Wellington College, the renowned British co-educational boarding and day independent school, will open its Shanghai campus on Aug. 25, with the first batch of 300 students.
The school was introduced by Shanghai Lujiazui Development (Group) Co. Ltd. in February 2013 after its first Chinese campus opened in Tianjin in 2011.
All the students, aged 3 to 18, are children of expatriates, including Hong Kong and Taiwanese residents living in Shanghai, Thepaper.cn reported on Monday, citing school president David Cook. Applicants came from more than 20 countries and regions such as the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The campus covers 70,000 square meters and is divided into three areas for kindergarten, primary school and middle school.
Tuition is about 200,000 to 250,000 yuan (US$32,300-40,400) per academic year, slightly lower than that for the main campus in Crowthorne, West Berkshire.
The teachers are mainly from the United Kingdom. Cook said the school received more than 2,000 applications for only 30 posts.
Although the school adopts British National Curriculum Standards, it emphasizes Chinese language skills—all students are required to be able to write and communicate in Chinese and Chinese is a compulsory course for students under Grade 9.
It will also offer International Baccalaureate Diploma Program which provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, and is accepted by many top universities worldwide.
Sheng Xiaoming, member of the Shanghai municipal standing committee, has said Wellington College is expected to help enhance the investment environment for the city’s Pudong district.
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