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Founding Head – Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou



Applications are invited for the Founding Head of Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou, a school opened in a partnership between Wycombe Abbey, one of the world’s foremost academic boarding schools, and leading educational consultancy, BE Education.

When open in August 2021, Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou will boast world-class facilities as one of the largest, most attractive and most impressive UK-branded school campuses in China.  This co-educational school will cater for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, offering a bilingual curriculum based on the Chinese National Curriculum and the IGCSE and A-level programmes.

Boarding will be at the heart of the school and the successful candidate will embed into Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou the ethos, academic excellence and emphasis on a well-rounded, holistic education that is so well established at Wycombe Abbey in the UK.

The Founding Head will be steeped in British education and all that it stands for and will show the requisite inspirational leadership and intellect to articulate a compelling vision for this premium school in the dynamic and famously beautiful city of Hangzhou. She or he will enjoy significant autonomy but benefit from working collaboratively as part of a regional family of schools. As the number of Wycombe Abbey Schools in China grows, the Heads will be at the vanguard of shaping the practices that will maximise the opportunities afforded a group of schools – embedding a shared approach to school development and a shared vision for education that is both academically rigorous and resolutely holistic.

The successful candidate will be a strong leader, preferably with a proven track record gained from working in both the UK and China.  You will have the desire to work as part of a team and will possess adaptability and resilience, vision and conviction, cultural sensitivity and an international perspective. You will have the creativity, determination and entrepreneurial spirit required to be a Founding Head and embody all that Wycombe Abbey stands for.

The candidate information brochure and application form can be found to the right of this page.

For an informal conversation regarding the opportunity, please contact:

Aaron Ashton – Head of International Leadership Appointments

+44 (0)7584 564 944 |

Keith Clark – Senior Advisor

+44 (0)7941 018 042 |

Jean Sullivan – Search Consultant

+44 (0)7885 879 887 |

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to Hilary Battye at

Please submit:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A covering letter addressed to William Vanbergen, CEO of BE Education, outlining:
  • Your reasons for applying
  • Relevant professional experience that you feel is aligned to the needs of the role
  • Your personal educational philosophy.

Closing date for applications is 10.00am (GMT) on 11th March 2019

Please note: Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou adheres to the safer recruitment practices outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection; we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be expected to show evidence of their most up-to-date child protection screening details including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and equivalent police checks from international school positions held.


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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 11 March 2019 10.00am GMT
  • Long list and final interviews will take place towards the end of March