Richard Thornhill
17 August, 2020

Principal’s Letter to EYFS, Year 1 & 2 Parents

Dear Parents,

I hope this message finds you and your families well.

I am writing further to my previous general parent updates and wish to focus on matters which relate to our youngest students specifically. I have spoken with a number of parents of our younger students and listened to their comments concerning the challenges our youngest students face when engaging in online learning. The younger the student, the greater the challenge.

In light of this and fully recognising these challenges, the school and Nord Anglia Education propose the following refund policy relating to any school closure related to COVID-19 during the academic year 2020/21.


Our EYS, Year 1 and Year 2 offer

In the event the school campus closes for all year groups due to Covid-19, for a minimum period of two consecutive weeks, we will:

  • Offer families or in cases where their Company pays their child’s tuition fees, Offer the Company, either:
    • A credit for the next billing cycle; or
    • For annual payers - a credit or refund
  • For each week the school campus is closed (including the two consecutive weeks) and virtual online schooling is in place:
    • 20% support payment for EYFS teddies, Nursery and Reception (applied to each week campus is closed)
    • 15% for Year 1 (applied to each week campus is closed)
    • 10% for Year 2 (applied to each week campus is closed)

This refund policy does not affect the 10% discount for EYFS which has already been given and reflected in their invoices. We hope that this will go some way to recognising the challenges that parents and our youngest students may face.

It is also worth mentioning that the period of online learning starting from the 17th of August to their year group’s respective return to campus dates according to the attached schedule, will not be charged for at all.

The requisite number of school days will be completed excluding this period. The mitigation time will be published as soon as we have all our students back on campus.

BSB Shunyi Primary Return to Campus Dates


Year group returning

Monday August 31

Year 1

Wednesday September 9

Year 2

Monday September 14

Reception - returners

Tuesday September 15

Reception – new students

Wednesday September 16

Nursery - returners

Thursday September 17

Nursery – new students

I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school as soon as is possible and when we are allowed to do so return our normal routine and full school days.

Best regards

Richard Thornhill