Head of Senior School, China

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Wellington College International TianjinChina

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

College International Tianjin (WCIT) opened in September 2011, becoming the first international school opened by the prestigious Wellington College, located in Berkshire,England. Wellington College (Crowthorne,Berks) was founded by Queen Victoria in 1859 as the national monument to Britain's greatest statesman, the Duke of Wellington, who also served the country with distinction twice as Prime Minister. WCIT provides the same high standards of excellence and depth of education as Wellington College, UK and there are strong links between the two schools, and indeed with the sister schools in Shanghai and the startup teams in Hangzhou, China and Bangkok, Thailand whose schools open in August 2018.

Centrally located on a purpose-built campus in the city centre of Tianjin, the College boasts impressive facilities designed in the distinctive classical style of Wellington College, including fully equipped interactive classrooms, a library, an indoor gymnasium, a sports field, a swimming pool and a state-of-the-art theatre. The College caters for children aged from 2 to 18, with a dedicated nursery block housing the younger students on the same site. The senior school currently has almost 200 students from Years 7 to 13.

The school is led strategically by a Board of Governors made up of 3 representatives selected by Wellington China and 2 appointed by Wellington College, all of whom are fully committed to establishing WCIT as the best provision in the region with a reputation centred on academic excellence, internationalism, leadership, responsibility, service to others, outstanding pastoral provision and extra-curricular education. Vital to achieving this aim is the appointment of strong and effective leaders, who are team players, with a commitment to continual self-improvement in all areas of school life. WCIT is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and a member of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA).

The Ethos

Wellington College is one of the most respected schools in the UK and is considered to be one of the greatest leaders in pioneering and transforming education for young people. Having recently been named as the best boarding school in the UK (TES), it is a vibrant and popular school, which was also voted best Co-Ed school in England (Tatler), where students learn to be leaders for life. The College has celebrated over 150 years of commitment to providing the highest possible standards of education and plans to continue to push the boundaries as it strives for further excellence in all areas in the 21st century.

Wellington College adheres to the highest academic standards and provides students with the knowledge, skills and life expertise to achieve their personal best. However, an education based solely on exams does not fully develop each individual's potential. Wellington College International Tianjin is a vibrant and challenging school, which opens the minds and hearts of students, teachers, parents and all members of the wider community. It provides a transformative experience, equipping students with the Five Core Values: integrity, responsibility, respect, courage and kindness. It fosters amongst its students an appreciation and respect for their respective cultures, and in particular for those of its host country.

The Curriculum

WCIT offers the English Early Years Foundation Stage followed by the National Curriculum for England in the Junior School. The curriculum is enhanced to incorporate the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to reflect the fact that the College is an international school with a multinational student body. The school prepares students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education in the Senior School and A-Levels in the Sixth Form.

A unique feature of all the Wellington community of schools is the Wellington Identity which nurtures its pupils to become inspired, intellectual, independent, individual and inclusive. Personalised learning, along with the Five Core Values and the Five 'I's, are a fundamental part of being 'Wellingtonian'. They are not simply 'lists' to be recited, but are genuinely designed to give practical guidance on how to fulfill our commitment to holistic education. They permeate and underpin everything that the school is and does. Hence, the Wellington experience is not something that can be 'bolted on', but is integral to everything a Wellington school does. It is this genuinely holistic approach to education and life, not merely paying lip service to its beliefs and values, that is unique to Wellington. The Wellington philosophy may be simplified as 'know your strengths and work at your weaknesses'.An extensive extra-curricular programme of prep, sports and other after-school activities is provided to enrich and broaden the education offered.

The Position

The Master of WCIT is currently seeking to recruit a Head of Senior School to join the College from August 2018. The Head of the Senior School will inspire pupils and staff through their leadership in delivering the strategic objectives of the College. They will work with colleagues and pupils in order to support outstanding outcomes academically, pastorally and professionally. The Head of Senior School is expected to play a key role in the strategic development of the College supporting the Master in this aim. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader, with demonstrable success in high-performing schools, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, who can show the drive and capability to lead a high-functioning team, build effective relationships and continually improve standards. This post not only offers an outstanding leadership opportunity within a world-class school, but also the broader opportunities for significant growth and professional development as part of the Wellington College family of schools globally.

Wellington College China is particularly keen to nurture talent and provide career pathways for its most talented employees.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at edward@lsceducation.com. To apply for the post, please visit www.lsceducation.com.

Closing date: 19 March 2018
Longlist interviews: w/c 19 March 2018 (by Skype)
Shortlist/Final interviews: 18, 19 April 2018
(at WCI Tianjin, China)

Please note this position is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure. Wellington College International Tianjin is committed to equality and diversity. The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Wellington UK

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Wellington College China

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Wellington College International Tianjin
Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai
Wellington College Bilingual Hangzhou (Opens August 2018)

Wellington College Thailand

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More about Wellington College International Tianjin
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 18 years
Address: 1 Yide Dao, Hongqiao District, Tianjin, 300120, China
Telephone: +86 1344 444 000
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