growing the school community. He has worked as an IB PYP coordinator and closely supported the IB MYP coordinator with whole-school management and leadership needs. Mr Penny is familiar with the Early Years programme and the Reggio Emilia approach that we, at Etonhouse International School, use to enhance the learning for our younger students.

Mr Penny is no stranger to China. He has spent 8 years working in Shanghai where he was the Assistant Principal of YK Pao School and the Founding Principal of the Shanghai HD Bilingual School. He is a passionate and committed educator. Previous roles that Mr Penny has held include: Head of Junior School (Years 3-6), Head of Infant School (Years P-2), Head of Curriculum, Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care), Director of Curriculum and the subject coordinator of Math, English and Gifted and Talented Education. He is also a qualified specialist in Reading Recovery and a registered Early Numeracy Trainer with the Victorian Education Department.

Mr Penny strongly believes that a school community should embrace change and support all members. Collaboration is essential for efficient and effective leadership to occur, and to be maintained. Education is a journey and indeed a partnership between students, parents and educators. Mr Penny is proud to be recognised as an active and supportive listener. He enjoys traveling and exploring the many cultures of the world.

This page was last edited on May 15, 2020