The first of the schools operated by Hurtwood House China, (known locally as HD Schools), opened in August 2014 in the city of Ningbo. We now have schools in Shanghai and Beijing, with a new Qingdao campus set to open in August 2018. Our story will not stop here. Our existing schools will continue to grow rapidly, and plans are already afoot to open new schools in other Chinese cities.
The development of Hurtwood House China is an extension of Hurtwood House UK’s commitment to quality and to its spirit of ingenuity, which has seen the School break new ground educationally for well over half a century. Amongst international brand transfers, Hurtwood House China is a pioneer. We were the first UK brand to introduce a dual immersion curriculum, enabling Chinese passport holders to benefit from our unique educational offering. We are leading the way in what we believe to be one of the most exciting educational projects of our time – namely the education of Chinese nationals, in a Chinese context, but with a bilingual-bicultural vision.
Through our bilingual-bicultural approach, we aim to nurture global Chinese citizens – individuals who retain a profound respect and knowledge of their own culture and language, while also acquiring the linguistic skills, awareness and qualifications to be successful in an increasingly gloablized environment.
Underpinning this aim is our motto – Education Creates Character. We are respectful of the need for academic rigour, but also recognize that education is broader than this: it is about individual students and their enjoyment of school; it is about creating an environment where creatively is fostered, collaboration is encouraged, and critical thinking nurtured; it is about providing opportunities for students to develop new skills and interests outside the core academic curriculum. We firmly believe that a broad, balanced, and caring approach is required for education to succeed in creating character.
Our Founding School – Hurtwood House UK
Set on a beautiful two-hundred acre site in the Surrey Hills, Hurtwood House is one of the UK’s leading independent, co-educational boarding schools. The School is driven by a passion for creativity and by a respect for academic rigour, offering its students a truly holistic learning experience that prepares them for university and life beyond.
Hurtwood House has an outstanding academic track record. For the last two decades, the A-level results have put Hurtwood House ‘among the cream of the country’s best schools’ (Financial Times), consistently appearing at the top of the league table for co-educational boarding schools, well ahead of many of its most illustrious rivals. With over twenty subjects offered at A-Level, students benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum. The range of subjects available stands as testament to the importance Hurtwood places on empowering individual students in their decision making and learning.
Students at Hurtwood achieve more than just excellent academic results. The School’s commitment to providing an all-round education ensures that they leave equipped with the skills, interests and confidence to succeed at university and beyond. Hurtwood, for instance, is a centre of excellence for the performing and creative arts, providing unrivalled opportunities for aspiring fashion designers, artists, composers, actors, singers and filmmaker.
Alongside Hurtwood’s academic results, the achievements of its alumni illustrate the strength of the School’s holistic curriculum. For example, the Hollywood actress Emily Blunt and the composer Hans Zimmer are just two of many former students who have gone on to reach the top of their field.
The link with Hurtwood House permeates the HD Schools at all levels – from governance and management to classroom practice, extra-curricular vision and the staff appointment process.
Qualifications & Requirements
SALARY AND BENEFITS
All of the Hurtwood House China schools are located within highly developed cities, complete with all the conveniences one would hope for when settling down in a new location: intra-city, inter-city and international transport links are excellent; there are international standard grocery stores, malls and shopping districts; high-class healthcare and accommodation; and the telecommunications network is among the most sophisticated in the world – several channels are available to make communication with friends and family outside China simple.
How to Apply
To apply, please complete all the sections of the application form, including the supporting statement that sets out your interest in this position, how you meet the requirements of the role and your ambitions for the school.
The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd February 2018. Preliminary discussions with candidates will take place during January.
First round interviews will take place on a rolling basis and early application is therefore advised.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified, and final round interviews arranged accordingly.
Hurtwood House China reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date.
HD Ningbo is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to respect this commitment. The post is subject to an appropriate criminal background check and satisfactory references.