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EMERGENCY NOTICE
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    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

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 pursue 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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  • Darren Mumford

    Darren Mumford

    Assistant Head of Secondary - Curriculum and Operations

    Darren Mumford

    I am delighted to be joining The British School of Beijing, Shunyi as Assistant Headteacher – Curriculum and Operations. This will be my second role overseas after spending a year in Australia in 2007 and I am very much looking forward to immersing myself in the varied culture of China.

    I have almost 20 years experience as a teacher and a leader. I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a BEd in Business Studies and ICT and began my teaching career in 2000 and I have worked mainly in the East and West Midlands. As well as teaching Business and ICT at GCSE and A Level, I have also held Middle Management positions both academically and pastorally.

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  • Jim Hartland

    Jim Hartland

    Assistant Head of Secondary - Pastoral, Psychology Teacher

    Jim Hartland

    I have been teaching in China for over 15 years at various different levels, from kindergarten, through middle school to university and business level English.  I joined BSB in 2008 and spent my first two years teaching English as an Additional Language – a course designed to help those students with weaker English to improve and access the curriculum. From this, I moved into mainstream English before setting up and running our Psychology department which is now well established.

    I completed my Honours degree in Psychology and English at Worcester University and went on to take my PGCE here in Beijing. I completed my MA in Psychology last year after conducting my research project on examining the effects of culture on risky behaviour. I continue to develop my psychological knowledge through the development of our GCSE and IB programmes and I am an examiner for both programmes.

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  • Sarah Donnelly

    Sarah Donnelly

    Assistant Head of Secondary - IB Coordinator

    Sarah Donnelly

    I am excited to be joining the British School of Beijing, Shunyi as Assistant Headteacher – IB Coordinator. This will be my third overseas role and second time in China.

    I have almost 15 years experience as a teacher and leader. I graduated from the University of Hull with a BA Joint Honours in English and American Studies, and then completed a PGCE in Secondary English in 2004. I began my teaching career in Devon state schools. Passionate about English, I quickly moved into middle management, first as Deputy Head of Department, and then Head of Department. I was also fortunate to be given the opportunity to work for the publisher Heinemann: I contributed to a KS3 English textbook and wrote two GCSE English teacher guides.

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