• Did You Know?

    We provide international education to over 1,100 students ages 1-18. We are at the heart of our community, a hub for many expat families in living Beijing.

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  • Did You Know?

    Through the Nord Anglia University we focus our teachers professional development to ensure that your child receives high quality teaching experience.

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    You will immediately recognise one of our students when you meet them by their evident respect for others, their intellectual and social confidence.

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  • Did You Know?

    We are a high achieving school with excellent academic success. We believe in bringing out the best in every student of all abilities.

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    We have a dedicated team waiting to hear from you and ready to put you in touch with others whom you may wish or need to speak to.

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  • Our Community

    Through our News & Insights section you can find out the latest from our school and from other schools in the Nord Anglia Education global family.

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  • Did you know?

    We teach the English National Curriculum, offer a German curriculum at primary level and IB Diploma for Years 12 & 13 students.

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BSB Leadership Team

  • Richard Thornhill v2

    Richard Thornhill

    Principal

    Richard Thornhill

    I am delighted to be joining The Nord Anglia family of schools as Principal of The British School of Beijing, Shunyi in May 2017, working side by side with the current Principal, Andy Puttock for a period of 2 months handover before taking up the reins myself in the summer.

    I love, and highly value working with parents and families to ensure that the very highest academic standards are achieved in the context of developing the whole child.  I am also particularly passionate about harnessing the power of the Nord Anglia family of schools and the ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy to ensure that every child and young person can be the very best they can be and, through the highest quality education, turning their dreams and ambitions into reality.

     

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  • Nonie Adams

    Nonie Adams

    Head of Primary School

    Nonie Adams

    Joining BSB Shunyi last academic year marked my fourth international posting, having been a teacher and leader in international education for many years now. Having qualified as a teacher in Australia, I soon moved to Bangkok to teach at Bangkok Patana school for ten years. I then spent six wonderful years living in Tokyo and working as the Director of Studies at the British School in Tokyo. After ten years as the Head of Primary at Regents International School, Pattaya (a FOBISIA and NAE school), I am now delighted to be living and working in Beijing, China. As a Head of Primary I feel very privileged to be leading a school such as this Primary school where the students are delightful, staff hard-working and committed educationalists and parents supportive and engaged.

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  • Clare Cannon

    Clare Cannon

    Deputy Head of Primary

    Clare Cannon

    I joined BSB in August 2015 as a Year 3 Teacher and Lower Key Stage Phase Leader. Prior to this I taught at the British School of Nanjing in my first international post. Back home in Australia, I have over 20 years experience teaching Kindergarten to Year 6 in various schools in Australia.

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  • Daniel Smith

    Daniel Smith

    Deputy Head of Primary

    Daniel Smith

    I moved to Beijing in 2015, having taught in Dubai and the UK holding various roles such as Head of Maths, Head of Science and Head of Year. I enjoy helping children learn in a way which supports their creativity and internationalism. In my role as Assistant Head, I strive to help enable all pupils meet their full potential.

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  • Rob Khan

    Rob Khan

    Deputy Head of Secondary

    Rob Khan

    I am delighted to have joined The British School of Beijing, Shunyi in August 2017 as the Deputy Head of Secondary. From the information I had gathered about BSB, I strongly believe that we are aligned in the same philosophy of education and as such I am enthusiastically looking forward to joining a team of likeminded educators.

    In total I have 23 years’ experience as an educator both in the UK and overseas. I graduated from the University of Sussex with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Medicinal Chemistry. After this I obtained my PGCE in chemistry and secondary science from the University of Wolverhampton and then taught in the UK for 6 years before accepting a post with VSO in the Maldives for two years as a teacher trainer. I returned to the UK for one year and then moved to the New Cairo British International School in Egypt where I have been based for the last 15 years.

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  • Jennifer Upsall

    Jennifer Upsall

    Assistant Head of Secondary, IB Coordinator, Spanish Teacher

    Jennifer Upsall

    I am thrilled to have joined BSB, Shunyi, in August 2017 as the Assistant Head and IB Coordinator.

    I am originally from a beautiful seaside village in Ireland and moved to England as a teenager. In 2002 I graduated from The University of Sheffield with a BA (HONS) in French and Hispanic Studies. Following the completion of my PGCE, again at The University of Sheffield, I remained in the city to begin my teaching career.

     

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  • Mark Hardman

    Mark Hardman

    Assistant Head of Secondary

    Mark Hardman

    Having completed a B.A. (Hons) degree in Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic,  I spent the following year working for the Merseyside Artist-in-Residence based in studios near the city centre.  This ‘interesting’ experience encouraged me to seek a ‘real’ job so I decided to complete a PGCE course at Leicester University and then secured a job as Teacher of Art at a school near Southend-on-Sea in Essex.  Fifteen years later I moved to the nearby FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh as Head of Creative Arts, where I also met my wife, Julie, who was appointed as an English Teacher on the same day.  Whilst at The FitzWimarc School I also completed my NPQH qualification and subsequently moved to The Ockendon School as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for staff induction and directing the student teacher programme for GTP and PGCE courses.  My final post in the UK was at The Skinners’ Kent Academy in Royal Tunbridge Wells, where my role as Assistant Principal included the line management of five departments, overseeing staff professional development and directing teaching and learning and middle and senior leader programmes.  During my last term at SKA, the school was inspected by OFSTED and subsequently moved from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’. 

    Having gained an in-depth knowledge of the English educational system for thirty-one years, I found the opportunity to join BSB and develop my own knowledge and skills in a contrasting system too hard to turn down. I believe passionately about education, the positivity of young people and the hope it gives us for future generations.  Nothing we do is as important.

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  • Nicole Washko

    Director, Admissions & Marketing

    Nicole Washko

    Nicole joined The British School of Beijing, Shunyi in August 2013 joining her children who have been attending BSB Primary since 2011. Nicole graduated from Oklahoma City University and acheived a certificate from Shanghai  Jiao Tong University Mandarin Department. 

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