Malvern College, the prestigious co-educational boarding school, has become one of the fastest growing UK independent school brands overseas.
A deal struck with authorities in Chengdu, China means that Malvern College is now on course to open six international schools in just seven years, placing it at the forefront of UK independent schools operating abroad.
International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox witnessed the signing of the landmark agreement during his trade visit to China last week with Prime Minister Theresa May.
“This is extremely exciting for Malvern College International and puts us right at the forefront of UK providers opening schools internationally,” said Headmaster Antony Clark. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to further expand the Malvern College family of schools through this exciting development in Chengdu.”
“We are proud of our record in providing a British-style independent education with its emphasis on the holistic development of pupils and a focus on values, whilst working closely with our international partners to adapt the educational provision to the needs of the local context.”
The brand new state-of-the-art campus is due to open in 2019 and will eventually, together with the College’s existing campus in Chengdu, which opened in 2015, provide education for more than 1000 children between the ages of 3 and 18.
In the meantime, this September will see the opening of Malvern College Hong Kong, following on from Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong which opened in 2017. The Worcestershire boarding school also has campuses in Qingdao, China and Cairo, Egypt.
This is extremely exciting for Malvern College International and puts us right at the forefront of UK providers opening schools internationally. – Antony Clark, Headmaster, Malvern College
Malvern College Chengdu will retain the values of a traditional Chinese education while helping pupils to adapt to a Western-style learning environment. Its vision is to create a pathway to English-speaking universities around the world.
Malvern College International’s schools in mainland China are predominantly for Chinese nationals, with around 35% of leavers going on to study at UK universities, thus contributing directly to the rapid international growth in the UK Higher Education sector.
“The success of these schools overseas has a direct positive impact on a wide range of UK manufacturers and suppliers, ranging from examination boards, architects and engineers through to furniture and textbook suppliers,” said Allan Walker, Malvern College’s Director of International Schools.
“The opening of schools overseas also supports the development of educational opportunities available for children in the UK, both through enhancing our facilities and by widening access.”
Deals worth £550 million were struck by UK businesses last week as Mrs May launched a major expansion of education programmes with China. Mrs May said agreements signed on her trip would “enable more children and more young people than ever to share their ideas about our two great nations.”
Research by the International School Consultancy has shown that the appetite for Western-style, English language-based education around the world shows no signs of abating.
Malvern College’s first international campus opened in the Chinese city of Qingdao in 2012.