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Why work for an Orbital School?

  • Teach internationally in an expanding group of British owned and managed schools
  • Be part of an entrepreneurial company with a long history in international education
  • Enhance your CV by working for a company that is widely known and respected
  • Experience living in an exciting new country
  • Develop your knowledge and experience through collaboration with colleagues and students across the globe
  • Benefit from enhanced professional development opportunities via recognised and accredited professional development programmes
  • Take advantage of opportunities for career development within the group, enabling you to see the world whilst progressing in an attractive and rewarding career.

Current vacancies

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Founding Principals
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Founding Principals

Orbital Education Head Office, England

Package: Competitive packages and support from a UK based management team

Start date: August 2021

Contract type: Full time

The Orbital Education group of schools is growing rapidly. We have 10 campuses and the number of schools within the group continues to grow each year.

As well as the continued growth of our schools in Moscow, Mallorca, Budapest, Shanghai, Ljubljana, Quito and Doha, we have an active stream of new and exciting projects.

We shall a have variety of exciting opportunities for Headteachers in our new schools globally within the next 12 months.

We would like to receive your CV at the following email address:

Director of Marketing and Admissions
Britannica International School, Shanghai Find out moreClose

Director of Marketing and Admissions

Britannica International School, Shanghai, China

Package: Competitive

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Start date: June 2021

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term: Fixed Term (Mutually renewable every two years)

Are you an enthusiastic, qualified and experienced senior marketing professional, interested in a challenging new opportunity at our successful international school in Shanghai? Or do you know somebody who is? If so, you will be interested in this fantastic opportunity to join us as Director of Marketing and Admissions.

About the role

We are seeking to appoint a talented individual to lead and manage the Marketing and Admissions Department at Britannica International School. This is key leadership role, reporting into the Principal and a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team. The role is due to commence from April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, dependent upon candidate availability.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to current entry restrictions into China, we are seeking individuals who are currently in China, or who have pre-existing right or ability to enter and work in China.

The successful candidate will be required to create and implement an effective and transformative marketing & admissions strategy, to ensure the school achieves its student growth ambitions.

The ideal candidate will have significant expertise in strategic, commercial and transactional marketing and will be experienced in planning and delivering multi-channel marketing communications. They will be able to demonstrate success in driving results, admissions and managing teams, clearly being able to link, through CRM software or otherwise, the impact of marketing activities on results

Proactivity, ambition and energy will be key to this role, as will be personal warmth, emotional intelligence and an ability to inspire confidence and respect. The successful applicant should also be able to inspire, motivate and effectively manage the performance of the Marketing and Admissions department.

As a British International School specialising in providing the English National Curriculum to a diverse international student population, strong English language is an essential requirement and applications from native-level speakers of English will be preferred.

For more details about the role, please download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification, available by clicking 'download pdf' below.

About the School

Britannica International School Shanghai ( is the only truly British owned and managed, British style, international school in Shanghai. It offers learning and teaching experiences based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and English National Curriculum enhanced to meet the needs of its international student body. Secondary students are prepared for Cambridge University and Pearson Edexcel IGCSE and A-Level examinations.

The school is accommodated in well-resourced and purpose-built premises that are situated in the high quality residential district of Gubei, which is within 20 minutes of the vibrant Former French Concession area. It has a capacity for 750 pupils from 2 – 18 years of age, making it unique in the city with regard to its smaller school and family feel environment. The school currently has a student population of over 400 pupils. Class sizes are all under 22 pupils and often smaller. School holidays are similar to those in the UK with a 180 day calendar year.

Benefits of working at an Orbital Education School

Britannica International School, Shanghai also forms part of the Orbital Education group, an expanding group of international schools providing a British education to an internationally diverse student population.

Orbital Education focuses on delivering the very best in British education to its students around the globe. It’s an expanding group with schools already in Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, China, Russia, Ecuador and the Middle East, with exciting plans to develop new schools across the globe.

Key reasons to work at an Orbital Education School include:

  • Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and students worldwide
  • Enhanced professional development opportunities, through partnerships with specialist learning providers to offer recognised and accredited professional development programmes.
  • Opportunities for both career development and movement within the group, providing opportunity to see the world whilst progressing an attractive and rewarding career.

Living and working in Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, but is probably its most diverse and cosmopolitan, with a huge International community choosing to travel, live, and settle here. Shanghai provides an excellent lifestyle, with a combination of western cultures mixed with the best of China’s past and present, making Shanghai’s local culture unique in the world. Shanghai is an extremely safe, welcoming, and modern city, with its friendly occupants known for their hospitality, and the ability to make you feel at home. There are excellent education facilities, transportation, and amenities across the city, with two International airports providing excellent transport links across the world.

Applications - If this describes you and you are keen to join our excellent school and friendly, supportive and hardworking staff team, then we would welcome an application from you.

Applications should be submitted in English and include your up to date CV and details of three referees, including your most recent employer. In a covering letter, applicants should highlight how their experience, knowledge and skills match those of the ideal candidate as set out above and within the role profile - available by clicking 'download pdf' below.

As detailed above, due to current entry restrictions into China, we are seeking individuals who are currently in China, or who have pre-existing right or ability to enter and work in China. If you cannot fulfil these requirements your application is likely to be rejected.

Please submit your application to the Principal, Mr. Paul Farrell, at

Closing date for applications is 30 July 2021. However, interviews will take place by MS Teams and will commence immediately from the date of advertising. For these reasons early applications are encouraged as the school may appoint and close this vacancy before this deadline, if the right candidate is found. If you have not been contacted by 5 August 2021, you should assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Safeguarding - Britannica International School, Shanghai is committed to safeguarding children and young people.

As part of the school’s commitment to safeguarding, all post-holders are subject to background checks and an International Child Protection Certificate administered by ACRO (if ever worked or lived in the UK), Prohibition Checks where appropriate and/or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence. Prior to employment employees will also be required to present original and notarised copies of their professional qualifications.

Digital Marketing Manager
Britannica International School, Shanghai Find out moreClose

Digital Marketing Manager

Britannica International School, Shanghai, China

Package: Competitive Salary

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Start date: July 2021

Contract type: Permanent

Contract term: Full time


To promote the school’s offering and increase brand positioning via digital marketing and social media activities. Leveraging new and existing audience to drive leads for new enquiries and deliver ongoing engagement with existing parents, teachers, and external partners.


The following professional duties which the employee will be required to perform:


  • Work with the Marketing and Admissions Director and Group Digital Marketing Manager to plan and execute the marketing plan for all digital and social media marketing activities on time and within budget.
  • Manage the school’s website, ensuring school information is kept up to date, presenting new and relevant content and recommendations for continuous web development.
  • Review and enhance all digital marketing channels to ensure that all advertisements and referrals (3rd party) are on brand and customer focused to deliver good quality leads.
  • Intermediate level at using Google Analytics, Google Ads, Google Search Console, Bing Analytics, WeChat Analytics and other platforms in China to ensure optimised SEO rankings for increasing quality leads via paid advertising networks.
  • Identify new areas for innovation that will drive effective leads to the website thereby accelerating growth for the school.
  • Utilise social media channels and WeChat to ensure that they have a clear purpose (parental engagement and new lead generation) and can be tracked and monitored.
  • Produce and deliver the school’s newsletter by writing and collating content stories ensuring that it is presented in the best format for ease of reading by the parents and is delivered on time. (Performance reporting)
  • Collaborate with the Events and Partnership Manager to ensure events and fairs are effectively promoted via relevant digital channels.
  • Work closely with the Events and Partnership Manager to provide a seamless experience in terms of the design of all marketing collateral.
  • Set up and manage the school’s marketing image library, ensuring image use for marketing purposes adheres to school policies.
  • To ensure that the school appears in key digital education directories and that entries are kept up to-date.
  • Deliver insightful reports to illustrate marketing performance and highlight relevant outcomes and trends to the Marketing and Admissions Director.


  • To manage effective personal and professional development as part of the school’s commitment to CPD.
  • To fulfill tasks that may be required from time to time by the Marketing and Admissions Director or delegated representative.
  • To be flexible and willing to work outside core working hours to fulfill the requirements of the role – example; attending events and education fairs.
  • To ensure that statutory responsibilities and company policies are upheld regarding Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and other relevant statutes, policies, and procedures.
  • To promote and adhere to the school’s vision and mission and its guiding statements.
  • To perform other related duties as required.


  • Over 3 years’ experience in a Digital Marketing role.
  • Experience working at a senior level (managing agencies, presenting to stakeholders within the business, developing strategy etc.)
  • Experience in Website management. SEO, PPC, Display, Paid Social channels, Baidu Search and H5 Pages, WeChat, Google Tag Manager, and Dynamics CRM. (Desirable but not essential)
  • Entrepreneurial approach to work – self-motivated, collaborative, highly organised, innovative, and focused.
  • Excellent communication skills across all levels of the business.
  • Analytically minded with strong problem-solving skills and a creative flair.
  • Able to work in a dynamic school environment with an emphasis on embracing new and exciting technology.
  • Languages: Fluent in both English and Mandarin.


  • All school staff must hold a current Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure or equivalent for countries outside of the UK, obtained by the Britannica International School, Shanghai.

Please note: The above job description and person specification is only a guide to the duties, professional responsibilities and core competencies pertaining to this job. This job description will be periodically reviewed and will form the basis of annual performance appraisals.

Please note: Legitimate jobs in our group are only advertised on the,, our own website and the relevant Orbital school website. Please disregard any other websites offering positions at both Orbital or any of our schools.

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Teaching Internationally

Teaching overseas in British international schools, run by a British owned and managed company, is a rewarding, refreshing and stimulating next step in a teacher’s professional career. Teachers do not need to have had prior overseas experience, nor indeed do you need to be fluent in the host country language. However you get more enjoyment and satisfaction in experiencing the different cultures if you make an attempt to learn some of the language.

The role

Being able to follow your chosen profession in different parts of the world will offer exciting opportunities to see places and understand new cultures. Our international schools teach a curriculum based on the English National Curriculum, but enhanced to suit the needs of an international community. Older students follow iGCSE and A' level/IB diploma programmes. Of course, we prefer teachers who have experience of the curriculum, but we also give detailed briefing and strong support to those who seek to become familiar with it.

Kevin McNeany

Since Orbital was founded in 2008, the group has grown quickly and in keeping with our business plan. I envisaged a group of international schools and colleges offering quality education, mainly in British style and tradition, to expatriate and host families in countries throughout the world.

The schools specialise in the English National Curriculum, augmented to meet the needs of specific international student populations and supported by an experienced team of educationists from their Cheshire base.

We were honoured in 2019 with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2019. Our company believes that quality, transparency and accountability leads to success for our students, their families and the company,” chairman and founder Kevin McNeany said.

Kevin McNeany