Vice Principal, China

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The British School of GuangzhouChina

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Start date: 1st August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Job Reference : 003667

About 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 The Americas, providing outstanding education to approximately 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 family of schools. This means that we want every student to achieve more than may have ever thought possible, which we ensure through personalised learning enhanced with unique global opportunities.

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

Our 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 them a special advantage. Working together, we can achieve more than we can individually. Our schools have a wide range of resources and support to enhance our students’ success. 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.

About the role

The British School of Guangzhou is looking for a highly qualified and experienced school leader to join our successful senior management team. The successful candidate will need to be a leader who can help us to achieve our goal of becoming the number one international school in the China region. You will be an excellent communicator who gets on well with colleagues, students, parents, technology and change. To deliver our high standard of educational excellence, we are looking for applicants who are experienced, confident, well organised, have a good sense of humour and a willingness to participate fully in all aspects of school life within and beyond the classroom. Reporting directly to the Principal, you will be someone with excellent people skills who is able to inspire your colleagues within SLT, to help guide the overall strategic direction of the school.

About you

Will need to hold a good degree, or better, with a minimum of 3-years leadership experience, in the UK, or in a reputable British Curriculum International School.

Will be an excellent communicator, who gets on well with colleagues, students, parents, technology and change. Amongst other things, you will need to be dedicated to creating a love of learning amongst the students and understand the importance of enjoyment in the education process. You will need to be well organised; have a good sense of humour and an understanding of the expectations of high achieving international parents. While we are keen to attract applicants with high expectations, they will also need to have a flexible nature and an understanding that things do not always go to plan within China. If you are not able to deal with frustrations in a culturally sensitive manner this is not the post for you.

In fulfilling the requirements of the post, you will demonstrate essential professional characteristics, and in particular will:

  • Demonstrate our core values and help to promote a love of learning within our students;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the IGCSE and A-Level curriculum;
  • Demonstrate that they are personally, socially and academically ambitious for all our students;
  • Relentlessly pursue outstanding academic performance maintaining our reputation as one of the most academically successful schools in NAE;
  • Help us to blend the best of premium British education with contemporary international education to create a distinctive positioning for the school;
  • Monitor assessment coordinators to ensure a consistent approach to academic learning and assessment across the school
  • Inspire trust and confidence in students, parents and colleagues;
  • Be passionate about children and their education;
  • Be driven to help a high achieving school get even better;
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker;
  • Respect, appreciate and understand a variety of cultures and societies;
  • Demonstrate a 'Can do' attitude and a belief in 'Growth Mind set'

Some key tasks and responsibilities of the post will include:

  • Oversee academic budgets prudently and ensure value for money
  • Oversee the delivery of a high quality English language acquisition programme across the school;
  • Leading the development of our weekend academies programme;
  • Marketing the school through the quality performances and events;
  • Promoting NAE collaborations with the Juilliard School, MIT and Kings College London;
  • Promoting high quality assemblies as a way to create parent advocates;
  • Monitoring and intervening to ensure student progress is in line with the school’s expectations;
  • Promoting the academic successes of our Secondary students to all parents;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development through NAU;
  • Actively promote the opportunities that are available through Global Campus;
  • Ensure that staff, students and the wider community are fully aware of the value of the NAE offer;
  • Other professional requirements in line with the Job Description


When you join a Nord Anglia Education school, you join a global community of approximately 9,000 people working together to support our students’ success. We offer you unsurpassed opportunities to innovate and develop best practice across our family, to access extensive professional development, and to gain exceptional experience and career development in our schools. At Nord Anglia, you will have opportunities to progress more, learn more, and collaborate more.

We offer career and development opportunities that come with being part of our global organisation. Nord Anglia University unites our team through a vibrant online platform which 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 through Nord Anglia University to ensure that our teachers don’t just maintain their skills, they develop 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.

As a Nord Anglia Education teacher, you enjoy the following benefits:

  • A fast-paced, global experience so that you can progress on a global scale
  • An enabling environment founded on creativity, challenge and collaboration
  • A culture which is fair and consultative
  • Unique opportunities to grow professionally and develop your career

Selection Process

The closing date for application is 31st December 2017.

First stage interviews will be conducted by Skype or telephone and final interviews will take place at the Nord Anglia Education Recruitment Event in central London in the week commencing 29th January 2018 (alternative arrangements will be made for candidates who cannot attend in person).

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 pupils 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
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 1 - 18 years
Address: Nanhu Campus, 983-3 Tonghe Road, Nanhu, Guangzhou, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510515, China
Telephone: +86 2087094788
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The British School of Guangzhou offers high quality education in an international setting, comparable to the best schools in the UK. The school provides a superb learning environment through the recruitment of highly qualified, technologically litera...