Harrow School Shanghai is a co-educational school providing a British independent style of education for students aged 2-18. It’s the fourth international school in Asia in the growing family of Harrow schools which currently includes Harrow School and The John Lyon School both in London, and the Harrow International Schools in Bangkok, Beijing and Hong Kong. Opened in August 2016 on the newly developed Sunland project in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Pudong, Harrow Shanghai blends elements of educational philosophy and practice from Harrow School in England and deliver its Harrow-inspired vision, Leadership for a Better World, by means of Harrow School’s distinctive education qualities – high academic attainment, rich extra-curricular programmes and high quality pastoral care through Houses.
The Early Years Phase will follow the UK based ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) Curriculum. The curriculum focuses on the prime (Personal, social and emotional development, physical development, communication and language) and specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design) of learning.
The Pre-Prep curriculum will follow the UK based ‘New Primary Curriculum’ and the UK ‘Primary Strategy’. The class teacher will teach a vast majority of the curriculum. Literacy and Mathematics will be taught both as discrete entities and as linked units to the half termly Theme work. Each class in the Pre-Prep School will receive specialist teaching in Music, Swimming, and Chinese.
Based on the National Curriculum of England and with reference to International Middle Years Programme themes and approaches, the curriculum of the Prep School, called The Leadership Curriculum, will facilitate a unique learning experience for students, which builds on the Pre-Prep experience and prepares them for the examination years ahead.
The Senior School curriculum will be based on IGCSE courses studied over three years. The IGCSE programme maintains a breadth of subjects which ensures that students have a broad knowledge base and also have every opportunity to explore a variety of humanities, sciences and creative subjects before they specialise for A-levels.
The Sixth Form is a two-year A-level course with students usually studying no more than 4 subjects in Year 12 and 3-4 subjects in Year 13 at A-level. Students in the Sixth Form will be expected to accept a greater level of responsibility for their own study as they prepare for the world of university and beyond. Students will be encouraged to undertake the Extended Project Qualification and/or Critical Thinking as an AS-level.
At the heart of this is our Mandarin department, one of the key resources of the school. Our teachers are amongst the best in China, with a particular talent for teaching all levels of language proficiency. The emphasis in our language programmes is on oral communication. However, at all levels, we underpin this with a solid learning of grammar and vocabulary and we develop the skills of listening, reading and writing at all stages of the curriculum. This is put into context through a series of exchanges and cultural visits, as well as drama competitions and outings to see films and plays. In this fashion we prepare our students for the challenges of bilingualism, the IGCSES and A-levels.
Harrow School Shanghai will look to admit pupils with the aptitude, ability and personality to thrive in and contribute to a diverse international community. The School holds regular School Open Day. Prospective parents are welcome to join the Open Day where members of staff will introduce the School and address questions face to face. The specific dates and times of these Open Days are posted on our school website.
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