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Principal's Welcome

Our Principal, Mr. Richard Thornhill, talks about what is at the very heart of our school.

Dear Parents,

It gives me the greatest pleasure to welcome you to the British School of Beijing, Shunyi.

At the very heart of our school is a rigorous academic programme which challenges our students to be the very best they can be; to broaden their horizons and raise their expectations and aspirations. This programme will support their applications to the very best universities in the world and to go on to realise their dreams.

We are genuinely developing and nurturing the world’s leaders of tomorrow, across a variety of fields to the very highest standards. For example, only 200 students take the very challenging IB Diploma Further Mathematics paper in the world…. three of these students study at our school.

To be highly successful in today’s complex world students need a wide range of skills as well as the highest academic qualifications. Our students are provided with unique range of opportunities in sport, music, technology and the arts; to work with the very best in these fields and learn to set their sights high and not accept second best.

The powerful combination of our strong academic programme and wide range of extra-curricular experiences develops a range of essential personal qualities and attributes such as resilience, strength of character, self-confidence and the ability to be comfortable in differing social and work contexts.

We work closely with you to ensure that what we are providing is the best and suites your child’s needs and aspirations.

Our ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy encapsulates our approach and the three promises we make to our students and parents sum up how we deliver on this programme. Your child will be known and treated as an individual; through great teaching your child will achieve more than in any other school and they will have unique opportunities to grow as a confident and responsible citizen.

As a school we work closely with you to ensure that what we are providing is the best and suites your child’s needs and aspirations. This is a process of continual refinement and as such we seek to engage our families in an ongoing dialogue to make sure that you are fully involved in your child’s education and are central in the decision making process of what is best.

Welcome to The British School of Beijing, Shunyi and I look forward to working with you and celebrating the success of your children at our school.

With best wishes

Mr Richard Thornhill