Head of English, Guangzhou, China

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The British School of GuangzhouGuangzhou, China

Date posted:
Start date: 01/08/2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Fixed Term

The British School of Guangzhou

Job Title: Head of English Start date: August 2020

About Nord Anglia Education

Nord Anglia Education is the world’s leading premium schools organisation. We are a global family of 66 international schools, providing outstanding education to over 64,000 students in China, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas. Working together, we can achieve more than we can individually. Our schools have a wide range of resources and support to enhance our students’ success. We also create unique opportunities to benefit our students through our Global Campus and our collaborations with The Juilliard School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UNICEF and King’s College London. The successful candidate will benefit from the career and development opportunities from being part of the world’s leading premium schools organisation.  Nord Anglia University unites our team through a vibrant online forum, which harnesses the collective expertise of their peers in an exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice.  Extensive online and face-to-face CPD is provided through Nord Anglia University to ensure that our team don’t just maintain their skills and expertise, they develop at the cutting edge of educational thinking. There has never been a better time to join the Nord Anglia Education group; to find out more visit https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/schools 

The British School of Guangzhou

The British School of Guangzhou is at the forefront of international education in China. Established in 2005 for students aged 1-18, our school is recognised for academic excellence leading to outstanding A-Level results and entry to top universities worldwide. The Southlake Campus, a 20-minute drive north of the city centre, enjoys picturesque views over Nanhu Lake and a golf course. All classrooms are attractively furnished, air-conditioned and equipped with WiFi and an interactive whiteboard. The school has impressive resources and facilities including music rooms, a well-equipped fitness room, guided reading rooms, IT zones, a dance studio, libraries, a theatre and several coffee shops for staff and parents. Outdoor facilities include age-specific football pitches, a swimming pool, basketball courts and an adventure playground. In August 2018, we opened a purpose-built Year 1 building to cope with unprecedented demand for places. In August 2020, we will open an additional Primary and EYFS school, for up to 800 students, which will allow us to refurbish much of our current site to meet the growing number of Secondary Students. To find out more about our school you are encouraged to visit our website at https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/guangzhou 

About the role (see Job description for full details):

In fulfilling the requirements of the post, the Head of Department will:

 Lead the department effectively, as outlined in the ‘Expectations of Subject Leaders’

 Be professional at all times.

 Lead a clear vision for the department and create strategic action plans that work towards it.

 Ensure Teaching and Learning are as effective as possible.

 Make professional development an ongoing focus.

 Effectively manage the operational aspects of the department.

 Be accountable for student outcomes.

 Effectively liaise with all stakeholders.


In return for your passion to promote a quality education you will enjoy a competitive salary and benefits, accommodation, an annual flight allowance, a relocation allowance, international healthcare, an end of contract gratuity bonus and free school places for up to two children. It is important to note that all children will be subject to the school’s admissions process and will need to meet our entry requirements. We expect applicants to fully disclose any SEN needs or results of educational assessments for consideration, as part of the interview process. You will also have the opportunity to live in and work in one of China’s most vibrant and dynamic cities. Guangzhou (formerly Canton) is a city of over 14 million residents and is an historically important city and the gateway to the Pearl River Delta, potentially the most important economic zone in China. 

The cost of living in Guangzhou remains comparatively low and, as a result, the majority of our expatriate staff save over 50% of their salary and still travel to exotic destinations throughout Asia. We want teachers to feel valued and well rewarded for their efforts. However if your motivation in applying for a position is simply financial then this is not the school for you. If, however, you are motivated by a desire to make a difference to the lives of our students then we look forward to receiving your application and discussing this in detail during your interview.

Selection Process

The closing date for application is Friday 24th January 2020 though we reserve the right to make an appointment before the deadline. Applications must be made via our online platform, Jobtrain. Interviews will be conducted by Skype or telephone with opportunities to attend the Nord Anglia Education Recruitment Event in central London, in January 2020.

Start date: August 2020

At Nord Anglia Education we are committed to providing a world class, safe, happy environment in which children and young people are able to thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils irrespective of race, ability, religion, gender or culture. 

All post holders in regulated activity (having regular unsupervised contact with children) are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both Country of residence/birth and any Country of residence within the last 10 years. 

More about The British School of Guangzhou
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 1 - 18 years
Address: Nanhu Campus, 983-3 Tonghe Road, Nanhu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510515, China. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +86 20 87094788
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