Bohunt Wenzhou International School
Wenzhou Bohunt International School, will open in 2018 to Chinese students. It will be an all-boarding school, for 1200 students aged 12-18 and teach a Bohunt-style curriculum. Students will take GCSE and A-Level examinations. As well as leading an exchange programme for students and staff, Bohunt Education Trust (BET) will provide teacher training and recruitment support; play an advisory role on building design; develop teaching materials and the school’s curriculum; and provide strategic oversight and consultancy for the senior leadership team.
This relationship will allow the Trust to offer its innovative educational approach to Chinese students, continue its collaboration with outstanding Chinese teachers to the benefit of British and Chinese students and open up enriching exchange opportunities for its UK staff and students.
BET’s Chinese Partner for the school will be Wenzhou Xinzhi Education Technology Company and students will be fee paying. A proportion of fees will transfer to BET, which will be used to further build on the Trust’s high quality educational offering in the UK.
The partnership came about following BET’s increasing profile as one of the UK’s best educational trusts for delivering Mandarin and its appearance in the 2015 BBC series Chinese School. The series highlighted the benefits of collaboration and how sharing best practice could improve student’s learning experiences. This partnership will further that work allowing the Trust to understand in real depth the benefits of different styles of teaching for the benefit of all students in the Trust.
BET already hosts exchanges for its students with Chinese schools and runs the first state secondary school to teach all of its students Mandarin; the announcement of 19 April 2016 sees the Trust establishing a more formal structure in the country. As the Trust grows in the UK it hopes to grow its Chinese collaborations in order to provide unparalleled opportunities for UK and Chinese staff and students.
The latest collaboration has been praised by a number of educationalists. The Director of Student Affairs at Oxford University, Den Moore, said he expected the new school would’ provide great educational opportunities’ and ‘ promote friendship between Britain and China’.
Speaking about the project in a speech in Shanghai earlier this week, Neil Strowger, Chief Executive of Bohunt Education Trust , said:
“We’re delighted to be involved in this partnership, which will allow us to build on our offering in the UK whilst bringing our outstanding educational model to students in China.
Collaboration has always underpinned our philosophy at Bohunt – it is one of the reasons we decided to take part in the Chinese School series. Our experience of the series further emphasised the importance of working with others – and learning from them – to deliver the very best education, and this is exactly what partnership is all about.
“Preparing students to be active participants in our global economy has always been a key part of our visiom. This way we have made languages – and Mandarin in particular – a central part of our offer, and we are pleased at the latest development which will benefit young people in both the UK and China.”
Speaking about Bohunt’s performance Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT, said:
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Bohunt Education Trust is the first state school to open a partner school in China.