Our School Leadership Team
All YCIS schools share the same Mission and Vision Statement and an overall Strategic Plan which guide all areas of activity and establish the key direction, core values, and overarching policies of the schools.
Each school develops its own unique character, learning programmes, facilities, and personnel, and responds to the local needs of its community, in keeping with the Mission and Vision Statement. The responsibility for the management of the school rests with a School Leadership Team. In the case of YCIS Beijing, the School Leadership Team consists of the Western and Chinese Co-Principals and the School Business Manager.
While the Co-Principals’ primary focus is on the learning programmes, student welfare, and the leadership of the academic staff, the School Business Manager oversees non-academic areas. Together, they function as a unified team with overall responsibility for every area of school operation.
YCIS Beijing is registered with the Ministry of Education as a School for Children of Foreign Nationals. It is accredited by the Council of International Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organisation, and is an authorised provider of the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education. We are also accredited by the local education authorities.
Mr Paul Bawden
Mr Paul Bawden, has been YCIS Beijing’s Education Director since February 2020. Mr Bawden has taught and led schools for over 35 years across six countries. His career began when he worked as a Primary teacher in Sydney, Australia. He has also worked in Papua New Guinea, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia and is now based in China.
In 2016, he joined our Yew Chung and Yew Wah family as Western Co-Principal of YWIES Guangzhou and in 2018, he moved to Beijing as Western Co-Principal of YWIES Beijing.
Mr Bawden has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and an MBA and recently completed a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Oxford University. He also has qualifications in TESOL and Advanced Mathematics and has a strong background in Inclusive Education having served as a Board member of SENIA for a number of years.
He works closely with the School Leadership Team (SLT) of YCIS Beijing, and will lead the School with them during the academic year.
Mr James Sweeney
Western Vice Principal
Mr James Sweeney was appointed YCIS Beijing Vice Principal in August 2020.
Mr Sweeney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Plymouth and a master’s degree from the University of Worcester. His experience includes a range of teaching and leadership positions across key subject areas in his home country of England and later in South Korea before moving to Beijing in 2015.
In his time at YCIS, he has taught and held the position of team leader in a variety of year levels. He was instrumental in the conceptualising and implementation of the Learning Community approach as well as the alignment of the Primary School curriculum. In his role as Vice Principal, he works to enhance connections in the school community and to continue to strengthen the already existing bilingual and multicultural learning and teaching across the school.
Ms Jessica Sun
Ms Jessica Sun joined Yew Chung International School of Beijing in 2003. She has worked in various positions, including Homeroom Co-Teacher, Chinese Language Teacher, Chinese Culture Co-ordinator and Secondary Chinese Co-ordinator. Over the past 15 years, she has gained a wealth of experience in the planning and implementation of the Chinese culture curriculum, integrating local resources into her teaching and co-ordinating teachers’ training and appraisals. Ms Sun believes in lifelong learning, as she is currently studying for her Master Degree of Public Administration from Beijing Normal University and previously gained a Bachelor Degree in English Language from China Foreign Affairs University years ago. In addition, Ms Sun was awarded the High Potential Teacher in 2014. She is also a certified IB Diploma Programme teacher and examiner. Ms Sun was appointed as the Chinese Co-Principal of Yew Wah International Education School of Beijing, effective from 1 January 2019. She has been the Chinese Co-Principal of Yew Chung International School of Beijing since the beginning of 2021.
Ms Fanny Du
School Business Manager
Ms Fanny Du is School Business Manager at YCIS Beijing. She holds a Diploma in Hospitality Management from Beijing Zhenhua Tourism School and has nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality and property management industries, holding various managerial positions including Director of Rooms and Deputy General Manager. Her extensive experience has provided her with strong knowledge and understanding of operations management, including strategic planning and development, team management, cost controlling and budgeting. Prior to joining YCIS Beijing, she was the General Manager of Merrill Gardens Senior Living Community in Harbin.