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Head of Secondary

The British School of GuangzhouGuangzhou, China

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 or Smart TV. The school has impressive resources and facilities including music rooms, guided reading rooms, IT zones, science labs, a dance studio, sports gym, libraries, a theatre and two coffee shops for staff and parents. Outdoor facilities include three age-specific football pitches, a swimming pool, basketball courts, a well-equipped X-fit gym and an adventure playground. In August 2018, we opened a purpose-built Early Years building to cope with unprecedented demand for places. In September 2021, we opened an additional Primary and EYFS school, for up to 800 students, which will allow us to refurbish our current site to meet the growing number of Secondary Students. 

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NAE Global academic results for the 2020/21 academic year

The 20/21 academic year was the strongest ever for Nord Anglia:


Diploma pass rate of 98%

NAE point average of 36.2

NAE 40+ points of 29%


65.4% A*-A grades

NAE pass rate of 99.4% I/GCSE

96% A*-C grades

59.6% A*-A grades

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

We are seeking an outstanding and experienced school leader to offer guidance and inspiration as part of the secondary senior leadership team responsible for curriculum and academic systems. As a key member of the secondary leadership team you will play a major role in deciding on future academic direction. You will be an excellent communicator who enjoys positive relationships with colleagues, students, parents and be comfortable with technology and in leading change. To deliver our high standard of educational excellence, we are looking for leaders who are experienced, confident, well organised, have a good sense of humour and a willingness to participate fully in all aspects of school life within and beyond the classroom.  There will be a 22-40% teaching role associated with this position alongside confidence in presenting in assemblies and parent workshops.

About you

We are specifically looking for someone who can:

 Demonstrate our core values and help to promote a love of learning within our students 

 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the IGCSE and A-Level curriculum

 Relentlessly pursue outstanding academic performance maintaining our reputation as the most academically successful school in Guangzhou

 Blend the best of premium British education with contemporary international education to create a distinctive positioning for the school

 Oversee extension and enrichment activities to ensure that our students develop holistically.

 Assist in leading teaching and learning within the secondary school and with an understanding and consideration given to the whole school approach.

 Oversee the reporting and assessment in the secondary school

 Ensure that secondary students welfare is supported by secondary school practices

 Respect, appreciate and understand a variety of cultures and societies

 Manage financial budgets prudently and ensure value for money 

 Run secondary meetings

 Plan secondary INSET programmes

 Oversee the organization of Parent Teacher Conferences

 Assist in the management of the secondary school CPD requirements and PM processes for secondary staff

 Arrange suitable cover for absent staff and organise staff duties

 Manage the Key Stage 4 options and liaise with the Head of Sixth form with regard to the IGCSE and A level options process


We offer unparalleled career and development opportunities that come with being part of our global organisation. Our online Nord Anglia University unites our team by harnessing the collective expertise of peers in an exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice. We also provide extensive professional development through Nord Anglia University to ensure that our teachers don’t just maintain their skills, they develop at the cutting edge of educational thinking. 

Our world-renowned collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT, UNICEF and King’s College London, offers our teachers unrivalled access to leading experts in their fields. We also offer selected candidates from our staff worldwide an opportunity to earn their Executive Master’s in International Education in an exclusive collaboration with King’s College London.

As a Nord Anglia Education teacher, you enjoy the following benefits:

 A fast-paced, global experience so that you can progress on a global scale

 An enabling environment founded on creativity, challenge and collaboration

 A culture that is fair and consultative  

 Unique opportunities to grow professionally and develop your career

In return for your passion to promote a quality education you will enjoy a competitive salary, accommodation, an annual flight allowance, a relocation allowance, international healthcare, an end of contract gratuity bonus, a MacBook 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 Learning Support 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 peopl then we look forward to receiving your application and discussing this in detail during your interview.

Selection Process

The closing date for application is 17th December, 2021.  Due to global travel restrictions, all interviews will be conducted via MS Teams and The British School of Guangzhou reserves the right to appoint a suitable candidate before the closing date.

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