Deputy Head Academic, Pu Dong, Shanghai, China

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Lucton School ShanghaiPu Dong, Shanghai, China

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Lucton School Shanghai is a co-ed 100% boarding school for 300 students aged 15 to 18. Classes are taught in English. Students arrive after a rigorous entry process for a one year IGCSE, followed by the first year of an A level course. They then transfer to the 300 year old Lucton School UK for their final A level year and placement at top Universities in the UK, USA and other destinations.

Situated in Pudong New District, Lucton School Shanghai is purpose built, opening in September 2018. Students have single rooms; there is an extensive co-curricular programme and a super curriculum providing academic enrichment. There is teaching on Saturday and a full weekend programme.

You will have an appropriate degree and experience of teaching IGCSE and A level and be familiar with the demands of boarding. You will be ambitious, possess management skills and be experienced at placing students in English speaking Universities.

Generous terms include an attractive salary, family accommodation, pension, a return flight per year for you and family plus flights to take up and relinquish the post, health insurance and help with children’s education.

The Deputy Head Academic (DHA) will work alongside the Director of Boarding in supporting the Head in the effective day-to-day running of the school. He/she will, on occasion, deputise for the Head. The DHA will be a member of the Senior Leadership Team, directly responsible to the Head.

The DHA will be responsible for the quality of teaching and learning and the standards of academic achievement at Lucton School Shanghai (LSS).

The DHA will co-ordinate the transfer of pupils to Lucton UK for their A level year ensuring a seamless academic transition from Lucton School Shanghai.

The specific duties of the DHA will evolve to suit the particular strengths and interest of the successful candidate and will include most, if not all, of the following:

Teaching, Learning and Achievement:

  • Be responsible for all Heads of academic departments (including the Library and the careers and Higher Education department) and oversee their work in maintaining high standards of teaching, learning and achievement.
  • Be responsible for those members of staff who manage the supercurriculum and the G&T programme.
  • Manage baseline testing and the analysis of exam results.
  • Oversee target setting and the tracking of pupil’s performance.
  • Manage school internal exams.
  • Liaise with the Admissions Director on suitability of applicants.
  • Oversee all entrance testing including the School’s own entrance procedure and scholarship testing and advise on academic awards.
  • Commission annual reports from academic departments and compile an annual report on academic achievement to go to the Governors.
  • Liaise with the Head of English as an Additional Language to create programme offers to students following entrance tests and interview.
  • Hold regular meetings with Tutors.


  • Commission and/or draw up the academic timetable each year.
  • Manage subject choices and the allocation of students.
  • Manage and, in the absence of the Head, chair heads of departments meetings and attend other meetings and conferences.
  • Attend meetings of the School Governors.
  • Ensure the School is prepared for inspection and lead the School’s response to inspections.


  • Manage the staffing of all academic lessons and advise the Head on  requirements.
  • Manage the interview timetable and interview all applicants for teaching posts, and advise the Head on appointments.
  • Be responsible for the induction of new staff and for the development of the teaching staff.
  • Be responsible for the regular professional review of all teacher appraisal.
  • Be responsible for NQTs and other academic support staff.   


  • Manage the reporting of academic progress to parents.
  • Organise the programme of teacher/parent meetings.
  • Communicate with parents both individually and in general on academic matters, explaining school policies and decisions.
  • Compile and publish information as required on the curriculum and on subject choices and content.

Finance and Facilities

  • Take an overall responsibility for the annual budgets of the academic departments, working closely with the heads of department and the Finance Officer.
  • Advise on the provision and maintenance of suitable teaching facilities, working closely with heads of departments and operations staff.


  • Draw up, maintain and implement on academic curriculum development plan.
  • Keep abreast of changes in curriculum policy and thinking and advise the Head on how to respond to changes.
  • Work closely with the Head and other senior colleagues on the general development of the School.
  • Work, with the Head, in establishing the School as a leader locally, nationally and internationally in educational innovation and thinking


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More about Lucton School Shanghai
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 15 - 18 years
Address: Pudong New District, Shanghai, China
Telephone: +86 01568 782000
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