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Assistant Head of Early Years
The British School of Guangzhou

Job reference: 007555

Location: The British School of Guangzhou

Closing date: 22/11/2019

Department: Teaching

The British School of Guangzhou                      Guangzhou, China

Assistant Head – Early Years                              Start date: August 2020


The British School of Guangzhou has an enviable reputation as a school where children achieve excellent academic results and have a great time doing it. Successful candidates will need to build on this success and help us to achieve our goal of becoming the number one international school in China. They will have excellent people skills and be able to inspire and demonstrate the drive and commitment to make our very good school, even better.

In August 2020, we open an additional Primary/EYFS campus, while continuing to provide a K1-Y13 education from our existing site. We currently educate 250 under-fives and from August, parents will benefit from a choice between our existing and our new, purpose-built, campus. This is an exciting stage of development for our School, as we look to build on our reputation as the first-choice international school in Guangzhou. Assistant Heads will be based in both sites and will liaise, with colleagues, across campuses to ensure a consistent approach to delivering our curriculum and to guide our overall strategic direction within Guangzhou.

They will have excellent people skills and be able to inspire and demonstrate the drive and commitment to make our very good school even better. In addition, they will need to be able to liaise with colleagues, in our sister school in Guangzhou, to guide an overall strategic direction across The British School.



The successful applicant will be an effective professional with a thorough knowledge of the UK Early Years Foundation Stage framework and relevant teaching experience. You will be expected to carry out assessment procedures for your subject area and be instrumental in maintaining or improving our excellent levels of student attainment and progress. Amongst other things, you will be well organised, have a good sense of humour and be driven to improve and develop the school.

Keen to collaborate and share your specialist expertise, you will be a fitting ambassador for the school. You will communicate confidently to diverse audiences, using your expertise to build strong relationships with parents and students. To meet visa-related expectations, you will need to hold a bachelor degree together with a PGCE and QTS qualification; and have a minimum of five years relevant experience for this key leadership role. For more information you can contact the Head of Early Years at our existing campus:

In fulfilling the requirements of the post, you will demonstrate essential professional characteristics, and in particular will:

  • Inspire trust and confidence in pupils and colleagues;
  • Build team commitment with colleagues and in the classroom engage and motivate pupils;
  • Demonstrate analytical thinking and improve the quality of pupils' learning;
  • Contribute to school improvement and promote the priorities of the school development plans;
  • Promote the wider aspirations and values of the school;
  • Be familiar with using technology, including IWBs, to improve teaching and learning.

Primary and EYFS Assistant Heads, on each site, will share responsibility for day-to-day site management alongside their class teaching commitment. Some key tasks and responsibilities of the post are listed below - please see job description for full details:

  • Significant autonomy in the day-to-day operation and strategic vision for their key area.
  • To liaise across phases and schools to ensure consistency and smooth transition.
  • Candidates are encouraged to highlight relevant experience and express particular areas of interest.


THE SCHOOL: Location, size, curriculum, ethos, part of Nord Anglia Education

The British School of Guangzhou offers a high-quality education in an international setting, comparable to the best schools in the UK. The scho ol provides a superb learning environment through the recruitment of highly qualified, technologically literate staff, who are dedicated to developing the learning of our highly motivated student body and to meeting the demands of our supportive parent body.

Our new, Olympic Park campus is situated in the Huangpu district of Guangzhou; a 20-minute taxi ride from the city centre. The school has impressive purpose-built facilities that includes; music rooms, a theatre, STEAM workshop, dance studios, libraries, an indoor swimming pool, an astro turf pitch, a sports hall, dedicated indoor and outdoor play areas for Early Years and a coffee shop for staff and parents.

Our existing campus is situation, around 25 minutes from the city and 30 minutes from our new campus. It enjoys picturesque views over South Lake towards a golf course. Specialist facilities include music rooms, a well-equipped fitness room, guided reading rooms, IT zones, a dance studio, libraries, theatre and coffee shop for staff and parents. Outdoor facilities include age-specific football pitches, a swimming pool, basketball courts and an adventure playground.


Both sites benefit from attractively furnished, air-conditioned classrooms with WIFI and an interactive whiteboard.



Nord Anglia Education is the world’s leading premium school’s organisation. We are a global family of 66 international schools, providing outstanding education to over 64,000 students in China, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, North and South America. The successful candidate will benefit from the career and development opportunities that come from being part of the world’s leading premium school’s organisation.  Nord Anglia University unites our team through a vibrant online forum, which harnesses the collective expertise of their peers in an exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice.  Extensive online and face-to-face professional development is provided through Nord Anglia University to ensure that our team don’t just maintain their skills and expertise, they develop at the cutting edge of educational thinking. There has never been a better time to join the Nord Anglia Education group, to find out more visit


To Apply: 

Nord Anglia Education use an online recruitment system to track applications and help us to make a fair and balanced assessment of your suitability against other candidates. Register at and follow the instructions to record your interest for specific jobs within Guangzhou. Interviews will be conducted via by Skype throughout November. Successful candidates will be invited to the Nord Anglia Recruitment Fair, in London, between the 21st and 23rd January 2020, to learn more about the benefits of working for the World’s Premium International Schools company.

The recruitment of high-quality candidates is critical to the development of our school and a number of people will be involved in reviewing your application. We understand how difficult it is to be left waiting and will do our utmost to review all applications by the closing date. Courtesy is very important to our school, and we go to great lengths to update all applicants with regards the progress of their application.


Benefits (Full details of salary and benefits package will be sent to shortlisted candidates).

In return for your passion to promote a quality education you will enjoy a competitive salary and an Assistant Head’s responsibility allowance. Benefits include; accommodation and flight allowances, a relocation allowance, international healthcare, an end of contract gratuity bonus and free school places for up to two children. Please note that all children will be subject to the school’s admissions process and will need to meet our entry requirements. We expect applicants to fully disclose any SEN needs or results of educational assessments for consideration, as part of the interview process. Guangzhou (formerly Canton) is one of China’s most vibrant and dynamic cities with over 16 million residents and is the gateway to the Pearl River Delta, potentially the most important economic zone in China. 


The cost of living in Guangzhou remains comparatively low and the majority of our expatriate staff save over 50% of their salary and still travel to exotic destinations throughout Asia. We want teachers to feel valued and well rewarded for their efforts. However, if your motivation in applying for a position is simply financial, then this is not the school for you. If, however, you are motivated by a desire to make a difference to the lives of our students then we look forward to receiving your application and discussing this in detail during your interview.


Closing date:  The closing date for application is Friday 22nd, November 2019 though we reserve the right to make an appointment before the deadline.


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 having regular unsupervised contact with children are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both Country of residence/birth and any Country of residence within the last 10 years.



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