Deputy Head Academic, China

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Malvern College QingdaoChina

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Start date: January 2018 or sooner
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No



Shandong Province, China

12-18 | 450+ students | Co-educational | Boarding

Malvern College’s first international campus, Malvern College Qingdao, opened in September 2012 with the aim of becoming a leading British style boarding school for the education of the young people of China and of the wider region, preparing them to move on to the foremost universities of the world. Located in Qingdao, in China's Shandong Province, Malvern College Qingdao is thought to be the first purpose-built international secondary school for Chinese nationals that is backed by a leading independent UK school and licensed by the Chinese authorities. Now in its fifth year, the school currently has 450+ pupils and is growing rapidly towards an ultimate capacity of around 850. 

The school operates from a new purpose-built campus of around 50 acres, which includes fantastic facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a fitness suite, a very well equipped visual and performing arts centre and third-generation Astroturf. The famous Laoshan mountains, birthplace of Taoism and the source of Laoshan spring water, form a backdrop to the campus. Qingdao is a major seaport in Shandong Province, looking out over the Yellow Sea and one hour’s flight from Beijing and Seoul. It has a rich heritage and a temperate climate. It is one of the most affluent and fastest growing cities in China, and has one of the best air qualities in China. 

Malvern College Qingdao is a full boarding school offering IGCSEs and A-levels. In general, Chinese junior high school graduates with a good level of English can enter Lower or Upper 5th and complete these courses in 3-4 years. Younger students can apply for Lower or Upper 4th, which ensures valuable time for a greater focus on developing high level English skills alongside the curricular programme. Subjects currently offered for external examinations include Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Computer Science, Geography, History, Music, Art and Chinese. English as a Second Language is taken at IGCSE and students receive thorough preparation for IELTS/TOEFL exams. All students have General Studies lessons and regular Physical Education sessions. 

Malvern College Qingdao offers a rich programme of co-curricular activities and is a registered body for the International Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. There is an active Music department and regular opportunities to perform. All students are supported through a comprehensive pastoral system, with support from their Form Tutors and Heads of Year, and in the boarding houses by their Heads of House and Deputies. 

The school is managed by the Headmaster, John Kenny, and his Senior Management Team in partnership with the College’s Chinese partners. 

The Board and Headmaster are currently seeking to appoint an experienced, inspirational and dynamic Deputy Head Academic to commence in January 2018, or sooner if available, to work closely with the Senior Management team to shape and develop the school into a leading international educational institution. This is a key role in providing the strategic leadership to take the academic life of the College into the next phase of the school’s development. This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a real contribution to international education through helping combine the best of both British and Chinese educational expertise in a partnership with one of the UK’s leading independent schools, Malvern College. 

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please either contact Liz Gibbs on 44 (0)7552 845990 or email at, or contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at To apply for the post, please visit and submit your up-to-date CV and a letter of application. The letter should incorporate how you meet the person specification, why you are applying for the position and what particular attributes and qualities you would bring to the role. 

Key Dates 

Closing date: 21 July 2017 

Longlist interviews: 31 July 2017  (by Skype) 

Shortlist/Final interviews: 25 & 26 September 2017 (at Malvern College Qingdao, China) 

Malvern College Qingdao is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.

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More about Malvern College Qingdao
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 15 - 18 years
Address: 77,Tie Qi Shan Road, Cheng Yang District, Qingdao, Shandong, 266106, China
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Welcome to Malvern College Qingdao

Malvern College’s first international campus, Malvern College Qingdao, opened in September 2012.  Located in Qingdao, in China's Shandong Province, Malvern College Qingdao is thought to be the first purpose-bui...