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Head of Senior School

King's College School ChengduChengdu, China

King's College School Chengdu, in South West China, is seeking to appoint an exceptional individual with a proven track record of academic leadership to lead and manage its new senior school towards world-class provision. With the School opening in September 2021, the Head of Senior School will inspire pupils and staff towards the achievement of outstanding IGCSE and A Level outcomes within a new all-through setting that aspires to become one of the leading schools in Asia.

About the School

King’s College School Chengdu has been formed through partnership between the prestigious King’s College School, Wimbledon, one of the most academically successful schools in the world, and the highly successful Chinese education group, Dipont Education. Opening in September 2021, the school will serve over 2,100 students from ages 3-18 at capacity.

King's College School Chengdu will follow the successful development of Nanwai King’s College School and RDFZ King’s College School in Wuxi and Hangzhou respectively.

Representing a new standard of bilingual education in China, our network of schools provide for both local and international pupils via an innovative model that combines Chinese and western approaches to learning and academic excellence, in the context of first-rate pastoral support and opportunities to excel outside the classroom. Our goal is to produce confident, articulate young people with a broad set of life skills who will go on to attend universities across the world.

Our students will progress through three phases of the school: early years, primary/middle and senior school. The Chinese curriculum will be delivered in both Chinese and English (utilising international pedagogy) throughout the compulsory curriculum phases between Grade 1 and Grade 9. IGCSE and A Level will be delivered in the Senior School, with the IBDP implemented in the future.

As has been the case with our schools in Wuxi and Hangzhou (now in their third years), we expect our students to very quickly embrace the holistic style of education and inquiry-based pedagogy employed.

The facilities at King’s will be outstanding and include a 600-seat theatre, 130-seat black box theatre, dance studio, first-class laboratories, sports fields, a running track, an Olympic 50m indoor pool, and a fitness and weight training suite. Our iconic new campus will be located to the north east of the city centre, with beautiful hills and open green spaces surrounding it. The district is being developed for high-end residential projects and as an area for leisure and tourism.

About Chengdu

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, in South West China, and is famous for its rich history, fascinating culture, spicy cuisine and relaxed lifestyle. It has been named as one of the happiest cities in China on 12 consecutive occasions by Oriental Outlook magazine and is also home to the Giant Panda research and breeding centre, a wonderful facility that welcomes millions of visitors each year. With an urban population of over 10 million, Chengdu’s economy has grown substantially in the last decade and its international airport has direct flights to a wide range of domestic and international destinations.

About the Role

As part of the senior leadership team, and reporting to the Executive Principal, the Head of Senior School will lead and manage the day-to-day running of this school section,  in preparation for IGCSE and A-level qualifications. The post-holder will be an adaptable and innovative leader, a good motivator, communicator and administrator, and should be capable of managing key aspects of an expanding and high-profile premium independent school, including close liaison with pupils, colleagues and parents.

The role will demand a high profile throughout the wider school community, fostering key strategies and strong relationships to promote excellence, and working with colleagues to sustain and enhance the standing of King’s College School Chengdu.

In this crucial role, the post-holder will work in close alignment with the Executive Principal, the Director of Teaching & Learning, the Head of Pastoral and Boarding, and the Head of Bilingual School, to ensure that the King’s experience for all pupils is developed in its broadest sense by forging strong links between the academic, co-curricular and boarding lives of the school.

The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver who can manage ambiguity and uncertainty whilst consistently demonstrating the values and behaviours expected of a Head of School within a high-profile setting. An excellent understanding of teaching and learning, curriculum development and prevailing trends in international education is essential, together with the ability to turn vision into measurable reality

The post-holder will also be receptive to new ideas and challenges, culturally aware and willing to contribute fully to all areas of what will be a premium independent school.

The post will be suitable for candidates with:

  • Prior senior management experience
  • Excellent leadership, organisation, presentational and management skills
  • A strong record of professional development

This exciting and challenging role commands a very attractive salary and benefits package and will commence between April and August 2021 (subject to the successful candidate’s availability), allowing the post-holder to collaborate closely with the Executive Principal on pre-opening preparations ahead of the school launch in September 2021.

In addition to a highly competitive salary, benefits will include high quality housing, bonus scheme, annual return airfare and medical insurance for the employee plus dependents. Full tuition support will be provided for a successful applicant with school age children. The position will be offered on an initial three-year contract term with the opportunity to renew thereafter.

Application Process

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