Head of Early Years(Nursery and Reception), Shanghai, China

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Wellington College International ShanghaiShanghai, China

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Start date: 1st Aug 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

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 nearly 1,700 local and international children aged between 2 and 18 years old.

 Wellington College International Shanghai opened in August 2014 as Wellington’s second partnership school in China.   It currently has 1,140 pupils and continues to grow by over 150 pupils per year. The College is divided into three schools with a Pre-Prep (Nursery to Year 2), Prep School (Year 3 to Year 8) and the Senior School (Years 9 to 13).   The College curriculum combines our focus on the Wellington Values with the best of the English and international curricula.  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 them for the study of a range of IGCSE subjects at Years 10 and 11.  Pupils in Year 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, all of 2018 Year 13 students gained their IB Diploma, and the average score was 36.5 points out of a possible 45, which places Wellington comfortably within the top band of international schools in relation to the IB.    All of the IGCSE students gained at 7 or more A*-B grades, 47% of the overall grades were A* making it the most common grade, whilst 75% of grades were A*- A and 96% A* – B.

Head of Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

Wellington College International Shanghai  is seeking to appoint a Head of Early Years for its new Early Years Centre, opening in August 2019. Currently our nursery and reception classes are sited in the main campus, but as of next year, we will move into a new purpose-built setting.   

This is an exciting development for Wellington College International Shanghai, as this centre has been designed specifically with our aims for an outstanding Early Years provision in mind. A unique learning environment, that is equal to the high educational standards we have already established. The new Early Years setting will be set over 3 floors with outdoor access on each level. Classrooms are very well-resourced and we have dedicated Early years staff who are looking forward to this new stage in the ongoing success of Wellington in Shanghai.   

Our new Early Years centre will have 9 classes of nursery and reception with c children. We follow the English Early Years curriculum, as well as striving to ensure we educate ourselves on the latest practices within Early Years education from across the world.   

The new centre requires a passionate educator and skilled leader. They will work closely with their fellow senior leaders at the main campus, whilst having the confidence and autonomy to lead a separate setting. They will also be an enthusiastic advocate of sharing the Wellington vision within the educational landscape of Shanghai

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 jobs@wellingtoncollege.cn

Wellington College International 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.

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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
Telephone: +86 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 ...