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Admissions FAQs

You can find the answers to our frequently asked questions here. If you have a query that you can't find the answer to here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Our School

What makes us unique?

We are a truly international school with students from 50 nations represented. Our diverse and inclusive school community provides our students with a global perspective unparalleled in Shanghai.

Our three school Promises; that students will Achieve Academic Excellence, Learn to Lead and Make a Difference, inform everything we do. We believe firmly that it is not enough for a student to be academically strong. They must also acquire the skills of leadership, flexible thinking and an understanding of their role in the world in order to achieve in the future.

Our collaboration with The Juilliard School to develop the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme delivers a bespoke performing arts education for our students.

Succeeding in the 21st century means learning how to think, not what to think. Nord Anglia Education’s collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is designed to prepare students for our rapidly evolving world, equipping them with the skills and techniques to thrive. Through hands-on, interdisciplinary learning of STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and maths), your child will develop the transferrable skills needed to invent the future they will ultimately inherit.

In collaboration with UNICEF, Nord Anglia Education students have their social consciousness raised so they care more deeply about the world and the people in it. Your child will research, develop and debate challenges facing our society, and take action to address them. Through special activities and events with UNICEF, your child will be equipped to make their voice heard on the world stage and to make a lasting, positive difference.

The Global Campus connects our students with teachers and students from our 65 sister schools around the world. Students are able to work with, and learn from, others and experience a truly global learning environment.

Are your teachers qualified?

All of our teachers hold a minimum Bachelor’s Degree along with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) which is a specific and targeted teacher training qualification. Teachers from outside the UK have equivalent qualifications. Many of our teachers hold, or are studying towards, Masters Degrees or other higher qualifications.

All Teacher Assistants (TAs) are degree qualified and are recruited on the basis of their previous teaching experience. They are all bilingual and provide essential language and teaching support in the classroom.

Our teachers have access to an enviable range of professional development opportunities through Nord Anglia University which brings together teachers from Nord Anglia Education’s 68 schools worldwide to share knowledge and experiences to continually enhance teaching and learning.

In the Classroom

What curriculum do you offer, and what are its strengths?

We offer the English National Curriculum (British Curriculum) with an international focus, and the International Baccalaureate.In our Primary School, students' learning is enhanced through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), making their learning more global, active and relevant, connecting them to where they are living now and giving them insight into other perspectives, whilst still meeting all of the objectives of the English National Curriculum.

The strength of the English National Curriculum lies in its formal structure. Divided into Key Stages of education, for students from 3 to 16 years of age, it develops the key skills students need to learn, with a rigorous focus on Literacy and Numeracy as well as a broad and balanced study of other subjects.

Key Stages at a glance:

Foundation Stage – Early Years – Nursery and Reception

Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2

Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

Key Stage 4 – IGCSE – Years 10 and 11

From the Foundation Stage, our students study Mandarin and our curriculum reflects both our location in Shanghai and the diverse international membership of our school community.

The design of the curriculum is “spiral” so that students develop key skills in each subject as they move through the years, each time building upon and extending their previous skill level and knowledge.

The fourth Key Stage is Years 10 and 11 when students study towards the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), a series of externally set and marked examinations which are recognised by education systems around the world.

Students in Years 12 and 13 at Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme, the highly respected qualification recognised by the leading universities.

For a detailed insight into our curriculum, go to the Learning section of our website. Please direct any specific questions to our Admissions team at We are happy to arrange for you to meet experts from subject areas during your visit.

English is not our family’s first language. How will my child be supported at your school?

We offer a comprehensive and proven English as an Additional Language programme for students from Year 1 to Year 11, as well as support beyond. Many of our students do not speak English at the level of their year group when they commence at the school, however our most recent results from externally administered examinations show that within a very short period of time, students are on track with their peers.

Our EAL team provides individualised support for students to assist them to fast-track into full participation in the classroom. Additionally, all of our teachers are trained to assist students to continually improve their English through immersion in the classroom, using a range of techniques to assist students to quickly develop their skills. Our bilingual Teacher Assistants provide additional support for native Mandarin-speaking students.

Our programme of Co-Curricular Activities also provides a range of activities for non-native English speaking students and their parents. 

Do you provide after school activities?

Our Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) are designed to enhance student learning. We believe that every child benefits from having access to a broad range of activities across many disciplines. Our programme of CCAs covers Sport, Performance, Academics, Community and Expression. Students are encouraged to try new things, take risks and give back to the community; essential elements of becoming a life-long learner and leader.  Activities include involvement in sporting teams and fixtures, musicals, dance, maths and science workshops, essay and article writing, art, designing your own computer, and many more.

We currently offer more than 150 CCAs, taught largely by our teaching staff. For some activities, expert coaching or teaching is brought in from outside the school and these do involve additional fees payable at the beginning of each term. The CCA programme runs from 3:15 – 4:15pm each school day, with some activities also scheduled before school and at weekends.

Take a look at the CCA programme guide here to find out more about how your child can expand the limits of their mental and physical abilities as well as discover and develop their talents with performance and creative pursuits.

Does my child need a laptop computer?

Students from Year 5 to Year 8 are provided with an iPad mini for use at school and at home. Students in Years 9 -11 are provided with an iPad Pro to reflect the increased workload at this age. All students and parents are required to read and sign our iPad safe usage policy before the students are given their iPads and teachers regularly check that students are using their devices appropriately.

Online and cyber security is taken extremely seriously at NAIS Pudong and students are informed and educated about online risks and how to keep themselves safe during their Guidance lessons.

Students in our IB Academy (Years 12 and 13) are required to bring their own laptop to school.

We do also have a range of school computers and iPads that can be used by students throughout the school.

Student Wellbeing 

Do you have a nut or allergy policy?

e recognise that for some students, particular foods are potentially hazardous and may even cause life-threatening allergic reactions. For that reason, we have developed a No Nuts Policy for the school, ensuring that students and teachers are not only aware of the potential dangers, but also able to assist where necessary.

Our two full-time school nurses are highly qualified to assist and are on call at all times during both school time and during after-hours school events. The school nurses keep detailed and up-to-date records of all students with allergies or other ongoing or occasional medical needs, and are always happy to speak with parents about any concerns. If you have particular questions, the school nurses are available to speak with you during your visit.

How do you protect students on days which are polluted?

We are serious about protecting our students from potentially harmful air pollution and, as such, have installed clean air filters in every classroom and all communal areas throughout the school to ensure that, even on high pollution days, indoor air quality meets international health standards.  We ensure these filters are regularly maintained and tested to ensure their effectiveness.

We have adopted an outdoor play policy based on the best available advice from the US Department of Health, the recognised leader in the field. Accordingly, we take regular readings for the Air Quality Index (AQI) and PM2.5 (the most dangerous particles) throughout the day at four set times, and more regularly where required. When readings exceed the healthy range, students’ outdoor activities are limited or, during any high pollution, cancelled. 

As our extensive facilities include three indoor gymnasiums and other suitable indoor spaces, many activities are easily able to be transferred indoors.

Is a school lunch provided, and where is the food sourced and made?

The Hub, our school canteen, is run by global catering company, Sodexo which sets the highest standards of food preparation and hygiene. Students may choose from a range of foods, and we have a healthy food policy which ensures that options are highly nutritious and freshly prepared in our school kitchen. Daily offerings include both Western and Asian hot food, a salad bar, and sandwich bar. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch to school, however should they choose the school lunch, a charge card system is in place for easy payment.

Do you provide guidance for students?

The health and wellbeing of students is our number one concern. Guidance is a set part of the school curriculum for student and begins with Circle Time for students in Early Years, continuing through with set lessons each week for students as they progress to the older years. Guidance includes topics such as social and emotional wellbeing, developing study skills and positive mindsets towards learning.

Settling In

Where do your families live, and do you provide school buses?

Our school is centrally located in Shanghai; just half an hour from the downtown part of the city and even closer to Jinqiao and Lujiazui in Pudong. Students from many parts of Shanghai attend our school, including from our own neighbourhood of Kangqiao, and we have an extensive fleet of school buses to ferry them to and from school, including buses which collect students following their after school CCAs. 

Each school bus is supervised by a bilingual bus monitor who is a Teacher Assistant at the school, and all buses are fitted with seat belts which students are required to wear.  Ask our helpful Admissions team for information about school bus routes during your visit.

How does the school communicate with parents?

We communicate with families in a variety of ways that reflect modern life and communication:

  1. Face-to-face conversations, either formally at planned Academic Review Evenings, or informally at parent or teacher request
  2. Students receive four formal reports each year, a Settling in report after the first month in school and then a report at the end of each of the 3 terms.
  3. Emails directly to and from teachers and parents
  4. In the Primary school we use Class Dojo as a platform to send messages and for teachers to post pictures and information about what has been happening in your child’s class
  5. Social media include our school Facebook page and our official WeChat account.
  6. Students use Microsoft Teams to access their work and keep track of homework.
  7. Weekly updates which summarises the week’s highlights and provides important notices of upcoming events and activities
As a parent, how can I get involved?

We encourage all parents to take an active role in school life, and our very active Parents Community Association is a great place to start. This band of parent volunteers holds regular meeting and coffee mornings, plans and executes our major school events including the Summer Festival and Christmas Bazaar, raises money and provides support to our school charities, and is an important place for parents new to the school to make friends and meet people. The Parents Community Association also organises our Class Representatives who work directly with class teachers and parents to help with school outings and events, and to bring parents together for fun activities. You can contact the Parents Community Association at

  • “Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong needs to be praised for the AMAZING work they do with the children in regards to welcoming the children into the school and making them feel safe and welcome and happy.”