Deputy Head Senior School, Shanghai, China

Closing date:Expiring today

Wellington College International ShanghaiShanghai, China

Date posted:
Start date: 1st Aug 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

Teaching Opportunities 

with Wellington College in China

The Senior School at Wellington Shanghai encompasses years 9-13 and has 280 pupils currently. The school is growing quickly, filling naturally from pupils in larger year groups further down the College. In addition to the deputy head there are three assistant heads in the Senior School (curriculum, sixth form and teaching and learning) all of whom work together with the Head of Senior School in leading this section of the College. The College is academically selective which is reflected in the excellent results for the IB diploma programme: 2019 average of 36.6. These are supported by strong results at IGCSE (72% 7-9) and further by exceptionally strong teaching in years 8 and below. 

The deputy head of the Senior School is responsible for running the Senior School on a daily basis so that the school fulfils its aims of providing pupils with a well-rounded, challenging education. The deputy head must have the ability to understand and work with impact across all aspects of the school, including the taught curriculum and the co-curriculum, to engage positively with pupils, staff, parents, outside agencies and College or Wellington College China group-level leadership, and to promote consistently the values and vision of Wellington College International Shanghai. 

The successful candidate is expected to provide and model effective leadership of staff and pupils, in line with the values of the College. As a highly-skilled and sensitive communicator, they will be able to ensure accurate and timely representation of views from across all the various parts of the school community. Given the central role that houses play in the daily life of the school and its organisation, the deputy head will assume responsibility for line managing the team of housemasters. Housemasters are responsible for academic and pastoral welfare of pupils in their houses. 

The deputy head is expected to have a teaching commitment of up to 20 hours per fortnight, dependent on subject specialism(s) and demand within those areas.

Wellington College International Shanghai opened in August 2014 as Wellington’s second partnership school in China, and has rapidly developed a reputation as the premier international school in the city.   It currently has 1,280 pupils and continues to grow by over 150 pupils per year. The College is divided into three schools, with a Senior School (years 9 to 13) and Prep School (years 1 to 8) on the main campus and Early Years (nursery and reception) in a new purpose-built centre nearby.   The College curriculum combines our focus on the Wellington values with the best of English and international curriculums.  The youngest children in the nursery and reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.   From year 1, the English National Curriculum provides the core of the curriculum in maths and literacy, with other lessons following the International Primary Curriculum.   From year 6 up, all children follow a school-devised curriculum, based on the English National Curriculum and taught by subject specialists to prepare for the study of IGCSE subjects in years 10 and 11.  Pupils in years 12 and 13 follow the prestigious IB Diploma Programme.

Wellington College International Shanghai aims to be the best international school  in China and to be great place for talented professionals to develop their careers. Our academic results to date have been outstanding, our IB students average above 36 points in 2018 and 2019, placing Wellington comfortably alongside the best international IB schools.    Most of our IGCSE pupils gain eight or more A*-A grades, with A* being by far the most common grade. 

Success in public examinations is important and we celebrate it. However, at Wellington College, excellent exam results and great university destinations, in the UK and worldwide, are only part of the picture. We want our pupils to be the very best people that they can be: to be kind, to have integrity in their actions, to take responsibility when necessary, to have respect for their environment, for others and themselves, and finally to show courage when needed. The Wellington values frame the way we think about what it is be a Wellingtonian, including the ways we work and what we hope to become.

For further information about Wellington College in Shanghai and its employment opportunities, please go to 

An application form and further details of the above position are available on the website. The completed application form, together with a letter of introduction and an up-to-date CV, including the names and contact details of three referees, should be sent to

Wellington College Shanghai is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service, or local national equivalent.

More about Wellington College International Shanghai
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Address: 1500 Yaolong Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, 200126, China. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +21 2151853860
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Wellington College China is a partner of Wellington College in England.  It has three schools in Shanghai, all within close proximity of each other and providing mutual support.   Between them they provide an outstanding education for ...