Head of Secondary, Shanghai, China

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Britannica International School, ShanghaiShanghai, China

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Start date: August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Are you a qualified teacher and have experience as a secondary school curriculum manager?

We have a fantastic opportunity for a skilled and hard-working teacher who has at least three years teaching experience in a British curriculum school, to take the lead in managing our growing secondary phase at Britannica International School, Shanghai. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic secondary curriculum manager to make their mark on one of Shanghai’s leading new international schools.

About the School   

Britannica International School Shanghai (www.britannicashanghai.com) is the only truly British owned and managed, British style, international school in Shanghai. It offers learning and teaching experiences based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum enhanced to meet the needs of its international student body. Secondary students are prepared for Cambridge University and Pearson Edexcel IGCSE and A Level examinations. Currently the secondary phase is relatively small, with around 80 students in Years 7 to 13. This year, our Sixth Formers are graduating to universities and colleges in both the UK and the USA, including applications to Oxbridge. An excellent and high quality teaching team support the subject teaching and the extensive co-curricular programme. Class sizes are small and are often under 10 students, enabling personalised education to take place. The school’s objective is to further establish the reputation of the secondary phase within the city and support secondary student population growth.

The school is accommodated in well-resourced and purpose-built premises that are situated in the high quality residential district of Gubei, which is within 15 minutes of the vibrant Former French Concession area. It has a capacity for 750 pupils from 2 – 18 years of age, making it unique in the city with regard to its smaller school and family feel environment.

About the Role

The role is due to start from August 2018. The role will include the overall academic and pastoral management of the secondary phase, which includes year groups 7 to 13. There will be a teaching workload of around 30%. Teaching could be offered by the candidate in the Sciences , Humanities or Psychology for example.

The school provides a full two week induction process enabling you to settle into Shanghai and be fully prepared to start the new term. Holidays are similar to those in the UK with a 180 teaching day school calendar year.

An excellent remuneration package is available. The school prides itself on professional development and mentoring new staff to become leaders in their field of expertise or curriculum interest.

Applicants must have a relevant Bachelor degree from a reputable UK University, Qualified Teacher Status, with either a PGCE or BEd from the UK, a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in a maintained, independent or international British style school, and experience of teaching the English National Curriculum. As an English school specialising in the English National Curriculum to a diverse international student population, English as a First language is a crucial requirement for the candidate, and accordingly applications from native-level speakers of English will be preferred.

Britannica has already built its reputation on high quality and high standards and as such it has similar high expectations of its staff. The school therefore welcomes fully qualified, flexible, creative, child-centred teachers who will further enhance the quality of teaching and learning and also be prepared to contribute to the extra-curricular life of this busy school.

Britannica Teachers:

  • are passionate about education,
  • inspire their pupils through their engaging and demanding teaching,
  • participate in all aspects of school life,
  • create a warm and safe community, to which parents and pupils are proud to belong,
  • are flexible and have a sense of humour,
  • enjoy being part of a British owned and managed group of schools with all the consequent benefits this brings.

About the City of Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, but is probably its most diverse and cosmopolitan, with

a huge International community choosing to travel, live, and settle here. Shanghai provides an excellent lifestyle, with a combination of western cultures mixed with the best of China’s past and present, making Shanghai’s local culture unique in the world. Shanghai is an extremely safe, welcoming, and modern city, with its friendly occupants known for their hospitality, and the ability to make you feel at home. There are excellent education facilities, transportation, and amenities across the city, with two International airports providing excellent transport links across the world.

About the Orbital Education Group

The school also forms part of the Orbital Education group, an expanding group of international schools providing a British Education to an internationally diverse student population. In addition to our school in Shanghai, the Orbital group have schools in other culturally attractive and historically important destinations, such as Spain, Hungary, Russia, Ecuador, Slovenia and the Middle East, with exciting plans to develop schools in new regions across the globe.

As part of the Orbital group, our staff have the opportunity to work and collaborate with colleagues around the world, supporting them to achieve excellent outcomes and enabling their students to achieve their potential. After two years’ successful employment, staff also have the opportunity to be considered for roles at other schools within the group, giving them the opportunity to see the world at the same time as progressing their career.

Applications - If this describes you and you are keen to join our excellent school and friendly, supportive and hardworking staff team, then we would welcome an application from you. Your application should be submitted by email and should include a CV with photograph, a letter of application and the names and email contacts of two referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer.

Please submit your application to the Principal, Mr. David Goodwin at david.goodwin@britannicashanghai.com

Closing date - 16th April 2018
Interviews will take place by skype and will commence immediately from the date of advertising. The school reserves the right to appoint before the deadline if the right candidate is found.

Britannica International School, Shanghai is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post-holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS (in the UK) or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence. Prior to employment employees will be required to present original and notarised copies of their professional qualifications.

Britannica International School
1988 Gubei Road
Shanghai 201103

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More about Britannica International School, Shanghai
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: 1988 Gubei Road, Near Wuzhong R, Shanghai, 201103, China
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 Based in Shanghai, China, Britannica International School teaches the English National Curriculum with enhancement for international students. Shanghai is the largest city in the world, with a population of 24 million. The school’s central loca...