Wellington College International Shanghai (WCIS) opened in August 2014 for boys and girls aged two to ten in the Junior School, and from eleven to fifteen, both boarders and day students, in the Senior School. The sixth form opened this academic year with lower sixth progressing to upper sixth next year.
Located in the Pudong district and easily reached by road and public transport, the College facilities are as good as any in the world. The design and appearance echo the distinctive classical style of Wellington College UK and the building is set amidst one of the largest and most attractive campuses in the world.
Wellington College International Shanghai is the sister school to Wellington College International Tianjin which opened in August 2011. The schools aim to be the leading providers of international, coeducational, day and boarding, education in China. In achieving this aim, WCIS is actively building upon the long and successful history of Wellington College in the UK, comparing favourably with the very best schools anywhere around the globe, with a reputation centred on a breadth of excellence, both in provision and achievement.
The school is led strategically by a Board of Governors made up of local representatives and those appointed by Wellington College, all of whom are fully committed to establishing WCIS as the best provision in the region with a reputation centred on academic excellence, internationalism, leadership, responsibility, service to others, outstanding pastoral provision and extra-curricular education. Vital to achieving this aim is the appointment of a strong and effective leader, a team player, with a commitment to continual self-improvement in all areas of school life.
Wellington College is one of the most respected schools in the UK and is considered to be one of the greatest leaders in pioneering and transforming education for young people. It is a vibrant and popular co-educational school, voted best in England (Tatler), where students learn to be leaders for life. The College has celebrated over 150 years of commitment to providing the highest possible standards of education and plans to continue to push the boundaries as it strives for further excellence in all areas in the 21st century.
Wellington College adheres to the highest academic standards and provides students with the knowledge, skills and life expertise to achieve their personal best. However, an education based solely on exams does not fully develop each individual's potential. Wellington College International Shanghai is a vibrant and challenging school, which opens the minds and hearts of students, teachers, parents and all members of the wider community. It provides a transformative experience, equipping students with the Five Core Values: integrity, responsibility, respect, courage and kindness. It fosters amongst its students an appreciation and respect for their respective cultures, and in particular for those of its host country.
WCIS offers the English Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum followed by the National Curriculum for England, as a basis for the core subjects.
The school prepares students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education in the Senior School and is accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the Sixth Form which it will commence in August 2015.
A unique feature of all the Wellington community of schools is the Eight Aptitudes model of education, which influences everything the students do at WCIS, both inside and outside the classroom. The intellectual basis for this educational approach is the world-famous work of Professor Howard Gardner at Harvard, on the ‘multiple intelligences’ that all humans possess. Each of these intelligences, or aptitudes, is embedded in Wellington life, providing direction to the development of individual education. In this fashion the whole child is prepared to manage self, manage relationships and manage their own learning, work and performance. The intelligence/aptitudes include; linguistic, logical, social, personal, cultural, physical, moral and spiritual.
An extensive extra-curricular programme of sports and other after-school activities is provided to enrich and broaden the education offered.
The Chair of the Governing Board is currently seeking to recruit a Head of School to lead the College from August 2016. The Head of School is the educational and administrative leader of the school and will be responsible for exemplifying and promoting the school's culture of excellence, setting high standards within the school's academic programme, retaining and building a high quality faculty, organising and managing the school's operations, and developing relationships within and outside the school community. The Head of School is accountable to the Board of Governors and should strive for best practice at all times, in all areas of the school.
For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at email@example.com.
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Closing date: 22 September 2015
Longlist interviews: 23-29 September 2015
Shortlist interviews: 12 October 2015 (at Wellington College, UK)
Final Interviews: 12,13 November 2015 (at WCI Shanghai, China)
Wellington College International 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.