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  • An international school with a local feel

    We provide a high quality international education in the historically-rich city of Nanjing

    An international school with a local feel

  • Inspiring students

    Students inspire and flourish at our school, becoming the best versions of themselves

    Inspiring students

  • Key to our success

    Our professional community of teachers and staff shape our achievements


  • Enriching learning experience

    We offer an enriched English national curriculum with a global outlook


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    Find out more about The British School of Nanjing


Entry Requirements and Tuition Fees

At The British School of Nanjing, we believe there is no limit to what your child can achieve. Every day, our outstanding teachers strive to create a learning environment where your child will excel academically, socially and personally.

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The British School of Nanjing is an all-inclusive school and we will accept all students that will be able to benefit from, and access, the education we provide.

Year Group Entry Requirements

We believe that it is important for your child to be with peers at a similar stage in social maturity, and experience tells us that children will get the best from their education this way. For these reasons, we adhere to the policy of keeping children within their correct age band. Please see our reference table to identify your child's year group for our school.

Entry Dates

There are no dates and deadlines to work to - we work around you and we know that plans and schedules have a tendancy to change throughout the relocation process. Just stay in touch and we'll offer flexibility and support. We are a largely non-selective school but we do assess each child from Year 4 upwards to ascertain levels, particularly in Maths and English.


Due to restrictions in China, the school is only allowed to accept students with foreign passports, including Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Upon application we will require various documentation from both parents and the student such as visas and passports. More details on this will be provided in the application stage. 

Languages and Learning Support

Although all of our lessons are taught in English, and a basic understanding of the English languages is very useful, we do provide support for those with limited, little or even no English if appropriate. We have a fabulous English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department and have teachers who will support students in class, or withdraw for 1-to-1 or small group sessions. 
We have a small number of children with special educational need. We consider every enquiry on an individual basis so please do get in touch with us to discuss your child’s learning needs and requirements as early as possible. 

Our Tuition Fees

The 2021/2022 tuition fees for newly enrolled students in Early Years, Primary and Senior school are displayed in the following table.

To find our tuition fees based on your child's year group, please enter his or her birthdate in the field below.

Annual payment will receive 3 % discount. 

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Currency is stated in RMB.

Fees are normally billed in RMB, however, tuition can also be accepted in USD, GBP or EUR. Please indicate to the school your currency preference and information can be updated with the prevailing Bank of China exchange rate. 

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Ancillary Fees


Application Fee: RMB 2,500

Payable upon applying to the school. Non-refundable.

Refundable Deposit: RMB 6,000 

6,000 RMB refundable deposit, is payable to secure a school place once a formal offer has been made by the school.

Enrolment Fee: RMB 10,000 

A one-time fee, comprising of a non-refundable enrolment fee is required for students upon their enrolment confirmation.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Charge: RMB 14,300

 This annual fee is required for all students involved in the EAL support program. This is divided termly as follows: RMB 5,720 (Term 1), RMB 4,290 (Term 2 and 3 each)  

School Lunches

School lunches are complimentary for all full-day enrolled students.

School Uniform

All students are required to wear a uniform to school. There is also a separate P.E. kit. All uniform sets and individual items can be purchased at the school shop. School uniform items range from RMB 35 to RMB 200.

Bus Service 

Arranged on request and at school's discretion. Fees are based on the distance from school.

The bus schedule will be available at the beginning of each term.  Discuss the latest bus schedule and fee with the Admissions Advisor during your visit. 

My children absolutely love The British School of Nanjing! Parent of Year 2 and Year 5 students
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Frequently Asked Questions

How old is the school? 

The British School of Nanjing is 11 years old; we opened our doors to our first 32 students in August 2007 and our 10th birthday was celebrated with 350 students in August 2017. In that time, well over 1000 students could count themselves as current and former students of BSN – a number that continues to grow as we do.

What qualifications do your teachers have? 

All our teachers have degrees; either a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree or a degree in their subject and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education. A significant number have further higher-level qualifications.

What curriculum do you teach?

We follow The British Curriculum (or the National Curriculum of England) with a clear structure that defines the skills and knowledge that learners should know by different stages or ages. However, the curriculum is broad and allows us to tailor it carefully to where we are - China - without removing the key skills it endorses. We are part of Nanjing and we want all our students to feel that, whether they are here for a single year or long-term.

What are your class sizes? 

The classes vary in size, but our maximum class size is 24, with an average of around 15 students.

What foreign languages do you teach? 

Chinese is offered to all pre-(I)GCSE students at appropriate levels. German and Spanish as foreign languages are offered to students aged 10 years upwards. Where possible we will accommodate students whose (I)GCSE and A Level options include other languages and we have had students sit and pass exams in French and Portuguese.

Do you have teaching assistants?

There is a minimum of two adults in every class from Early Years to Year 5.

How do you deal with children with limited English?

There is significant support for students with limited English. In Junior school, there are specific EAL (English-as-an-additional-Language) teachers in every year group who both support in class, and withdraw students for 1-to-1 or small group sessions to build their English language skills.

Students in the Senior School also benefit from ability grouping in English lessons to ensure those with limited English get appropriately targeted instruction. Those at early levels of English development are also withdrawn from other language lessons and History (a language intense subject) for further lessons.

All teachers complete training in how to work with language learners in mainstream classes as we believe that language is best learnt from each other and ensuring the ‘lesson fits the students’ is what we aim for.

Do you have provisions for children with Special Education Needs? 

The parents of students with particular needs are encouraged to discuss these at entry as we believe individual needs are best dealt with individually. We cooperate with Learning Centres in Shanghai for targeted, specialist support and have a small number of students who have additional support, either through withdrawal sessions or in class to assist them.

Do you have after school activities? 

We offer two hours of enrichment within the timetable for all students. These activities cover everything from Robotics to Rock climbing, and allow the students to develop a rich range of skills and interests and, where they find their passion, hone it. We do have further clubs that run after school and at weekends, from Ballet to Tae Kwon Do.

What sort of excursions and trips do you offer your students? 

Getting out of school and ensuring learning is brought to life is a key part of the school. All students go on education excursions, whether investigating the flow of a river or practicing their Mandarin shopping for fruit in the supermarket.

Students in Year 4 upwards take part in a residential programme that builds skills such leadership, resilience and empathy as they work with local communities to learn about the world in places as far afield as rural China, South-East Asia and even Africa.

What is your music programme like? 

We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to experience, learn and develop a love of music. We have inclusive Primary and Senior Instrumental Programmes where students learn to play a variety of instruments, and students are encouraged to be ambitious by using these skills to perform during assemblies, lunchtime recitals and class performances.

In addition, we have an exciting range of shows and performance opportunities with regular shows in our own theatre and in the wider community through our choirs, rock bands and orchestra. The music department also offers the opportunity for students to attend International and Regional Music Festivals.

Is a school lunch provided? 

A hot choice of school lunch is provided daily at no further charge. Students and staff eat the same lunch and we view this a social occasion to share your day, build friendships and develop language skills. Students may opt to bring a pack-lunch but still eat with their peers and teachers in our dining area.

How do you ensure my child settles in quickly to their new school?

Students who join us at the start of the year are invited to a special induction day with their families where they take part in some engaging classroom activities alongside our select Student Ambassadors. These ambassadors are current students who are familiar with the school and can ensure all those important questions, like “where are the toilets?” are answered before the hustle and bustle of the first day proper and act as a buddy in those first days. 

Part of the life of an international school is that not everyone arrives in Nanjing to fit the school calendar, so even if your family is arriving mid-year, our aim is to ensure every child that joins BSN and feels like they have always been a part of the school. We ensure all is set up, from their labelled lockers to the classroom equipment being ready to go, to this end. Current students from the child’s year group or tutor group with similar languages or backgrounds will usually have had the chance to answer questions by email and make any new student welcome before they arrive in the city. 

Our warmth is a key part of our school – in our last parent survey 100% of respondents said their contact with the school had been “positive and welcoming”.

How do you ensure good behavior and manners? 

We have a strong belief in our positive approach to behavior. Students are rewarded, individually and collectively as a class, for their attitude, effort, achievement and upholding the standards we agree on. We treat our students as creative, independent and thoughtful individuals and trust them to act responsibly.

On the rare occasion students do not live up to our expectations, we have clear processes that involve the student, their parents and their tutor or teacher, to ensure they learn from the experience.

Where do your students move onto after they complete their education at BSN? 

We recently celebrated our 10th birthday with our first graduating students leaving for universities in Australia, Italy and the UK.

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

We have a range of school buses serving the popular residential areas for our expatriate parents.

How do you communicate with parents? 

China is a unique place with some common communication platforms blocked. We communicate via email, personal calls and our online portal. We also use WeChat – a Chinese communication platform – to communicate everything from urgent announcements to upcoming events. Our admissions team will guide new parents into how to set this up on arrival.

What involvement do your parents have at BSN?

We love to see parents around our campus! We have a café in our reception area and are always happy to chat. A number of parents volunteer to read with students as part of our guided reading programme, in both English and Chinese.

Parents can also be involved in our Parent Advisory Board, meeting with the Senior Team and the Head to ensure parents have a voice in decision making. We are also always happy to hear from parents with particular skills or backgrounds that would give our students an interesting viewpoint or the benefit of unusual experiences – if you have an inspiring story you’d like to share, then we’d love to hear about it. 

Contact our admissions team to learn more

Admissions Team