As a parent, you want to be
supported, advised and guided towards the very best education for your child,
which is why at Britannica International School, Shanghai, we work in
partnership with our parents to achieve this. At our core, we successfully
manage to blend the highest quality, rigorous British education through the
English National Curriculum, within a learning environment that is positive,
constructive and a happy place to spend your day.
Located in the heart of the city, Britannica International School, Shanghai offers a full British curriculum, adapted and extended to meet the needs of international students. We are British-owned, and have British trained teachers delivering the English National Curriculum (including GCSE and A Level qualifications) to students from 2 to 18 years of age.
Britannica International School, Shanghai is located in Gubei, close to the downtown area, with nearby open spaces, and which is easily accessible with short journey times and bus routes for students.
Our purpose-built campus features a wide range of facilities, including specialist science and art facilities with both Primary and Secondary library learning centres and a fully equipped ICT suite.
We respect and invest time developing an understanding among our students of the cultures and languages of the forty different nationalities in our school, but spanning this international diversity, our foundations are set in a strong British ethos. We attract the most acclaimed fully trained teachers and assistants to deliver the very best of British education for all of our students.
Call us to arrange a visit today, so you can experience the uniquely positive and inspirational atmosphere of Britannica International School, Shanghai.
'Great teachers and small classes, so our kids get proper attention. Both my husband and I and our kids love it.'
Catherine - Mother of Year 10 Student
Why not come and experience the school for yourself and book a visit ?
On behalf of Britannica’s staff team, I would like to welcome all current and prospective parents to our school website. Our mission is to serve our pupils and their parents to our best abilities and in so doing use our expertise to deliver the very best of British education to Shanghai’s expatriate families. I hope our website gives a clear picture of how we do this at Britannica.
Nothing beats seeing us in reality though and we always welcome interested parents and visitors to make an appointment to enable my team to show you around the school and see us in action.
Britannica is a lovely school, both aesthetically and in the warm friendly atmosphere that invades the corridors and classrooms. Children and teachers love working here. New pupils quickly settle, welcomed by their peers and mentored by caring and skilled teachers, nearly all of whom are British and have been trained in the UK.
Our school is enviably one of the best located in the city. Being relatively small compared to some of the very large Shanghai schools, we can also guarantee that your child will be known by all, have a curriculum that matches their individual needs, have full use of all our excellent facilities and have far more opportunities due to less competition from peers.
We know your child is special and we know that you have the highest aspirations for their happiness and future success. Britannica’s students will be the leaders of tomorrow, global citizens and will attend world class universities and it is our aspiration to enable them to achieve that.
Excellent facilities in an excellent location
Being one of the nearest ‘downtown schools’ our central location makes us the perfect choice for those families living in the former French Concession, Jing’an, Zhongshan Park and Gubei areas. Our facilities are on a par with the best that Shanghai has to offer in education.
- A safe and secure campus well set back from the road in open space
- 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, cricket nets, indoor and outdoor multifunctional play areas
- Specialist teaching rooms including science and technology rooms, libraries, ICT suites and 250 seat theatre
- Easily accessible from downtown Shanghai
- Located in the highly desirable and residential Gubei area
- Short transit times and bus routes to school for pupils close to the cultural amenities of the city
A British school run by British teachers
At Britannica we know that excellent teachers can transform a school, direct the ethos and culture and will positively influence the success of their students. To ensure that we deliver this our recruitment policy to only employ qualified teaching staff with British or equivalent professional teaching qualifications. All Britannica teachers are native English speakers. 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.
The school benefits from a management team with excellent experience in delivering the best of British education both in the UK and abroad. The Orbital Education International Education Development Officers monitor the quality of education in all Orbital Education Schools and regularly carry out school inspections. The school has membership of a number of accreditation bodies that similarly monitor closely the quality of education in the school against rigorous international and British educational standards
David graduated from City University, London with a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry and then completed his Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the London Institute of Education. Later he was awarded his MA in Education by the University of Southampton. Much of David’s early career was spent building up an impressive portfolio of managerial posts in some of the UK’s top independent schools. With posts that included Housemaster, Director of Studies, Head of Science, Deputy Head and Head of School, he has gained significant experience managing many aspects of the curriculum and school life. He brings to Britannica this wealth of UK experience and a clear understanding of what makes for quality British education. As a UK and international School Inspector he has been involved in many inspection teams that have involved accreditation and advisory or government inspection processes. Since living abroad David has been Head of School at Harrow in Beijing as well as Head of School at the British School in Colombo, Sri Lanka. David is married with two grown up daughters, with one living and working in Sydney, Australia and the other working in London, UK. David has a passion for China, for the best of British independent international education and believes it is a privilege to be helping to develop the global leaders of tomorrow from Shanghai’s young learners of today.
Vice Principal and Head of Secondary
Joint Honours in Physics and Education from The University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK. Paul joins Britannica as Vice Principal and Head of Secondary with 8 years of teaching and leadership experience, having worked internationally in Romania and Dubai, and most recently in London, UK.
Isla Kate Gillespie
Head of Early Years and Pre-Nursery B Teacher
PGCE in Education in Primary from The University of London Goldsmiths and BA Hons Drama Studies from University of Winchester, UK. Isla joins Britannica as Head of Early Years with 8 years of experience, having worked at Geneva English School in Switzerland and Whitmore Primary School, UK
Head of Primary and Year 6A Teacher
PGCE in Primary Education and MA in Education from The University of Nottingham, and BA (Hons) in English Literature and Psychology from Swansea University, UK. Before coming to Shanghai, Katherine taught at John Keble Church of England Primary School, UK. She is Head of Primary at Britannica and has been a teacher for over 7 years.
Head of English Faculty
Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary English, Media and Drama Education from The University of Cumbria, BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre Studies from The University of York. Shaun has also spent time teaching at Al Kohr International School in Qatar and, prior to this, was English progress leader at the outstanding and high achieving St Bedes School in the UK. He has been a teacher for almost a decade.
Nursery A Teacher
BA Hons in Education at the University of Warwick, UK. Katherine joins Britannica as a Nursery teacher, with over 10 years teaching experience in the UK. Katherine has also previously taught in a High Scope Pre-school in Beijing. She has extensive experience in supporting children with social and emotional difficulties, managing a project for children and families for over two years in the UK.
Deputy Head of Early Years and Nursery B Teacher
BA Hons Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Plymouth University and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Early Years Specialism (Masters Level credits) from Oxford Brookes University. Amy joined Britannica having taught at Five Acres Primary School and St John's Cathedral Catholic School in England. She has been a teacher for 4 years.
Reception A Teacher
PGCE in Primary with specialism in PE from The Institute of Education, London and BSc(Hons) in Economics and Management Sciences from Southampton University, England. Alastair joins Britannica with 4 years of experience in Early Years including in both the state and independent sector. Alastair also has experience teaching abroad, having taught English in Busan, South Korea.
Reception B Teacher
Bachelor's degree in Early Years Education Studies from Winchester University, and Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP), gaining QTS from The Hawthorns School, UK. Jenny joins Britannica in Shanghai from an independent Co-Ed Prep School in Surrey, England. She has been a teacher for five years.
Year 1A Teacher
PGCE Primary Education from Oxford Brookes University and BSc Geography from the University of Leicester. Simon has also recently completed a TEFL course and has been an assistant leader within the Beaver Scout movement in the UK. He joins Britannica after teaching at a primary school in Birmingham, United Kingdom for two years.
Year 2A Teacher
BA (Hons) Primary Education from Bangor University, Wales. 6 years international experience teaching and leading in the Primary Phase in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Suzhou, China. Masters in Global Development Education from University College London, Institute of Education.
Year 2D Teacher
PGCE from The University of Cape Town and BA Hons in English and History from The University of Natal, South Africa. Before coming to Britannica, Shona was a teacher at The Charter International School in Bangkok and she has also taught at an international school in Seoul. She has been a teacher for more than 12 years.
Year 2E Teacher
BA Honours in Primary Education with QTS from The University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK. Andrew joins Britannica as a Year 2 Class Teacher with experience working across both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Andrew has two years’ experience teaching internationally in Kuwait, and specialises in Primary School Geography.
Year 3C Teacher
Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education from The University of Cumbria and BA Hons in History and Educational Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University. Maria joined Britannica from a Primary school in the United Kingdom and has more than seven years of teaching experience.
Deputy Head of Primary and Year 4B Teacher
BAED in Primary Education from the University of Winchester. 11 years teaching and experience, including several years in senior leadership roles. Joining Britannica having recently lead several institutions within the Link Academy Trust in England.
Year 5B Teacher and After School Activity Coordinator
Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Nottingham Trent University, BSc Hons in Sports Science and Health from The University of Dublin. David joins Britannica from a city school in Nottingham. He has previously worked in Korea for two years as an English language teacher and taught at Windmill LEAD Academy, Nottingham, England.
Head of Mathematics
PGCE in Mathematics Education from Manchester Metropolitan University and BSc Hons in Sports Science from Liverpool John Moores University. David has taught as a secondary and middle school Mathematics teacher in the UK, Vietnam and Costa Rica. He has over a decade of teaching experience.
Suzanne van Balveren
Bachelor in Science Education from HAN University and a Masters in Chemistry Education from Fontys University in the Netherlands. Prior to moving to China, Suzanne taught at Kandinsky College in the Netherlands. She joins Britannica from another international in Shanghai and has taught for over 8 years.
Computer Science Teacher
PGCE in Secondary Education from Sheffield Hallam University and a BA Hons Creative Music Technology from University of Sheffield, UK. Benjamin joins the team with over 10 years of teaching experience, having worked mostly in the Uk and gaining International experience in Qatar, he will be delivering Computer Science at Britannica.
Teacher of Business Studies and Economics
PGCE Secondary Business Studies with QTS from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a BA Management Degree from the University of Sheffield. Before joining Britannica, Martyn taught at another international school in Shanghai and Windsor Girls' School in England. He has held further teaching positions in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, in addition to working at a bank in New York City.
English and EAL Teacher
PCGE from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Bachelor's Degree in Media and Film Studies with a subsidiary in American Studies from The University of Winchester. Amy joins Britannica from previous teaching positions at Gulf English School, Qatar, and Brentside High School, UK. She has over 7 years of teaching experience.
MA in Teaching Pre K-Grade 4 with Pennslyvania Teaching Certification, Bachelor of Art in Art History, M.S.Ed in TESOL and TEFL/TESOL Specialist Certification. Amanda has spent time teaching at Drexel University in Philadelphia and National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan. She has been a teacher for over seven years.
Master of Science in Applied Social Research, First Class Bachelor’s degree in History, Sociology and Professional Education from The University of Sterling and PGCE from The General Teaching Council of Scotland. Adam joins Britannica from educational establishments in Scotland.
Drama, English and EAL Teacher
Bachelor of Creative and Performing Arts from The University of Portsmouth, TEFL Certified and TESMC Tutor. Before joining Britannica, Philip gained significant experience teaching at Chantry Academy in the UK and at an international educational company in Shanghai. He has been a teacher for over 3 years.
Director of World Languages
Cristina holds a Master’s Degree in Second Language Teaching and is Spanish by citizenship. She has extensive experience teaching languages in Spain and the UK. Cristina will lead our French and Spanish foreign language programme and manage our native language programme in Hebrew, Italian, French, Japanese, Spanish and Korean.
Jin Won Lee
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Korean Literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea. Jin is Britannica's native Korean Teacher. He has a wealth of experience, having taught at Taerung private school and Hansem private school in Korea. He has been a teacher for over 17 years.
Postgraduate Qualification in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Bachelor's degree from Nagoya, Japan. Yoko is Britannica's native Japanese teacher. She has previously taught in international schools in Guangzhou and Tianjin, China, and has more than 5 years teaching experience.
Head of Mandarin
M.A. in Foreign Language Teaching from New York University and B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University. Elaine was trained and certified in New York City. Before joining Britannica she taught at the British International School Shanghai Puxi. Elaine has been teaching for over nine years.
Bachelor's Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Shanghai Normal University with diploma, Certified in Teaching Chinese Language. Helen joined Britannica having taught at another school in Shanghai. Helen has 23 years of experience teaching in both local and international schools in China.
PE and French Teacher
Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Exercise Science Teaching from The University of Poitiers, MA in Movement Study and Disabilities from the University of Poitiers and Oregon Stage University, National Swimming Coaching Certification and French Foreign Language (FLE) Online Certification with CNED. Anthony is a native French teacher, who joined Britannica with international school teaching experience in Shanghai. He has been a teacher for more than 9 years.
PE and Mathematics Teacher
BSc. in Physical Education and Mathematics (First Class Honors) from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Ciarán joins Britannica having taught both of his university disciplines for a number of years in Ireland. Prior to this he also worked for the Gaelic Athletic Association in the U.S.A. where his duties included adult education, running summer camps and coordinating the national championships.
PGCE in Secondary Physical Education from Liverpool Hope University and BA (Hons) Coaching Development from Liverpool John Moores University. Ashley joins Britannica as a PE teacher with 5 years teaching experience, having worked at many reputable schools across the North West of England, UK. Prior to teaching Ashley also competed as a semi-professional Taekwondo athlete and has represented his country at both National and International level.
Head of Art
BA (Hons) in Fine Arts (Painting, Sculpture, Multimedia) and PGCE in Secondary Education from Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Greece. QTS Holder from the Department of Education in UK. Masters Degree in Painting from Wimbledon College of Arts and MPhil Practice-based research from Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.
Maria joins Britannica as Head of Art with 8 years of experience, having worked in Primary and Secondary schools, at the Tate Galleries, at the University of the Arts London and ROSSO Arts College in Shanghai.
Welcome from Orbital Education founder, Kevin McNeany
I am delighted to welcome all international families in the city to our school the Britannica International School, Shanghai.
This is the third British school I have founded in Shanghai and I am honoured that the Chinese Ministry of Education have entrusted me again with a licence to operate another international school. The school is completely owned by my British company, Orbital Education, who focus on delivering the British (English National) Curriculum enhanced for the international students in our school. The management of the school is British led by the Principal, David Goodwin, a dedicated educationist of long experience and consummate leadership skills.
Orbital Education Limited is a company completely dedicated to the service of advancing international education based on the British model. It has no investing financial institution to control or influence it. The company’s head office in Manchester, England is staffed by an experienced team who support and direct our schools throughout the world. The team are experienced educationalists and all are united in the belief that the quality of education and the welfare of our students is our greatest concern.
At present Orbital Education also have schools in Russia, Spain, Hungary, Ecuador, Slovenia and Qatar. For more information, please visit our website.