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Malvern College Chengdu

Head of Senior School

Applications for this job are closed

Important dates

Closing date of applications
24 May 2019
Start date
1 January 2020
Date Contract Ends
31 December 2022

Job details

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


5 or more years experience

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

Malvern College’s second international campus, Malvern College Chengdu, opened in September 2015 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 the city of Chengdu, in China's Sichuan Province, the school is now preparing to move to a new, purpose built, state of the art campus to the south of the city. The new campus will open to primary children in August 2019 and the senior school will relocate in August 2020. The ultimate capacity of the new campus is 1500 pupils.

The new campus is being developed on a 20-acre site and will include state-of-the art, purpose-built facilities to encompass academic teaching areas, sports, the performing arts and boarding accommodation. The campus adopts a traditional British exterior design with courtyards and lawns, but incorporates a modern approach in its interior design and layout. The impressive library serves both as a central design element and as a symbolic focus for the school community. The Sichuan region, in the southwest of China, is noted for its cultural heritage and its cuisine and is home to the world famous giant panda sanctuary. A leading Chinese city of over 14 million residents, Chengdu retains its ancient heart and is an important city within China’s infrastructure, offering easy access to other regions within the country and the wider world as well as benefitting from direct flights to the UK. It is also often cited as “a city where people do not want to leave once they arrive”.

Malvern College Chengdu caters to the local Chinese market and there is therefore a comprehensive EAL provision within the school. Pupils will follow a bespoke dual Anglo-Chinese curriculum through to the start of the IGCSE and A-Level programmes, paving the way for further study at leading universities worldwide. All pupils are supported through a comprehensive pastoral system to enhance their social, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

The vision is for Malvern College Chengdu to offer a rigorous academic programme as well as a wide variety of co-curricular activities in line with the holistic approach to education that is the hallmark of a Malvern education. At present, pupils are encouraged to engage with sports, music and the arts and the development of the new campus is seen as a catalyst for broadening the offering in these areas for all pupils.

The Advisory Board of Malvern College Chengdu is currently seeking to appoint an experienced, inspirational and dynamic Head of Senior School to commence in January 2020 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 College into the next phase of its 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. 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 (at Malvern College, UK or by Skype)

Shortlist/Final interviews: 24, 25 June (at Malvern College Chengdu, China)

Malvern College Chengdu 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 Chengdu reserves the right to appoint an outstanding candidate at any stage during the process.

Malvern College Chengdu 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 enquiries regarding teaching vacancies in Malvern College Chengdu please email


Basic Requirements for All Teaching Positions (International)

  • A degree in Education or a relevant subject area
  • A recognized teaching qualification for the required age range (e.g. B.Ed., PGCE, M.Ed)
  • Minimum two years’ teaching experience in mainstream school setting
  • Native level of English

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