School launches campus in China

By Sue Austin | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

A Shropshire school is playing a key role in education investment between China and the UK.

Mark Coggins from Adcote, bottom right, signs the agreement with Liam Fox watching on.

As Prime Minister Theresa May led a visit to China last week Adcote School representative, Mark Coggins was also in Shanghai to invest in its new campus there.

In the presence of Liam Fox, secretary of state for international trade, he signed a formal investment deal with international education specialist, Ray Education to develop Adcote Shanghai and expand and improve facilities at Adcote in north Shropshire and its sister school Myddelton College, based in North Wales.

Mr Coggins said the school has been put forward for this investment by the Department for International Trade in recognition of its pastoral care, outstanding academic results and a broad and well-balanced curriculum which has been established for over a century.

Mr Coggins said the new investment and strengthened international links would see Adcote School, an all girls' school near Shrewsbury go from strength-to- strength, benefitting both their students and the local community.

“We are very committed to high quality innovative education and the investment will be used to improve student experience, facilities and the high teaching standard in both schools. This will create more jobs in the local community as we add to our teaching and support staff.”

Adcote School Headteacher Diane Browne added: "We are thrilled to be entering into this agreement. Adcote has a long tradition of offering outstanding education to both UK and international students. We are delighted that the ethos and curriculum, which make Adcote such a happy and successful school has been recognised by the Department for International Trade.

"We will be using our educational expertise and ethos to develop the new campus, Adcote Shanghai in China. This campus aims to blend Adcote’s educational standards and excellence with Chinese culture and heritage. It offers qualifications including IGSEs, A-levels and the International Baccalaureate.

Adcote, founded in 1907, is an all-girls school that caters for both day students and boarders, from the ages of 7 to 18, who are drawn from Shropshire, across the UK and overseas.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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