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Executive International Head

Benenden School GuangzhouGuangdong

Applications are invited for the Executive International Head of Benenden School Guangzhou, the first of five world-class bilingual schools planned in a partnership between Chow Tai Fook Education Group (CTFEG) and Benenden School. Opening in 2023, this co-educational day and boarding school will cater for 1,600 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, offering a bilingual curriculum based on the Chinese National Curriculum and the international GCSE and A-level programmes.

Benenden is recognised globally as one of the UK’s leading independent boarding schools, nurturing its pupils to develop confidence, compassion, courage and courtesy as they go out and make a positive impact in the world. The founding Executive International Head will bring together Benenden’s commitment to A Complete Education with CTFEG’s vision for a “future ready” education that will prepare tomorrow’s leaders to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with a strong vision for education to drive innovation and embed an education that goes beyond the classroom and develops the whole person. The successful candidate may be steeped in British education but will have an international perspective and will embrace the fascinating challenge of intentionally melding Eastern and Western pedagogical traditions with a cutting-edge philosophy for teaching and learning. The Executive International Head will have first-class communication skills and the gravitas to act as a credible ambassador for the school.

The successful candidate will lead the achievement of excellent academic outcomes within a resolutely holistic environment, meeting the needs of local families in Guangzhou as well as students recruited globally interested to pursue a bilingual education in China. The Executive International Head will be an experienced, people-oriented leader able to develop and inspire a team to deliver an exceptional school. She or he will possess curiosity, intellect and conviction and have the personal drive to successfully establish the first Benenden in China.  

A candidate brief containing consultant contact details, instruction on how to apply and the appointment timeline is available from  

CVs and cover letters should be sent by 10am (BST) on 15th September, to Aaron Ashton at Odgers Berndtson. 

Benenden School Guangzhou is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and a local police check.

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