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  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    Richard Thornhill

    Principal

    Richard Thornhill

    I regard it as a privilege to be the Principal of The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi. To have the opportunity to lead such a great school in one of the great cities of the world is something I cherish every day.

    BSB benefits greatly from being part of the Nord Anglia family of schools. With Nord Anglia’s “Be Ambitious” philosophy and our collaborations with both The Julliard School and MIT, the school is best placed to provide the highest quality of education for every student , no matter what their interests and abilities. At BSB, we couple high academic outcomes with the development of the whole student. The development of character, resilience, self-confidence and the desire to be the best they can be sit alongside high quality teaching and learning; to allow all our students to develop their talents and abilities and go on to be successful in their chosen field of endeavour.

    At BSB, we see home and school as a strong partnership working to ensure all of our students are successful. To this end we encourage parents to become involved in our school and there are many opportunities to do so. We have a warm and friendly atmosphere which we hope makes our students and their families feel welcome.

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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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  • Emma Margaret Brown (1)

    Emma Brown

    Assistant Head of Primary

    Emma Brown

    I joined BSB in August 2015 as a Year 6 teacher. I have a degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, UK and completed my teaching qualification at Warwick as well. 

    BSB is my first international post, having previously taught in Year 6 and Year 3 in a school in Cambridge, UK. I have spent some of my school holidays travelling and fell in love with Asia so am very excited about teaching in Beijing.

    At my prior school I was in charge of reading and enjoyed sharing my passion for books with my class and the wider school. I was also head of PE and loved introducing children to new sports and organising sports tournaments and activities.

    I try to make my lessons as fun and creative as possible to ensure children have a positive learning experience that they have really enjoyed. Engaging children with topics they are interested in helps ensure they get the most out of lessons and their school career. 

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  • Rob Khan

    Rob Khan

    Head of Secondary

    Rob Khan

    I was delighted to have joined The British School of Beijing, Shunyi in August 2017 initially as the Deputy Head of Secondary and currently as Head of Secondary.

    In total I have 24 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. Having being offered the opportunity to pusue a Phd, I turned this down in favour  of a career that allowed me to work more directly with people. Teaching seemed to be the profession that seemed to best align itself with this inclination.

    I obtained my PGCE in Chemistry and Secondary Science from the University of Wolverhampton and then taught Science and Chemistry in addition to holding Middle Management positions in both the curricular and pastoral realms, at a Secondary School in my home town of Dudley for 6 years before accepting a post with VSO in the Maldives for two years as a Teacher Trainer.  My role in the Maldives involved carrying out a needs-anlaysis, developing  INSET programmes and training teachers both in paedogogy and curriculum content. I returned to the UK for one year and then moved to the New Cairo British International School in Egypt where I was based for 15 years.

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  • Jennifer Upsall

    Jennifer Upsall

    Assistant Head of Secondary, IB Coordinator, Spanish Teacher

    Jennifer Upsall

    I joined BSB, Shunyi, in August 2017 as 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 - Pastoral

    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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    Nikki Upsall

    Assistant Head of Secondary - Curriculum and Operations

    Nikki Upsall

    In my role as Assistant Head of Secondary - Curriculum and Operations, I bring my analytical skills to the Secondary Leadership Team. My speciality is in the field of data and how to use that to improve student learning, enabling them to reach their full potential. In the curriculum role, I will bring my experiences developed in Dubai, where I ran whole school academic mentoring, pupil tracking and coordinated Teaching and Learning initiatives for staff.

    I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc (Hons) Mathematics in 2001 and went on to train and teach in the same city. In 2007 my wife and I decided to move on to international teaching. We spent 10 years working in Dubai at an international British school. There I led a Mathematics Department through a period of growth, being recognised by the UAE Government as one of the most successful schools in the country in the Mathematics PISA tests.

    I have been teaching on the IB Diploma Programme for over 10 years at all levels of Mathematics, although I specialise in Standard Level. I have a wealth of experience with the Internal Assessment aspect of the course and enjoy sharing that with all of our Year 12 and 13 students.

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