Founding Principal, China

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Uppingham School KunmingChina

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Start date: August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Highly competitive with attractive benefits package
Contract term: Permanent

750 students (when full)

Applications are invited for the post of founding Principal at Uppingham School, Kunming. The school will open in August 2019. It will be located on a purpose-built site bordering a lake in a major new development. Kunming is known as the City of Eternal Spring for its temperate climate and clean air, and is also China’s gateway to Southeast Asia.

Uppingham has one of the strongest and most distinctive reputations in the British independent sector, and has long been known as a pioneering school. Uppingham International is the next chapter in that story and Uppingham School, Kunming, together with Uppingham School, Chongqing, represents the first stage in the development of a group of international schools. The founding Principal will play a vital leadership role in the start-up of this new group.

The school will offer A-levels and a foundation year, with forty percent of its students boarding. Uppingham is committed to maintaining its strong identity and distinctive ethos throughout its group and it will essential for the Principal to be able to interpret what that means in the particular circumstances of Kunming. The school will have world-class facilities and the potential to become one of the most innovative international schools in Asia.

You will be an experienced leader and an outstanding educator, outward looking and willing to contribute to the development of an international education family. You will have the creativity, determination and entrepreneurial spirit required to be a founding head, will embody all that Uppingham stands for and will be able to deploy a high degree of cultural adaptability.

Further information about the role and details on how to apply can be found at:

For an informal conversation regarding the opportunity, please contact

Jean Sullivan on +44 (0)7885 879887 (
Aaron Ashton on +44 (0)7584 564944 (
Keith Clark on + 44 (0)7941 018042 (

Closing date for applications is 10.00am (BST) on 29th March 2018
Long-list Interviews will be held at Uppingham School or via Skype on 17th and 18th April 2018
Final Interviews will be held at Uppingham School on 25th and 26th April 2018

Uppingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be expected to show evidence of their most up to date child protection screening details including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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More about Uppingham School Kunming
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 15 - 18 years
Address: Kunming, Yunnan Province, China