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Joseph Westwood


Director of Quality and Inter-School Academics

Joseph Westwood

BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE

After a number of years of home schooling, Joseph decided at the age of 11 that he wanted to be the manager of the world’s first fusion power plant. In order to achieve this goal, he first attended secondary school in Milton Keynes before completing a BSc in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics, followed by an MSc in the Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors, both at the University of Birmingham. 

Unfortunately, the world of science had not made the required progress and with the first commercial fusion reactor still a number of years away from construction he decided that he would instead prepare students who could one day fulfil his dream. During his PGCE year he met Elizabeth to whom he has been married since 2002. 

Joseph started his career as a Mathematics and ICT teacher in a comprehensive school in Doncaster, before moving into grammar and then, independent boarding schools in the U.K. He has held a variety of middle and senior leadership positions which have included pastoral, academic and whole school remits. Before leaving the UK. Joseph worked as an advanced skills teacher focusing on supporting colleagues to develop outstanding lessons. His international experience has been teaching in two countries in the Middle East and now for a second time at BISS.

As well as teaching, Joseph has a number of interests including computer programming and adventurous sports. He developed educational games in the early days of interactive whiteboards and has more recently been creating timetabling software. His hobbies have also included racing and instructing in gliders with his most notable flights being a ten-hour, 543km trip across Wales as well as a flight around Mount Cook in New Zealand. He has also enjoyed other activities including flying paragliders and microlights, sailing small boats and wake boarding. During his first stay in China, he completed the Shanghai Marathon and also spent time learning to ski in Korea and then Japan. In the Middle East, he experienced visiting the mangroves in his jet boat, driving across the desert in a Land Rover and trying not to crash a drone. 

Joseph is enjoying the variety of his new role at BISS such as supporting the EYFS team, timetabling and getting in the way during production rehearsals at the weekend. His personal goal for the next few years is to learn the piano to a standard where he is able to play during Reception singing lessons. 

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The British International School Shanghai, Puxi

111 Jinguang RoadHuacao TownMinhang201107Shanghai


金光路111号华漕镇上海市 闵行区201107

Nord Anglia Education

4th Floor, Nova South
160 Victoria Street
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