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Head of International School, Wuxi, China

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Nanwai King's College SchoolWuxi, China

Salary: Excellent salary & benefits package

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term: Permanent

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Start date: August 2021

Suitable for NQTs: No

Nanwai King’s College School is one of two school development projects in China initiated through partnership between the highly successful Chinese education management group, Dipont Education, and the prestigious King’s College School, Wimbledon. A third partner in Wuxi is Nanjing Foreign Language School, one of China’s leading schools. At capacity, the whole school will serve over 3,100 students from 3 to 18 years of age.

About the School

Nanwai King’s College School opened in September 2018 with 750 pupils and is anticipated to reach just under 2,000 students in September 2021. Remarkable numbers that are testament to the quality of the project, its exciting vision and the support of partners, parents and the wider community.

The facilities at Nanwai King’s College School Wuxi are outstanding. We have successfully developed an educational environment that makes the most of our world-class campus and combines the best of Chinese and international approaches to learning and academic excellence, in a context of first-rate pastoral support and opportunities to excel outside the classroom.

In a very short space in time, our students, who are mostly Chinese, have grown accustomed to the holistic style of education which is very different from the traditional offering at local schools. They have shown real enjoyment in the inquiry-based pedagogy being employed. Every student is involved in co-curricular activities in areas of music and performing arts, service, sports or creative endeavors.

Our exceptional staff contribute significantly to the co-curricular programme, pastoral and House systems and demonstrate great commitment to the students in their care. An excellent CPD programme is available at the school that includes professional development workshops on a range of topics.

The International School (one of four school sections) delivers a programme for students from Grade 1 to Grade 8 that prepares them for transition to IGCSE, A-Level and IBDP.

About the Role

Reporting to the Executive Principal, the successful applicant will lead Nanwai King’s College School’s International School. Enrolment in the International School is growing and projected to be 190 students in 2021-22. The curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

International School students have the opportunity to mix with students from the other three schools on the campus (Kindergarten, Bilingual and the International Curriculum Centre). This happens through the House system and mixed co-curricular activities (CCA). Our pastoral team promotes PSHE topics delivered through homeroom and tutor groups – these include topics such as organisational skills, anti-bullying and healthy lifestyles. A great advantage for international students is the opportunity to develop their Chinese language skills through Mandarin instruction and in their interactions with students beyond the classroom.

As part of the whole-school senior leadership team, the Head of the International School will work closely with the other heads of schools and senior staff responsible for co-curricular, pastoral care and boarding. The International School is closely aligned to King’s College School, Wimbledon, and there are numerous opportunities for collaboration in the development and delivery of programmes.

About Wuxi

With a history dating back more than 3000 years, Wuxi is one of the major cities in Jiangsu province. Traditionally a canal town, it is a thriving city economically and developing further at a rapid pace with a resident population of around 6 million. Located only 45 minutes by train from Shanghai, it benefits from being part of the economic hub in East China but retains a sense of its long and rich history. The Taihu New City development is in Binhu District, an area that preserves the historic character of canal-front public spaces, lake scenery and open parkland with high quality residential, business, retail and recreational facilities. Local government has also moved to the Binhu District, and the city’s infrastructure, beautiful parks and recreational areas around the school are excellent and an easy place to live for families and single teachers alike.

Applications are invited from candidates with:

• Senior leadership experience in primary and/or middle years

• The ability to work collaboratively and contribute to the development of an outstanding school

This exciting and challenging role commands a very attractive salary and benefits package. In addition to a highly competitive salary, benefits include; high quality housing, annual return airfare, bonus scheme and medical insurance for employee plus dependents. Full tuition support will be provided for a successful applicant with school age children. The position will be offered on an initial three-year contract term with the potential to renew thereafter.

Application Process:

To submit an application, please apply via the following link: https://diponteducation.recruitee.com/o/head-of-the-international-school

Early application preferred. For further information or informal discussion, please contact oliver.knapman@dipont.com

School website: www.nkcswx.cn

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More about Nanwai King's College School

Type: Mainstream School

Phase: All-through

Funding status: Independent

Gender: Mixed

Age Range: 3 - 18 years

Address: 188 Qingyuan Road, Binhu District, Wuxi, Jiangsu, 214000, China

Telephone: +86 0510 6851 6968

Website: http://www.nkcswx.cn

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The campus will consist of:

  • A pre-school for pupils aged 3 to 6 years catering for Chinese and expatriate children and offering a bi-lingual programme based on the English and Chinese curricula.
  • A Chinese elementary and junior high school for C...