Dear Old Sedberghians
Rong Qiao – Sedbergh Bilingual School, Fuzhou, China
Many of you will know that we have been exploring overseas initiatives, this work has been undertaken by Sedbergh School International Limited (SSIL). Now, we are pleased to share with you the news that next week we will travel to Fuzhou, China to sign a Contract on behalf of SSIL with the Rong Qiao Group. An official Signing Ceremony including representatives from the British Department for Trade and Industry and the Chinese Ministry of Education will take place on 28 September.
Sedbergh School, in the UK, will support the development and operation of Rong Qiao – Sedbergh Bilingual School through SSIL and will build close links with the new School, ultimately helping to create new opportunities for pupils and staff. A management structure to supervise this work has been developed within SSIL to deliver this initiative.
Sedbergh School International Limited will advise the Rong Qiao Group who will build, own and operate the Rong Qiao – Sedbergh Bilingual School in Fuzhou. The Rong Qiao Group is a family owned business with interests in agriculture, manufacturing, technology and service industries in south-east China and Indonesia. Rong Qiao
Rong Qiao – Sedbergh Bilingual School will be located on a greenfield site at Binhai New City in Changle. Binhai New City is a national-level high-tech development area within the Free-Trade Zone of Fuzhou and just 50 minutes from Fuzhou city centre.
The School site is 16 hectares. Chinese Culture will be taught in a dedicated centre. The total construction area will be 120,000m2 providing for a maximum of 2,700 pupils.
Sedbergh School International Limited will provide particular guidance on the provision of Boarding School education for children from the age of six onwards. The new School’s position, just 10 minutes from Fuzhou Changle International Airport will enable it to act as an educational hub for Fujian Province and beyond.
Rong Qiao – Sedbergh Bilingual School will offer the Chinese core curriculum, supported by the traditional British IGCSE and A Level curriculum. A wide range of extra-curricular sporting, artistic and cultural activities will supplement the formal curriculum.
We are excited by the prospect of working with the Rong Qiao Group and proud that Sedbergh’s unique brand of education has been recognised by such an influential organisation in China. We hope that you too will be proud to be a part of this initiative and that the opportunities and relationships which develop may benefit Sedberghians in the future.
With best wishes.