Following an extensive global search Shrewsbury Riverside is delighted to announce the appointment of Sonya Papps to the role of Vice Principal (Head of Senior) commencing in August 2022. She will succeed Mr Rob Millar, as he assumes the position of Riverside Principal.

Ms Papps is an experienced senior leader and will be joining us from Taipei European School (TES) where she is currently the Head of the British High School and Secondary Campus. She has worked at TES for 14 years in a number of leadership roles including Head of Year, Assistant Head and Deputy Head, before becoming Head of the British High School in 2018.

Ms Papps has extensive experience of leading all aspects of senior school life including areas such as curriculum innovation, staff development and Positive Psychology and Education where she has presented at a number of conferences worldwide. A lifelong learner herself, she has recently finished her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and she is also completing a Doctorate in Elite Performance.

On the appointment, Mr Millar comments:

"The whole process was very competitive and the selection panel were unanimous in their praise of Ms Papps who shone at every stage with her vision, expertise and charisma. I am personally delighted to have Sonya join the school; she has been central to the success of the British Secondary School at TES, and will bring all that experience to bear in shaping the Senior School at Shrewsbury Riverside at an exciting stage in its development."

Ms Papps, meanwhile, writes, “I feel enormously privileged to join the Shrewsbury International School community as Vice Principal, Head of Senior. This is an exciting opportunity for me to lead within an exceptional school, continuing the wonderful work that already goes on. This is a time of change for many schools as we start to recover from the effects of the pandemic, and I look forward to being with you as we move Shrewsbury Riverside through the next stage of its ambitious development plans. I will be joined by my husband Chris and our children Otis, Etta and Euna. All three of them are looking forward to starting at their new school, meeting their teachers and making new friends. Indeed, this is true for all of us; I look forward to having a chance to meet students and parents personally.”

The Riverside community looks forward to extending a warm welcome to the whole family when Ms Papps and her family get a chance to visit.


Ms Papps will be joined in Bangkok by husband, Chris and their three children Otis, Etta and Euna.

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