Sophie Brookes

Deputy Head (Primary School)

Sophie Brookes has lived and worked in China for nearly a decade, gaining considerable experience of supporting pupils learning in English for the first time. She was Head of Early Years at Harrow Beijing until 2016 and joins Dipont KCS Chengdu from Merchiston International School in Shenzhen, where she has served on the Executive Leadership Team as Head of Juniors (for 3-11 year olds).

Ms Brookes gained extensive experience of British independent schooling prior to moving to China, as Head of Early Years at Sarum Hill School, in London. She has also taught at the British International School of Cairo, one of the leading schools in the Middle East.

Ms Brookes’ educational philosophy is one of research-based, child-centred practice and a commitment to providing an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment in which all children can learn successfully and fulfil their potential. In addition to her bachelor’s degree and PGCE, she is currently undertaking a Professional Certificate for Leadership and Management in Education, and has interests in sports, classical civilisation, animal welfare and voluntary work.

Sophie Brookes

Deputy Head (Primary School)

Sophie Brookes has lived and worked in China for nearly a decade, gaining considerable experience of supporting pupils learning in English for the first time. She was Head of Early Years at Harrow Beijing until 2016 and joins Dipont KCS Chengdu from Merchiston International School in Shenzhen, where she has served on the Executive Leadership Team as Head of Juniors (for 3-11 year olds).

Ms Brookes gained extensive experience of British independent schooling prior to moving to China, as Head of Early Years at Sarum Hill School, in London. She has also taught at the British International School of Cairo, one of the leading schools in the Middle East.

Ms Brookes’ educational philosophy is one of research-based, child-centred practice and a commitment to providing an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment in which all children can learn successfully and fulfil their potential. In addition to her bachelor’s degree and PGCE, she is currently undertaking a Professional Certificate for Leadership and Management in Education, and has interests in sports, classical civilisation, animal welfare and voluntary work.

Clare Huang

Deputy Head(Middle School)

Native to Chengdu, Clare Huang has an outstanding academic pedigree that exemplifies the benefits of internationalised education, having been schooled in China and then the United Kingdom. She achieved four A* grades as an A Level pupil before studying at the University of Cambridge and graduating as a BA in Natural Sciences. Ms Huang then earned her MSc at University College London, before working for the National Health Service in London.

After returning to China, Ms Huang began her teaching career in internationalised schools, receiving a PGCEi from the University of Sunderland before gaining extensive experience in teaching A Level, IB and AP Chemistry and Biology.

Ms Huang believes that that the finest teacher combine a vibrant and engaging presence in the classroom with an unbending commitment to achieving remarkable academic results. Over 80% of Ms Huang’s pupils achieved A* or A in A Level Chemistry during her tenure at the Dipont A Level Centre in Shishi High School.

Clare Huang

Deputy Head(Middle School)

Native to Chengdu, Clare Huang has an outstanding academic pedigree that exemplifies the benefits of internationalised education, having been schooled in China and then the United Kingdom. She achieved four A* grades as an A Level pupil before studying at the University of Cambridge and graduating as a BA in Natural Sciences. Ms Huang then earned her MSc at University College London, before working for the National Health Service in London.

After returning to China, Ms Huang began her teaching career in internationalised schools, receiving a PGCEi from the University of Sunderland before gaining extensive experience in teaching A Level, IB and AP Chemistry and Biology.

Ms Huang believes that that the finest teacher combine a vibrant and engaging presence in the classroom with an unbending commitment to achieving remarkable academic results. Over 80% of Ms Huang’s pupils achieved A* or A in A Level Chemistry during her tenure at the Dipont A Level Centre in Shishi High School.

Andrew Day

Director of Studies and Deputy Head (Senior School)

Andrew Day has an extensive background in highly regarded UK independent schools and joins us from Epsom College in the UK where he has been Housemaster for the past 5 years. He is very experienced in supporting large numbers of international students, taking full responsibility for their academic success, co-curricular involvement and pastoral needs.

Mr Day is also a Teacher of Computer Science and is extremely passionate about his subject. His first cohort of students at Epsom achieved 100% A* and A at IGCSE. Mr Day has extensive experience teaching A Level throughout his career and the IB Diploma Programme at his previous school, King Edward’s, where he was also Housemaster. Earlier in his career, he led ICT as Head of Department at Bryanston School.

Putting his subject knowledge and school management experience into practice, Mr Day developed a software system for pastoral management that is now used in a large number of UK independent schools.

Mr Day holds a BSc, PGCE, MEd in Educational Leadership & School Improvement from University of Cambridge and National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL). He also coaches rugby, football, tennis, swimming and kayaking.

Andrew Day

Director of Studies and Deputy Head (Senior School)

Andrew Day has an extensive background in highly regarded UK independent schools and joins us from Epsom College in the UK where he has been Housemaster for the past 5 years. He is very experienced in supporting large numbers of international students, taking full responsibility for their academic success, co-curricular involvement and pastoral needs.

Mr Day is also a Teacher of Computer Science and is extremely passionate about his subject. His first cohort of students at Epsom achieved 100% A* and A at IGCSE. Mr Day has extensive experience teaching A Level throughout his career and the IB Diploma Programme at his previous school, King Edward’s, where he was also Housemaster. Earlier in his career, he led ICT as Head of Department at Bryanston School.

Putting his subject knowledge and school management experience into practice, Mr Day developed a software system for pastoral management that is now used in a large number of UK independent schools.

Mr Day holds a BSc, PGCE, MEd in Educational Leadership & School Improvement and National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL). He also coaches rugby, football, tennis, swimming and kayaking.