Head of Music, China

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RDFZ King's College School HangzhouChina

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Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou is one of two new school development projects in China initiated through a partnership between the prestigious King’s College School, Wimbledon and the highly successful Chinese education management group, Dipont Education. A third partner for the Hangzhou project is The High School Affiliated to Renmin University (RDFZ), one of China’s leading schools. At capacity, the whole school will serve over 3,000 students from 3 to 18 years of age.

About the school

The School is located on an idyllic lakeside site in the Yuhang District of Hangzhou.

The facilities at RDFZ King's College Hangzhou are outstanding. We are committed to creating an educational environment that makes the most of our world class campus and combines the best of Chinese and western approaches to learning and academic excellence, in a context of first rate pastoral support and opportunities to excel outside the classroom. Every member of our community is involved in the areas of music and performing arts, service, sports and creative endeavours.

The campus consists of:

  • A pre-school for pupils aged 3 to 6 years catering for Chinese and expatriate children and offering a bi-lingual programme based on the English and Chinese curricula.
  • A Chinese elementary and junior high school for Chinese students in Grades 1 to 9 who study the mandatory Chinese curriculum delivered with a modern pedagogical approach and additional English language instruction.
  • An international school for expatriate students from Grade 1, offering a British style curriculum leading to IGCSEs with additional Chinese language instruction.
  • An international college for both Chinese and expatriate students, providing a wide range of A Level courses with the option of the IB Diploma Programme being implemented later.


The brand-new campus provides first-class, modern school buildings and state-of-the-art facilities including a large multi-purpose sports hall, a 50 metre indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, playing fields, 400m running track, performing arts auditorium with a capacity for 800 people and boarding facilities. The campus sits on the side of a lake which potentially can be used in the future for water based activities.

This is a partnership project between Dipont Education Management Group (one of the leading education providers in China), King's College School, Wimbledon, and The High School Affiliated to Renmin University (RDFZ).
King's College School, Wimbledon is an independent day school for boys aged 7-18 and girls aged 16-18 in Wimbledon, SW London. Founded in 1829 by Royal Charter, it's a school of over 1300 pupils and is one of the most academically successful schools in the world. Please see http://www.kcs.org.uk for more information.

Dipont Education is a highly successful international education management company at the forefront in developing international programmes in China. Over 7,000 students currently study A Level, IBDP or AP programmes in 28 partner schools. Please see our English website http://www.dipont.com for more information. The Hangzhou project is one of two new school projects opened in 2018 with other schools currently under development.

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University (RDFZ) is widely regarded as the top high school in mainland China and is a member of the G20 group of schools. With a main campus in Beijing, the school has recently established a network of branch schools both in and outside the Beijing municipality. Chinese website: http://www.rdfz.cn.

Hangzhou, with a population of over 9 million people, is the capital of Zhejiang Province and an important city in China, recognised for its history, prosperity and beautiful natural scenery. It recently hosted the G-20 summit and will stage the Asian Games in 2022. Shanghai can be accessed within one hour by high-speed train.

All partners involved in the project are represented on the Board of Governors.

About the role

Reporting to the Head of Performing Arts and Executive Principal, the successful applicant will join the school in August 2019.

This is a whole school role, leading a team of local and international music teachers across both the bilingual and international sections of the school. There is a shared pedagogical approach throughout the campus, enabling Chinese and expatriate students to benefit enormously from the cross-cultural exposure.

Facilities for performing arts are first class and include a well equipped music studio, several rehearsal rooms and an eight-hundred seat theatre with professional quality sound and lighting systems.

This exciting and challenging role commands a highly competitive salary and benefits package, including high quality housing; flights for employee and dependents and medical insurance for employee and dependents. Full tuition support will be provided for any successful applicant with school-age children. The position will be offered on an initial three year contract term with annual renewal thereafter.

Applications are invited from candidates with:

  • Experience leading a music department (or with the relevant experience to take the next step) in a UK based or international school
  • The ability to work collaboratively and contribute to the development of an outstanding school

Application process

To submit an application, please email a CV to Oliver Knapman, Recruitment Manager: oliver.knapman@dipont.com or please contact Mr Knapman for an information pack and informal discussion. Early application preferred.

School Website: http://www.rkcshz.cn

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More about RDFZ King's College School Hangzhou
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: No.1 Guowen Road, Yuhang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
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The campus consists of:

  • A pre-school for pupils aged 3 to 6 years catering for Chinese and expatriate children and offering a bi-lingual programme based on the English and Chinese curricula.
  • A Chinese elementary and junior high school for Chinese stu...