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Head of Aquatics

Wellington College International ShanghaiShanghai, China

Teaching Opportunities

with Wellington College in China

Wellington College International Shanghai opened in August 2014 as Wellington’s second partnership school in China and has rapidly developed a reputation as the premier international school in the city. It currently has 1,418 pupils from over 40 countries and is continuing to grow. The College is divided into three schools, with a Senior School (years 9 to 13) and Prep School (years 1 to 8) on the main campus and Early Years (nursery and reception) in a new purpose-built centre nearby. The College curriculum combines our focus on the Wellington values with the best of English and international curriculums. The youngest children in the nursery and reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. From year 1, the English National Curriculum provides the core of the curriculum in maths and literacy, with other lessons following the International Primary Curriculum. From year 6 up, all children follow a school-devised curriculum, based on the English National Curriculum and taught by subject specialists to prepare for the study of IGCSE subjects in years 10 and 11. Pupils in years 12 and 13 follow the prestigious IB Diploma Programme.

Wellington College International Shanghai aims to be the best international school in China and to be great place for talented professionals to develop their careers. Our academic results to date have been outstanding, our IB students averaged above 38 points in 2020, placing Wellington comfortably alongside the best international IB schools. Most of our IGCSE pupils gain eight or more A*-A grades, with A* being by far the most common grade.

Success in public examinations is important and we celebrate it. However, at Wellington College, excellent exam results and great university destinations, in the UK and worldwide, are only part of the picture. We want our pupils to be the very best people that they can be: to be kind, to have integrity in their actions, to take responsibility when necessary, to have respect for their environment, for others and themselves, and finally to show courage when needed. The Wellington values frame the way we think about what it is be a Wellingtonian, including the ways we work and what we hope to become.

The College is seeking an experienced professional to lead swimming at all levels within the College. 

Building on the growing strength of the programme the new head of aquatics will be instrumental in strategy formation and management of all key aspects of swimming. This will include working on, developing, training, supporting and promoting swimming as a sport – from top level competitive swimming through to entry level inclusion programmes. The successful candidate will embrace the competitive swim programme throughout the year and enjoy being the public face of ‘swimming at Wellington’ at events. They will act as an advocate and promoter of swimming as a sport generally.

Reporting to the director of sport, the head of aquatics will work with academic teams, including the director of higher education, to ensure pupil support for College pathways. They will work to develop (in conjunction with curriculum leaders) swimming lessons as part of the normal PE structure where they will teach swimming within the PE department, leading on aspects of curriculum design where helpful to do so. 

For further information about Wellington College in Shanghai and its employment opportunities, please go to

An application form and further details of the above position are available on the website. The completed application form, together with a letter of introduction and an up-to-date CV, including the names and contact details of three referees, should be sent to

Wellington College Shanghai is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service, or local national equivalent.

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