The Independent is reporting that children as young as one will be taught Chinese as it ‘prepares children for the new century’.
The first school in Europe to teach all its students in both English and Chinese is to open in London next year. Founders of Kensington Wade, a dual language independent prep school, say children as young as one will be taught in Chinese, and all those who attend the school will leave fluent.
Professor Hugo de Burgh, who founded the school together with independent school expert Adrian Richardson, said Chinese was an increasingly essential asset for those hoping to work internationally, and predicted the school would be the first of many of its kind.
He said: “Learning Chinese opened another world to me, enriching my life and giving me opportunities I would never otherwise have had. Now I want the next generation to have the same, only earlier.”
Kensington Wade promises an “immersive bilingual education”, offering children from ages 3-13 a curriculum influenced by successful Chinese and English educational practices.
The school will also incorporate a nursery, accepting children aged 1-3, and is said to be priced in-line with neighbouring independent schools, which start at around £5,000 per year.
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