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12-18 | 500 students| Co-educational | Boarding

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 sixth year, the school currently has just under 500 pupils and a teaching staff of 80. The school is expected to grow steadily to an ultimate capacity of around 850.

The school operates from a new purpose-built campus of around 50 acres, with fantastic facilities including an indoor swimming pool, a fitness suite, a very well equipped visual and performing arts centre and 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, with one of the best air qualities in the country.

Malvern College Qingdao is a full boarding school offering IGCSEs and A-levels. In general, Chinese junior high school (Year 11) graduates with a good level of English can enter Upper 5th and complete these courses in 3 years. Younger students can enter Lower 4th, Upper 4th or Lower 5th (Years 8-10), 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,
Psychology and Chinese. English as a Second Language is taken at IGCSE and students receive thorough preparation for IELTS/TOEFL exams. All students 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 students 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 Board are currently seeking to appoint an experienced, inspirational and dynamic Head to commence in either August 2018 or January 2019, 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.

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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 click on the Apply Now link below and submit your up-to-date CV and a letter of application quoting code MCQH. 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: 2 February 2018
Longlist interviews: Early February 2018 (at Malvern College, UK or by Skype)
Shortlist/Final interviews: 1, 2 March 2018 (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.


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