Principal, Suzhou, CHINA

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The International School of Rhodes, SuzhouCHINA

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

This is a fascinating opportunity to assume the leadership of a new IB Diploma school in the city of Suzhou, which has long been known as an important centre of education in China.

The Rhodes International School opened in 2019 with a pilot cohort of 20 students. It is a ‘school within a school’, located within the well-established Suzhou International Foreign Language School. It shares some facilities with SIFLS and benefits from being within a community of almost 4,000 students, but it has its own distinct premises on the campus and the Principal answers directly to the owner and board of the two schools.

The school is a three-year residential school. The first cohort of students is following a foundation programme, with the full IB Diploma Programme commencing in August 2020. At capacity, Rhodes will have 350-400 students, the majority of them Chinese nationals recruited from throughout China, but with the expectation that the school will over time also become an option for some expatriate families living in Suzhou. The intention of the school is to prepare its students for entry to good universities worldwide but also to look beyond examinations success in equipping students for their futures in China and internationally.

In some ways similar to a Founding Principal role, but with the start-up phase already accomplished, the challenge will be to build on the work to establish the pilot year and to transform Rhodes into a fully operational, thriving international school with a clear sense of purpose and a commitment to excellence.

The position will require a resourceful and creative individual with a strong track record of leadership in a school, preferably as a Head, the experience and commitment to develop a clear vision, the instinct to lead the educational and leadership aspects of developing a new school, and a first-class ability to inspire students, colleagues and parents. A deep understanding of and commitment to the IB will be essential, especially in the context of an international high school for Chinese students.

This opportunity offers considerable potential to make an impact and to establish a new international school in the historic and cosmopolitan city of Suzhou. The ‘school within a school’ character and the commitment and investment of the owner add to the sense of this being a great opportunity for the right candidate.

For more information or an informal conversation regarding the opportunity, please contact:

Jean Sullivan on +44 (0)7885 879887 /
Keith Clark on + 44 (0)7941 018042 /

For further information about the role and an application pack please visit:

Closing date: 10.00am GMT on Friday 31st January 2020, although it is anticipated that candidates in China are likely to want to apply before the Chinese New Year.

Rhodes International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to appropriate safeguarding checks, satisfactory references and a medical.

More about The International School of Rhodes, Suzhou
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 15 - 19 years
Address: 100 Xiangcheng Avenue, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215131, China. View in Google Maps
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