Head of English
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Individuals joining us will be attracted to the pioneering opportunity of shaping a new school in its founding years.
The school has capacity to enrol 2,200 students from Kindergarten through Year 1 to Year 13 of the British (English National) curriculum. There will be 1,000 boarding places in the Senior School. The medium of instruction will be English, combining with a strong programme of Chinese Language and Culture. The planning for the founding year includes provision for selected year groups in the Junior and Senior Schools.
Shrewsbury Guangzhou is a purpose-built world class campus, located on a stunning riverfront site in the Nansha District. The school is in the geographic centre of the dynamic Greater Bay Area.
Shrewsbury Guangzhou belongs to the Shrewsbury Family, which includes Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, and Shrewsbury School in the United Kingdom.
Years of Work Experience: 5 years plus as a teacher, with subject leadership experience a strong advantage
Education Degree:Bachelor’s degree and higher
Qualification: QTS or relevant teacher’s qualification certificate of other countries.
Be attracted to the responsibility and opportunity to create a new academic department in the school’s founding years, with a focus on curriculum design, teaching and learning, assessment of learning, administration systems, resources and facilities, teacher recruitment and marketing.
Have demonstrated experience of academic leadership and potential to lead effectively.
Have in-depth knowledge of the subject field and best practice in the methodologies of British education.
Be excited by educational innovation, including digital learning.
Involve engagement with examination boards.
Have willingness to work in a single-person department, initially, until the teacher complement grows.
Have motivation and communication within the team, including the promotion of positive cross- cultural relations.
Conduct development of performance review processes within the department.
Collaborate with other academic leaders.
Be a research mindset, eager to learn.
Be a planning and systems competence and expertise.
Have administrative experience, evidence of tasks execution.
Optimise the management and effectiveness of resources and facilities.
The Head of English is expected to be highly
motivated and experienced and to teach throughout
the Senior School (Years 7 – 13), with high academic
expectations in all Key Stages. The school seeks an
inspirational practitioner to teach English to native
and non-native English-speaking students by
bringing creativity, flexibility, passion and a love of
English Literature and Language. The candidate’s
work ethic must be exemplary. The candidate should
be a reflective practitioner contributing to the
enhancement of teaching and learning in the school.
The successful candidate exhibits the following
A well-qualified English specialist.
A dedicated, highly motivated teacher, capable
of guiding teachers and inspiring students.
Experience of the English National Curriculum and an ability and aspiration to attain the highest standards.
A flexible approach to working within the school curriculum and structures.
An appreciation of the value of the extra- curricular dimension in developing the potential of students.
Excellent interpersonal skills and a positive approach to professional development, particularly in the areas of English, EAL and ICT.
Interested in and respectful of Chinese culture,
language, and society.
The ability to work within and apply all school policies.
Shrewsbury International School is committed to
Safeguarding and Child Protection promoting the
welfare of children. The successful candidate will be
Attend in-house Child Safeguarding programmes.
Promote and safeguard the welfare of all students in the school.
Report to the Child Protection Officer any concerns they have for the welfare of a student. This may include unsafe practices witnessed within the school as outlined in the school’s Speak Out (Whistleblowing) Policy.
Keep professional relationships with students where personal boundaries are respected and maintained
Seek advice from a Line Manager or Child Protection Officer with issues or concerns related to Child Safeguarding.
Criminal record check(s) according to residence history prior to the start of contract.
Confirmation of identity (Passport).
2 signed, confidential references (one of which will be from the candidate’s current headteacher) before the start of contract.
Verification of original qualifications.
An internationally competitive package of remuneration and benefits is offered under the terms of a two-year contract.