Malvern College Qingdao
Malvern College’s first international campus, Malvern College Qingdao, opened in September 2012.
Located in Qingdao, in China's Shandong Province, Malvern College Qingdao is thought to be the first purpose-built international secondary school for Chinese nationals that is backed by a leading independent UK school and licensed by the Chinese authorities.
Now in its second year, the school currently has around 170 pupils and is growing rapidly towards an ultimate capacity of around 900. The school operates from a new purpose-built campus of around 50 acres, which includes stunning new facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a fitness suite, a visual and performing arts centre and third-generation Astroturf rugby and football pitches. The famous Laoshan mountains, birthplace of Taoism and the source of Laoshan spring water, form a backdrop to the campus, invoking an echo of the Malvern Hills and their position overlooking Malvern College in the UK.
Pupils at Malvern College Qingdao take a two-year A level programme as full boarders, following a foundation course, with a view to going on to further education in the US and UK. Subjects offered at the school include Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Economics, with an ancillary liberal arts programme focusing on developing high level English literacy and language skills.
The school is managed in partnership with Chinese firm Babylon Education and the school's Head, Lorraine Atkins. Malvern College has close and regular involvement in ensuring the quality of the educational offering, with regular visits to Qingdao by both the Headmaster and the Commercial Director, who has responsibility for managing the relationship between the two schools. Malvern College also carries out a rigorous ISI-type inspection of its sister school once per year to ensure that educational standards are met and maintained.
Links and further information
Malvern College Qingdao website (English): www.malverncollege.cn/english
Malvern College Qingdao website (Chinese): www.malverncollege.cn
Employment opportunities at Malvern College Qingdao: http://www.malverncollege.cn/english/about.php?mod=jiaru