Founding Head, China

Closing date:Expiring in 2 days

Wycombe Abbey School NanjingChina

Date posted:
Start date: Preferably August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Highly competitive with attractive benefits package
Contract term: Permanent

Applications are invited for the Founding Head of Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing, a school opened in a partnership between Wycombe Abbey, one of the world’s foremost academic boarding schools, and leading educational consultancy, BE Education.

When open in August 2021, Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing will boast world-class facilities as one of the largest, most attractive and most impressive UK-branded school campuses in China.  This co-educational school will cater for students from Kindergarten to Year 13, offering a bilingual curriculum based on the Chinese National Curriculum and the IGCSE and A-level programmes.
Boarding will be at the heart of the school and the successful candidate will embed into Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing the ethos, academic excellence and emphasis on a well-rounded, holistic education that is so well established at Wycombe Abbey in the UK.

The Founding Head will be steeped in British education and all that it stands for and will show the requisite inspirational leadership and intellect to articulate a compelling vision for this premium school in the dynamic and beautiful city of Nanjing. She or he will enjoy significant autonomy but benefit from working collaboratively as part of a regional family of schools. As the number of Wycombe Abbey Schools in China grows, the Heads will be at the vanguard of shaping the practices that will maximise the opportunities afforded a group of schools - embedding a shared approach to school development and a shared vision for education that is both academically rigorous and resolutely holistic.
The successful candidate will be a strong leader, ideally with a proven track record gained from working in the independent boarding school sector in both the UK and China. You will have the desire to work as part of a team and will possess adaptability and resilience, vision and conviction, cultural sensitivity and an international perspective. You will have the creativity, determination and entrepreneurial spirit required to be a Founding Head and embody all that Wycombe Abbey stands for.

For an informal conversation regarding the opportunity, please contact:
Daniel Lewis - Head of International School Services +44 (0)7584 564 944 /

Jean Sullivan - Search Consultant +44 (0)7885 879 887 /

Keith Clark – Advisor +44 (0)7941 018 042 /

Further information about the role and details of how to apply can be found at

Closing date: 10.00am BST on Friday, 25th October 2019.

Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing adheres to the safer recruitment practices outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection; we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be expected to show evidence of their most up-to-date child protection screening details including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and equivalent police checks from international school positions held.

More about Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Nanjing Tangshan District, Jiangsu, China. View in Google Maps