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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. 


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

Andrew Lancaster is Principal at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.

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. 

Peter Anderton
Head of Primary
Peter Anderton is the Head of Primary at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.
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Peter joins us from our Nord Anglia school in Qatar and is joined in Shanghai by his wife and two children. Peter’s ethos is ‘everything for the children’ and this drives all his decision-making, which will ensure clear direction of progress within the curriculum and the wellbeing of our children.

Peter grew up in Solihull, England and gained a Psychology degree before completing his PGCE in Primary Education. He taught in Birmingham, Brunei and in Qatar and enjoyed the similarities and differences between the three countries.

His hobbies include cooking and reading and he is an avid follower of rugby union.

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Andrew Joy
Vice Principal and Head of Secondary
Andrew Joy is the Vice Principal and Head of  Secondary at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.
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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.

Lisa Cavanagh
Lisa Cavanagh
Deputy Head of Whole School
Lisa Cavanagh is the Deputy Head of Whole School at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.
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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.

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 Hitchings is Assistant Head of Whole School and Director of Sport at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi.
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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.

Alfred Creissen
Deputy Head of Primary (Early Years)

Alfred Creissen is the Deputy Head of Primary (Early Years) at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.

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Richard Thompson

Alfred is a dedicated school leader and teacher, who has been working within Nord Anglia Education for over 10 years. He has implemented positive change across the Nord Anglia group that has had direct impact on academic standards. 

Alfred has a specialist degree in Early Years and a Master’s Degree in Education. He is Deputy Head of Primary, overseeing our Early Years.

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Dafydd Wynne
Assistant Head of Primary (KS1)
Dafydd Wynne is the Assistant Head of Primary (KS1) at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi.
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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.
Kathyrn Vicary
Assistant Head of Primary (KS2)
Kathyrn Vicary is the Assistant Head of Primary (KS2) at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.
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 James is the Assistant Head of Secondary (Pastoral) at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi.
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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.
Fiona McConnon
Assistant Head of Secondary (Pastoral)

Fiona McConnon is Assistant Head of Secondary (Pastoral) at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi..

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)
Alex Robson is Assistant Head of Secondary (Academic) at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi.
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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.


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
Simon Stewart is the Director of Admissions and Marketing at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.
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Simon Stewart - Director for Admissions and Marketing

Simon has lived and worked in China since 2005 and has a passion for business, marketing and talent development. He has worked as a business advisor and corporate trainer for international companies helping them succeed in the China market. He has also served as a Professor of Practice at universities, teaching business, sustainability and innovation to international students.

Simon has a BA (Hons) in European Studies and French, a Master’s in Marketing and has recently completed his IPGCE focusing on Sustainability for Education within Business Studies.

Simon has worked as the Director of Admissions and Marketing at BISS Puxi for over four years. He enjoys understanding what is different about every child and exploring new opportunities with them at BISS.

Simon is married with one child. His weekends are usually filled with books, bike rides and ice cream with his family.

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Echo Li
Admissions Manager


Echo Li is Admissions Manager at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.

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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.



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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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. 



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.  


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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