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Head of Middle School – Keystone Academy, Beijing


Established in 2014, Keystone is moving into the next phase of its development. It now seeks a new Head of Middle School to succeed Maureen McCoy, with effect from July 2021.

Keystone Academy has set out to be unusual, to be a ‘new world school’, a school that is simultaneously national and international. Keystone brings together the best in Chinese, American and international pedagogy and practice on its campus in Shunyi District, Beijing.

In its first six years, Keystone Academy has rapidly grown to 1,500 students from Foundation to Grade 12, and further growth to around 1,800 is anticipated. The Middle School covers Grades 6-9: its lower grades have started to reach capacity and this growth will flow through the subsequent grades in the coming years. The Middle School uses the framework of the IB’s Middle Years Program, while meeting all requirements of the Chinese national curriculum, with the innovative ‘Chinese Thread’ bringing together these two approaches. 90% of the students are Chinese, although this will likely settle at a slightly lower figure as Keystone reaches capacity.

Keystone is a not-for-profit bilingual school and is fully residential in Grades 9-12, with boarding optional in Grades 7 and 8. The commitment to bringing together the distinctive traditions of eastern, western and international education is apparent throughout the school, from the design of its campus to the language immersion program and classroom practice, the structure of the curriculum and the range of co-curricular activities.

Keystone’s first six years have been highly successful. Its challenge now is to build on this success, to consolidate where appropriate, and to develop and innovate further, constantly seeking to make the concept of a new world school a reality, while also redefining the idea so that it can remain relevant to changing contexts. One challenge that defines Keystone is its overt ambition to be about more than examinations grades, including selecting students not only on the grounds of academic potential and cultivating rounded young people who will be able to succeed in a variety of walks of life, while balancing this against the need and desire to be results-focused as well.

The Head of Middle School position offers a wonderful opportunity for a world-class educator who is fully committed to Keystone Academy’s mission and approach, who believes in the power of bilingual education, and who is attracted by the excitement and the benefits, the challenges and the tensions that come from intentionally bringing together such different cultural and pedagogical traditions.

Detailed further information is available in the candidate information brochure, available via the link to the right of this page. The brochure also gives details of how to apply, which will include completion of the application form also available via a link to the right of this page.

For a preliminary, confidential conversation with Jean Sullivan, Head of International Search, or Keith Clark, the Senior Advisor leading this assignment, please contact

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 5 October 2020 at 10:00 (BST)/17:00 (China).

You should submit:

  • A completed application form (available alongside this candidate information on the RSAcademics website).
  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae/Resumé.
  • A covering letter addressed to the Keystone Academy Head of School, Malcolm McKenzie. The letter should explain your reasons for applying, the relevance of your experience, and how you relate your personal educational philosophy to your understanding of
the role.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. Please email your completed application form, CV and covering letter (all as PDF files please) to Jonathan Barnes at  Jonathan can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

Keystone Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to appropriate safeguarding checks, satisfactory references and a medical.


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 05 October 2020 10:00am (BST)
  • Preliminary Interviews: Weeks commencing 5 and 12 October
  • Longlist Interviews and subsequent stages: from mid-October onwards