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Head of Lower School

Harrow Innovation Leadership Academy NanningNanning

Bringing world-class British education to Nanning, the opening of the Harrow Innovation Leadership Academy (Harrow ILA), is a significant milestone in the history of the Guangxi province.

Offering a full K-12 international school experience, Harrow ILA Nanning inherits 450 years of educational experience and excellence from Harrow School, London.

Central to our educational ethos is a commitment to foster the values of ‘Courage’, ‘Honour’, ‘Humility’ and ‘Fellowship’ in our students. Beyond outstanding academic outcomes, Harrow’s holistic education nurtures in our students a strong Chinese foundation with a global outlook through a unique bilingual curriculum that distilled the educational heritage of Harrow School with the wisdom and traditions of Chinese culture.

Harrow ILA Nanning will open in 2020 for Kindergarten students, with additional grades opening in 2021 and beyond. The school will have capacity for 1,518 students, including boarding available to 288 students from Grade 4 and above.

We are seeking high performing staff for posts commencing in August 2020. Successful applicants are offered two year renewable contracts with highly competitive terms of employment and outstanding working conditions.

We welcome applications from the UK state and independent sector as well as from those working internationally. Opportunities to work with our boarders may be available.

Please apply for this vacancy if you meet the following requirements

· Appropriate degree, with UK PGCE, or other teaching qualification giving QTS

Education, training and qualifications

• Appropriate degree, with UK PGCE, or other teaching qualification giving QTS 

• Evidence of relevant and challenging continuing professional development

• Working knowledge of the National Curriculum of England including EYFS, KS1 and KS2

• Advanced degree in Education, NPQH or equivalent (desirable)

Knowledge and experience

• At least 4 years senior leadership experience

• Experience in teaching learners with diverse needs, especially EAL, in early childhood/ primary school stage 

• Experience in managing performance of staff, especially senior or middle level managers  

• Experience in highly effective relationship management with a variety of stakeholders

• Experience or clear understanding of early childhood/ Lower School stage leadership in an international school environment

• Knowledge of international accreditation, inspection and evaluation frameworks

• Knowledge and understanding of child development and its impact on behavior

• Knowledge and understanding of positive behaviour management of pupils and evidence of effective practice in a range of settings

Personal qualities

• Be a role model for the Harrow Staff Code of Conduct

• Be flexible and capable of managing change and instilling high standards

• Be highly motivated, ambitious and collaborative and willing to take the initiative

• Have high levels of honesty and integrity in aspects of their role

• Demonstrate empathy, humility and genuine care about staff and pupils, taking time to support, guide and motivate them

• Be able to think strategically and drive improvements in pupil welfare and their wider learning experiences  

• Have excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills

• Demonstrate strategic leadership and the ability to lead and manage a team to deliver the school development plan effectively


• A clean enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check or police check (for applicants who have never worked in UK) and no question regarding suitability to work with children

How to apply

· Please click on the 'Apply on school website' button below in order to complete our online application form

Application deadline

Sunday, 28 February 2021 at midnight GMT (early applications encouraged as shortlisting / interviews will be held on a rolling basis)

The safeguarding of our students is at the core of all that we do. All appointments are conditional on:

· Acceptable police checks (or equivalent) from the country of origin and from all countries in which you have worked

· Appropriate references from your current and previous employer, corroborated by personal phone calls made to each referee

Additional enquiries

All enquiries should be directed to

Leadership for a better world

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