Deputy Head of Primary, China

Closing date:

The British International School Shanghai, PuxiChina

Date posted:
Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Are you seeking an opportunity to play a major role in one of the most successful international schools in Asia? The Deputy Head of Primary (DHoP), along with the Head of Primary and three Assistant Heads, form the Primary School Leadership Team (PSLT). This team leads the strategic and operational workings of the school. The role requires the successful candidate to understand the practice of leadership as well as having the ability to deliver on specific leadership and management roles and responsibilities. Significant autonomy to oversee and lead a large portfolio will be given to the right candidate.

These include;

  • Leading on core learning areas (e.g. assessment, student welfare, professional development, performance management, etc.)
  • Line-management of Year Leaders
  • Oversight of several operational aspects (e.g. cover, duties, calendar, handbooks, etc.)
  • Input into common PSLT responsibilities (e.g. recruitment, induction, development planning, etc.)

 Beyond this, the DHoP has direct responsibility for leading the school in the absence of the Head of Primary. Candidates are encouraged to highlight any relevant experience as well as express any particular areas of interest. There is a small teaching commitment, which is at the discretion of the Head of Primary/Principal. You will deliver an adapted UK National Curriculum that is constantly evolving to meet current educational thinking and our international context.

The British International School Shanghai, Puxi

Founded on the highest academic standards, The British International School Shanghai, Puxi offers a personalised education which enables each child to achieve outstanding academic outcomes.  As part of Nord Anglia Education, the worlds leading premium schools organisation our school delivers robust UK curricula enhanced through collaborations with the world’s best – MIT, Julliard and UNICEF. In 2018, 58% of all grades achieved at IGCSE were A*/A level and one third of IB students gained 40+ points allowing our students access to the best universities worldwide.   We are an international British school at the heart of Shanghai dedicated to our students future success. Here at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi, we are a close-knit team who are proud of our school and community. We educate 1400 young people of more than 50 nationalities, preparing them for futures as global citizens in the years ahead.

Nord Anglia Education is the world’s leading premium schools’ organisation. We are a fast-paced and growing family of 56 international schools in China, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and North America, providing outstanding education to over 51,000 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 our family of 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 schools gives each school a special advantage. Working together, we can achieve more than we can individually. 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.

To learn more about our school and the post, please  visit

About you

As a qualified teacher, you will be a fluent English speaker, familiar with the UK curriculum and confident working with students from diverse cultural and language backgrounds. You will be comfortable teaching students of all abilities across the complete Primary age range, including Early Years Foundation Stage. You will be an excellent communicator and confident with technology; someone who gets on well with colleagues, students and parents. As a leader, you will, amongst other things, you’ll be well organised, have a good sense of humour and will want to participate fully in all aspects of school life.


When you join a Nord Anglia Education school, you join a global community of more than 10,000 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, MIT, UNICEF and King’s College London, 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.

Alongside great training and a competitive package, you’ll enjoy the chance to live and work in one of the worlds' most vibrant cities.

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

Applications should be made via the Nord Anglia Education recruitment website at and should contain a CV, letter of application and the details of two professional referees-one of which is your current Headteacher/Principal.

The closing date for application is 27 January 2019. However, successful short listed candidates will be contacted straight away with initial discussions conducted remotely by telephone or Skype prior to the final deadline. A second round of interviews will take place soon after the initial contact either by phone or in person at the Nord Anglia Education Recruitment Event in central London in the week commencing 21st January 2019.

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 International School Shanghai, Puxi
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Address: 111 Jinguang Road, Huacao Town, Minhang, Shanghai, 201107, China
Telephone: +86 21 5226 3211
employer gallery photo 0
employer gallery photo 1
employer gallery photo 2
employer gallery photo 3
employer gallery photo 4
employer gallery photo 5
employer gallery photo 6
employer gallery photo 7
employer gallery photo 8
employer gallery photo 9
employer gallery photo 10
employer gallery photo 11

Here at the British International School Shanghai Puxi, we are a close knit team who are proud of our school and community. We educate 1500 young people of more than 50 nationalities, preparing them for futures as global citizens in the years ahead. ...