Wycombe Abbey International Schools launched in China by BE Education

Commenting on the initiative, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said “Education is one of the cornerstones upon which we build international relations. Global partnerships like this one by wycombe abbey shanghai Abbey and BE Education will help to weave a tighter union between Chinese and British students and the business leaders of the future.”

Wycombe Abbey, the world-class boarding school, and the leading education company in China, BE Education, have today announced the creation of Wycombe Abbey International Schools (WAIS) in China, providing for the first time a blending of the China and UK national curricula in a true UK independent boarding school environment. This represents a major shift from previous entrants as it focuses on the huge potential of the local market with its distinctive curriculum which WAIS believes will have unique appeal in China and encourage even greater opportunities for the UK-China relationship in the future.

The initiative has been led by Headmistress Rhiannon Wilkinson, with the full support of the Governing Council and its Chairman Patrick Sherrington, and by BE Education’s Chief Executive, William Vanbergen. They jointly describe the outcome of the deal as “sharing the Wycombe DNA, its values and culture” with a number of schools in China and supporting Wycombe Abbey’s bursaries and development of other educational ventures. The plan is to start by rebranding BE Education’s successful Oxford International College of Changzhou (near Shanghai) as Wycombe Abbey International School from September 2016.

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