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Elite British school to open branch in China

British boarding school Lady Eleanor Holles has become the latest UK-based school to announce the imminent opening of a branch in China. The 300-year-old institution will launch a co-ed boarding and day school in the southern city of Foshan.

According to an ISC report, 48 international private schools are set to open in China in the coming years. Photo: WikiMediaImages/Pixabay

The school’s first international branch will focus exclusively on secondary education

A joint venture with education specialists Trumptech, the school’s first international branch will focus exclusively on secondary education, accommodating 750 pupils who will study a British-based curriculum that prepares them to sit IGCSEs and A Levels.

“The opportunity to extend the experience and teaching philosophy of LEH in the UK to a new school…was too hard to resist”

“By focusing exclusively on this age group we are able to design a campus, deliver a curriculum and build a team of specialist educators where the needs of 12 to 18-year-old students are our key priority,” explained founding headmaster Steve Allen.

The move follows a trend over the past few years of British schools – including Harrow and Dulwich – establishing branches in Asia.

“The opportunity to extend the experience and teaching philosophy of LEH in the UK to a new school, in such a dynamic and fast-growing region of China, was too hard to resist,” says Mr Allen.

Despite their increasing ubiquitousness, international schools are not allowed to accept mainland Chinese citizens as students.

Instead, these schools serve the children of the country’s 600,000-odd expatriates and holders of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau passports.

LEH Foshan will open for years seven to 11 in 2020 and years 12 and 13 in 2021.

A city of seven million people, Foshan is connected by metro to Guangzhou (Canton), China’s third largest city.

It is a key part of the government’s ambitious Greater Bay Area project, which is pushing for greater economic and social links between Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macau.

International schools have primarily opened in tier one cities like Shanghai and Beijing. But according to a report released in April by British firm ISC Research, institutions are also opening in second-tier cities as demand for an international style of education increases.

ISC Research’s report highlighted the growth of private international schools in China, with 48 set to open in the coming years.

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