Head of Senior School, China

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Malvern College ChengduChina

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term


Malvern College’s second international campus, Malvern College Chengdu, opened in September 2015 with the aim of becoming a leading British style boarding school for the education of the young people of China and of the wider region, preparing them to move on to the foremost universities of the world.

Located in the city of Chengdu, in China's Sichuan Province, the school is now preparing to move to a new, purpose built, state of the art campus to the south of the city. The new campus opened to primary children this August and the senior school will relocate in August 2020. The ultimate capacity of the new campus is 1500 pupils.

The new campus is being developed on a 20-acre site and will include state-of-the art, purpose-built facilities to encompass academic teaching areas, sports, the performing arts and boarding accommodation. The campus adopts a traditional British exterior design with courtyards and lawns, but incorporates a modern approach in its interior design and layout. The impressive library serves both as a central design element and as a symbolic focus for the school community. The Sichuan region, in the southwest of China, is noted for its cultural heritage and its cuisine and is home to the world famous giant panda sanctuary. A leading Chinese city of over 14 million residents, Chengdu retains its ancient heart and is an important city within China’s infrastructure, offering easy access to other regions within the country and the wider world as well as benefitting from direct flights to the UK. It is also often cited as “a city where people do not want to leave once they arrive”.

Malvern College Chengdu caters to the local Chinese market and there is therefore a comprehensive EAL provision within the school. Pupils will follow a bespoke dual Anglo-Chinese curriculum through to the start of the IGCSE and A-Level programmes, paving the way for further study at leading universities worldwide. All pupils are supported through a comprehensive pastoral system to enhance their social, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

The vision is for Malvern College Chengdu to offer a rigorous academic programme as well as a wide variety of co-curricular activities in line with the holistic approach to education that is the hallmark of a Malvern education. At present, pupils are encouraged to engage with sports, music and the arts and the development of the new campus is seen as a catalyst for broadening the offering in these areas for all pupils.

The Advisory Board of Malvern College Chengdu is currently seeking to appoint an experienced, inspirational and dynamic Head of Senior School to commence in August 2020, or sooner if available, to shape and develop the school into a leading international educational institution. This is a key role in providing the strategic leadership to take the College into the next phase of its development. This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a real contribution to international education through helping combine the best of both British and Chinese educational expertise in a partnership with one of the UK’s leading independent schools, Malvern College.

How to Apply

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 and submit your up-to-date CV and a letter of  application. The letter should incorporate how you meet the person specification, why you are applying for the position and what particular attributes and qualities you would bring to the role.

Key Dates

Closing date: 14 October 2019
Longlist interviews: 21, 22 October 2019
(at Malvern College, UK or by Skype)
Shortlist/Final interviews: 21, 22 November 2019 (at Malvern College Chengdu, China)

Malvern College Chengdu is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.

More about Malvern College Chengdu
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Zhi Wu Yuan South Gate, Tian Hui Town, Jinniu District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +28 28 689 37366
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