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Shrewsbury International School Guangzhou

Assistant Principal (Academic)

Negotiable Guangzhou, Guangdong, China 1 position available Starting date in 2022-08-01

About The School

Our top-quality British international school opens for selected year groups in September 2022. Learn more about this school

Job Description

A warm welcome to join the founding team of our top-quality British international school, Shrewsbury Guangzhou, opening for selected year groups in September 2022. The school is located on a purpose-built riverfront campus in Guangzhou’s Nansha District. Shrewsbury Guangzhou is affiliated to Shrewsbury School in the UK, founded in 1552, and to Shrewsbury International Schools in Bangkok (opened 2003) and Hong Kong (opened 2018). We will deliver a world-class primary and secondary British curriculum from Year 1-13, together with a strong programme of Chinese language and culture. The school offers boarding from Year 8. The enrollment capacity of the world-class campus facility is 2200 students.


The Assistant Principal (Academic) is responsible as follows: 
  • Reports to the Principal, who is the Line Manager. 
  • Is a member of the Senior Management and Leadership Teams with a clear responsibility to demonstrate leadership through example and delegation. 
  • Advances the academic priorities of the whole school in line with the current whole school strategic framework and educational philosophy. 
  • Creates and maintains a culture of academic purpose, discipline, and ambition in the school. 
  • Works closely with Principal, Year Team Leaders and Heads of Department to ensure excellent academic collaboration, liaison, and cooperation within the whole school. 
  • Line manages the Heads of Department including performance management, budget scrutiny and setting of standards for annual Heads of Department reports to Governors 
  • Ensures the academic progress of all students through the promotion of a vision for effective teaching and learning. 
  • Oversees high-quality teaching in the timetabled curriculum lessons, including organising appropriate processes and training to support and develop this. 
  • Leads the design, implementation and review of the school curriculum and associated timetable. 
  • Enables the integration of educational technology and digital learning into the school curriculum 
  • Steers the direction and activities of the teaching and learning committee, including training and review. 
  • Reports, as required, to the School Board and Advisory Board of Governors.  
  • Guides the design and strategic oversight of the academic calendar including the planning and scheduling of reports, INSET opportunities for teaching staff, Head of Department meetings, parent-teacher conferences, information evenings, mock examinations, and study leave. 
  • Manages and allocates cover arrangements, as required. 
  • Oversees internal and external examinations and examination administration. 
  • Line manages the Academic administration team and works closely with the Academic Administration Manager to ensure appropriate operational support is available to academic departments. 
  • Assists, where appropriate, with advancing the marketing of the school and the admission of students.


The Assistant Principal (Academic) will:  

  • Teach an agreed timetable and demonstrate exemplary professional practice in the classroom. 
  • Draft policies relevant to the portfolio and contribute to whole-school policy formulation. 
  • Design and review the Job Descriptions of the Heads of Department. 
  • Play a key role in the selection and recruitment of academic staff. 
  • Promote the professional development of teachers. 
  • Monitor academic staffing levels and advise the Principal on future staffing levels and requirements. 
  • Lead the team creating the annual teaching timetable. 
  • Ensure the effective functioning of the school’s MIS to deliver academic priorities and reporting. 
  • Prior to Term 1, be available during the publication and processing of public examination results; and assist with the induction of new staff. 


Candidate Profile

The Assistant Principal (Academic) is expected to: 

  • Be an experienced academic leader (at least five years) in the excellent delivery of the English National Curriculum, with experience of international schooling an added benefit. 
  • Be qualified with a relevant postgraduate qualification. 
  • Play a leading role in the founding team, showing willingness to be adaptable and to take on a wide variety of responsibilities and tasks within the academic team during the founding years of the school. 
  • Demonstrate leadership through a high-profile and proactive presence in daily school life. 
  • Develop and position the academic curriculum at the heart of the school’s priorities. 
  • Encourage a culture of curriculum innovation and best practice. 
  • Be a role model for students and staff. 
  • Administer the portfolio effectively and efficiently.  
  • Maintain close contact with Heads of Department and establish respectful and collaborative working relationships. 
  • Manage a range of tasks simultaneously and demonstrate a clear understanding of priorities and delegation. 
  • Communicate clearly and effectively amongst staff, students, and parents.

The successful candidate will be required to provide:

  • Relevant criminal check prior to the start of contract. 
  • Formal proof of identity with photo ID and / or Passport. 
  • Submission of appropriate referees to be contacted prior to a job offer and contract being concluded.  
  • Verification of original qualifications. 

Child Safeguarding

Shrewsbury International School promotes the welfare and wellbeing of children and is committed to Child Protection and Safeguarding.


An internationally competitive package of remuneration and benefits is offered under the terms of a three-year contract.

Post date: 2022-04-13
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