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Director of Sport

Shanghai | Posted: 15 october 2018, number: 12271

Director of Sport

Britannica International School 15 october 2018 275
  • Employment: Full-time 


Are you a qualified and experienced PE Teacher capable of teaching primary and secondary students and seeking a new opportunity to lead a successful and creative Sports Department at a leading international school in Shanghai? 

We have a fantastic opportunity for a skilled, suitably qualified and hard-working PE Teacher who has at least three full years teaching experience in a British curriculum school, to join our highly successful Sports Department at our very successful, attractive and happy growing school in Shanghai.  This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic PE Teacher to make their mark on one of Shanghai’s leading international schools.  The role will require teaching PE and competitive sports to both primary and secondary students and leading a department of four other full-time faculty members as well as working alongside and managing other teaching staff who contribute to the sports programme at the school. 

About the School  

Britannica International School Shanghai ( is the only truly British owned and managed, British style, international school in Shanghai.  It offers learning and teaching experiences based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum enhanced to meet the needs of its international student body.  Secondary students are prepared for Cambridge University and Pearson Edexcel IGCSE and A Level examinations. Specialist PE teaching is currently taught from Nursery to A level. 


The school is accommodated in well-resourced and purpose-built premises that are situated in the high quality residential district of Gubei, which is within 15 minutes of the vibrant Former French Concession area. It has a capacity for 750 pupils from 2 – 18 years of age, making it unique in the city with regard to its smaller school and family feel environment.  The school currently has a student population of over 400 pupils. Class sizes are all under 22 pupils and often smaller, with IGCSE and A Level classes being as small as two or three students.  The school has an Astro turf football pitch, outdoor basketball, netball and tennis courts, a large indoor sports hall and a five lane indoor swimming pool. PE is currently a popular subject at IGCSE level and the school participates in a variety of competitive sports, city and province wide. This summer, students will be again travelling to the island of Mallorca to participate in a week’s sailing course and a skiing and snowboarding trip will take place to north Asia during the early Spring Term.  The school will also compete in the COBIS games in Bangkok later this academic year. 

About the Role 

The role is due to start from August 2019.  We are seeking applications from individuals who have experience in teaching school PE programmes and coaching competitive sports across the age ranges of 3 to 18.  Strong leaderships skills will be sought in the suitable applicant,  as the role involves strategic management of the direction of the department, logistically managing a complex and busy sports programme across the school and leading, communicating and co-ordinating with a large number of academic and non-academic staff.   


The school provides a full two week induction process enabling you to settle into Shanghai and be fully prepared to start the new term.   Holidays are similar to those in the UK with a 180 day calendar year. 


An excellent remuneration package is available, that provides an income above UK teacher pay scales.   The school prides itself on professional development and mentoring new staff to become leaders in their field of expertise or curriculum interest. 


Applicants must have a relevant Bachelor degree from a reputable UK University, Qualified Teacher Status, with either a PGCE or B.Ed from the UK, a minimum of 3 full years teaching experience in a maintained, independent or international British style school, and experience of teaching the English National Curriculum.  As an English school specialising in the English National Curriculum to a diverse international student population, English as a First language is a crucial requirement for the candidate, and accordingly applications from native-level speakers of English will be preferred.   


Britannica has already built its reputation on high quality and high standards and as such it has similar high expectations of its staff.   The school therefore welcomes fully qualified, flexible, skilled, child-centred teachers who will further enhance the quality of teaching and learning and also be prepared to contribute to the extra-curricular life of this busy school.  


Britannica Teachers: 

- are passionate about education, 

- inspire their pupils through their engaging and demanding teaching, 

- participate in all aspects of school life, 

- create a warm and safe community, to which parents and pupils are proud to belong, 

- are flexible and have a sense of humour, 

- enjoy being part of a British owned and managed group of schools with all the consequent benefits this brings.  

About the City of Shanghai 

Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, but is probably its most diverse and cosmopolitan, with   

a huge International community choosing to travel, live, and settle here.  Shanghai provides an excellent lifestyle, with a combination of western cultures mixed with the best of China’s past and present, making Shanghai’s local culture unique in the world.  Shanghai is an extremely safe, welcoming, and modern city, with its friendly occupants known for their hospitality, and the ability to make you feel at home.  There are excellent education facilities, transportation, and amenities across the city, with two International airports providing excellent transport links across the world.   


About the Orbital Education Group 

The school also forms part of the Orbital Education group, an expanding group of international schools providing a British Education to an internationally diverse student population.  In addition to our school in Shanghai, the Orbital group have schools in other culturally attractive and historically important destinations, such as Spain, Hungary, Russia, Ecuador, Slovenia and the Middle East, with exciting plans to develop schools in new regions across the globe.   


As part of the Orbital group, our staff have the opportunity to work and collaborate with colleagues around the world, supporting them to achieve excellent outcomes and enabling their students to achieve their potential.  After two years’ successful employment, staff also have the opportunity to be considered for roles at other schools within the group, giving them the opportunity to see the world at the same time as progressing their career.    


Applications - If this describes you and you are keen to join our excellent school and friendly, supportive and hardworking staff team, then we would welcome an application from you.  Your application should be submitted by email and should include a CV with photograph, a letter of application and the names and email contacts of two referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer.  


Please submit your application. 


Closing date -  23rd November 2018 


Interviews will take place by skype and will commence immediately from the date of advertising.  The school reserves the right to appoint before the deadline if the right candidate is found.  


Britannica International School, Shanghai is committed to safeguarding children and young people.  All post-holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS (in the UK) or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence. Prior to employment employees will be required to present original and notarised copies of their professional qualifications. 

Salary:CNY 25,000~30,000 based on experience
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Britannica International School is a British school, located in the heart of Shanghai, providing a B...
ritish style education to international families with children aged 2 – 18 years. The school was established in 2013 and is part of the Orbital Education group of schools.
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