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Malvern College Qingdao

Deputy Head Academic

Applications for this job are closed

Important dates

Closing date of applications
24 May 2019
Start date
20 August 2019
Date Contract Ends
31 December 2021

Job details

Whole school
Deputy Head
Ages 11-18 / Secondary
A Level / IGCSE
Positions available
Contract type
Fixed / Renewable
Vacancy type
Full Time


5 or more years experience

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This vacancy is being managed by LSC Education and applications made via this portal will be forwarded to them.

Malvern College’s first international campus, Malvern College Qingdao, opened in September 2012 with the aim of becoming a leading British style boarding school for the education of the young people of China and of the wider region, preparing them to move on to the foremost universities of the world. Located in Qingdao, in China's Shandong Province, Malvern College Qingdao is thought to be the first purpose-built international secondary school for Chinese nationals that is backed by a leading independent UK school and licensed by the Chinese authorities. Now in its seventh year, the school currently has 600 pupils and is growing rapidly towards an ultimate capacity of around 900.

The school operates from a purpose-built campus of around 50 acres, which includes fantastic facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a fitness suite, a very well equipped visual and performing arts centre and third-generation Astroturf. The famous Laoshan mountains, birthplace of Taoism and the source of Laoshan spring water, form a backdrop to the campus. Qingdao is a major seaport in Shandong Province, looking out over the Yellow Sea and one hour’s flight from Beijing and Seoul. It has a rich heritage and a temperate climate. It is one of the most affluent and fastest growing cities in China, and has one of the best air qualities in China.

Malvern College Qingdao is a full boarding school offering IGCSEs and A-levels. In general, Chinese junior high school graduates with a good level of English can enter Years 10 or 11 and complete these courses in 3-4 years. Younger pupils can apply for Years 8 or 9, which ensures valuable time for a greater focus on developing high level English skills alongside the curricular programme. Subjects currently offered for external examinations include Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Computer Science, Geography, History, Music, Art and Chinese. English as a Second Language is taken at IGCSE and students receive thorough preparation for IELTS/TOEFL exams. All pupils have General Studies lessons and regular Physical Education sessions.

Malvern College Qingdao offers a rich programme of co-curricular activities and is a registered body for the International Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. There is an active Music department and regular opportunities to perform. All pupils are supported through a comprehensive pastoral system, with support from their Form Tutors and Heads of Year, and in the boarding houses by their Heads of House and Deputies.

The school is managed by the Headmaster, Stuart Hirst, and his Senior Management Team in partnership with the College’s Chinese partners.

The Advisory Board and Headmaster are currently seeking to appoint an experienced, inspirational and dynamic Deputy Head Academic to commence in August 2019 or January 2020, to work closely with the Senior Management team to shape and develop the school into a leading international educational institution. This is a key role in providing the strategic leadership to take the academic life of the College into the next phase of the school’s development. This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a real contribution to international education through helping combine the best of both British and Chinese educational expertise in a partnership with one of the UK’s leading independent schools, Malvern College.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at To apply for the post, please visit and submit your up-to-date CV and a letter of application, quoting code MCQ. The letter should incorporate how you meet the person specification, why you are applying for the position and what particular attributes and qualities you would bring to the role.

Key Dates

Closing date: 24 May 2019

Longlist interviews: 4, 5, 6 June 2019 (at Malvern College, UK or by Skype)

Shortlist/Final interviews: 26, 27 June 2019 (at Malvern College Qingdao, China)

Malvern College Qingdao is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.

Application process

All applications for current vacancies listed below should be submitted online.  Applicants are required to complete an online profile and supporting statement and upload a CV.  

Applicants must provide details of three referees, of which one must be their most recent employer.  If shortlisted, we will contact referees prior to interview.  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by Skype or in person, depending on the nature of the position and the applicant's location.  The decision to appoint rests with the management of the individual school as the employer.  Malvern College Qingdao reserves the right to appoint an outstanding candidate at any stage during the process.

Malvern College Qingdao exists to provide a quality all round education for pupils and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  Candidates must be prepared to undergo child protection screening and appropriate pre-employment checks.

For any general enquiries regarding teaching vacancies in Malvern College International schools please email in the first instance.


Please refer to individual vacancies for full details of the requirements related to each position.

As a minimum teachers must have:

  • Recognised teacher qualification status
  • Bachelor's degree or above in relevant subject area
  • Minimum two years' successful teaching
  • Native-level English speaker

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