Andrew Willis

Andrew was educated at the Universities of Sussex and Liverpool. In 1991, he began his teaching career in Kirkby on Merseyside before moving to the Channel Island of Jersey in 1995 and was appointed to his first headship in 2006. In 2012, he transferred to Samarès School with a mission to raise aspiration and standards of achievement in addition to building a strong community that gave effective support to families. As a result of this work, he was recognised with the 2016 Inspirational Leader of the Year Award.

As Head of the Prep School at Wellington Shanghai, his priority has been to develop and improve the curriculum of the school so that it facilitates the very highest levels for learning for pupils. Andrew and his team are determined to make a curriculum that is exciting, intriguing and inspiring and will prepare pupils fully for life as change-leaders in 21st century China and beyond.

Andrew is married to Janet, who teaches art at Wellington. They have two daughters: Lucy, who, after completing her IB Diploma at Wellington, is currently studying International Relations, Security and Strategy with Chinese at Exeter University and Rosie, who is beginning her IB Diploma in year 12 at Wellington. Both girls were born in Jiangxi Province and were adopted at the age of 1. The family returned to China to teach at an international school in Suzhou in 2009. They travelled extensively throughout this incredible nation, from Xinjiang and Tibet to Fujian and Yunnan. Shanghai was always a favourite destination, and they are delighted to now be living in this amazing city.

Away from work, Andrew often enjoys nothing more than talking with his daughters. When he does have a break, he pursues his lifetime goal of sporting mediocrity and can be found in football C teams and slow-running clubs. He is well-known on the golf courses of Jersey and Shanghai for getting value for money by playing as much golf as possible per round.