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British International School, Shanghai

The British International School, Shanghai was opened in 2002 to meet the needs of British and expatriate parents who wish their children to receive a British education. The English National Curriculum is used, adapted to reflect the needs of the international setting and community. The British International School, Shanghai has three sections. In the Foundation classes, (Nursery and Reception 3-5 years), the curriculum concentrates on basic pre-writing, practical number and reading skills. There is interaction through stories, songs and discussions with the children's teachers. Reading and language development receive priority. The UK Foundation Stage Curriculum, based on the six areas of learning, is used.

In the Primary classes, (Key Stage 1 and 2, 5-11 years), a more formal structure ensures that children develop their potential in all areas of the National Curriculum, but especially in the core subjects. In Key Stages One and Two the children are taught mainly by the class teacher, making use of cross-curricular topics embracing not only the core subjects but also art, design, technology, geography, history, information and communication technology, music, personal, social and health education, physical education. Chinese and French are also taught at appropriate levels depending upon the child's fluency in these languages.

In the Secondary classes, (Key Stage 3, 4 and 5, 11-18 years), there is specialist teaching in all subject areas. Core subjects are English, mathematics and science with the foundation subjects of art, geography, history, music, French, Chinese, information technology, PE and PSHE.

The British International School, Shanghai tests at the end of Key Stages using the UK Statutory Assessment Tests and all children receive an entry baseline assessment. Children from Year 3 are tested regularly with other UK standardised tests so parents may make comparisons of their child's potential and achievement. In Years 10 and 11 the pupils are prepared for the IGCSE and GCSE examinations in eight to ten of the above subjects. Year 12 and 13 pupils will be prepared for A-levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma and university entrance.

The British International School, Shanghai currently occupies a modern, purpose-built primary school building and a new, architect-designed, fully equipped and resourced secondary school will be opening on an adjacent site in September 2004. The campus is situated on a quiet and clean residential complex and has the benefit of a pollution free environment. Outside there are pleasant grounds and play areas.

To ensure that the British International School, Shanghai truly reflects a British school, it has been extensively resourced from UK. The classrooms have been designed to provide a light and airy comfortable environment. The sports hall is equipped with PE material to supplement outdoor sports facilities and the primary school also has a Library, ICT Lab, science lab, art room and music room.

The teachers are recruited from the UK. Each teacher is fully qualified and experienced. Classroom teachers are UK trained and National Curriculum experienced graduates. Approximately 50% of the students are British and European, with the other 50% representing 16 different countries.

600 Cambridge Forest New Town, 2729 Hunan Road, Pudong, Shanghai, 201315, China
Tel: (+86) 21 5812 7455
Fax: (+86) 21 5812 7465

School Summary:
International, UK , curricula.
220 students, 3-18 yrs.



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