Secondary – Head of Drama, China

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The British School of GuangzhouChina
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Secondary – Head of Drama (with oversight of Dance)

Nord Anglia Education

Nord Anglia Education is the world’s leading premium schools organisation. We are a fast-paced and growing family of 47 international schools in China, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and North America, providing outstanding education to nearly 45,000 students from preschool through to the end of secondary education. Our schools are united by one philosophy—we are ambitious for our students, our people and our family of schools.

Each Nord Anglia Education school is unique in character and designed to meet the needs of its community. We believe that being part of our family of 47 schools gives each school a special advantage. Working together, we can achieve more than we can individually. We also create unique opportunities to benefit our students and people such as the Global Campus, Nord Anglia University, and our collaborations with The Juilliard School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and King’s College London.

The British School of Guangzhou

The British School of Guangzhou (BSG) is the largest international school in Guangzhou. Established in 2005 for children aged 1-18, the school is located on the shores of the beautiful South Lake and is widely recognised for academic excellence leading to successful entry into some of the world’s top universities. As part of Nord Anglia Education’s global family of premium schools, BSG accepts international students only and enjoys a unique collaboration with The Juilliard School, New York and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Enrolment is selective, based on the student’s ability to access the curriculum effectively, with children from over 50 countries attending. To learn more about our school, please visit

About The Secondary School

The Secondary School is dynamic, ambitious and rapidly growing! We currently have 350 students housed in a newly constructed building situated in a beautiful lakeside setting. Being personally, academically and socially ambitious, our students are an absolute delight and have a thirst for learning. They are taught by highly-skilled specialist teachers, as well having access to an incredible range of enrichment opportunities. As a consequence, our students flourish and excel on every level, from sporting and artistic achievement to stunning examination success:

  • A Level – first four cohorts have all achieved 50%+ A*/A.
    ‘Best in China’ awards from CIE for last three years.
    ‘Best in NAE’ award 2016 & 2017.
  • IGCSE – first four cohorts have achieved an average 60% A*/A.
  • Eight ‘Best in China’ awards from CIE.
  • 2017 – Top IGCSE student in the world.

Beyond academic success, our students are happy and enjoy coming to school. Student voice is highly valued through the 100+ leadership positions available to all members of the student body. You can find our latest student survey at:

About the role

The Head of Drama is a crucial member of the Middle Leadership Team. They lead the strategic and operational workings of their department and are given significant autonomy to oversee and successfully deliver on their departmental goals. They also have responsibility for directing the annual Secondary Production, which currently takes place in March. Last year saw the production of Sweeney Todd whilst this year we are looking forward to Grease!

  • In Key Stage 3, students have a double period of Drama per week.
  • In Key Stage 4, students follow the CIE Specification.
  • We currently do not run A Level Drama but are looking to introduce this. The current Year 11 group has indicated they would be keen to select this option and, given sufficient numbers, we will introduce A Level from August. We are, therefore, interested in hearing from candidates who are keen to take on this exciting challenge.

There is currently one other member of the Drama Department, who also teaches English. We are also looking to appoint a Dance Teacher who will be line-managed by The Head of Drama. The department have a newly built Drama teaching room as well as regular access to our 250-seater theatre.  All Subject Leaders have a dedicated Senior Line-Manager to support them in their role.

About you (see full Job description)

  • Leadership experience.
  • A degree in a relevant subject.
  • A recognised teaching qualification.
  • Considerable relevant teaching experience.
  • Receptive to feedback.
  • Ready to embrace change.
  • Willingness to share good practice.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Energetic and optimistic.
  • Ability to mentor Middle Leaders.
  • Be collaborative.
  • Ambitious for our school.


Nord Anglia University unites our team through a vibrant online platform that harnesses the collective expertise of their peers in an exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice. We also provide extensive online and face-to-face professional development at the cutting edge of educational thinking. Our collaborations with The Juilliard School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers our teachers unrivalled access to leading experts in their fields. We also offer selected candidates from our staff worldwide an opportunity to earn their Executive Master’s in International Education in an exclusive collaboration with King’s College London. Alongside great training and a competitive package, you’ll enjoy the chance to live and work in one of the worlds' most vibrant cities.

Selection Process

Applications are via Jobtrain. The closing date for applications is January 31st, 2018. Interviews will be conducted by Skype and follow-up face-to-face interviews may take place. For more information you can contact the Head of Secondary at:

Start Date: August 2018

At Nord Anglia Education we are committed to providing a world class, safe, happy environment in which children and young people are able to thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students irrespective of race, ability, religion, gender or culture.

All post holders in regulated activity (having regular unsupervised contact with children) are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both Country of residence/birth and any Country of residence within the last 10 years.

Job location

More about The British School of Guangzhou
Address: Nanhu Campus, 983-3 Tonghe Road, Nanhu, Guangzhou, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510515, China
Telephone: +86 2087094788