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 will work closely with the School Leadership Team (SLT) of YCIS Beijing, together leading the School in 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 is looking forward to enhancing connections in the school community and continuing to strengthen the already existing bilingual and multicultural learning and teaching across the school.
Dr Rae Wang
Chinese Vice Principal
Dr Rae Wang came on board as Chinese Vice Principal in August 2019.
Dr Wang holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from the Beijing Normal University and a master’s degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics. Dr Wang gained her doctoral degree in Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2018.
Dr Wang has over 10 years of teaching and managerial experience at different levels of education, with three years serving in YCIS Chongqing as a Co-Teacher and Course Advisor. She joined YCIS Beijing in 2018 as the Acting Chinese Vice Principal. In partnership with the Senior Leadership Team, Dr Wang will continue to steer our school towards academic excellence.
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 Zhenhau 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.