HOW WE TEACH

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At BISS Puxi, our students benefit from our dedicated and inspiring team of teachers. We make sure we recruit and retain the very best, so your child learns from the world’s most passionate educators. 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Our outstanding teachers never stop learning, with training from world-leading institutions provided throughout their time with us. 
 
As part of the Nord Anglia Education global family, we are able to attract the world’s most sought-after international educators. Each is an expert in their own subject, is excellent at communicating with parents, and encourages students to broaden their horizons. 
 

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  • Senior Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • Admissions

Meet Our Team

Meet the team responsible for our students’ ongoing success. Inspiring leaders and world-class teachers providing guidance, support, and direction, create an environment where your child can flourish. 
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Andrew Lancaster
Principal

Andrew has worked at BISS Puxi since 2013 and held senior academic and Head of Secondary School roles before becoming Principal in 2019. 

Andrew Lancaster

An impressive academic record that includes BSc (Hons), PGCE and NPQH provide the foundation for Andrew’s career as an educator. He’s the recipient of a Shanghai Silver Magnolia Award, proving the impact he’s had here. 

Before taking the reins as Principal, as Head of Secondary, Andrew oversaw a sustained increase in the school’s academic results for IGCSE and IBDP students, ensuring outstanding academic results that have enabled two thirds of our BISS Puxi students to reach the world's top 100 universities in the last year.

Not just a faculty member, Andrew is also a BISS Puxi parent. His two sons, with Deputy Head of Whole School, Lisa Cavanagh, have spent their learning journey at the school too. 

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Andrew Joy
Director of Quality and Inter School Academics
Andrew’s international experience spans from the UK to Papua New Guinea, including time in West Africa and Asia. 
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Andrew Joy

UK-born Andrew attended Keele University to take a degree in Philosophy and Politics. This was followed by a PGCE programme at the University of Nottingham to teach Mathematics.

His first teaching job was volunteer work with VSO in Papua New Guinea, working in a high school in a very rural environment. Andrew then spent a year working in London before going overseas again to work at the British School of Lomé in Togo, West Africa – initially as a Mathematics teacher, then Head of Mathematics, followed by IB Diploma Coordinator.

After ten years in Togo, he came to China for the first time to work at BISS Puxi where he rose from Head of Mathematics to Head of the IB Academy. After six years at BISS, Andrew returned to Africa for two years as Head of Secondary at a newly established school in Gabon. This was followed by a return to BISS for another two years as Head of the IB Academy before moving across the river to NAIS Pudong as Head of Secondary.

Andrew is a shining example, and advocate, of our commitment to helping students understand Internationalism.

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Elizabeth Westwood
Head of Primary
Elizabeth is an experienced and compassionate educator and has qualifications including BTh (Hons) (Oxon), Med, and PGCE.
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After reading Philosophy and World Religions at Westminster College in Oxford, she completed her teacher training at the University of Birmingham where she met her husband Joseph. Two years of teaching in Doncaster were followed by her first school leadership position as Head of Philosophy, Religious Studies and PSHE in Grantham at Sir Isaac Newton’s old school. Having completed a master’s degree in Psychology, she had further leadership positions in the UK before embarking on an international teaching career, first in Oman and then here, at BISS where she held a number of roles including Special Needs Coordinator, Year Leader and Assistant Head of the Primary School. Elizabeth has taught every year group from Reception to Year 13, prepared Year 6 students for SATs, prepared others for Oxbridge interviews, taught GCSE, A Level and IB TOK. After two years away as Deputy Head of one of our Nord Anglia International Schools in Qatar, Elizabeth is really excited to be back in Shanghai and about becoming part of the pride once again.
Lisa Cavanagh
Lisa Cavanagh
Deputy Head of Whole School
Lisa started teaching German and French at a secondary school in Northamptonshire in September 1999. Very early on in her teaching career she was fortunate enough to be able to take on a pastoral role as Deputy Head of House, Head of House and then Head of Year. In the classroom, Lisa’s strengths lie in her organisational skills and making each step of a lesson clear and connected.
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Lisa started teaching German and French at a secondary school in Northamptonshire in September 1999. Very early on in her teaching career she was fortunate enough to be able to take on a pastoral role as Deputy Head of House, Head of House and then Head of Year. In the classroom, Lisa’s strengths lie in her organisational skills and making each step of a lesson clear and connected. Furthermore, she encourages all the students in her lessons to participate and take risks.

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Thomas Douch
Head of Secondary
Thomas has enjoyed a variety of leadership roles gaining expertise in school development.  
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Throughout his teaching career, Thomas has enjoyed a variety of roles and responsibilities. Having started his career in Cheshire, England, he held responsibilities of Head of Department, Head of House and Head of Year. The skills he acquired enabled him to obtain leadership positions at other schools.

Meet Our Team

Every member of the BISS team contributes to our reputation as Shanghai's premium school. 
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Thomas Hitchings
Assistant Head of Whole School and Director of Sport
Thomas has been at BISS Puxi since 2010 and is the founding manager of the BISCAP programme. 
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Thomas Hitchings - Director of Sport and Assistant Headteacher

Thomas has been at BISS Puxi since 2010 and is the founding manager of the BISCAP programme. He has had many roles in his eighteen years of teaching which started in Manchester as a school Sports Coordinator. It was for his excellent results in this role that he won the prestigious ‘Innovations in Sport’ award for raising attendance at extracurricular activities in deprived parts of the city.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Education with Honours in Education with Secondary Physical Education from Lancaster University, and a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration and Sports Management from Endicott College in Massachusetts. His role at BISS is to oversee the sports programme across the whole school and to help to create an environment that fosters a life-long love of sports through participation, providing opportunities to develop, succeed and excel. Thomas is a keen sportsman and has enjoyed many years as a competitive cyclist and endurance athlete. Currently, he is an iron distance triathlete but spends much of his spare time with his family.

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Richard Thompson
Deputy Head of Primary

Richard has proved inspirational at every level of the learning journey.

 
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Richard Thompson
Having completed both his BA and MA in Theology and Religious Studies at The University of Leeds, York St. John, Richard worked for The Royal Household, and The College of St. George, Windsor Castle, for seven years. Following on from this exciting chapter, he chose to pursue his long-held ambition to teach, and completed his PGCE in Birmingham in 2013, where he subsequently went on to teach in a culturally diverse inner-city school. Teaching across Key Stage 2, he took on various leadership roles including: English and Reading Lead, EYFS – Year 6; Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader; and Teach First and PGCE mentor. Moving on from this much-cherished school community, Richard embarked upon his first international post, joining BISS in 2017 as a Year 3 classroom teacher. Keen to contribute to our BISS community further, Richard took on the roles of Year Leader and English Lead for Primary before joining the Primary Senior Leadership Team as Assistant Head of Primary in 2019 and, latterly, as Deputy Head of Primary in 2021.
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Dafydd Wynne
Assistant Head of Primary (KS1)
Dafydd is dedicated to helping children succeed from Early Years to Primary and beyond.
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Dafydd Wynne
Dafydd has been a classroom teacher for fourteen years, since qualifying from the University of Gloucestershire with a BEd Degree in Primary Education. He started teaching a Year 6 class in Gloucester and then moved to Birmingham to teach Year 3. After a time teaching in Uganda, he moved to Bristol to teach a Reception and then Year 1 class. Along with his family, he then decided to move to Egypt and taught a Year 1 and 2 class for three years. Dafydd joined BISS in 2018, as the Year 2 Year Leader. He recently completed his NPQSL in senior leadership and is now Head of Early Years and Assistant Head of Primary.
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Anthony Riley
Assistant Head of Primary (KS2)
Anthony was honoured with the Marianna Varkey Award for ‘Primary Teacher of the Year 2018’.
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Anthony Riley
Anthony spent four years studying Primary Education at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he obtained his BA (Hons) Degree. Following his studies, Anthony worked in Glasgow and developed both his teaching and leadership skills with a particular focus on Outdoor Learning and Cooperative Learning. Anthony developed a passion for travelling and was eager to enhance his practice by working in the international sector. It was then that he decided to work in the Middle East and started teaching in an outstanding British school for six years.
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Emma James
Assistant Head of Secondary (Pastoral)
Emma’s core teaching subjects are Geography, History and EAL.
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Emma James
Having moved to China four and half years ago, initially for her husband’s job, Emma was keen to return to teaching following the smooth transition for her own children into BISS. Since then, she has been very fortunate to have had many new opportunities, including the challenge of learning a new language, teaching intensive English lessons and working with children from many different cultures at BISS Puxi. Emma teaches Geography, History and EAL at BISS.
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Fiona McConnon
Assistant Head of Secondary (Pastoral)

As Head of Languages at an international school in Beijing, she used western language learning methodologies in her Mandarin teaching to foster enjoyment and confidence in her students.  From there, she led the MFL and Classics Faculty in an outstanding school in north London, Northwood College, which excelled in developing deeper thinking in students.

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Fiona McConnon
Fiona McConnon graduated from University College London (UCL) with an honours degree in French and from York University with a PGCE in French and sport. She subsequently taught English at a University in Lanzhou with Voluntary Service Overseas for two years, where she became fascinated by Mandarin. This led to her spending five years mainly in Beijing as a British Council – Chinese government scholar at the Beijing Languages Institute, completing a Master's Degree in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language.
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Alex Robson
Assistant Head of Secondary (Academic)
After gaining his Bachelor's and then Master’s Degree in Engineering at the University of Exeter, UK, Alexander worked as a Systems Analyst, before taking his PGCE in Physics at the University of Hull in 2004. Alexander believes that for pupils to understand and enjoy Science lessons, they must have a teacher who has enthusiasm for their subject and who can make Science relevant to the world around them.
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Alex Robson
After gaining his Bachelor's and then Master’s Degree in Engineering at the University of Exeter, UK, Alexander worked as a Systems Analyst, before taking his PGCE in Physics at the University of Hull in 2004. Since then, he has been Head of Physics at the prestigious Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur and also at schools in Brentwood and Nottingham, UK, taking a significant number of students successfully to places at Oxbridge.

MEET OUR TEAM

Every member of the BISS team contributes to our reputation as Shanghai's premium school. 
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Simon Stewart
Director for Admissions and Marketing
As the Director for Admissions and Marketing at BISS Puxi, Simon and his team are responsible for exploring the individual needs and aspirations of each student and, with the support of the teachers and staff, understand how each student can ‘Be Ambitious’ and reach their full potential at BISS.
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Simon Stewart - Director for Admissions and Marketing

Originally from Cheshire in the UK, Simon moved to China in 2005 to explore the business, social and cultural opportunities that the country has to offer. During his stay, Simon has worked with a large number of businesses and individuals helping them to understand and prosper in this fascinating and diverse country.

For seven years, Simon was a Director at China-Britain Business Council responsible for promoting British education across China and creating closer Sino-UK ties in education, innovation and talent development. Prior to CBBC, Simon worked as a corporate trainer delivering leadership and communications workshops for international companies and academic institutions in China.

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Echo Li
Admissions Manager
Echo has seen the school grow and how the addition of key buildings such at the two STEAM centres in the Primary and Secondary Schools make such a difference to students and their learning. Echo enjoys the whole journey from the initial interaction with parents to seeing students join on their first day and developing academically, creatively, personally and socially at the school.
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Echo Li - Admissions Manager

Echo grew up in Shanghai and studied English at the Shanghai Teaching University. Echo joined BISS straight after university and worked her way up to the Admissions Manager role within the Marketing, Admissions and Communications department. Echo has seen the school grow and how the addition of key buildings such at the two STEAM centres in the Primary and Secondary Schools make such a difference to students and their learning.

Echo enjoys the whole journey from the initial interaction with parents to seeing students join on their first day and developing academically, creatively, personally and socially at the school. Echo is married with one child. In her spare time, she enjoys watching films and travelling to new places with her family and friends. Echo believes that travel is an education in itself and an opportunity to open our eyes to new perspectives.

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TRANSFORMING EDUCATION WITH TECHNOLOGY

BISS Puxi provides one-of-a-kind digital opportunities for students to connect across borders, broaden their perspectives, and enrich their learning. 
 
By engaging with the Global Campus initiatives as a whole school, our Early Years, Primary and Secondary students get insights and participate in developing their global awareness along with their 67,000 classmates across the world. 
 
We also use the latest in secure livestream technology to bring special moments from your child's school journey to any device allowing you, or your relatives, to enjoy from home – however far away that may be. 
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TEACHER QUALITY

Great teachers help to make great schools, which is why we recruit the world's best. It doesn’t stop with recruitment; we provide training with world-leading institutions to create outstanding professional development opportunities. 
 
Our teachers: 
 
Access subject-specific training every year with MIT and Juilliard. This exclusive training means our teachers are on the cutting-edge of their profession. 
Are offered an Executive Master’s in International Education from Kings College London. This degree provides our teachers with an in-depth understanding of school leadership in international settings. 
Use performance management process for ongoing developmental feedback and opportunities to discuss career aspirations. 
Collaborate and share resources with their 10,000 peers worldwide. 

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TEACHING AND LEARNING STANDARDS

Our educators are held to the highest global standards, with ongoing reviews and assessments to ensure your child receives an outstanding international education. 
 
Thanks to our global Education Team, the teaching standards at BISS Puxi continue to be exceptional. They help us to drive success in academics, quality assurance and accreditation, through safeguarding best practice across our school.  
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Children learn best when they're happy, and our teachers are at the heart of ensuring this is a reality in every one of our schools. If you would like to join our thriving school community, check out our vacancies and get in touch today.
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