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Deputy Head of Primary

The British School of GuangzhouGuangzhou, China

The British School of Guangzhou is at the forefront of international education in China. Established in 2005 for students aged 1-18, our school is recognised for academic excellence leading to outstanding A-Level results and entry to top universities worldwide. The Southlake Campus, a 20-minute drive north of the city centre, enjoys picturesque views over Nanhu Lake and a golf course. All classrooms are attractively furnished, air-conditioned and equipped with WiFi and an interactive whiteboard or Smart TV. The school has impressive resources and facilities including music rooms, guided reading rooms, IT zones, science labs, a dance studio, sports gym, libraries, a theatre and two coffee shops for staff and parents. Outdoor facilities include three age-specific football pitches, a swimming pool, basketball courts, a well-equipped X-fit gym and an adventure playground. In August 2018, we opened a purpose-built Early Years building to cope with unprecedented demand for places. In September 2021, we opened an additional Primary and EYFS school, for up to 800 students, which will allow us to refurbish our current site to meet the growing number of Secondary Students. 

About the role (see Job description for full details):

We are seeking an outstanding and experienced school leader to offer leadership and inspiration as part of the Primary Leadership Team (PLT) responsible for Teaching and Learning standards and the Curriculum. As a key member of the PLT you will play a major role in deciding on future academic direction. You will be an excellent communicator who enjoys positive relationships with colleagues, students, parents and be comfortable with technology and in leading change. To deliver our high standard of educational excellence, we are looking for leaders who are experienced, confident, well organised, have a good sense of humour and a willingness to participate fully in all aspects of school life within and beyond the classroom. 

About you

Will need to hold a good degree, or better, with a minimum of 3 years leadership experience, in the UK or a reputable British Curriculum International School.

In fulfilling the requirements of the post, you will demonstrate essential professional characteristics, and in particular will:

 Demonstrate our core values and help to promote a love of learning within our students 

 Be personally, socially and academically ambitious for our students;

 Relentlessly pursue outstanding academic performance maintaining our reputation as the most academically successful school in Guangzhou

 Blend the best of British education with contemporary international education to create a distinctive positioning for the school

 Be passionate about children and their education;

 Be motivated to help improve an already high achieving school; 

 Understand the needs of students who are learning English as a second language;

 Have the proven ability to build team commitment amongst colleagues;

 Oversee extension and enrichment activities to ensure that our students develop holistically.

 Assist the Head in leading teaching and learning within the Primary School and as part of a whole school approach.

 Demonstrate a commitment to providing students with a residential programme which is fully integrated into the Primary curriculum;

 Have proven experience of using reporting assessment to improve the quality of students' learning;

 Understand the importance of demonstrating respect for the many different cultures that make up our school along with the cultures and traditions of the host country;

 Manage financial budgets prudently and ensure value for money 

 Plan Primary INSET programmes

 Coordinate the management of the Primary School CPD requirements and Performance Management processes for Primary staff

 Arrange cover for absent staff 

Some key tasks and responsibilities of the post will include:

 Raising our profile within the wider school community with high quality Primary events;

 Marketing the school through the quality of Primary performances and events;

 Encouraging Primary staff to provide a high quality student enrichment programme;

 Promoting NAE collaborations with Juilliard, MIT, Kings College and UNICEF;

 Ensuring Primary assemblies meet high expectations and promote parent advocates;

 Promoting opportunities for Primary student performances;

 Monitoring and intervening to ensure student progress is in line with our expectations;

 Ensuring that teaching and learning encourages engagement and enquiry;

 Ensuring that Primary tracking, monitoring, assessment and reporting, support student learning and meet the expectations of a largely Asian parental community;

 Promote staff involvement in the Primary Instrumental Programme;

 Demonstrate a commitment to professional development through NAU;

 Actively promote the opportunities that are available through Global Campus;

 Other professional requirements in line with the Job Description


We offer unparalleled career and development opportunities that come with being part of our global organisation. Our online Nord Anglia University unites our team by harnessing the collective expertise of peers in an exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice. We also provide extensive 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 world-renowned 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.

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 that is fair and consultative  

 Unique opportunities to grow professionally and develop your career

In return for your passion to promote a quality education you will enjoy a competitive salary, accommodation, an annual flight allowance, a relocation allowance, international healthcare, an end of contract gratuity bonus, a MacBook and free school places for up to two children. It is important to note that all children will be subject to the school’s admissions process and will need to meet our entry requirements. We expect applicants to fully disclose any Learning Support needs or results of educational assessments for consideration, as part of the interview process. You will also have the opportunity to live in and work in one of China’s most vibrant and dynamic cities. Guangzhou (formerly Canton) is a city of over 14 million residents and is an historically important city and the gateway to the Pearl River Delta, potentially the most important economic zone in China. 

Selection Process

The closing date for application is 14th January 2022.  Due to global travel restrictions, all interviews will be conducted via MS Teams and The British School of Guangzhou reserves the right to appoint a suitable candidate before the closing date.  

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