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 New school takes shape in China
Wycombe Abbey International and BE Education held a ground-breaking ceremony in Hangzhou, China to mark the start
of construction of a new Wycombe Abbey International school in the city.
Expected to open in September 2020, Wycombe Abbey International School Hangzhou will be Wycombe Abbey’s second co-educational international school in China taking pupils from kindergarten to 18
years of age. Wycombe Abbey International School, Changzhou opened in September 2016 and already has over 840 pupils.
The state-of-the art Hangzhou campus will cost around
£90 million and will act as a
social hub for the local and international communities of the city. Hangzhou is rapidly becoming China’s high-tech capital and is home to some of the country’s fastest growing companies, including Alibaba. Like the School in Changzhou the new school will be boarding in the senior school.
Headmistress of Wycombe
Abbey School, Buckinghamshire, Rhiannon Wilkinson commented, ‘We are extremely excited to
be establishing a superb new campus in Hangzhou. This will allow us to build on the success of our school in Changzhou
and to provide best-of-British education, combined with the
very real strengths of the Chinese education system, to more pupils in China today.’
Pictured (left to right): William Vanbergen, CEO BE Education; Ling Jin, Director of Wycombe Abbey International School Hangzhou; Sara Brazendale, Director of International Schools, Wycombe Abbey; Shirley Jin, Director
of Wycombe Abbey International School Hangzhou; and Dez Yuan, Development Director of Wycombe Abbey International Schools Greater China, BE Education
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