• A Warm Welcome

    Situated in the heart of a thriving expat community, our school is home to families from all over the world

    Secondary students in ICT lesson

  • Academic Success

    Delivering oustanding results at every level in our school

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  • Helping Others Thrive

    We believe passionately in learning, and our modern approach to education continues to help our students shine

  • Be Ambitious

    Inspiring academic success & developing social, intellectual and confident children

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  • Support & Guidance

    We look forward to seeing you at the British International School, Puxi and welcoming you and your family to our special community

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  • News & Views

    Stay in touch with all that is taking place in our school and our community

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  • Get in Touch

    We like talking about education and children. You can get in touch with our admissions team by phone,skype or e-mail, or by calling in to see us

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Warm Welcome

We wish all our new families a warm welcome to the school and we aim to help your children settle in to their new school.

We hope that the information below helps; we should be able to answer any further questions that you have on Orientation Day. However, should you require any further assistance before our new academic year starts, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you into our school community very soon.

  • Orientation Day Schedule for Primary Students (New Students)

    We are delighted to welcome you and your family as you join our community here at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi. Please find below the schedule for Orientation Day on Tuesday 15 August

    Schedule For Your Day – Option 1

    8:45am – 9:00am  Welcome Coffee & Registration

    9:00am – 10:00am  Meet Class Teachers

    9:00am – 10:30am  Uniform Shop visits, Lunch Card set up, Bus Registration

    10:30am  End of Orientation

    Schedule For Your Day – Option 2

    10:45am – 11:00am  Welcome Coffee & Registration

    11:00am – 12:00pm  Meet Class Teachers

    11:00am – 12:30pm  Uniform Shop visits, Lunch card set up, Bus Registration

    12:30pm  End of Orientation

  • Orientation Day Schedule for Year 7 Students (New and Returning)

    We are delighted to welcome you and your family as you join our community here at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi. Please find below the schedule for Orientation Day on Tuesday 15 August for students and parents.

    Orientation Day in Year 7 is for all students and families: both those joining us from the Primary School and those new to Shanghai.

    Schedule For Your Day – Tuesday 15 August

    Please come to the Secondary Campus.

    8:45am – 9:00am  Welcome Coffee & Registration

    9:00am – 10:00am  Meet in the Dining Hall with Form Tutors, Subject Teachers and other BISS families.

    Discuss Language Options if necessary with our MFL and Mandarin staff.

    10:00am – 10:30am  Getting to know the Secondary School – a practical exercise in exploring the school with your form tutor.  You will also be meeting your class.

    10:30am – 11:00am  Uniform Shop visits, Lunch Card set up, Bus Registration

    11:00am – 11:30am  Meet back in the Dining Hall for the end of the programme. Refreshments will be available and you will have an opportunity to ask any further questions that you may have. This will include an opportunity to arrange lunch cards, confirm bus routes and meet other staff and current parents.

    11:30am  End of Orientation

  • Orientation Day Schedule for Years 8 and 9 Students

    We are delighted to welcome you and your family as you join our community here at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi. Please find below the schedule for Orientation Day on Tuesday 15 August for students and parents.

    Schedule For Your Day – Tuesday 15 August

    Please come to the Secondary Campus.

    8:45am – 9:00am: Welcome Coffee & Registration.

    9:00am – 10:00am: Meet in the Dining Hall with Form Tutors, Subject Teachers and other BISS families.

    Discuss Language Options if necessary with our MFL and Mandarin staff.

    10:00am – 10:30am: Getting to know the Secondary School – a practical exercise in exploring the school with your form tutor.

    10:30am – 11:00am: Uniform Shop visits, Lunch Card set up, Bus Registration.

    11:00am – 11:30am: Meet back in the Dining Hall for the end of the programme. Refreshments will be available and you will have an opportunity to ask any further questions that you may have. This will include an opportunity to arrange lunch cards, confirm bus routes and meet other staff and current parents.

    11:30am: End of Orientation

  • Orientation Day Schedule for Years 10 and 11 Students

    We are delighted to welcome you and your family as you join our community here at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi. Please find below the schedule for Orientation Day on Tuesday 15 August for students and parents.

    Schedule For Your Day – Tuesday 15 August

    Please come to the Secondary Campus.

    8:45am – 9:00am  Welcome Coffee & Registration.

    9:00am – 10:00am  Meet in the Dining Hall with form tutors, Subject Teachers and other BISS families.

    Discuss Language Options if necessary with our MFL and Mandarin staff.

    10:00am  Confirm subject choices: Meet with the Head of Year in the Dining Hall.

    10:00am – 10:30am  Getting to know the Secondary School – a practical exercise in exploring the school with your Form Tutor.

    10:30am – 11:00am Uniform Shop visits, Lunch card set up, Bus Registration

    11:15 am for Year 10 students: Confirm subject choices: Meet with Ms Pantasoulas (Year 10) and Ms Cavanagh (Year 11) in the Dining Hall. Students wishing to take language options should speak to Ms Brannasch (Head of MFL) at this time.

  • Orientation Day Schedule for Year 12 Students

    We are delighted to welcome you and your family as you join our community here at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi. Please find below the schedule for Orientation Day on Tuesday 15 August for new students and parents.

    Schedule For Your Day – Tuesday 15 August

    Please come to the Secondary campus.

    8:45am - 9:00am  Tea and Coffee and meeting with form tutors (Dining Hall)

    9:00am  Introduction to the Diploma Programme (in the IB Academy)

    9:50am  Opportunities to discuss subject options with teachers

    10:30 pm CAS Session (S350)

    12.00pm  ALIS testing (S350)

    During the day students will also be given information about which tutor group they are in to ensure a smooth start on Wednesday 16 August.

  • Early Years Checklist

    Please see below some information that will help you know what to bring each day.


    Your child will need:
    • A bag - big enough to hold all the equipment that your child needs that they can manage themselves
    • A daily healthy snack for your child (the school will also provide a snack)
    • A water bottle that your child can fill themselves -labelled with your child’s name
    • If your child is wearing nappies please bring a whole pack to be kept in their cubby (restock as required)
    • Two or more changes of clothes to be kept in their cubby – clearly labelled with your child’s name
    • Swimming kit including a swimming cap and goggles (for children who are toilet-trained). No armbands or floats necessary.
    • Some of our children sleep in the day and school provide a bed and an all-in bottom and top sheet. If you would like your child to have an extra blanket, quilt, pillow or comforters please send them in weekly in a labelled bag.
    • We encourage all our children to play outside when we can so it is good to be prepared for wet weather. Please make sure your child has a rainproof coat with a hood and wellington boots to keep them dry whether it is walking to the bus or splashing in puddles.
    • Indoor and outdoor shoes need to be comfortable, sturdy and practical - the children should be able to put on and take off their shoes by themselves (no laces)! Closed in shoes or those with straps are also good as they stay on. In Reception the children are expected to wear black shoes as part of the school uniform. Please name all shoes clearly.
    • Remember to visit the uniform shop. Children in Nursery and Pre Nursery need to wear their cubs t-shirt everyday. Children in Reception wear school uniform.

  • Equipment List for Lessons (Secondary)

    We suggest having the equipment below available.
    A pencil case with your name on it to hold everything below:

    • Blue or black pens for normal writing

    • Other coloured pens for emphasis (fine point Stabilo pens)

    • Pencils (a mechanical pencil, an HB pencil and a 2B pencil)

    • Pencil sharpener

    • Eraser

    • Ruler

    • Protractor

    • Compasses

    • Glue stick

    • Small scissors with rounded tips

    • Scientific calculator (Casio fx-83 recommended for years 7-11)   

    • Calculator for IB students - Texas Instruments Nspire CX Graphic Calculator (non-CAS version)                                                                         

    • Highlighters (at least three different colours)

    • Coloured pencils (Staedtler or Raffine are good)

    • USB memory stick (16GB or more)

    • A pair of earphones or headphones

    • Coloured sticky highlighter tabs

  • School Uniform

    Primary & Secondary School Uniform

    The Uniform Shop, which is located in the primary school, is open from Monday 1 August, from 9.00am to 3.30pm. Buying uniform before the orientation day is highly recommended. Please schedule your visit through the Admissions office.

    During the Orientation Day on 15 August, we will be supplying uniform from the primary school sports hall, on the second floor of the primary campus. This allows us to serve lots of people quickly. We will be open between 8:00am and 4:00pm. We highly recommend that you buy black school shoes before you come to China, as they can be quite difficult to source here.

    More information on our uniform guides are located below:

    IB School Uniform

    On the link below you can view an outline of required uniform and expectations about appearance which we hope is helpful when purchasing clothes and other items.  Appearance is more formal in the Secondary setting – this is our way of helping students as they progress in their school careers and prepare for adulthood.  It instills pride, gives our students a sense of identity and promotes our ethos of being the best that we can be. Please pay close attention to our expectations in terms of items of jewellery, make-up, hair styles and nail varnish.

  • School Buses

    If you would like to reserve a seat for your son or daughter on one of our school buses, please email us at schoolbus@bisspuxi.com or contact 5226 3211 ext. 1618, as early as possible. We will need to know your local contact details in Shanghai as soon as you know them (such as detailed address, home number and local mobile etc.)

    Please kindly send the above information by 31 July 2017, if possible, as this will allow us to have timings for buses worked out for the first day of the new term. Our school bus monitor will phone you to discuss pick up and drop off points before the start of term.

  • Lunch Cards

    School lunch cards can be purchased in our Dining Hall on Orientation Day. Pupils are allocated a smart card and parents are asked to credit the card at the start of the term; a minimum start up balance of 500RMB is required. This can be topped up during the school term. Please be aware that our catering company is able to accept cash (RMB) or payments via Alipay or WeChat Wallet. Primary students do not keep their own cards; these are held in the Dining Hall and payments are deducted automatically according to their daily attendance.

  • Security ID Cards

    Our School Security policy aims to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff at all times.

    As part of our commitment to keeping your child safe, we require all parents to carry a photo ID security card. We request that parents who do not have an ID card with a photograph complete and submit the online form. 

  • Email Subscription

    It is very important that you subscribe to our newsletter service, as we use this to send you information during the school year. Once you have subscribed, please make sure you verify the confirmation email to guarantee that you always receive our news and please let us know if you need any help.

  • ECA, BISCAP & Music Registration

    We want to provide all our students with the chance to extend their learning beyond the formal curriculum and so have created a wide range of extra-curricular activities that students from Year 1 to Year 13 can opt into at the end of the school day. The full brochure and online registration for Term 1 2017 will be available on our school website from Wednesday 09 August.
  • The New Parent Team

    The New Parent Team would like to welcome you all to BISS Puxi, Shanghai.

    Our team of volunteers is here to help and support you and your family as you embark on this new exciting adventure in Shanghai.

    Together our team has several years of experience of both living here in Shanghai and transitioning into new schools and communities across the world.

    The aim of our team is to ensure a smooth transition into BISS Puxi, provide practical advice on living in Shanghai and help you to build social networks.

    We have many exciting activities planned for the next year including tours of local area, trips downtown, information events such as holidays in and around Asia, and a Christmas tree tour. We hope that you will be able to join us.

    We will also be hosting a regular coffee morning at school where members of our team will be available to answer any of your questions.

    We look forward to meeting you all soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions about moving to Shanghai before you arrive please feel free to contact us on bissnewparents@bisspuxi.com, we will try our best to help you.

  • Download our Orientation Guide Book

    You can download our Orientation Guide here.