Director of Sport, Shanghai, China

Closing date:Expiring tomorrow

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

Wellington College International Shanghai seeks to appoint a Director of Sport to oversee and develop the College’s extensive and highly successful sports programme. This opportunity will suit a highly motivated, well-organised, innovative leader who will be able to help shape, direct and deliver an exciting future for sport as part of the College’s commitment to educating the whole child. 

The Director of Sport is responsible for the overarching strategy with regard to all aspects of sport and PE, within the defined whole College mission: considering aspects of performance in core sports and participation for all pupils in core and non-core sports. The successful candidate will be able to lead and inspire a large team in sport as well as other colleagues at Wellington. They will be a strong presence within the community, highly visible and be able to form good relationships with parents. 

The role of Director of Sport is a key leadership role in the College, reporting the Principal. The successful applicant will work closely with the Head of Senior and the Head of the Prep School, as well as the co-curricular manager. They will work together with curriculum leaders in their own department to ensure strong delivery of PE lessons and cohesion between both PE and sport. 

Wellington Shanghai is fortunate to have one of the best sports facilities in the city and benefits from a central location too. With two swimming pools, a large sports centre (including hardwood courts, a gym and a spinning studio) plus an air purified dome for use. Our grounds are extensive and are well-used by our pupils with multiple pitches, an astroturf and tartan track, 2 tennis courts and 2 further multi-use court areas.  

As one of the most senior leaders in the organisation the successful applicant will be closely involved in shaping the overall direction of the school and working towards the College mission to be ‘one of the world’s truly great schools’. 

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 ...