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Founding Head – Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing

Nanjing, China

August 2020 start date preferred | 2000 pupils (when at capacity) | Day and Boarding | Highly competitive salary with attractive benefits package

Applications are invited for the Founding Head of Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing, 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 Nanjing 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 Year 13, 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 Nanjing 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 beautiful city of Nanjing. 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, ideally with a proven track record gained from working in the independent boarding school sector 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.

For an informal conversation regarding the opportunity, please contact:

Daniel Lewis – Head of International School Services

+44 (0)7584 564 944 |

Jean Sullivan – Head of International Search

+44(0)7885 879 887 |

Keith Clark – Senior Advisor

+44 (0)7941 018 042 |

To Apply:

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically (available to download on this page). Please also submit a covering letter in support of your application form which should be addressed to William Vanbergen, CEO of BE Education.

Please email both documents as pdf files to Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator at

Closing date for applications is Friday 25th October 2019 at 10:00am (BST)

Wycombe Abbey School Nanjing 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

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 25 October 2019 10:00am BST
  • Longlist interviews at Wycombe Abbey School, UK or video conference - mid November
  • Final round interviews in Nanjing - early December