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Stage 1 - Bespoke tour

We are mindful that our new parents may well be in the process of relocating to another city, country or even continent, therefore our admissions process is designed to be as simple and flexible as possible for parents. Please see below our step by step guide.

We look forward to welcoming you to Britannica. During your first visit, we will:

1. Introduce Britannica International School

2. Discuss your child’s educational needs and suitability for our school and curriculum

3. Provide a bespoke school tour

4. Introduce you to our Principal, Mr David Goodwin

5. Answer any specific questions you may have regarding the admissions procedure, our curriculum, school routines and timetables, after school activities, transport, etc.

It is important to us that during this visit you acquire as much information about our school as possible to ensure you are making the right choice for your child.

Stage 2 – Applying

When you are ready to apply for a place for your child at Britannica International School, we will require a completed application form.

The following documents will also be required:

  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate and a copy of your child’s passport
  • Two passport photos
  • A copy of the parents/guardian(s) passport(s)
  • A copy of your residence permit
  • A copy of parent/guardian(s) work permit
  • A copy of your child’s medical insurance card
  • Copies of your child’s last two school reports
  • A copy of your child's immunization record

All these documents can be scanned and returned to our admissions department at Any missing documents can be brought into school at your convenience.

Stage 3 – Assessment + second visit

On receipt of the application form and documentation, we will organise a meeting with the Principal which will include a formal assessment.

We assess all students in order to evaluate their cognitive ability to ensure that our school is right for your child and that your child will achieve their maximum potential whilst at our school.

Schedule an assessment

Our Admissions department will be delighted to welcome you to the school for an assessment. Please contact them by telephone at +86 21 6402 7889 or via email at

Stage 4 - Offer and acceptance

Providing that there is a place available for your child and that they have met both the admissions criteria (outlined by Shanghai Municipal Government) and passed the meeting or assessment, our Principal, Mr David Goodwin will provide an official offer for your child.

The offer will be valid for 7 days and the school place will be secured once we have received the refundable deposit. The parent or guardian should accept the offer via email confirmation and arrange the payment as outlined in the statement.

Once your child is accepted, a registration fee of 2000RMB and a deposit of 20,000RMB is required per child. The deposit will be fully refunded providing all accounts have been settled, all school property has been returned and required notice submitted. The deposit is not refundable if the child does not attend the school after enrolment and a place has been reserved.

Please view our fees for a full breakdown of our fees and payment process.

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School Fees

Our school fees include tuition, all prescribed textbooks and teaching materials. Tuition fees for Year 10 and above include entrance fees for public examinations.

Additional Costs

In addition to the school fees there are other costs including:

School uniform and PE kit - All pupils are required to wear school uniform and a school PE kit, which are sold at the school shop.

School lunch in the dining room - All pupils are required to eat lunch in the school dining room, 31/35RMB/meal. Special provision is made for vegetarians and those with medical dietary requirements. The cost will be paid directly by the parents to our school caterer, who will issue the appropriate invoices.

Notes on school fees

  • Payment is accepted in RMB or in USD at the prevailing exchange rate. Please contact the Finance Department for details.
  • The cost of all charges for all overseas transfers made to the school must be paid by the parent.
  • Parents may choose to pay termly in advance or take advantage of the discounted rate if the total annual fee is paid in advance.
  • The school accounting office will issue the fee payment notice, specifying the due date and will provide any assistance required with regard to fee payment.
  • The school reserves the right to apply a 2% monthly surcharge, compounded monthly, on all school fees that are overdue.
  • Additional optional costs School bus service: 95 RMB per day – to be paid termly English as an additional language tuition – dependent on the needs of the individual student.

Sibling discount

2nd Child 5%, 3rd Child 5%. Please note: Only one discount, other than the 3% annual fee discount, may be applied to the fees of any child.

Method of payment

Payment can be made by bank transfer to the School’s RMB or USD bank account. (See below). Please ensure that your bank quotes the Invoice Number and Name of Pupil within the transfer payment details.

RMB Account Account: 上海不列颠英国外籍人员子女学校

A/C No.: 000000501510722886 Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank, Shanghai Branch

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

1. How would you summarise Britannica International School, Shanghai?

We are the only school in the city to be British owned, with fully-trained teachers from the British Isles, delivering the English National Curriculum to children from age 2 to 18 years, starting at the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) all the way through to IGCSE and A Level qualifications. Our British heritage means that children leave us with the highest level of achievement.

2. What is British education and what makes it special?

A British curriculum provides a doorway to any university worldwide that you may wish your child to go. It is recognised not only for its high academic level, but also for its holistic education. British education places a high emphasis on developing the life and learning skills that your child will need for success after they leave school. Music, Sport, Drama and Art are all key elements of a good British education. Good British teaching is also focused on the individual child, recognising that each child is an individual with different learning needs, abilities and interests.

3. What is personalised learning and how does it work?

Good education should always strive to provide a personalised approach. Whilst most large schools are challenged to do this, at Britannica we can adapt our teaching and learning activities to make them individual for each child, if required. We look specifically what your child needs and wants and we plan for that provision. Our Inclusive Policy also means that every opportunity is open to your child; whether it’s an after school activity, being a member of a sports team or getting on stage to perform in front of parents.

4. What are the school hours?

Buses arrive at the school from 8:00am and school starts at 8:20am. There is then a 20 minute registration period to allow children to settle and be organised for the day ahead. Formal lessons and activities start at 8:40am running through until 3:00pm with morning break and lunchtime. After School Activities then run for all children in Reception to Year 13, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, with buses leaving to take children home after this.

5. Where is Britannica located?

We are located at 1988, Gubei Road, near Wuzhong Road. We are one of the most centrally located international schools in the city. We are about 10 minutes away from Xujiahui CBD and 15 minutes away from the former French Concession.

6. What makes Britannica unique?

There are key qualities that differentiate Britannica from other British curriculum schools in Shanghai:

  • We are the only British owned, staffed and managed school in Shanghai.
  • Our central location.
  • Offering inclusive and personalised education made possible due to small classes and school size.
  • Our comprehensive After School Activities that are provided for all students in Reception to Year 13.
  • Our focus on developing student native language (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian) as well as enabling your child to be fluent in English.

7. What facilities do Britannica provide?

Our facilities are on a par with the best that Shanghai has to offer in education.

  • Purpose built building with state-of-the-art classrooms.
  • Premier sporting facilities that include: swimming pool, sports hall, astro turf, tennis courts, basketball and netball courts, indoor and outdoor multifunctional play areas.
  • Specialist teaching rooms including science and technology rooms, Libraries, ICT suites and a 250 seat theatre.

8. Does Britannica offer school bus services?

Yes, our comprehensive bus service is continually being adapted to meet the needs of new families joining the school. Routes are changed and new buses are added to ensure maximum efficiency and minimum journey time.

9. What are the qualifications of Britannica teachers?

All Britannica teachers are native English speakers and fully qualified teachers at B.Sc and MA level. The teachers are supported by a highly qualified and experienced Principal and a large team of teaching assistants and administrative staff. All staff employed in the school are background checked and come with excellent references from previous employers.

10. How does Britannica support non-native learners of English?

We deliver a comprehensive English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme, delivered by highly qualified and experienced specialist teachers, which fully supports the English language development of our non-native English speaking students. All our teachers are trained to teach students who have English as a second language in the classroom.

11. Are Mandarin classes compulsory at Britannica?

Mandarin classes are taught to native and non-native groups and are compulsory from Pre-Nursery to Year 11. Each child is placed into a teaching group designed to meet their level of current Mandarin ability. Native classes follow the same text and similar curriculum to local schools.

12. What is Britannica’s academic record?

Our graduates go to the best universities in the world. Our IGCSE and A Level results are just as impressive:

100% 2018 pass rate in

- All A Level subjects

- IGCSE Mathematics

- IGCSE 1st Language English

- IGCSE 1st and 2nd Language Mandarin

13. What co-curricular activities are on offer at Britannica?

At Britannica International School, Shanghai your child will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of co-curricular activities outside the classroom, from sports to arts. Each week, over 100 different activities are on offer.

14. What sports can my child participate in?

Football, swimming, tennis, rugby, netball, volleyball, badminton, athletics, gymnastics, hockey, rounders. In addition to our inclusive PE schedule, we also have a strong emphasis on inter-school sports, believing healthy competition is a great way to test and apply what we have learnt in class, whilst demonstrating our leadership and teamwork skills.


1. How does the application process work?

We adopt a 4-step application process, as is clearly explained here.

2. When should I apply?

We can admit students at any time of the year, places are partly filled on first-come-first-serve basis, subject to the availability. Parents can contact our Admissions team to schedule a bespoke tour in the school or to receive more information over email. Each applicant will be asked to complete age appropriate assessments and will be asked to come to school to take the assessment test or have an interview.

3. On what bases do you consider a child for acceptance?

We will consider each child’s suitability carefully based on several aspects, including academic results to date, previous reports, and personal strengths. This case by case approach ensures that every applicant is fairly considered and is given equal opportunity to join Britannica.

4. How diverse if your student body?

Currently, our student population is made up of 41 different nationalities, with students from various parts of Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, UAE, Israel, South Korea, Japan, and many other places.

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