I have often been asked during my time in Shanghai why a family should choose BISS Puxi and I have almost without fail answered primarily because of the quality of the staff. They are the people who work so hard to consistently provide the warm and welcoming atmosphere that fosters a positive and happy learning environment for the students in our care. It is also the staff who inspire our young learners through the exciting experiences they create day in and day out in their classrooms. Finally it is their teaching and coaching skills that provide the personalised and challenging teaching that means we can treat each child like an academic athlete setting individual performance targets across the curriculum on a daily basis. This in turn helps us to ensure that we are able to deliver our third promise of outstanding academic progress for our students.
Consequently the annual staff recruitment process is central to our on-going success and the undertaking of securing outstanding and inspirational teachers provides a challenge in the period around Christmas and CNY that our senior and middle leadership teams accept and relish.
Our staff turnover this year is again very low by international standards at around 14.5% and the excellent reputation our school enjoys combined with added advantages of being part of Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools’ organisation, means that our job vacancies attract strong applicants for most subjects and age groups. We also begin the recruitment process earlier than many schools due to visa administration requirements and our main rule of thumb is that we keep re- advertising and interviewing until we find the right people for BISS Puxi.
You will soon be able to find the pen portraits for our new teachers in the ‘Teachers & staff’ section of the website. We have secured the services of some outstanding new staff; the vast majority of the successful applicants are originally from the UK or have worked in international schools that deliver the English National Curriculum. This is important as very few other systems deliver the curriculum in such a personalised and challenging fashion.
The quality of the team and the growing maturity of the school and its systems were clearly seen in the way in which the school responded to the difficulties that resulted from the severe weather that Shanghai experienced last week. Thorough contingency planning combined with good use of the various communication channels both human and digital meant that whilst there was disruption and a school closure became necessary, the situation was very well managed and communicated. Thank you to those of you who took the time to write to acknowledge the work of the staff in these difficult circumstances.
It has been good to see so many of you at our CNY celebrations. I will close by wishing you a happy and prosperous new year. Xīnnián kuàilè KN Foyle
Kevin Foyle, Principal