academic excellence

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Key Facts
20 Years of Excellence
BSB opened in 2003 making us the longest-serving British school in Beijing
World's top 100 universities
Cambridge, Imperial College London, UCL, UC Berkeley, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, King’s College London, NYU, and KAIST 
Perfect Score of 45
In both 2021 and 2022, one in three students achieved 40 points or higher on their IBDP and two students have achieved a perfect score of 45.

FORGING A PATH TO IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENTS

Our students follow in the footsteps of our accomplished alumni who go on to impressive careers, after delivering excellent academic results. In the comfortable settings of our small classes with learning structured by the globally respected English National Curriculum, our teachers work closely with each student to unlock their full potential to ensure they leave our school with everything they need for success.

When 37% of our students achieve 40 points or above on their IB Diploma exams – compared to only 10% of students globally – we’re confident we are setting them up for success anywhere they go, no matter what they choose to be or do in life.
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Early years
  • Early years
  • PRIMARY
  • LOWER SECONDARY
  • UPPER SECONDARY

Early years

Because of our internationally recognised curriculum for every age group, our personalised approach to learning means we can unlock your child’s learning potential – every step of the way.

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2 to 5 years old
National Curriculum for England
Our Pre-Nursery, Nursery, and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme. This introduces our little ones to all sorts of skills and knowledge, and we give them the attention they need at this crucial stage of their development.
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PRIMARY

Because of our internationally recognised curriculum for every age group, our personalised approach to learning means we can unlock your child’s learning potential – every step of the way. 
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5 to 11 years old
National Curriculum for England
Our English Primary Programme is organised, stimulating, and challenging for all children. It is broken into Key Stage One (Years 1–2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3–6), which includes all major subjects of learning, while introducing our new subjects and concepts.
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5 to 11 years old
German Primary School
Our German Primary Programme offers the opportunity for our German-speaking Primary School students (from Klasse 1 to Klasse 4) to study core subjects in German, following the German Curriculum, while also integrating the English Curriculum with non-core subjects and whole-school activities.
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LOWER SECONDARY

Because of our internationally recognised curriculum for every age group, our personalised approach to learning means we can unlock your child’s learning potential – every step of the way. 
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11 to 14 years old
National Curriculum for England 
Key Stage Three covers the transition from Primary to Secondary education. Middle school students take on greater academic responsibility with a diverse range of subjects, a timetable of lessons, and increased amounts of homework. With this, comes the reward of discovering the areas of learning about which they are most passionate.
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UPPER SECONDARY

Because of our internationally recognised curriculum for every age group, our personalised approach to learning means we can unlock your child’s learning potential – every step of the way. 
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14 to 16 years old
IGCSE
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) gives students the opportunity to shape their learning according to their interests and aspirations. The IGCSE offers a good foundation for future participation in a global society, and BSB Shunyi offers pathways to connect disciplines and to foster creative thinking and personal growth.
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16 to 18 years old
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
For those seeking a place at one of the world’s top universities, our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is one of the finest in China, as it perfectly prepares students for further education and life beyond BSB Shunyi.
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With our internationally recognised curricula for every age group, our tailored approach to learning means we’ll help to unlock your child’s learning potential every step of the way.
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  • Early Years
  • Primary
  • Lower Secondary
  • Upper Secondary

EARLY YEARS

These classes focus on the English National Curriculum’s ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) seven areas of learning: communication and language; physical development; personal, social, and emotional development; literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.

Our small student-to-teacher ratio ensures your child receives very close support and care.
Ages
2–5
Average class size
15
Dedicated space
a special playground for our youngest learners
Languages taught 
English and Mandarin

PRIMARY

Our Primary curriculum takes the basic framework of the National Curriculum for England and adapts it to our international community.

We shape our students to be confident, ambitious, and aware of what makes each of us unique.
Ages
5–11
Average class size
20
Special programme
Our German Primary Programme for native speakers, following the German Curriculum
Languages taught
English, Mandarin, and German

LOWER SECONDARY 

We fuel our younger Secondary School students with rich learning experiences, building their desire to learn more.

At BSB Shunyi, we guide them through emotional and physical growth, while also nurturing new and existing skills.
Ages
11–14
Average class size
18
Special offerings
Exciting co-curricular activities and DEA International Awards opportunities
Languages taught
English, Mandarin, German, French, and Spanish

UPPER SECONDARY

The IGCSE curriculum offers the ideal foundation for our students’ futures in a global society, covering a range of subjects and giving students the choice to focus on the areas they find most stimulating.

This continues through to the IB Diploma Programme, an essential step towards entering the world’s top universities.
Ages
14–18
Average class size
15
Special offerings
Exposure to university pathways and global higher education.
Languages taught
English, Mandarin, German, French, Spanish, and Korean
primary
  • Early years
  • Primary School
  • Lower Secondary
  • Upper Secondary School

A TYPICAL DAY AT BSB SHUNYI

Our Pre-Nursery, Nursery, and Reception programmes are exceptional. Our small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratio ensures your child receives dedicated attention and learns the skills they need to grow into excellent learners.
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GETTING READY! 
 Our ‘welcome circle’ time is a chance to greet friends, sing our welcome song, and think about the learning activities for the day ahead!
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GETTING READY! 
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FUN WITH LANGUAGE AND LISTENING 
Our story time develops our students’ language and listening skills. With so many exciting books in our library, there’s always something new to think about.
FUN WITH LANGUAGE AND LISTENING 
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CREATIVE PLAY 
This is a chance to explore the many fun places across our Early Years’ classrooms, where children learn different topics and practice their motor skills.
CREATIVE PLAY 
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 ADVENTURE-TIME
Whether it’s time for role play, music, exercises in PE, or arts and crafts, there’s always something new to discover! We make learning hands-on, creative, and fun.
 ADVENTURE-TIME
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EXPLORING THE WORLD AROUND US
Outdoor play is an exciting and engaging part of the day. We encourage students to be active and explore every area of our fantastic outdoor spaces.
EXPLORING THE WORLD AROUND US

A TYPICAL DAY AT BSB SHUNYI

Our talented team of experienced Primary School teachers have a highly ambitious approach to all-around excellence, committed to nurturing and inspiring each child. Learning is collaborative, yet complemented by special care, guidance, and support for each child.
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PREPARING FOR THE DAY 
Morning registration gets children ready for a full day of learning, informing them about what lessons to expect and offering an opportunity to practice mindfulness. 
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PREPARING FOR THE DAY
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TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS
Maths makes up a core part of our curriculum, and our talented teachers make improving students’ calculating skills fun – ensuring they’re continually stretched and challenged.
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS
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MUSIC, DANCE, AND DRAMA
As a particularly fun and important part of our day, our students love to express themselves through dance, music, and drama. Our NAE–Juilliard Performing Arts programme give students the chance to learn from the best.
MUSIC, DANCE, AND DRAMA
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LEARNING SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE
Students enjoy dedicated study time for different topics such as volcanoes, explorers and explorations, ancient Egyptians, and STEAM-related challenges – which develop their abilities in problem solving, teamwork, and creativity.
LEARNING SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE
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BUILDING ROBOTS WITH FRIENDS
We offer over 100 Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs), including in robotics, STEAM, Legos, calligraphy, sports, dance, cookery, and the environment. There’s truly something for everyone.
BUILDING ROBOTS WITH FRIENDS

A TYPICAL DAY AT BSB SHUNYI

The choices students make in these important years lay the groundwork for their university choices later in the future. Our teachers are always here to guide students and challenge them to do their absolute best.
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GETTING ORGANISED FOR A BUSY DAY
Our dedicated time to registration gives students the chance to discuss important topics and prepare for a day of learning.
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GETTING ORGANISED FOR A BUSY DAY
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CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENTS
Learning comes alive in biology, chemistry, and physics lessons with our practical experiments. In our state-of-the-art science labs, our students have some of the most memorable lessons of their lives.
CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENTS
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OUR MISSION TO MARS
Designed by MIT professors, our unique STEAM challenges – including the creation of a life-size model of Rover Perseverance on Mars – allows us to deep-dive into these subjects to innovate, think critically, and solve problems.
OUR MISSION TO MARS
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THE BSB BEARS
Whether our students are on the pitch, in the pool, or on the court, the BSB Bears are consistently the team to beat in Beijing! Our competitive sports promote our students’ leadership, teamwork, and health. 
THE BSB BEARS
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EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY
Students are encouraged to study and explore a range of different subjects. They discover the areas of learning which they are most passionate about and may consider for their IGCSE subject choices.
EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY

A TYPICAL DAY AT BSB SHUNYI

At BSB Shunyi, our senior students are supported and encouraged by their teachers to reach their full potential to achieve the results they want – always with their chosen university or potential career pathway in close view.
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MINDFULNESS
Our students begin their day in advisory groups before their lessons begin, helping them be more organised and focused on the day ahead.
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MINDFULNESS
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GAINING EXPERT KNOWLEDGE 
Students dive further in-depth with studies of their chosen IGCSE or IBDP subjects, specifically tailored to bringing the knowledge and results they need to succeed in university and beyond.
GAINING EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
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FINDING OUR DREAM UNIVERSITIES
Students receive dedicated specialist support from our Higher Education Team, as they discover pathways, reflect on their goals, and work on their applications to their best-fit universities around the world.
FINDING OUR DREAM UNIVERSITIES
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CONNECTING SUBJECTS
Motivated by MIT’s motto of mens et manus – or ‘the mind and hands’ in Latin – students studying STEAM courses explore tools and skills in cross-curricular learning, leading to exciting discoveries when subjects overlap and interact.
CONNECTING SUBJECTS
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BECOMING LEADERS
Getting involved in our Student Council, as House Captains, or as Prefects are some of the ways that students can participate in projects and events to improve the school community while also building their leadership skills.
BECOMING LEADERS
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MEET OUR ALUMNI

Students leave BSB Shunyi with the drive and ambition to succeed in whatever they want to do or be in life – equipped with the academic results, confidence, and resilience. What's more, they'll always be part of the Nord Anglia family.


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Jenny
University of Cambridge 

“I was greatly honoured to be a part of the BSB community. BSB Shunyi is the best school in Beijing!”

Jenny graduated from Cambridge with BA in Economics in 2021 and completed her master's degree in Finance and Economics at Oxford in 2022.

Jenny currently holds an internship at UBS, which has given her excellent professional experience to transition soon to a full-time career in the industry.

During her 5 years at BSB Shunyi, Jenny was an active member of MUN, WSC, and the charities committee. She founded, led, and initiated the inaugural BRITMUN — a tradition that has continued with success each year at BSB. 

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Luca 
Hotelschool The Hague

“I will now act upon my words about making this world a better place by helping those not as fortunate as me.”

Luca is currently studying for a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management and just finished an internship at Rosewood London this summer.

During his 8 years at BSB Shunyi, Luca took part in many school plays, MUN debates, and international charity events – such as teaching English to local children in Myanmar, helping underprivileged communities in Tanzania, and raising support funds for the Kerala floods.
 
One of his favourite and most incredible experiences was attending the NAE UNICEF Summit in New York City in 2019.

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Angela
National University of Singapore (NUS)

“BSB Shunyi teachers take great care to monitor each student's academic progress, giving personalised guidelines and feedback on our individual learning methods and submitted assignments."

Angela achieved a perfect score of 45 in her IBDP and 10A*/A in her IGCSE exams, showcasing the results of her outstanding academic efforts.

Angela is heading to NUS to study Business Administration and she also received offers from all the Korean universities she applied to, which include Yonsei, Korean, Sunkyunkwan, and Sogang. 
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Jessica
New York University

“The progressive nature of the IB Diploma that BSB Shunyi offers constantly required me to walk out of my comfort zone, which helped me develop into the person I am now.”

Jessica graduated with a fantastic IB Diploma score of 43 out of 45 and achieved 10A*/A for her IGCSE examinations.

Jessica has also received offers from Yale-NUS College, King's College London, and the universities of Durham, Edinburgh, and Warwick.
 
She transferred to BSB Shunyi from a local Chinese school, and during her 5 years at BSB, she transformed from a quiet and shy girl into being our Head Girl, representing the Student Council in numerous school projects.
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Britt
UC Berkeley

“I would not have been able to achieve the results that I had if it wasn’t for the high expectations my teachers set and the efforts they spent. It’s been clear that they want us all to perform at our maximum capability.

Britt is excited to be accepted by UC Berkeley, where he will study Economics.

Britt has also received offers from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Boston University, and NYU.
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Kirsty
Durham University

“I think BSB Shunyi is special because it is so international and has a good balance between academics and fun. It has been a wonderful experience growing up at BSB Shunyi, with great teachers and opportunities that encouraged my development.”

Kirsty has graduated with a BA in Geography from Durham University and is now a Graduate Research Executive in Public Affairs. 

Kirsty works on a range of interesting projects from refugee resettlement and workplace discrimination.
 
She studied at BSB Shunyi for 12 years and has always been very involved in school events, student leadership, school productions, and academic competitions. 
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BSB really aims to develop you as a person. They offer a variety of subjects and allow you to explore where your strengths are. Before I would only consider Chinese universities. But now, because of the skills I learnt at BSB, I’m open to choices around the world.
 
Jessica
Year 13 student from BSB Shunyi

OUR IMPRESSIVE STATS 

The expertise at BSB Shunyi gives our students the best opportunity to achieve outstanding results and attend the best global universities.
100%
IBDP pass rate (compare with global average 89%)
Perfect 45
Two students achieved the maximum IBDP score in 2022
2022 graduates achieved an impressive IBDP average score of
36
12% higher than the global average
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INSPIRING YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

HOW WE TEACH

Our talented and highly experienced international teachers work hard to support our students in all areas, encouraging them to develop a lifelong love of learning.

We work closely with students and parents under the English National Curriculum to define individualized goals that pave the best ways forward to success.
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LEARNING FROM THE BEST

BSB Shunyi’s over 100 outstanding teachers provide the very best international education in Beijing because they never stop learning.

They are equipped with unique training materials from our award-winning professional development platform, Nord Anglia University, as well as resources from our collaborators, MIT, UNICEF, and Juilliard. They are always keen to stay up to date with the best educational tools, methods, and techniques in the world.

Our teachers’ passion is fuelled by witnessing the rewards of the students they get to know so well. Our quality assurance framework ensures their high level of academic rigour: our Oxford-based education team conducts annual reviews and visits to ensure BSB Shunyi performs at the highest standard. 

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OUTSTANDING LEARNING EXPERIENCES

As well as exceptional teachers, your child’s education will benefit from life-changing experiences beyond the classroom that allow them to explore, discover and think critically.

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