Reigate Grammar School has announced a major international venture with the opening of five schools in China.
The schools, the first of which is scheduled to open in Nanjing in 2020, are part of a partnership between Reigate Grammar School (RGS) and Kaiyuan Education Fund (KEF), which is backed by the China Development Bank. The second school is due to open in Shanghai in 2023.
RGS Head Shaun Fenton signed a memorandum of understanding with the KEF in Shanghai at the China UK Business Forum alongside International Development Secretary Liam Fox.
The new Chinese schools will be co-educational all-through (kindergarten to sixth form) boarding schools for local Chinese children.
Shaun said that he is keen for the Chinese schools to adopt RGS’s breadth of education which values character development and personal qualities in addition to academic success. He added that the schools in China would bring huge benefit to RGS pupils in Britain.
“By developing international links and perspectives, we hope to enrich the RGS community further. I am very excited about the visit and exchange opportunities for students and staff. It will open up cultural and learning links across continents which is crucial in the ever-increasingly global world in which we live,” said Shaun.
Part of the income generated by the schools in China will be used to fund RGS bursaries for disadvantaged students. The school is committed to an ambitious drive for social mobility via its Changing Lives campaign.