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  • A Warm Welcome

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


  • Academic Success

    Delivering oustanding results at every level in our school

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  • Helping Others Thrive

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

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  • Be Ambitious

    Inspiring academic success & developing social, intellectual and confident children

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    We look forward to seeing you at the British International School, Puxi and welcoming you and your family to our special community

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  • Get in Touch

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English Teachers

  • Luke Thompson

    Luke Thompson

    Head of English

    Luke Thompson

    Originally from Manchester, Luke moved to study English Literature at the University of Sheffield in 2007, earning a 2:1 with honours. Following this, Luke decided to move to Keele University in order to complete a PGCE in English, graduating in 2012. Keen to remain in the West Midlands area, Luke secured a position at an outstanding Academy, where he has worked for the previous four years, gaining a wealth of experience teaching students of many different abilities.

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  • Douglas Sillett

    Douglas Sillett

    Teacher of English

    Douglas Sillett

    Graduating from Southampton University with a degree in English Literature and History, I worked in London for four years before moving to Shanghai in 2006. Since then I have worked at both BISS Puxi and Dulwich College in Shanghai, where I was Head of Department for three years. I enjoy teaching English Language to ambitious young students curious about the lives of others who live in different cultures or past times people who would love to be bilingual, and Literature from around the world to.


    My ambition to travel lured me away for a year and I spent time exploring Central Asia, the USA and Europe. On my return to China I am very happy to be returning to BISS Puxi. My memories of the school are of fantastic students, supportive parents and interesting colleagues. I am looking forward to meeting many of you in my new role as a teacher of English over the next two years.  

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  • james cross

    James Robert Cross

    English Teacher

    James Robert Cross

    James’ avid enthusiasm for teaching began to develop after he graduated from Exeter University with honours in English Literature and Film. While studying, he attained his TEFL qualification and spent his summers at various language schools across Italy. It was during this experience that James first became enamoured with the concept of teaching abroad while experiencing culture. Pursuing this further, James began to tutor privately in the UK while he studied for a Graduate Diploma in Law, finding intrinsic reward in helping his students attain top results across their exams. After briefly toying with the notion of becoming a lawyer, James decided there was nothing he would rather do than teach. He began his career in Birmingham as part of the Teach First programme, and from there went abroad to teach English for two years in Dubai.


    James feels that this continuous exposure to varied global practice across a range of cultures has vastly improved his teaching practice and has given him diverse experience.

    James vehemently believes that literature and language are fundamental to any student’s preparation for the challenges of an ever-changing world. James applied for a position with BISS Puxi because he found the idea of working within an intellectually stimulating environment coupled with life in proximity to the vast, populous city of Shanghai, persistently appealing. James has maintained an interest in Chinese dynasties since his schooldays, and he hopes to explore and immerse himself in the rich culture, perhaps learning a spot of Mandarin along the way. 

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  • Gizem Sammali

    Gizem Sammali

    Secondary English Teacher

    Gizem Sammali

    Gizem graduated in 2012 with a BA Honours in English Literature with Creative Writing at the Institute of Education, UCL, UK and then went on to successfully complete her PGCE in Secondary English. Since then, she has spent 4 years teaching in two very different schools in London. Last year, she was the Literacy Co-ordinator for the school and successfully implemented strategies across the curriculum. Gizem believes in Quality First Teaching and strives to implement differentiation and effective feedback for all of her students. She understands that every student is different and strives to build a strong rapport with them.

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  • Jennifer Hopwood

    Jennifer Hopwood

    IB Pastoral Coordinator and Head of Year 12

    Jennifer Hopwood

    Jennifer gained a 2.1 degree with honours at the University of Nottingham, graduating in the summer of 2011. Inspired to become a teacher, Jennifer travelled to work in China as an English teacher and during this time, she realised how much she enjoyed working with young people. On returning to England, Jennifer undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Birmingham and secured her first teaching post at a school in Sutton Coldfield, UK. Jennifer has held different roles within this school, from Assistant Head of House to PGCE mentor and is always looking for new challenges to help shape her own teaching practice.

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