Job Title: Deputy Head Academics - Senior School

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Location: Chengdu, China

Start Date: 2023 / ASAP

The Deputy Head Academic is the academic lead in the Senior School, working alongside the Co-Principal who is also Head of the Senior School. The Deputy Head Academic shares responsibility for the day to day running of school life and is responsible for supporting a culture of independent learning, academic aspiration and intellectual enquiry. By virtue of their standing, the Deputy Head Academic has the authority to take independent decisions where appropriate and may be called upon to deputise for the Head of the Senior School from time to time.

Responsibilities: detailed list of responsibilities available upon request.

  • The Deputy Head Academic is responsible in the Senior School for all aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum management and development and students’ academic progress, as well as an overview of whole-school testing, assessment and reporting.

  • The postholder works with academic support staff as well as in liaison with other members of the Senior Management Team.

  • The Deputy Head Academic is line manager to the departmental heads, teaching staff where there are as yet no departmental heads, and directs the work of the timetabling team as well as other academic administrators, including the Exams Officer.

  • Faculty and Staff Performance Management

  • Overseeing and being responsible for the academic progress and outcomes of students

  • The overall management of Senior School admissions testing

  • Leading on and overseeing the school’s use of digital technologies to support and enhance teaching and learning

  • Introducing digital technologies to ensure that the school is at the forefront of digital innovation and its practical applications

  • Managing the Examinations Officer to ensure the administration and co-ordination of external exams, and the collation and analysis of results

  • Alongside Deputy Head Sixth, managing option procedures, including the publication of guidance booklets and organization of parents’ evenings and taster lessons

  • Advising the Head of Senior School and Board on future academic development of the school

  • Keeping the school abreast of curriculum developments and initiatives, advising on their implications

  • Making recommendations to the SMT for the use of teaching spaces and advising on maintenance priorities

  • Advising the Head of Senior School on academic budgets and educational spending priorities

  • Line manage the Heads of Key Stage/Heads of Year


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree with PGCE/QTS or Bachelor of Education Degree with QTS

  • Minimum two years’ teaching experience at a UK or international school

  • Demonstrate experience of working in safeguarding at an advanced level

  • Experience of responsibility at a senior management level would be a distinct advantage

  • Experience of safeguarding in a UK context

  • Experience of leading training sessions for staff members

  • Good understanding of the UK regulatory framework around safeguarding

  • Good communication skills

  • Good teamwork and collaborative skills

  • Understanding of how UK safeguarding principles operate in a Chinese context

  • Ability to understand, empathize with and enjoy the culture, ethos, and values of SPGS International School Chengdu

  • Flexibility to learn and adapt to new cultures and situations

About The School

SPGS International School Chengdu is the first international school opened as a result of a partnership between SPGS International and Herald Education Hong Kong.

SPGS International School Chengdu will commence with primary provision and then grow over the coming years to become a full K-12 school. Based in the thriving Hi-Tech District in Chengdu, the school is well located to ensure a great work/life balance. 

About Chengdu, China

Chengdu is home to the adorable Giant Panda and is the transport hub for the Sichuan region, which is famous not only for its many heritage sites but also for its astonishing natural landscape. Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan province and is becoming more and more significant at an international level.

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