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    We provide international education to over 1,100 students ages 1-18. We are at the heart of our community, a hub for many expat families in living Beijing.

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    Through the Nord Anglia University we focus our teachers professional development to ensure that your child receives high quality teaching experience.

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    You will immediately recognise one of our students when you meet them by their evident respect for others, their intellectual and social confidence.

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    We are a high achieving school with excellent academic success. We believe in bringing out the best in every student of all abilities.

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    We have a dedicated team waiting to hear from you and ready to put you in touch with others whom you may wish or need to speak to.

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    Through our News & Insights section you can find out the latest from our school and from other schools in the Nord Anglia Education global family.

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    We teach the English National Curriculum, offer a German curriculum at primary level and IB Diploma for Years 12 & 13 students.

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Preparing to move in Beijing

With the visa application process, school and housing selections to make, deciding what to bring, and then finishing with that one way flight to China, a good check list can make all difference!

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The process of moving to Beijing begins with getting over the administrative hurdles.

China has a strict visa application process that involves documentation you may not have seen in a while. If you are moving to Beijing as a family, you will need to bring medical records, school records, copies and sometimes originals of birth as well as marriage certificates. DO NOT put these in your shipment, and make copies and scans of everything. When you arrive expect to be without your passport for 3 – 6 weeks for visa procedures and shipment customs clearance. Here is a list of documents to bring for a long-term stay in Beijing:

  • Passport and visas
  • TIP – if you lose your passport a copy of your visa is necessary for documentation at the Exit Entry Bureau even before you can proceed to your Embassy for a replacement, so leave copies with a family member back home or in your virtual "cloud"
  • Extra passport-size photos
  • Children’s birth certificates
  • Marriage certificate
  • Children’s school records
  • Diploma and CV
  • Driving license
  • Inventory of everything shipped
  • Medical records

Shipping personal effects to China is common; however it can take up to three months to receive a large shipment. As housing provided in China is fully furnished including appliances and even curtains, a shipment of just your personal effects such as clothes and a few pieces of home decoration or pictures help to alleviate homesickness. Most everything is available for purchase in Beijing apart from rare cheese, and most over the counter medications.  Western sized clothes and shoes are widely available through widely recognized stores including Mothercare, H&M, The Gap, and even Marks and Spencer.  Pricing is not cheap, as for some reason, these stores are priced as if they were imported, and tall or large size shoes can be a rarity, so bring things from home. A local favourite in China is Decathlon with low pricing and a range of sports clothes & shoes in western sizes, and sport equipment available from bicycles, to tents, and ice skates.

Beijing climate ranges from 40 degrees Celsius in the summer to weeks of snow in the winter. The best weather is in September and October, called the “Golden Season”.

There is a legitimate concern for air quality in Beijing, similar to many other large cities in the world.

Cars and coal are the biggest culprits with over 3.5 million private cars on the road and over 70% of the city’s electricity is produced with coal. The surrounding mountains have a bowl effect that keeps bad air lingering over the city if there are no easterly winds. Things have improved since 1998 when Beijing only had 100 “blue sky” days and continues to improve year on year.

Pollution days are more difficult to predict than the weather, with most expatriates checking the Air Quality Index (AQI) from a website or an App on their smart phones. The important thing to remember is that the AQI varies drastically from one day being completely different from another. On bad air days, try to stay indoors and avoid high impact exercise outside. Most expats buy air purifiers for their homes.

The British School of Beijing, Shunyi have a whole school air purification system for our campus, several indoor athletic and play spaces, as well as a rigourous AQI policy with activity levels based on the AQI to keep our children safe while still providing the need for exercise. 

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