The King's School, Canterbury, Shenzhen International
About The King's School, Canterbury, Shenzhen International
In September 2019, the King’s School, Canterbury, dating back to 597 and one of the UK’s leading co-educational boarding schools, opened its first overseas branch, a Kindergarten/Pre-Prep department (ages 2-6) in Shenzhen, China’s fastest growing city. This will be followed by Primary and Junior Schools in September 2020 and the Secondary (Senior or High School) in 2021. King’s in Shenzhen offers a blended bi-cultural and bilingual pedagogy; it is already successful and gaining an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching, its focus on the well-being of children, and its inclusive approach.
Our campuses are modern in appearance; they are also modern in the way they meet the needs of today’s children. You will find open learning and break-out spaces, both indoors and out, alongside bright and flexible classrooms with specialist laboratories, common social areas, sports, music and drama facilities.
The Pre-Prep (Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten) follows the UK’s well-respected EYFS approach but with the added dimension of being completely bilingual. The emphasis throughout is on creative learning through activity and play. All classes are co-taught by an international teacher for whom English is the native language and a qualified Chinese local.
Our programme for Chinese children aged 6-15 will follow the Chinese regulatory curriculum, delivered very much in a King’s way, and with non-compulsory areas reflecting our syllabuses in the UK. There will be variations for international passport holders. Throughout, our pedagogy will be vibrant, intellectually exciting and supportive with a full immersion in two languages, Chinese Putonghua and UK English. Our students will benefit from qualified specialist teachers, drawn from the UK and China, in specialist teaching spaces, studying a wide range of subjects. The curriculum at all levels will have a strong emphasis on creativity, originality and innovation, all of which are essential for today’s young people.
For the last three years of their schooling (ages 16-18), our students will be aiming for top world-class universities through an intensive programme of international GCSEs and A Levels. They will benefit fully from the excellent resource material and expertise given to us by King’s in Canterbury.
The connection between Shenzhen and Canterbury is a genuine one with regular visits and exchanges between the schools, the sharing of resources and expertise, and a common philosophy which focuses upon academic excellence, including a strong emphasis on 21st century skills, a wealth of co-curricular opportunity (King’s students excel in music, drama and sport) supported by pastoral care of the highest quality.
Our students are mainly, but not exclusively, Chinese passport holders from young and ambitious families. Our international teachers work alongside those from China to create a cross-cultural experience in two languages, UK English and Putonghua Chinese. We value teachers who are fully engaged with this approach and are prepared to be part of this very special community. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join the school at the start-up stage and help to lay the foundations of what we expect to be a great institution.
Shenzhen is an increasingly popular place to live. Now China’s fourth biggest city, it continues to attract people from all over China and the world. The climate and air quality are excellent, and the transport network is both easy and efficient within the city, but provides direct access to the rest of China and Asia. Our teachers enjoy a competitive, generous salary, and numerous benefits such as accommodation (for the first year with an allowance thereafter), medical insurance, 100% tuition fee remission for up to two children.
Applicants should be fully sympathetic with the King’s ethos. They should be highly professional but flexible in their approach, willing to take on a variety of tasks and fit into the wider community life. It should be pointed out, however, that to fulfil Chinese work permit regulations, all international teachers must have a relevant degree and previous teaching experience.