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Deputy Head - Primary School

HD Shanghai SchoolShanghai

An enterprising leader is required to play a key role within the Hurtwood House China group of schools. Reporting to the International Principal, the incoming Deputy Principal will assist them in assuming responsibility for the welfare and academic development of our Primary School pupils at the Shanghai Campus. Pupils at primary level follow a dual Chinese and international curriculum in preparation for transitioning to our Secondary department and subsequently a variety of leading educational institutions worldwide at 13+ and 18+. The successful candidate could be either an academic or pastoral specialist but will have wide-ranging primary leadership experience that she/he can adapt to a new context.

The first Hurtwood House China school opened in August 2014 and there are now campuses in Shanghai, Ningbo, Beijing, Qingdao and a new sister school opened in Nanjing this year. The story will not stop here. Existing schools will continue to grow rapidly, and plans are already afoot to open further new schools in other Chinese cities.

Joining the Hurtwood House China Schools Group in a senior leadership role offers an exciting opportunity for a talented, ambitious and driven professional to take their career to new levels as part of a dynamic and forward-looking organisation that is rapidly becoming the market leader in the provision of bilingual education for Chinese nationals.

The School

Known locally as Shanghai HD Bilingual School, Hurtwood House Shanghai is affiliated with Hurtwood House UK, in Surrey. The School’s mission is to nurture global Chinese citizens, who develop an appreciation for the international context, whilst ensuring they hold onto their cultural heritage. Hurtwood House Shanghai believes that education creates character and focus on personal development and progress in equal measure to academics.

The School benefits from exceptional facilities including:

• A bilingual library

• Specialist teaching classrooms such as art studios and science laboratories

• A multi-functional theatre

• Excellent indoor sports areas for tennis, football and basketball

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Package Details

• A competitive salary scale based on experience and qualifications

• Comprehensive medical cover for teacher, spouse and dependents

• Annual flights for teacher, spouse and dependents

• Housing allowance

• Relocation allowance

• Full remission for tuition fees of staff children in accordance with Hurtwood house China schools’ policies

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter to or apply via the TES Portal. Covering letters must be no longer than one side of A4 and should set out your interest in this position, how you meet the requirement and your ambitions for the school.

Preliminary discussions and first round interviews will take place on a rolling basis and early application is therefore advised. Shortlisted candidates will be notified, and interviews arranged accordingly. Hurtwood House China reserves the right to appoint before the closing date.

Please contact Monika Fryzicka on should you have any questions or wish to arrange an informal discussion about this role.

Safeguarding and Data Protection

Hurtwood House China is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to respect this commitment. The post is subject to an appropriate criminal background check and satisfactory reference checks. By applying to this post, you agree to your data being held and processed by Hurtwood House China and its affiliates. If you are appointed to the post you also agree to additional information, including sensitive data such as bank details and medical information, being held by Hurtwood House China and its affiliates.

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