Head of English and Chinese Department(HOD)

April 4, 2024

Job Description

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious Head of English & Chinese Department who is keen to join our dynamic team.


The successful candidate will be an outstanding teacher who also has experience in managing a team.


They should possess the energy and skill to help improve the curriculum and provide a number of academic pathways for our students. They will have the ability to motivate teachers and provide support and guidance for the overall improvement of teaching and learning.

We are a highly selective school that offers programmes to Chinese students wishing to attend university abroad. We currently have 1600 students on our roll and employ 160 teachers. We are one of the leading schools for university placements not just in Shanghai, but in China. This year we have placed 17 students in Oxbridge and most of our students will attend a leading British university.


The school is therefore highly academic and the successful candidate should be comfortable working in an environment that has high academic standards.


The English Department offers a number of curriculum options for our students, including EFL, ESL and English Literature (CAIE). Beyond that we offer internally developed English courses that help prepare our students for life abroad. We also offer IGCSE in Chinese.


Our pupils are encouraged to achieve to their best personally, academically and physically. High expectations and standards are driven through teamwork and underpinned by the school’s mission; ‘Beyond east or west, for all humanity’.


Person specification:

The successful candidate will be joining a well-resourced and established department and should have:

–         A related degree

–         A recognised teaching qualification

–         A minimum of 4 years teaching experience

–         Experienced in leading a project or team

–         Hold outstanding proficiency in English

–         A good knowledge of the curriculum (previous experience in a British curriculum school preferred)

–         Have the ability to motivate and effectively manage a team

–         Demonstrate strong leadership skills

–         An ability to conduct subject specific PD sessions and identify suitable methods of developing teachers in the team.

We can offer:

–         A friendly, supportive and talented department team

–         Supportive leadership

–         An ethos that puts the needs of teachers and students at the heart of the school

–         Ongoing PD and career development

–         First class facilities and generous department budgets

–         Motivated students.

If you are interested in joining us please click Apply button below and we look forward to discuss more about our school and this opportunity with you.