Head of Pastoral, Hangzhou, China

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RDFZ King's College School HangzhouHangzhou, China

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Start date: August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Excellent salary/benefits package
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

RDFZ King’s College School is one of two schools in China initiated through partnership between the highly successful Chinese education management group, Dipont Education, and the prestigious King’s College School, Wimbledon. A third partner in Hangzhou 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

RDFZ King’s College is located on an idyllic lakeside site in the Yuhang District of Hangzhou.

The facilities at the school are outstanding. We are committed to 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, performing arts, service, sports or creative endeavours.

The school opened in September 2018 with over 700 students enrolled, increasing to over 1300 students in our second year of operation. These remarkable numbers are testament to the quality of the project, its exciting vision and the support of partners, parents and the whole school community. In a very short space of time, our pupils, who are mostly Chinese, have embraced the holistic style of education and inquiry-based pedagogy being employed. 

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 hosted the G-20 summit in 2016 and will stage the Asian Games in 2022. Shanghai can be accessed within one hour by high-speed train.

About the Role

This is a senior post and the successful candidate will be a member of the senior leadership team. Currently almost all pupils in Grade 7 and above board and boarding staff will report directly to the head of pastoral. The house system, however, extends throughout the school and is not directly linked to boarding. We are very clear about the central importance of pastoral care in which all teaching staff are involved. The role is suitable for someone with significant pastoral experience looking for a wider remit possibly with leadership ambitions and a focus on pastoral work.

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 of boarding and management of pastoral care
  • An awareness of boarding standards in the UK or within high quality  international schools 
  • Management experience 
  • Knowledge of a PSD (personal social development) system
  • Strong organisational skills 
  • Awareness of the importance of health and safety
  • Commitment to teaching, co-curricular and pastoral care
  • Familiar with 'house' culture 
  • A formal teaching qualification and bachelor's degree as minimum
  • 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 Vanessa Cumbers, Recruitment Director:  vanessa.cumbers @dipont.com or please contact Ms Cumbers  for an information pack and informal discussion. Early application preferred. 

School website: www.rkcshz.cn

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. View in Google Maps
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The campus consists of: 

  • A pre-school for pupils aged 3 to 6 years catering for Chinese and expatriate children, offering a bilingual programme based on international and Chinese curricula. 
  • A Chinese elementary and junior high school ...