Our Founder

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The founder of Studio Education is James Jobbins, a British school teacher who has taught in schools in England and Shanghai. A highly-qualified secondary school teacher, James has taught English Language & Literature and Philosophy & Ethics to GCSE and A-Level students. In England he also served as an ICT Coordinator, as a local government School Improvement Advisory Teacher, and as a teacher training manager for an educational software company.

James came to Shanghai in 2008. He taught for two years at Yew Wah Arts and Language Centre, as well as preparing private students for entry to top independent schools in the UK, US, Australia, and Canada. He also organised educational projects for Yew Chung International School and for the teaching charity, Stepping Stones. Before founding Studio he worked for two years as Director of Soong Ching Ling School Multicultural Division.

James read English Language and Literature at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He holds a post graduate certificate in Applied Educational Leadership and Management from the Institute of Education at the University of London as well as UK Qualified Teacher Status. In 2012-13, he served as a mentor for the University of Sunderland on the International Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

As the child of two teachers, James has lived surrounded by education his whole life. He now lives in Hongqiao with his wife, Sarah, an erstwhile kindergarten teacher and now in-house artist and designer for Studio.