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Head of the Senior School

Wellington College International TianjinTianjin


Profile and Job Description

Reports to: The Master

The Head of the Senior School at Wellington College in Tianjin 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.

General Responsibilities

The Head of the Senior School will be responsible for:

▪ the coordination and effective delivery of the teaching and pastoral care in the Senior School, leading the Senior School SMT;

▪ achieving the highest standards of performance and self-discipline amongst the Senior School teaching and non-academic staff;

▪ the drawing-up of the Senior School academic calendar, in consultation with the relevant members of the SMT and Heads of Faculty/Department;

▪ design, development, implementation and review of all Senior School policy documents and strategic plans, in consultation with the relevant members of the SMT;

▪ managing parental concerns and communications in the Senior School;

▪ disciplinary matters relating to all students within the Senior School;

▪ ensuring that pupils abide by the uniform regulations and therefore reflect credit on the College through their appearance and behaviour.

Academic Management

The Head of the Senior School will:

▪ lead by example as a teacher and as a manager, setting appropriate expectations for staff and

pupils in relation to standards of pupils’ achievements and the quality of teaching;

▪ support the continued development of good and excellent teaching at Wellington; remaining open to changes in pedagogy whilst embedding best practice as it arises;

▪ oversee the process of setting academic targets for senior pupils and to work towards their achievement;

▪ work with the Director of Studies in the monitoring of pupil progress and achievement, including planning for and implementing interventions and extension;

▪ evaluate pupil progress and achievement in line with Wellington procedures including monitoring achievement with regard to peer schools;

▪ to assist with the collection and reporting of school data to support pupil development internally and, externally, for a wider group of stakeholders;

▪ liaising  closely  with  the  Heads  of  SEND  and  ELA,  in  the  event  of  individual student problems/concerns arising.

Leading people, good relationships

The Head of the Senior School will:

▪ sustain effective, positive working relationships with all staff, pupils, parents and the local community;

▪ possess good communication skills and be willing to adapt to the demands of an international school;

▪ be able to provide support and guidance for all members of the Senior School in academic and pastoral matters;

▪ be able to teach mixed culture and high ability classes using a variety of styles to create appropriate learning opportunities for all learners;

▪ be familiar with British and international secondary curricula and pastoral strategies;

▪ coordinate strong links, both curriculum and pastoral, with the Head of the Junior School, in order to devise an effective transition programme into the Senior School from the Junior School;

▪ the collection and dissemination of all information relating to the Senior School for use in marketing, and communication to the Wellington community;

▪ the development of a positive relationship between the Senior School and the wider school community through cooperative ventures, publications, competitions and extra-curricular activities;

▪ the enhancement of the reputation and professional standing of Wellington College in Tianjin including through the development of good relationships with neighbouring schools.

▪ The person would be expected to have qualified teacher status with good experience of leadership in previous roles. They would be expected to demonstrate competence in areas such as IT, budgeting, personnel development and information systems. Confident understanding and

experience of IGCSE and A Level programmes, as well as a good grounding in the English National Curriculum, is essential. Experience of working within a Senior and Prep School structure would also be an advantage.

Important Note:

“Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.”

ITFCP Statement of Commitment

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

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