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Lady Eleanor Holles to Open First Overseas School in Foshan - Lady Eleanor Holles International School Foshan


Pioneer in female education, to open co-educational day and boarding school in Foshan, China | Specialising in Secondary Education | British curriculum

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Foshan & Hong Kong, June 2019: Renowned for the past 300 years as a pioneer in female education, UK-based Lady Eleanor Holles School is bringing its education philosophy and track record of student success, to Foshan, a city of seven million in the Greater Bay Area of southern China.


Opening in 2020, Lady Eleanor Holles International School, Foshan (LEH Foshan), is bucking the trend of other international schools opening in China by focusing exclusively on secondary education for boys and girls.


Upon completion, LEF Foshan will provide up to 750 girls and boys, from age 12 to 18, with the opportunity to experience an enhanced British curriculum, combining high academic standards with a wide range of extra-curricular activities.


Secondary students have specific needs, and by focusing exclusively on this age group we are able to design a campus, deliver a curriculum and build a team of specialist educators where the needs of 12 to 18 year old students are our key priority, explains founding Head Master, Steve Allen.


LEH Foshan is open to students who are foreign passport holders, as well as holders of Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan passports.


Building on the success of its founding school in the UK, LEH Foshan will offer the British curriculum, leading to IGCSEs and A Levels. It is a robust and widely-recognised international curriculum that opens doors and is designed to support and challenge our students as they strive for the top universities around the world, explains Mr Allen.

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Mr Allen brings a wealth of experience in Asia-based British international schools


Mr Allen was previously the Head Master of Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. Under his leadership, Shrewsbury posted record IGCSE and A Level results, and guided its students to the top universities around the world, including Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Oxford, Cambridge and LSE. Prior to Shrewsbury, Steve held senior leadership roles at Ardingly College in the UK and Shatin College in Hong Kong.


The opportunity to extend the experience and teaching philosophy of LEH to a new school, in such a dynamic and fast-growing region of China, was too hard to resist, says Mr Allen. We have brought together a talented team of secondary teaching specialists to create a school dedicated to encouraging creativity, critical thinking skills, teamwork and leadership in our students.


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 and peers, develop into confident and successful young adults, explains Mr Allen. Our students will be part of a House System with personal House Tutors and House Masters and Mistresses to support their academic and pastoral needs, adds Mr Allen.


LEH orchestra

UK architect creates 58,000 sqm secondary-focused campus


LEH Foshan turned to award-winning UK architects, Scott Brownrigg, to design the 47,000 sqm campus. Our aim was to capture the essence of its sister school, 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 athletic track, is surrounded by the schools 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 secondary students at its heart. It offers a secure and positive learning environment where students can develop a quiet self-confidence, together with the courage, creativity and support to achieve their personal goals, says Mr Allen. We look forward to our students building lifelong friendships as the enjoy the community benefits of boarding school life, Mr Allen adds.

LEH sports

Only 47 minutes from Hong Kong by high-speed rail


The school is conveniently located 15 minutes from the Guangzhounan high speed rail station, which conveniently links Foshan to Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The ease of transport links makes day school, or weekly and termly boarding a convenient option for our students, says Mr Allen.

LEH sports


Pre-opening classes available from 2020


An experienced team of educators will join the school in September 2019 to prepare for the school opening and to be on hand to meet new families and prospective students. We are looking at offering preparatory classes before the formal opening in September 2020 to allow students to experience our curriculum, and to offer accelerated English programmes. The aim is to help students transition smoothly into the British curriculum and boarding school life, explains Mr Allen.


About Lady Eleanor Holles International School Foshan


Opening in 2020, Lady Eleanor Holles International School is a British curriculum, day and boarding school, welcoming students from 12 to 18 years. Our sister school near London is consistently rated among the top 10 independent schools in the UK, and we are proud to bring this level of academic, sporting, arts and pastoral excellence to Foshan. LEH students are encouraged to combine academic excellence with integrity, confidence and courage and to exemplify the school motto, Hope Favours the Bold.


For more information about LEH Foshan, interested parents and students can contact admissions@leh-foshan.cn, visit www.leh-foshan.cn or Wechat: LEHFoshan

For enquiries and high-resolution images, please contact:

Cathy Tan

Director of Admissions, Marketing and Communications

Lady Eleanor Holles International School Foshan

Tel86 (0)757 8262 6121


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