Welcome. My name is Kevin Foyle, Principal of the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus, and I would like to tell you about our school and its mission to help others thrive. As a member of Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools group, our school has a very strong and well-established reputation for outstanding educational outcomes and so much more.
Since 2004, we’ve been developing students who understand and display internationalism, leadership, responsibility, concern for others, and social confidence, developed through a rigorous and innovative academic programme coupled with first rate extra-curricular and pastoral provision. The National Curriculum of England and Wales and the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme provide a rigorous set of qualifications and our students achieve top exam results, equipping them for lifelong success. They secure places at leading universities all around the world, including Oxford, Brown, Duke, Imperial College, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, UCL and KAIST.
The key to success in our school is a highly qualified, experienced and inspirational team of teachers committed to helping the students in our care be the best they can be. High levels of staff commitment and loyalty, and the unique support provided to us by our global training programme, Nord Anglia University, mean we have both high staff continuity and leading edge modern teaching practices. We can be sure that the classroom experiences of our students are second to none.
Nord Anglia Education’s Director of Education, Professor Deborah Eyre is a world expert on advanced learning who has advised governments in Europe and Asia on cognitive development. We are at the forefront of innovative educational thinking, and our High Performance Learning approach to teaching is based on applying her research in the classroom. We focus on higher level thinking skills, such as meta-thinking, analysis and creativity, ensuring that every child at school here can achieve well beyond normal expectations.
My relocation to Shanghai six years ago, after twelve years of headship in the UK, was inspired by the incredible potential of the highly talented and motivated students that our school attracts from all over the world. Since then, we have created a unique atmosphere where, supported by a partnership of staff and parents, our students understand how to produce their own personal best through assessing, coaching and supporting each other in their learning. The highly collegiate approach taken by staff and the collaborative learning practices in the classroom create the ideal environment for immediate feedback and rapid progress.
All of this is firmly underpinned by an understanding across the school community that little of great worth can be achieved without hard work, and that good work habits and an independent approach to learning are essential to success now and in the future. Our students are the best testimony to our school’s success. We take pride in the achievements of every one of them. I hope that you will take the opportunity to visit us and to see why this is the right place for your son or daughter. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you personally to our school.