Job details

Assistant Head of Primary, Beijing
The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun

Job reference: 010697

Location: The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun

Closing date: 30/04/2021

Department: Teaching

About Nord Anglia Education

Nord Anglia Education (NAE) is the world’s leading premium schools organisation, with 69 schools located across dozens of countries in the Americas, Europe, China, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Together, our schools educate over 67,000 students from kindergarten through to the end of secondary school.

Our philosophy for education rests on the 4 pillars of creativity, wellbeing, excellent academic outcomes and global connectedness. These are delivered through innovative use of educational technology to create a 21st Century, personalised, learning experience for all students.

Every parent wants the best for their child — so do we. NAE schools deliver high quality, transformational education and ensure excellent academic outcomes by going beyond traditional learning. Our global scale enables us to recruit and retain world-leading teachers and to offer unforgettable experiences through global and regional events, while our engaging learning environments ensure all of our students love coming to school.


About our school

The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun is the first choice for expatriate families seeking an outstanding Early Years and Primary Education in Beijing. Located in the lively embassy district in the heart of the city, BSB Sanlitun can truly call itself an international school in every sense with pupils and staff from over 60 nationalities. Our school is located in bustling downtown Beijing where expats have the option to either fully delve into local culture or be comforted by familiar western tastes. BSB Sanlitun is a place where teachers, parents and children truly feel part of a caring, family orientated community. Our ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy permeates all aspects of school life; we are particularly ambitious for you as a professional too and offer an extensive programme of CPD to help you to further develop your career. Being part of a large Primary School offers our teachers the chance to take on leadership roles at a variety of levels to offer you challenge and development in a supportive and encouraging context.  Our school and the vibrant city of Beijing really do have something to offer teachers at all stages of their career and should you wish to explore the Far East, you can do so with ease from here. To learn more about our school, please visit


Our Schools

Each Nord Anglia Education school is unique in character and designed to meet the needs of its community. We are united by our philosophy, to be ambitious for our students, our people and our family of schools. We believe that being part of our family of 69 schools gives them a special advantage. Working together, we can achieve more than we can individually. Our schools have access to a wide range of resources and support to enhance their success. We also create unique opportunities to benefit our students and people, such as the Global Campus, Nord Anglia University, and our collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT, UNICEF and King’s College London.


About the role

We are looking to appoint an ambitious, forward thinking and innovative practitioner to play a key role as part of the leadership team at BSB Sanlitun. The Assistant Headteacher will take a central role, assisting the Principal and Head of Primary to develop our school in accordance with our shared values and school development plans. You will work in collaboration with the leadership team to nurture, promote and maintain high standards of behaviour and foster mutual respect throughout the school ensuring that all staff play an active role in the pursuit of these standards.  As our next Assistant Headteacher you will help to ensure that there is a very safe, secure, effective and pleasing environment for all members of our school family.  The Assistant Headteacher will be a model professional setting an excellent example in actively and demonstrably promoting enrichment, entitlement and achievement through building and implementing agreed school policies. You will be well organised and proactive and help to secure the smooth running of the school. You will have opportunities to lead, coach and support colleagues and develop training opportunities to suit the needs of individuals, teams or the whole Primary School.   The Assistant Headteacher will be class based (but with a reduced timetable) and will model good practice, promoting high expectations for our students. 


About you

Our next Assistant Headteacher will be a dynamic, inspirational and experienced middle leader or senior leader who can motivate learners and colleagues with their passion for lifelong learning. You will be able to communicate a clear vision, show strong leadership and have effective management skills.  It is essential that you are an enthusiastic and committed leader able to manage and motivate children and staff and deliver both high support and high challenge.   Able to adapt quickly to our fast-paced international environment, you will possess a university degree, a recognised teaching qualification and considerable teaching experience. Committed and creative, you will be reflective and keen to implement new ideas and innovative methods to enhance educational experiences.  Keen to collaborate and share your specialist expertise, you will be a fitting ambassador for the school.  You will communicate with confidence across diverse audiences and situations, using your expertise to build strong relationships with staff, parents and students. You will also be able to meet visa-related restrictions for China including satisfactory criminal record checks from both Country of residence/birth and any Country of residence within the last 10 years. You will foster an environment of respect within the school, modelling and encouraging our ‘Be Kind’ philosophy for all; being highly emotionally intelligent is crucial so that you can develop relationships between all members of our school community. 



When you join a Nord Anglia Education school, you join a global community of 14,000 people working together to support our students’ success. We offer you unsurpassed opportunities to innovate and develop best practice across our family, to access extensive professional development, and to gain exceptional experience and career development in our schools. At Nord Anglia, you will have opportunities to progress more, learn more, and collaborate more.


We offer unparalleled career and development opportunities that come with being part of our global organisation. Our online Nord Anglia University unites our team by harnessing the collective expertise of peers in an exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice. We also provide extensive professional development through Nord Anglia University to ensure that our teachers don’t just maintain their skills, they develop at the cutting edge of educational thinking.


Our world-renowned collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT, UNICEF and King’s College London, offers our teachers unrivalled access to leading experts in their fields. We also offer selected candidates from our staff worldwide an opportunity to earn their Executive Master’s in International Education in an exclusive collaboration with King’s College London.


Alongside great training and a competitive package, you’ll enjoy the chance to live and work in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.   As a Nord Anglia Education teacher, you enjoy the following benefits:

  • A fast-paced, global experience so that you can progress on a global scale
  • An enabling environment founded on creativity, challenge and collaboration
  • A culture that is fair and consultative 
  • Unique opportunities to grow professionally and develop your career


Selection Process

Closing date: 30th Apr 2021   

Due to global travel restrictions, all interviews will be conducted via MS Teams.  There will be three stages of interview, including a panel interview.  


Start Date: August 2021

At Nord Anglia Education we are committed to providing a world class, safe, happy environment in which children and young people are able to thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils irrespective of race, ability, religion, gender or culture.

All post holders in regulated activity (having regular unsupervised contact with children) are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both your country of residence/birth and any country of residence within the last 10 years.