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    Situated in the heart of a thriving expat community, our school is home to families from all over the world

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    We believe passionately in learning, and our modern approach to education continues to help our students shine

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Deputy and Assistant Heads

  • Richard Thompson

    Richard Thompson

    Assistant Head of Primary

    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 predominantly in Years 3 and 6, he took on various leadership roles including English Lead, Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader, and Teach first and PGCE mentor.  
    Building upon these experiences, Richard joined BISS in 2017 as a Year 3 classroom teacher, where he subsequently took on the roles of Year Lead, English Lead for Primary and, latterly, his current role of Assistant Head of Primary.   
    Richard strives continuously to ensure that all students are happy and engaged in their daily lessons through innovative curriculum design, and that all teaching staff are supported in their delivery of new, ambitious and meaningful learning experiences.  He believes that student motivation, coupled with clear teacher modelling and focused student dialogue, is key to quality learning across phases.  Moving into his new senior leadership role, he is excited about embracing fresh challenges in order to further support and develop our dynamic and committed team of teaching professionals.

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    Alexandra Martinez

    Assistant Head of Primary (EYFS and KS1)

    Alexandra Martinez

    For eleven years Alex worked at a British school in Madrid, firstly as a Key Stage 2 teacher, then as Head of Phase.  During this time, she also held other posts of responsibility, such as Humanities Coordinator, English Coordinator, Extra-Curricular Activities and Events Coordinator, and House Parent in the Boarding school.  Before this Alex completed her PGCE at London Metropolitan University and a BA in Linguistics at Lancaster University. 

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  • Francesca

    Franscesca Beers

    Deputy Head of Primary

    Franscesca Beers

    Francesca has enjoyed a varied and interesting career as a teacher, school leader and teacher trainer. Having graduated with a B.ED ( Hons) from Manchester Metropolitan University she moved to Bristol where she taught for seven years in a large inner-city Primary School. During this time, she became part of the wider leadership of the school and became a Lead Practitioner of Literacy.

    She then moved to Russia and India with her family and worked in two different international schools.

    On returning to the UK, Francesca qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher and began to support other teachers and school leaders across Bristol. She also became part of the ‘Talk for Writing’ (TfW) network becoming one of Pie Corbett’s accredited trainers. Within this role she led the team that enabled Knowle Park Primary to become one of the first three ‘Talk for Writing’ training centres in the UK. She then delivered training for TfW both nationally and internationally. Francesca believes that to get truly great outcomes for children, teachers need to be highly skilled practitioners and learners themselves. The work that she did with and for TfW as well as its sister project ‘The Primary Writing Project’ both supported this belief and enabled her to effectively practice it.

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  • Edward Beechey

    Edward Beechey

    Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum)

    Edward Beechey

    Ed graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 with a Masters degree in Modern History. After a year spent making his way across Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal and India by train he embarked on a teaching career in a school in ‘challenging circumstances’ in East London. Through the Teach First programme, Ed completed a PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch University whilst teaching History and Government and Politics. His three years in London gave Ed a strong grounding in teaching EAL students, an appreciation of internationalism in education and the belief that all students - regardless of circumstance - have the ability flourish academically. 

    Amidst the hubbub of London, an inspirational Head of Department piqued Ed’s interest in modern Chinese History. This, coupled with a number of long summer holidays spent in the Middle Kingdom, eventually led to a move to China as the Head of History at Harrow International School in Beijing in 2012. Since then Ed has served as a Head of Department, Advanced Skills Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher and now Deputy Head Teacher. In these roles Ed has developed an interest in Assessment as Learning and Metacognition. He is currently completing the Nord Anglia Senior Leadership Programme, researching and writing a Professional Enquiry on the psychology of predicted grades in secondary education. 

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  • Fiona McConnon

    Assistant Head of Secondary & Head of Global Languages

    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 Masters in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language.

    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.  She more recently headed up the MFL and Classics Faculty in an outstanding school in north London, Northwood College, which excelled in developing deeper thinking in students.

    She has held a number of management roles at the British Embassy and in UK-based charities involved in work related to China and has completed an MSc in Development Management with the Open University.   

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  • Lisa Serrano

    Assistant Head of Primary Early Years

    Lisa Serrano

    After completing her undergraduate degree in Performing Arts in the beautiful city of Oxford, Lisa went on to complete her PGCE in Secondary Drama and Dance. With a varied educational career, Lisa has been fortunate enough to work with children right from the EYFS to their A level studies in Primary, Middle and Secondary schools. Originally inspired by her love of her subject specialism, Lisa’s interest in child development and the process of learning soon took over. After working as a Head of Department and focusing heavily on improving academic results, whole school welfare and leading educational visits both in the UK and abroad, Lisa took a keen interest in the transition process between Primary and Secondary which led to her move into the Primary Sector.

    After joining the SLT in an outer London school in 2015, Lisa was able to really develop her understanding and appreciation of teaching and learning within the primary sector. The multicultural nature of the school further piqued an interest in EAL and SEND in its wider form, leading her to complete her SENCo qualification at the University of Exeter. Although now further removed from the classroom, Lisa is keen to continue to share her passion for Drama and Dance and has directed many whole school productions and dance recitals alongside her SLT role, allowing her to continue to develop her own teaching skills and build important relationships with children and parents alike.

    Lisa moved to Shanghai in 2018 to lead and assist with the set-up of a new school for children aged 2-6. After an exciting year of developing a new school in its infancy, she is delighted to take up her new role at BISS where she will be leading the Early Year Cubs. Lisa completely fell in love with Shanghai and the vibrant and exciting nature of the city and is excited to work with the staff, students and parents of BISS Puxi.

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  • Lisa Cavanagh

    Lisa Cavanagh

    Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) & German and EAL Teacher

    Lisa Cavanagh

    Lisa studied German with International Studies at Warwick University from 1991-1995. She then took a year out and completed her CTEFLA certificate for EAL and taught children in EAL schools in Oxfordshire. She then found herself working in retail management for 2 years, but felt that her heart lay in teaching and so returned to Warwick to complete her PGCE. 

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  • Thomas Housham

    Thomas Housham

    Head of IB

    Thomas Housham

    Thomas attended the University of Bristol and graduated with a Masters degree in Mathematics. While attending this university, he also studied French. Thomas’ mathematical studies were broad at first but later specialised in pure mathematics, which was the topic of his dissertation. 

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