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Assistant Head for Academics - Upper Secondary School

Nanwai King's College SchoolWuxi, China

Nanwai King’s College School has been formed through a 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 now at just under 2,000 students as of 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 endeavours.

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.



About the Role

NKCS Upper Secondary School delivers a British-based curriculum that prepares pupils for university entry in the USA, Canada, England, Europe, Australia as well as other countries. University counselling is provided to students in all four year groups.

Pupils have two entry points to the Upper Secondary School programme. Students can choose to enter a two-year IGCSE programme in Grade 9 and Grade 10. Alternatively, those who have completed the compulsory Chinese curriculum, and who have good English language proficiency, can enter into a one-year IGCSE programme in Grade 10.

Both IGCSE programmes prepare pupils to complete A-level courses or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) Programme in Grade 11 and Grade 12.

Reporting to the Head of Secondary School, the Upper Secondary School Assistant Head for Academics oversees the school’s academic strategy and curriculum development in collaboration with the Head of Secondary School.

As part of the extended senior leadership team, the Upper Secondary School Assistant Head for Academics will contribute to lesson observations and the teaching and learning CPD for colleagues. The successful candidate will forge professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents and the community at large.


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:

  • Prior management experience
  • Excellent leadership, organisation, presentation and management skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively and cross-culturally to help lead 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, a bonus scheme, annual return airfare 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 opportunity to renew thereafter.


Application Process:

Early application preferred. To submit an application, please click here.  

For further information, please contact oliver.knapman@dipont.com

School website: www.nkcswx.cn

You must meet the following requirements for a visa or working permit:

  • 5 years teaching experience.
  • Any degree.
  • Bachelors with Teaching Qualification or similar teaching qualification.
  • Proficient in English.
  • References, Criminal background check
  • Below 57 years of age
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