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We’re extremely proud of our multicultural school community, which is home to families from more than 30 different countries. Our students, parents, and alumni make BSN a vibrant, supportive place to be, where both you and your child will feel welcome.


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Your child will enjoy exceptional enrichment experiences away from the classroom. From sports and Beaver Scouts to drama, dance and music, we offer activities, clubs and trips that open up a world of possibilities.
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Toddler Group

Our Toddler Group is a regular and relaxed meeting for children aged 0 - 3 years old, accompanied by a parent. During this time, children engage in activities together with their parents, while socializing with the other families at the same time. This is a great opportunity to get these young learners into classroom and exploring the extraordinary world of education. The sessions are led by our experienced Early Year teachers. 

Performing arts
Every student is encouraged to express their artistic talents. Through our exclusive collaboration with The Juilliard School, your child will take to the stage in our outdoor amphitheatre and move to the beat in our dance studio. They can also learn an instrument, star in the school orchestra, or take part in the ‘BSN Idol’ talent show.
Our science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) programme sparks students’ imaginations, inspiring curiosity through problem solving and challenge. Your child can join robotics and coding clubs or solve some of the world’s most perplexing puzzles in our STEAM Maker Space.
Your child can do what they love – or try something different – through our ‘BSN and Community’ sports programme. From fencing and football to tennis and Taekwondo, there really is something for everyone. Our BSN Foxes teams compete in leagues and tournaments, too, showcasing their skills on the national and international stage.
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Beaver Scouts
The first of its kind in China, our Beaver Scouts Group is still one of our most popular activities. Our Scouts go on adventures in the Valley – our very own outdoor area of natural beauty – and learn the importance of community and helping others. This includes raising money for charities like Nanjing Shimao Rainbow, a palliative care centre for critically ill children.
Trips and expeditions
Our expeditions and residential trips are truly life-changing experiences. In Tanzania and Cambodia, our students make a genuine difference in local communities. Our collaboration with UNICEF takes our students to UN headquarters in New York. And on week-long trips to Fujian and Lijiang, your child will develop a passion for history and culture.
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We'll make sure both you and your child are ready for their first day.
Freshly prepared every day, our healthy lunch menu fuels our students’ learning.
Our safe and efficient bus service covers the main residential areas of Nanjing city.
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House system
When your child starts at BSN, they also join a House. This is a great way for our students to make friends and develop a sense of community spirit.
Our school uniform gives our students a sense of belonging, ensuring they feel part of our thriving community.
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Our students wear the BSN uniform with pride. Your child will look smart and feel part of a close-knit student community, too.

We ask that our students wear their uniform to and from the school, onsite, and when they take part in any activities we organise.


  • How do I apply?

    After filling in the enquiry form and joining us for a tour, you’ll need to complete our online application form. You’ll also need to send us: 

    A copy of your child’s most recent school report.

    Medical and passport information.

    A reference from your child’s current school.

    Once we’ve received your documents, we’ll invite your child to do a short assessment.

    You can find out more about the application process, and book a tour, by getting in touch with our friendly admissions team.

  • How long does the admissions process take?
    It depends – each child’s application process is unique. But we’ll let you know as soon as we receive your application form. And we’ll get back to you to confirm your child’s place within 48 hours.
  • What curricula will my child follow?

    Our students follow the English National Curriculum. Divided into key stages, the curriculum teaches the fundamentals students need to succeed. This includes a rigorous focus on literacy and numeracy, alongside a balanced blend of additional subjects. 

    Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Nursery and Reception

    Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2

    Key Stage 2 – Years 3-5 

    Key Stage 3 – Years 6-9 

    Key Stage 4 (IGCSE) – Years 10 and 11

    Key Stage 5 (A-levels) – Years 12 and 13

  • How will you help my child settle into school?

    Students who join us at the start of the year are invited to a special induction day with their families. They take part in activities, meet their classmates, and talk to our student ambassadors, who also act as a ‘buddy’ in your child’s first few days. Even if your family arrives mid-year, we’ll make sure your child gets off on the right foot. Our teachers are experts at helping children settle in.

  • How does the school communicate with parents?

    We keep in touch with you in all sorts of ways.

    Face-to-face, either at planned Academic Review Evenings or at your request.

    Formal reports, which your child will receive after the first month, at the end of Term 1, and at the end of Term 3. 

    Emails and phone calls.

    The TChat app, which is great for photo sharing and messaging with your child’s teacher. The app also has a translation service. 

    Social media, including our school Facebook page and official WeChat account. 

    Microsoft Teams, which students use to do their homework. 

    Monthly newsletters, which keep you up-to-date with the latest news and events.




Your child can enrol at BSN any time during the school year. Get in touch with our friendly admissions team to find out more.

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