Member Update | YCISChongqing: Meet Our New School Leadership Team

As a new SLT we are excited to welcome back new and existing students to our school, which is why preparations are already well underway for next academic year, with changes being made to our school environment and new resources being unpacked and prepared ready for use.

One of the key developments for us as a school will be communication with our school community, as an SLT we will be sharing regular updates on the developments within school and our progress against key school improvement priorities.

We will also be providing greater opportunities for parents to speak with us about how we can further support the development of our students along with providing you with a series of workshops to discover what YCIS stands for and how we provide a very unique international learning experience.

Our new and existing teachers who are currently outside of China are counting down the days until they can return, we as a school are doing all we can to get them into Chongqing as quickly as possible.

In the meantime our new teachers have been given a ‘buddy’ who is an experienced, existing member of staff whom they can to talk to about life at the school and Chongqing, but also our expectations for planning and teaching so when they arrive the transition from their current to their new school is as smooth as possible.

There is so much potential here at YCIS Chongqing and it is our aim to ensure we realise that potential so we are truly recognised as one of the best international schools in South West China and beyond.


Please take a closer look at the profiles of our new School Leadership Team.

Mr. Ian Ward

Western Co-Principal 

Ian Ward began the role of Western Co-Principal in August 2020 after joining the school as Head of ECE and Primary in August 2019. Previously he worked in the Middle East and UK as a teacher, leader and inspector of schools. Mr. Ward holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with Qualified Teacher status in Primary Education from Lancaster University along with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Ward has over 20 years of experience as a teacher and Principal in culturally diverse large and small schools. He left the UK in 2010 with his family, wanting to show the impact that developing strong links with the community has on improving student achievement. He believes that schools should put the learner at the centre of all they do in order to provide them with opportunities to be internationally minded, global citizens who aspire to be the best, both academically and as a person.

Ms. Jessie Xiao

Chinese Co-Principal 

Jessie Xiao has been the Chinese Vice Principal of YCIS Chongqing since October 2018. She previously worked as Head of Chinese Department in the Secondary Section. Jessie has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law Degree, as well as a Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Southwest University in Chongqing. Throughout her past 11 years in YCIS Chongqing, Ms Xiao was awarded the HIPO (Grade 1) Teacher by Yew Chung Education Foundation.

Ms Xiao has gained practical experience in Primary and Secondary Co-teaching and has experience in teaching both Chinese as First Language and Chinese as an Additional Language, including IGSCE and IB Chinese. She believes that character education is central to promoting a students’ integrated development.

Ms. Janelle Chen

School Business Manager

Ms Janelle Chen joined YCIS Chongqing in April 2009, working as the Head of Finance Department initially and then the School Business Manager from November 2016. Ms Chen has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Auckland, majoring in Accounting and Finance, and a master’s degree of Business Management from the Technology University of Auckland.

Ms Chen is also a qualified charted accountant gained from the China CPA Association. Before joining YCIS Chongqing, Ms Chen gained eight years of professional experience in international business. She believes a well-managed school operation focuses on the students as well as the school community.