Government ministers and business leaders join Lord Willetts at launch of first Chinese school in Europe

Government ministers and business leaders join Lord Willetts at launch of first Chinese school in Europe


(Pictured from left: Lord Willetts, the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Councillor Mrs. Elizabeth Rutherford and the Minister Counsellor Wang Yongli)

Adrian Richardson, Chairman of the Governors and Founder Principal of the Cothill Educational Trust, together with Lord Willetts, former Cabinet Minister and Science and Universities Minister, hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of Kensington Wade, the first English-Chinese dual language school in Europe.

Guests of honour included, Lord Nash, Minister Counsellor Wang Yongli, Jeremy Hunt MP and the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea.

The reception was held at the school premises, in a brand new, state of the art building in Kensington. As guests arrived, they were invited to paint their name in Chinese on a scroll, meet the key members of the team and take a tour around the school, including the impressive 680sqm sports hall and rooftop terrace playground.

The school has been founded by Professor Hugo de Burgh, a leading authority on China and cultural relations between China and the UK. Jo Wallace, Head of Putney High Junior School GDST, has been appointed Headmistress.

The decision to open a school of this kind was based on the belief that future generations of British opinion formers and decision makers will benefit greatly from learning Chinese at an early age; they will be able to operate in a world in which Chinese continues to have an increasingly strong influence on business, politics and international affairs.

“Learning Chinese opened another world to me, enriching my life and giving me opportunities I would never otherwise have had,” said Founder Professor Hugo De Burgh.

“Now I want the next generation to have the same, only earlier in their lives. I am delighted to be opening the first immersion dual language English Chinese school in Europe and to be able to offer children the opportunity to be educated in two wonderful cultures. We will instil a thirst for enterprise, initiative and creativity in our pupils, balanced with academic excellence, social skills and high cultural empathy”.

Kensington Wade will offer an immersive bilingual education from ages 3 to 11 through a curriculum informed by the successes of both English and Chinese educational cultures. It will be open from September 2017.

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