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UK's first English-Chinese dual-language school to open in Kensington

21/10/2016 Joanna

The first ever dual-language English-Chinese prep school in the UK is to open its doors in September 2017, it has been announced.

Kensington Wade will provide bilingual education to students between the ages of three to 13, with its curriculum incorporating aspects of both the English and Chinese educational cultures.

In addition to helping children become fluent in both languages by the time they leave, the school will also immerse pupils in Chinese culture, with martial arts incorporated into the sports programme, calligraphy taught as part of the arts education and the academic mix featuring a heavy focus on mathematics.

Kensington Wade is being designed as a state-of-the-art educational establishment, located in a purpose-built building in a central London location on Kensington High Street. Key features include a 685 sq m sports hall and a rooftop terrace garden that will serve as a playground.

The school is being founded by Adrian Richardson, founder and principal of the Cothill Trust, and Professor Hugo de Burgh, an expert on China and Sino-British cultural relations. Laura Marani, meanwhile, has been appointed as the school's first headmistress.

In opening Kensington Wade, the founders are hoping to not only give students a grounding in the language and culture of one of the world's most economically important nations, but also to import some of the best features of the Chinese educational system.

Professor de Burgh said: "Learning Chinese opened another world to me, enriching my life and giving me opportunities I would never otherwise have had. Now I want the next generation to have the same, only earlier."

He added: "We will instil in our pupils a thirst for enterprise, initiative and creativity, balanced with academic excellence, social skills and high cultural empathy."

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