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Head of Pastoral Care (HoP)

Shenzhen International Foundation CollegeShenzhen, Guangdong Province

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of a forward thinking and evolving international school as it enters the exciting new phase of opening their new campus.

In August 2017 the school began a journey toward excellence. With an aim to become recognised as a leading school across China and internationally, the school has initiated a number of strategic projects.

From August 2020 the school relocated into a new first class campus with state of the art learning spaces and boarding facilities.


Shenzhen is a dynamic and creative city of South China, set in beautiful tropical green surroundings within a futuristic and modern yet safe, family friendly city. Directly linked to Hong Kong only 45 minutes away, Shenzhen is an artistic and tech hub founded on innovation and creativity. This Pearl River Delta megalopolis is one of China’s richest cities, having grown from 30,000 inhabitants in 1980, when it was designated the first special economic zone, to a population of almost 12 million.

In 2008, Shenzhen was named a UNESCO Creative City of Design. The city continues to thrive as a leader of arts and creativity. The modern inner city is surrounded by palm-studded districts of gated communities, beautiful parks and former industrial buildings turned into contemporary art districts, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and high-ceilinged galleries.

Candidate Profile;

Successful candidates will have the ability to work to the highest professional standards and demonstrate creativity, energy and a flair for excellence in teaching and learning and a commitment to developing the whole child.

The school values candidates who can demonstrate a dynamic, forward thinking mindset and the ability to collaborate positively within an international team to ensure high academic standards and student achievement.

As the school progresses towards its future goals, grade level and whole school leadership opportunities will arise.

The HoP reports directly to the Head and Deputy Head and will be responsible for:

 Taking responsibility for the pastoral care of all pupils

 Overseeing child protection, safeguarding, welfare and safety issues, including external referrals and safeguarding training for new staff

 Overseeing school discipline, conduct, rules and regulations

 Contributing to staff development policies in relation to:

The induction of new and newly qualified teachers and other staff

The provision of professional advice and support and the identification of training needs

 Informing Form Tutors, the Deputy Head and the Head about issues with individual  pupils

 Keeping Form Tutors and, as required, the Deputy Head, or Head informed of all rewards and sanctions which have been initiated in accordance with school policies

 Keeping abreast of school rewards lists to ensure a fair system

 Being responsible for Staff Induction, arrangements, policy, practice and the relevant handbooks

 Chairing all pastoral and welfare meetings, taking minutes and ensuring the correct information is shared with the relevant stakeholders in conjunction with the Deputy Head

 Having a significant role in the induction of new pupils including the allocation and monitoring of the ‘Buddy’ system

 Ensuring that all staff and pupils are aware of the relevant Codes of Conduct and implementing any activities that enhance the school environment

 Liaising with parents and staff on concerns with individual pupils. Follow up of any concerns as necessary

 Monitoring and evaluating pupil behaviour and conduct throughout the school

 Leading by example as a teacher and as a manager, ensuring and achieving high standards of pupil behaviour, discipline and motivation, presentation and pride in the school.

 Supporting staff in the development and implementation of behavioural management and initiatives

 Setting appropriate expectations for staff and pupils in relation to standards of pupil’s behaviour and conduct, establishing clear targets for improving and sustaining pupils’ behaviour and welfare.

 Overseeing and implementing an exciting and inspiring House system inclusive of whole school house events.

 Chairing a half termly whole school pastoral meeting in conjunction with the Deputy Head, taking and distributing minutes and outside of this forum, maintaining regular liaison between staff and Head, communicating ideas and suggestions

 Organising the leavers programme in conjunction with Head of Organisation

 Preparing the school for the pastoral elements of Inspection

 Keeping all relevant policies up to date and compliant 

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