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  Agreement for six new schools in China
Westminster School and the
Hong Kong Educational Group HKMETG have announced that they are collaborating to open new bilingual schools for Chinese pupils aged 3-18 in six major cities in China. The  rst will be in Chengdu in 2020.
Each new school will have three divisions: a Kindergarten (3-5); a Primary and Junior High (6-15) delivering the compulsory Chinese National Curriculum augmented by aspects of a Westminster curriculum; and a Senior High (16-18) offering IGCSEs and
A levels and a much broader overall curriculum as preparation for applications to overseas universities. A full range of extra- curricular opportunities will be available as well as the provision of pastoral support, and boarding from 12-18. The aim is for these schools to re ect elements of the Westminster ethos of teaching and learning. The schools will be fee-paying but 10% of places will be funded by HKMETG for pupils who are not able to meet the fees.
Westminster School will receive an income for consultancy services that will contribute directly to its growing bursary programme.
Head Master Patrick Derham, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with HKMETG in their project to build six new schools in China. The initiative re ects the spirit embedded in the Elizabethan charter of the School: that an excellent education is the means through which to prepare young people to have a transformative effect on the world. This ethos drives our Bursary programme; and we aspire to provide a Westminster Education for all who might bene t from it, irrespective of means. Our collaboration with HKMETG will allow us to fund even more bursary places at Westminster School. We very much look forward to a longstanding relationship between Westminster, HKMETG and the new schools
in China, to deepen our cultural collaboration and exchange in the years ahead.
Visit to Parliament
Launching an international brand
Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, has announced
the establishment of a new international school in Shenzhen, China. Merchiston Castle International School, Shenzhen, will open its doors to the  rst students in September 2018.
The Edinburgh-based boys’ school’s venture comes on the back of a rising demand for British international schools abroad and over a year of collaboration with China-based parent/investor, Mr Jianjun
Lyu. Mr Lyu was so impressed with the way Merchiston, Edinburgh, educated his son that he has signed an exclusive agreement to develop a family of Merchiston schools across China. These new schools will support a broader educational approach, combining the best of Merchiston’s successes alongside
traditional Chinese subjects and will provide opportunities for exchange programmes for both pupils and staff. This partnership will have positive  nancial gains for Merchiston, Edinburgh and will enable the Edinburgh-
based school to build upon its means-tested  nancial assistance scheme and to expand its already outstanding facilities.
Built for 1,200 pupils, the new Merchiston Castle International School will cater for boys and girls aged 5-18 years, teaching IGCSEs and A Levels in the
senior years and a Sino-Scottish curriculum throughout the junior years. With accommodation
for 600, the senior school will be exclusively for boarding pupils. Speaking at a signing event in Shenzhen, attended by Deputy Consul-General of the British Consulate-General in
Guangzhou, Mr. Andrew Ould, Mr Andrew Hunter, Headmaster of Merchiston, Edinburgh commented that, “this is an exciting chapter for Merchiston and I am proud to be exporting the unique Scottish boarding school educational philosophy for the bene t of Shenzhen’s growing global citizens.”
The  rst Headmaster of Merchiston Castle International School, Scotland-educated Mr Chris Lynn, will take up his new post this month (January). Currently Head of Secondary
at Nexus International School, Malaysia, he has many years of experience both in the UK and internationally.
A group of 24 Year 3 and 4 children from Brabyns Preparatory School, Cheshire, paid a special visit to the Houses of Parliament to meet local MP William Wragg who had invited the children for a tour, to interview him about his role and to see how the Houses of Parliament operate. The visit was arranged to support the children’s learning in their current topic on ‘Great Britain’. The children also took advantage of being in London and had a site seeing boat trip down the River Thames.
Lee Sanders, Headteacher at Brabyns Preparatory School,
said: “At Brabyns, we embrace a holistic approach to teaching and learning, and recognise that out of classroom learning provides many bene ts to children in terms of fun, enjoyment and personal development, but
also increased motivation and academic performance.
“This is a trip we do every two years as part of the children’s topic and we have found that
it really enhances their learning and complements the teaching that takes place in the classroom. It is a wonderful opportunity, including travelling on the train and using the Underground.”
 Pictured: Left to right, Mr Vincent Chen co-investor, Dr Duncan Moore, deputy chairman of the board of governors Merchiston Castle School, Mr Gareth Baird chairman of the board of governors Merchiston Castle School, Mr Jianjun Lyu co-investor
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