Head of Kindergarten/Pre-Prep School, Shenzhen, China

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The King's School Canterbury, Shenzhen InternationalShenzhen, China

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Start date: Required for April 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

The King’s School, Canterbury dates back to the year 597 though it acquired its name ‘The King’s School’ in 1541 when the institution was re-founded under King Henry VIII. Today, it is a leading UK independent co-educational boarding and day school, situated in the heart of the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury in Kent, UK. 

The Senior School (educating pupils aged 13-18, 80% of whom are boarders) occupies various historic sites around the Cathedral. The Junior King’s School, with pupils aged 3-13, is located in a nearby rural setting. This September also sees the opening of the King’s International College in Canterbury.

In September 2019, the School will open the Pre-Prep department (300-350 pupils) of its first overseas school in Shenzhen, China. The rest of the school (1,000 pupils) will follow in September 2020.

The King’s School, Canterbury, Shenzhen International, is being designed through collaboration between our UK-based architects and our Chinese partners as a world-class K12 School to deliver an all-round education from early years right through to entrance to the top international universities.

The School will be an example of the best of its type, a modern school in a modern city, but built on strong historical and educational roots. The location of the site is excellent, about 20 minutes from the border with Hong Kong, and possesses a superb backdrop of tree-lined hills.

Our vision is to work closely with our local partners to bring one of the world’s oldest schools to the newest city in China in state-of-the-art buildings designed entirely for providing education of the highest quality. In so doing, we shall combine both a long and trusted tradition with the best of modern pedagogical practice in magnificent new buildings for the benefit of everyone concerned.

The post of Head of Pre-Prep is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced practitioner in this specialised area of education.

Full candidate details can be downloaded from: www.kings-school.co.uk/staff-vacancies-in-shenzhen-china

Applications should be submitted electronically as pdf attachments to: hr@kings-school.com.cn along with the following:

  • a factual curriculum vitae (with past employment in chronological order starting with present position)
  • a personal statement in which you should state your educational philosophy and outline what you will bring to the role
  • a covering letter addressed to Ms Cynthia Chow in which you should explain why this post is suitable at this time in terms of your career and family. 


Closing date: 23:59 (GMT) on 8 October 2018.

First round interviews: October and early November.

Final interviews: Mid-November 2018 in Shenzhen.

Enquiries or questions prior to application can also be addressed to hr@kings-school.com.cn 

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and criminal records.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Address: Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518054, China