Huili School Nantong, in line with the educational ethos of the school, aims to admit boys and girls with a wide range of skills and capabilities, including those who can demonstrate academic ability and an enthusiasm for arts, music, sports and service. Along with the pupil’s ability to flourish within our school, we also look for families that will thrive within our Huili community. Other important characteristics are:
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Huili School Nantong will accept applications for entry in September 2022 from 11th October 2021. Until the application process opens, please submit an enquiry form so that the admissions team can contact you invite you to our upcoming events and information sessions.
Our admissions process will follow the guidance and regulations stipulated by the Jiangsu Education Bureau and we aim to make the admissions process as smooth, friendly and easy as possible. Our admissions process consists of following four steps:
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What are your tuition fees? What additional fees are required? Do you have registration fees?
Our tuition fees will be set in line with the excellent education model we offer, world class environment in which pupils will learn and the exceptional teachers who will serve our pupils and family. [You may refer to other schools in the Wellington College China family to determine the expected levels of tuition fees for Huili School Nantong.]
The timeline for the publication of the school fee structure is dependent on the Price Bureau’s approval. As soon as it is available, the Admissions Office will provide a complete break-down of our tuition and other fees.
Additional fees apart from tuition fee may include CCA fees as well as school meals, uniforms, bus, boarding and excursions. Huili School Nantong does not charge or accept any application or admissions fees. You should not pay any sum of money (in cash or in kind) or give gifts to any individual as part of the application process.
Huili School Nantong only accepts applications directly from a family and not via any agent or similar educational establishment. Any agent or individual claiming that they have a preferential admissions relationship with Huili School Nantong should be reported to the school office by email to email@example.com .
What grade levels will open and how do you determine which grade level a child should enroll in?
In the founding year starting in September 2022, Huili Nursery Nantong will run from Early Years 2 through to Early Years 4 and Huili School Nantong will run from Grade 1 through to Grade 7.
In line with relevant policies and regulations, pupils are allocated their grade level strictly according to their date of birth. Please refer to the chart below to determine which grade your child should apply for. In certain circumstances a child can apply for a different grade level, subject to approval from the education bureau. Please contact the admissions department for further information.
For entry in the academic year 2022-2023, a child would be placed according to their age:
Boarding will be available for children entering Grade 1 and above.
After completing their nursery journey (and subject to the education bureau’s lottery policy), children can move into Huili School Nantong, where they start their primary school journey from Grade 1. Primary school in Huili School Nantong runs from Grade 1 to Grade 6. After primary school, children enter Junior High, which covers Grades 7 to 9. In Grade 9, children begin an important transition year, because in Grade 10 they will undertake the IGCSE examinations. After IGCSE, Huili pupils will complete their A Levels or the IB Diploma Programme, graduating in Grade 12 well prepared to enter the best universities around the world.
What subjects will be offered in Grades 1-9. How much English will there be?
Huili School Nantong adheres to the curriculum standards as laid out by the Chinese National Curriculum and enhances it by Huili’s unique educational philosophy. Lessons at Huili are enquiry-based with a focus on improving pupils’ understanding. In addition to regular courses like Chinese, English, Mathematics, Science, Chinese Social Studies that encompasses History and Geography, Music, Sports and Art, Huili pupils also learn distinctive Huili courses, such as Theme, Wellbeing, Drama, English Social Studies, Swimming, Design & Technology, etc.. All classes will be delivered bilingual or fully in English, apart from Chinese and Chinese Social Studies.
We will also provide over a large number and range of school-based afternoon courses as part of our co-curricular activities programme, which may include such activities as Lego, robotics, debating, English drama, kayaking, archery, pop band, orchestra, and so on. These CCA courses are an important part of the school experience for our pupils and as such children are expected to take part in all CCA afternoon sessions offered.
What textbooks will be used at Huili School Nantong? Will pupils use the same textbooks used in the nine-year compulsory education in Chinese public schools? What English textbooks will be used? What other teaching materials will be used?
All textbooks will be based on the curriculum syllabuses of compulsory education and will be enriched by textbooks from Singapore, the UK and other countries, with various well-developed online resources integrated into the curriculum. Each Huili pupil is provided with an individual account with access to the school eLibrary and other designated learning websites. Teachers will select appropriate teaching resources for subject themes in accordance with the specific demands of the pupils.
What time does school start and end in a school day?
A typical school day at Huili School Nantong will start around 8.00am when pupils may enter the campus for morning exercise, followed by class or House-based activities. Regular classes commence from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Co-curricular activities will take place for one hour each afternoon on Tuesdays – Thursdays.
Can my child board at Huili School Nantong?
Boarding will be available for a limited number of children entering Grade 1 and above. Wellington College holds a deep tradition for boarding. Indeed, it is viewed as an extension of our educational model and central to becoming a Wellingtonian. In China, there is also a long tradition of boarding provision, which extends back to the time of Confucius. At Huili School Nantong we seek to bring together the very best boarding practices to create an environment in which our pupils thrive.
Boarding at Huili School Nantong stands apart from traditional Chinese boarding schools as it embraces the bilingual and global nature and values of the school under one roof. The boarding house is built very much on the values of the UK boarding experience ensuring the highest standards of pastoral care. Boarding provides an exclusive, unmatched way to prepare young people to face 21st century life as global citizens.
The boarding experience is designed to support the development of the Huili identity: pupils who are inspired, intellectual, independent, individual and inclusive. Our aspirations are high, and we encourage all our boarders to embrace all opportunities available to them both socially and academically.
How do you ensure quality teachers? Where will you recruit the best teachers?
Our teachers will be passionate educators from all over the world. They will all have teaching qualifications and teaching experiences and they all must share the same vision and values as Huili School Nantong. Most of our teachers will have many years of teaching experience but we are also excited and proud to recruit younger teachers who bring a fresh outlook and modern teaching practices.
We are experienced in recruiting top-quality international and Chinese teachers, the recruitment is being led by the school’s academic leadership team, who are already in post. Our English-speaking teachers will come mostly from Britain or from other English native speaking countries. Some will have experience in Chinese schools, others will come directly from England. Our Chinese teachers will come from a range of interesting backgrounds, including international and bilingual schools from all over China including schools within the Wellington College China family.
Our recruitment procedure includes CV selecting, interviews, demo lessons, presentations, task-based activities etc. We are very confident that with the name and reputation of Wellington College China and our strong professional leadership, we will recruit the best team for our pupils. Moreover, Huili School Nantong will be an ideal place to teach with small class sizes, wonderful facilities and resources, motivated pupils, supportive parents and considerable professional development opportunities.
As the school will have an entirely new academic team, how will you train and ‘on board’ the new staff? Will the teachers be ready to start when the school opens in September 2022?
The academic leadership team has been recruited and working on the Huili School Nantong project since March 2021 (and even prior to that for some members of the team, including the Executive Master). Wellington College China has made a significant investment in recruiting the leadership team so far in advance of opening the school.
Recruitment for other members of the teaching and non-academic teams is underway and we will use a variety of resources to ensure that we attract the very best candidates. It is extremely competitive to be offered a job at a Wellington College China school.。
The academic leadership team has developed an ‘on-boarding’ plan to ensure that the teachers are connected to the wider Wellington community, the unique curriculum and their new colleagues prior to starting at the school. For those teachers who are already based in China, they will be invited to attend our school, community and social events starting as soon as they accept their offer. For those teachers who are based in the UK, they will be invited to attend the four-day Wellington College China induction that takes place in July every year at Wellington College UK.
All of our teachers will start work approximately three weeks before the school opens. During this three-week period, all staff will undergo a full induction and training programme and be given lots of departmental time to establish their classrooms ready to welcome your children on their first day.
What is the relationship between Wellington College in England and Huili School Nantong? What is Wellington College’s involvement in the operations of the Wellington College China family of schools?
Wellington College and Wellington College China hold a uniquely close relationship at all levels from governance to pupil and faculty exchanges. This allows us to maintain adherence to the Huili Values and Identity. Wellington College China provides education services to operate all Huili Schools and Nurseries in China, including our newest school here in Nantong. This includes all aspects of the education offered and provided. The close relationship with Wellington College allows for exchange of ideas, professional learning and ensuring we uphold our Values, Identity and the highest quality of education.
What are Huili’s strengths compared to local schools and other private bilingual schools? How are you different?
We will have a focus on the ‘whole child’: not just give our pupils’ excellent learning experiences in the classroom, but also develop them by giving many opportunities to perform on stage, to play in teams, to enjoy expeditions and to lead.
Huili School Nantong is a new school with no track record, why should we enroll our children?
Every school is new at some time or other. Being new does not mean a school cannot be very successful. Indeed, being new actually enables us to ensure we start our school in the very best way from day 1. Huili has the advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and the most modern resources. You will see this the minute you enter the campus in 2022.
Behind us are the traditions and expertise of Wellington College in the UK and more recently, the Wellington College China family of schools in Tianjin,Shanghai and Hangzhou.
• Huili will be a centre of excellence for academic study.
• We believe in providing a fully-rounded education for our pupils.
• We believe that every child has the right to achieve its full potential. That’s why we work hard to create a learning and social environment in which children are supported to overcome challenges, encouraged to make the most of their strengths and individually nurtured so they can flourish.
• We will have dedicated and inspirational teachers.
• We have small classes offering the individual attention that pupils need.
• A rich and varied curriculum will suit our range of pupils and their needs and interests.
• A warm, personalised approach to pupils’ learning, wellbeing and welfare will be managed by our experienced team of classroom teachers.
• We will provide an unrivalled choice of co-curricular activities.
• Huili School Nantong will have outstanding facilities, which will enable our staff to deliver exciting learning experiences and provide every opportunity for pupils to develop their talents, wherever they may lie.
As the school must follow the local Jiangsu curriculum, how will my child be prepared for a smooth transition to a global, top ranking university? What connections do you have with such institutions?
Preparation for the transfer to a global university will start from the very first day that your child enrols at Huili. The bilingual language environment will ensure that your child is able to seamlessly transition between two languages. During your child’s time at Huili, they will be exposed to the English and Chinese language required to flourish and succeed in the most demanding academic environments.
Huili’s method of teaching will encourage your child to think critically, to discover and learn for themselves, to carry out independent research, to challenge themselves and to think as a global citizen.
The ‘Wellington College’ name already has an excellent global reputation and good standing with a wide range of universities and higher education establishments. The Wellington College China family of schools already have dedicated teams of University guidance counsellors and regularly invites universities from all over the world to speak to their pupils about the many options available to them. This is an area where Wellington College China family of schools will continue to collaborate and share.
What level of English will my child need in order to be offered a place at Huili School Nantong? When will my child be bilingual?
We understand that some of the children applying to Huili may have attended local schools where they may not have had much exposure to the English language. Whilst we will require all children to have an age appropriate basic level of English, we will be offering places to children who can demonstrate an all-round potential for academic achievement, individual and family engagement towards learning English, a wide and interesting variety of interests and age appropriate social skills.
At Wellington College China, we define ‘bilingualism’ as the ability to make a seamless transition between the two languages of instruction. A bilingual person can read, write, understand, think and speak in the two languages without hindrance at all levels. They are able to make the intercultural and linguistic transitions seamlessly, whether it be for study, business or leisure. Bilingual leaners think, dream and tell jokes in the two languages
Every child will differ in terms of the progress that they make with their language development and improvement depends on a wide range of factors. For a child starting Huili in Grade 1 with a basic level of English and a limited amount of exposure to English outside of school, it would be reasonable to expect them to be proficient in English by the end of primary school and bilingual by the end of junior high.
How will you be able to deliver high academic results and have enough time to offer a holistic, all round education?
It is not uncommon for schools in China to give pupils substantial amounts of homework, repetitive worksheet and tasks that do not have direct academic benefit. At Huili, we will use a child’s time wisely by focusing on learning that has purposeful and meaningful outcomes.
Our school day will incorporate co-curricular activities so the pupils will have regular opportunities to explore and engage in new activities which will ensure that they are developing their full range of aptitudes.
If you were to look at any pupil attending any Wellington College China school, you would find that the pupils who achieve the top academic results are often the most engaged and busy pupils within the school; they play sports, they perform, they create, they debate and discuss, they mentor and lead – they are the heads of house and heads of college.
When will you open the high school?
Huili School Nantong plans to open the high school programme in 3 years when the first year of Grade 7 pupils go to Grade 10 in 2025. Our high school pupils will follow the IGCSE programme and then in Grades 11 and 12, either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or A-levels. Whether the school decides to offer the IBDP or A-level, the end goal for our pupils is the same – to gain entry into top global universities whether in the US, UK or elsewhere.
After completing junior high school, will my child need to take an entrance exam to progress to high school?
It is not our intention to introduce a formal exam to progress to high school. However, if our academic leadership team felt that a pupil would not benefit and thrive in the curriculum that is being delivered in high school, they would have early conversations with the pupil and parents about any concerns.
As a new campus, are the materials used during construction of high quality? How will you ensure that the internal air quality is safe for my child?
Wellington College China, the owner and developer of our school, only works with top quality materials and suppliers, using globally recognised and certified brands to do so. Comprehensive testing of the internal air quality is scheduled to be undertaken before and following the handover (both before and after furniture installation). Handover and occupation is scheduled for May which gives times to thoroughly ventilate and air the new buildings. WCC is experienced in terms of managing big projects and operating schools in Tianjin,Shanghai and Hangzhou.
Anybody who works, lives or attends school in a new building will notice certain smells, it will be important for all of us to remember that not all smells are ‘bad’ and that not all bad air carries a smell. To ensure that the air we are all breathing in is clean, safe and free from toxins, we will engage an independent third party company to test and monitor the air quality (including formaldehyde and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC)) levels within the school on multiple occasions prior to opening at the end of August; the reports and data will be made available to parents and staff. Huili School Nantong takes the health and safety of its pupils, parents and staff of upmost importance and will be straightforward, open and honest in all communications in this regard.
Will the school have an internal air filtration system?
As a state-of-the-art campus, the school will have a fully integrated and centrally controlled high quality air filtration system. The air filtration system will have a dual filtration system using both G4 and F8 HEPA filters to remove both PM2.5 and PM10 from the air. The world-renowned independent firm ARUP were engaged during the construction and installation phase to ensure that the school is a safe and caring environment for our pupils, families and staff.