Students and teachers celebrate successful opening of LEH Foshan

  • LEH FOSHAN

Foshan’s first fully British curriculum day and boarding school overcame a challenging year to welcome students to its impressive new campus 

Foshan, Guangdong Province, China: Coming on the back of a challenging year for schools around the world, the team of dedicated educators at LEH International School Foshan (“LEH Foshan”) proudly welcomed its first students in early September. 

Opening a new school in any year takes commitment, drive, passion and perseverance,” explained Founding Head Master, Steve Allen, “but the past eight months have forced us to dig even deeper, think more creatively and leave no stone unturned in bringing a project as ambitious as LEH Foshan to fruition. Thankfully, we have truly lived up to our LEH motto, Hope Favours the Bold.

Designed by award-winning UK architects, the newly-built 58,000 sqm campus provides world-class academic, sporting and boarding facilities for up to 800 girls and boys, age 10 to 18 years. 

Foshan campus to build on 300-year record of academic excellence 

LEH Foshan is the first international campus for the prestigious UK-based Lady Eleanor Holles School, which has been delivering pioneering education to its students for the past 300 years. Located west of London, the school regularly places in the top ten for academic excellence, and this year celebrated 85% A*-A grades at A Levels and 95% 7-9, A-A*at IGCSEs, as well as all graduates being offered places in leading universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL and Edinburgh. 

Speaking from the UK-based school, Head Mistress Heather Hanbury said, "LEH has been successfully educating young people in London for over three centuries. It is a momentous moment for us as we witness the opening of a new LEH school in Foshan, launching a new era in LEH's history. We send our warmest wishes to all involved, especially to our first cohort of local LEH students." 

LEH Foshan is a joint venture between Lady Eleanor Holles School in the UK, and Trumptech Hong Kong Ltd, a leading provider of education services in China. "While the pandemic has created challenges, we are proud and excited to bring top-quality UK education to Guangdong through the launch of LEH Foshan," said Tin-Ming Kwok, TrumpTech CEO and Chairman of the Board of LEH International School Foshan. 

British Curriculum offers the Gold Standard in International Education 

Building on the success of its founding school, LEH Foshan students will follow an enhanced English National Curriculum from 10 years old, leading to the internationally respected IGCSE qualifications at age 16 and A Level qualifications at age 18.  

“The English National Curriculum is renowned, around the world, for its academic excellence and is the first choice for many internationally-minded families,” explains Founding Head Master, Steve Allen. “It is a popular and widely-recognised curriculum with a proven track record of preparing our students for the top universities around the world,” added Allen. 

Student wellbeing is another crucial aspect of the LEH philosophy. “We know that students who enjoy their learning, and are well supported by their teachers, develop into confident and successful young adults,” explained Allen. 

Creating a Pathway to Leading Universities 

Another critical part of what LEH Foshan offers its students is expert advice and support on college and university applications. “We begin the conversation with students and parents early on about their options for tertiary education. Our expert team guides them through the options and the processes of choosing and applying to colleges and universities around the world,” said Allen.  

Head Master Brings Extensive Experience to Foshan 

A key factor in the smooth opening and success of a new international school is the quality and experience of its senior leadership team, led by its Found Head Master. Allen joined LEH Foshan two years ago, giving him ample time to recruit a strong team of teachers, most of whom joined the school a full year ago and have devoted this time to detailed planning for a smooth and professional start to the academic year for their students. 

Allen, himself, brings a wealth of experience in Asia-based British international schools, and has been living and working in Foshan for the past year, to ensure a smooth opening to the school. Allen was previously the Head Master of Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. Under his leadership, Shrewsbury posted record academic exam results, and guided its students to leading universities around the world, including Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Oxford, Cambridge and LSE. Prior to Shrewsbury, Steve held senior leadership roles in the UK and Hong Kong.  

“The opportunity to open the first British international school in such a dynamic and fast-growing city in China, was too hard to resist,” said Allen. “We have brought together a talented team of teachers to create a school dedicated to encouraging academic excellence, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership in our students.” 

UK Architect Creates Stunning New Campus  

LEH Foshan turned to award-winning UK architects, Scott Brownrigg, for the design concept of the 58,000 sqm campus, strongly supported by local design and construction expertise from Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong Province (GDAD) to complete the new school in time for its opening in September. Our aim was to “capture the essence of its sister school in the UK, while providing a green and sustainable urban campus, with state-of-the-art learning and living spaces for academic, sporting and artistic endeavours,” explained Scott Brownrigg MD, Michael Olliff.  

The multi-purpose grass-pitch sports ground, with 400m athletics track, is surrounded by the school’s specialist classrooms, science laboratories, swimming centre (25m, 6-lane pool), 800-seat theatre, 4-court sports hall, boarding houses and staff residences.  

“Our campus has been designed with the needs of the students at its heart. It offers a dynamic and positive learning and living environment where students can feel safe and confident in developing new skills – academic, sporting and artistic,” said Allen. 

Convenient location for students from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong 

The location of the school, in the dynamic Chenchang District, makes it convenient for students travelling from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, as well as local Foshan families. LEH Foshan is five minutes to the closest metro station (Guicheng Station), 15 minutes from the Guangzhounan Station and 50 minutes from Guangzhou International Airport by car. “The ease of transport links makes day school, or weekly and termly boarding a convenient option for students attending LEH Foshan,” explained Allen.  

 

Notes to the Editor: 

  1. Foshan is a city of seven million in the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong Province.  

  1. LEH Foshan holds a Foreign School licence and is open to students who are foreign passport holders, as well as holders of Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan passports. 

  1. LEH Foshan is a joint venture between Lady Eleanor Holles School in the UK, and Trumptech Hong Kong Ltd, a leading provider of education services in China and the Hong Kong SAR. Over the past 20 years, more than 70,000 students have benefited from its education development projects.  

  1. For further information, or to arrange interviews with Founding Head Master, Steve Allen, please contact Rebecca Merrett at rebecca.merrett@leh-foshan.cn   

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