how we teach


Our world-class BVIS Hanoi teachers will prepare your child to take on the world, helping them discover their talents, grow in confidence, and achieve outstanding academic success.


Empowered by our extraordinary teachers, your child will achieve incredible things.

Every one of our exceptional educators brings a wealth of experience and globally recognised qualifications to our classrooms. They’re continuously refining their approach through sector-leading training on the award-winning Nord Anglia University platform, too.

This means they’re perfectly placed to deliver the personalised learning experiences, level of challenge, and support your child needs to get fantastic IGCSE and A-level results. Fully committed to our tailor-made learning philosophy, our teachers will nurture their happiness and wellbeing, too, and help them develop the all-round skills they need to become a confident global citizen.

  • Senior Leadership team


Our senior leadership team creates a vibrant bilingual learning environment that nurtures future-ready young citizens.

Paul Holyome

Paul is a vastly experienced leader and educator, who has led high-achieving schools in the UK, Myanmar, Qatar, and here in Vietnam. As Principal at BVIS Hanoi, Paul is committed to making sure every student receives outstanding personalised care, exceptional learning experiences, and world-class teaching.

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Paul Holyome

An industry leader in international education, Paul is a Nord Anglia Education veteran, having previously led schools in Southeast Asia and the Middle East before joining BVIS Hanoi.

With a degree in Business and Economics from Southampton University, a PGCE, and the National Professional Qualification for Headship, Paul has a wealth of educational qualifications. He also has experience spanning more than 25 years.

As BVIS Hanoi Principal, Paul drives our unique dual-language approach to education. Fostering a happy, joyful community, Paul ensures every child grows in confidence and achieves impressive academic success.

Malcolm Wood
Head of Primary

Malcolm has more than 25 years’ experience in education, having taught and held leadership roles in the UK, France, the Czech Republic, Uganda, and Turkey. Working with our talented team of primary specialists, Malcolm ensures our students learn in a safe yet stimulating environment, which is happy, supportive, and challenging.

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Malcolm Wood

A highly qualified teacher and school leader, Malcolm brings more than 25 years’ experience to our Head of Primary role. This includes time in Principal, Head of Primary, Head of Early Years, and Head of French positions in France, the Czech Republic, Uganda, and Turkey. Malcolm has also worked in independent schools in the UK.

Leading our team of primary specialists, Malcolm ensures each child learns in a way that works for them, maximising the flexibility of our International Primary Curriculum. He believes that teaching should be whole-hearted and immersive, and that students learn best when they’re comfortable, engaged, and hungry for more.

Across the curriculum, Malcolm ensures our students learn in a safe yet stimulating environment, which is happy, supportive, and contains a healthy level of challenge.

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Lisa Shuttleworth-Brown
Head of Secondary

Lisa has enjoyed a long and successful career in education, having previously been Principal of a thriving academy school in the UK. Her philosophy is founded on a firm belief that personalised learning unlocks each child’s unique potential.

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Lisa Shuttleworth-Brown

Originally from England, Lisa initially trained as a radiographer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, before working in the pharmaceutical industry.

Having decided to transfer her people skills into education, Lisa taught science in a variety of schools, before moving into leadership. This included a successful stint as Principal of an academy school in the UK.

Lisa believes that an inspiring, well-rounded school experience – combined with a focus on personalised learning – will unleash every child’s unique potential, allowing them to achieve greatness.

Peter Rao
Peter Rao
Deputy Head of Primary

After teaching in the UK for 11 years, Peter joined BVIS Hanoi with a passion to use his skills and experience across the age groups. In his role as Deputy Head of Primary, Peter ensures each lesson is stimulating, engaging, and academically rigorous.

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Peter Rao

Peter’s passion for education stems from a formative summer teaching experience in Hungary. After qualifying in the UK, Peter taught for 11 years across the primary age groups, before joining BVIS Hanoi in 2017.

As Deputy Head of Primary, Peter uses his skills and experience to inspire, engage, and nurture our younger students. This includes developing an International Primary Curriculum that’s both academically rigorous and filled with stimulating learning experiences.

James McMeekin
James McMeekin
Assistant Head of Primary

James is a dedicated lifelong learner with a breadth of UK and international teaching experience. A passionate advocate for bilingualism, James believes every child should enjoy a global education that combines international experiences and language learning with high-quality personalised teaching.

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James McMeekin

As part of our primary leadership team, James ensures our younger students benefit from the highest-quality personalised teaching, exceptional global experiences, and a stimulating curriculum.

James is also an advocate for dual-language learning, which gives students the opportunity to learn about different cultures and broaden their skills, while maintaining their mother tongue.

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Lena Perriam
Deputy Head of Secondary

Before joining BVIS Hanoi, Lena taught and held school leadership roles in the UK and Southeast Asia. With a focus on health and wellbeing, Lena makes sure our students are safe, happy, supported, and engaged in learning.

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Lena Perriam

Lena taught for several years in the UK before moving to Thailand, where she was part of a leading international school’s senior leadership team for five years.

After joining BVIS Hanoi, Lena assumed responsibility for secondary student safeguarding and wellbeing, as well as whole-school health and safety. She makes sure our learning environment meets the welfare needs of every student, drives our approach to wellbeing, and ensures every student feels supported and included.

Having been a PE teacher for more than 15 years, Lena is also passionate about the benefits of physical activity, regular exercise, and healthy eating. It’s her belief that health and happiness go hand in hand, something she instils into PSHE sessions, extra-curricular activities, and mealtimes.

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Piers Roderick
Assistant Head of Secondary

Piers spent significant time teaching in the UK before being a part of BVIS Hanoi and has worked in different leadership roles since then. With his experience and knowledge as a lead examiner for OCR – the UK leading awarding body, he ensures that every student can develop their desirable academic fields and achieve the best results. 

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Piers Roderick

Piers began his teaching career in the UK, holding a variety of pastoral and academic leadership roles across schools in London and Oxford (England). He joined BVIS Hanoi in 2020, where he has since become Assistant Head.

Piers has an undergraduate degree in geography from Royal Holloway University of London, as well as a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Leicester. He is a lead examiner for the OCR examination board, where he is responsible for constructing examination papers for GCSE and A Level.

Piers is a dedicated lifelong learner, who believes in making sure that every child has the opportunities they need to become the best versions of themselves that they can be.



Our staff are always innovating. Using the latest interactive education technology, they find new and exciting ways to pique curiosity and ignite our students’ imaginations.

Learning at BVIS Hanoi comes to life through ViewSonic Smart Screens, 3D printers, laser-cutters, iPads, and Sphero robots. And through a university-inspired model of teaching – delivered in collaboration with MIT – your child will discover a world of possibilities in our high-tech primary STEAM space, science labs, and ICT suite.

Your child will connect with their Nord Anglia peers across the world on our Global Campus learning platform, too. They’ll collaborate on one-of-a-kind activities – including ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and ‘Dance Unites’ projects – and immerse themselves in specially curated content from MIT, UNICEF, and The Juilliard School.


Being part of the Nord Anglia Education family means access to outstanding training and development, unrivalled across the world. Our teachers embrace the chance to study for further qualifications, share ideas, and become cutting-edge specialists, which will ensure your child receives a truly world-class education.

  • On the award-winning Nord Anglia University platform, our teachers share innovations with colleagues across the globe and work towards hundreds of courses each year.
  • Our teachers can study for a Master’s in International Education through our partnership with King’s College London.
  • Accreditations from renowned educational providers, including CIS and WASC, support our teachers’ trailblazing practice, as well as providing ongoing development opportunities.
  • STEAM and performing arts specialists benefit from our collaborations with MIT and The Juilliard School, which provide access to university-standard resources.


We’re incredibly proud of our world-class teaching standards. The excellence of our staff is felt in our classrooms – and seen in our students’ outstanding IGCSE and A-level results.

All our teachers hold UK (or equivalent) qualifications. Many also have additional leadership and subject-specialist accreditations. Our 85% staff retention rate is considerably higher than other international schools, too, ensuring our students receive an exceptional continuity of education.

Rigorous background screening, a strong safeguarding policy, and 10-year criminal record checks ensure our students are safe at school. We’re also a member of FOBISIA and accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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Working at BVIS Hanoi, you’ll use your first-class qualifications, passion for innovation, and abundant experience to nurture the next generation of global changemakers. In return, you’ll receive all the support, training, and career development opportunities you need to thrive, both personally and professionally.



We’d love to show you around our campus, where you’ll meet our talented teaching team and staff. Book your tour with our friendly admissions team today.

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