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CurriculumCambridge Assessment
Leaving qualificationsIGCSE and A-Levels
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Leaving qualifications IGCSE and A-Levels
Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 16 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 元225,040
to: 元318,160
Address: 1988 Gubei Road near Wuzhong Road, Shanghai, 201103 China
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

Britannica International School, Shanghai only accepts foreign passport holders.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


Additional language classes offered by the school

We provide an extensive Native Languages Programme offering native language lessons from Reception age throughout the school for Mandarin, Korean, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Hebrew, all of which are delivered by our specialist native-speaking teachers. In addition, Mandarin is taught to all students.

Max. number of students per class

22 students

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

All students have access to our online learning platform that is used across all subject lessons, a full ICT suite, in addition, ipads and laptops are available for students. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and Secondary students have a ‘bring your own device policy’ so that they have IT access in all lessons.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?


External examinations or assessments available

Students at Britannica follow the English National Curriculum achieving the highest pass rates at IGCSE and A Level examination. We work with the prestigious examination boards of Cambridge University and Edexcel to deliver the highly esteemed Advanced Level (AS and A2) examinations learning to British, American, Canadian, Australian and Asian University entrance.

Results in these examinations

2021 A Level results have been outstanding, with all Year 13 students passing all subjects and gaining entry to the university of their choice. Britannica International is delighted to announce that 64% of all grades were A*- B, significantly above the UK national average. Mathematics and the Sciences continue to excel with 100% pass rate in all subjects.

Details of examination results can be found on our website at

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

The amount of homework provided depends on age, demands of curriculum and the required amount of examination preparation required for each individual student. The level is a conservative amount and in line with what would be found in the UK.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

A basic evaluation of cognitive ability is undertaken for new students wishing to join the school, usually taking less than 30 minutes. For parents currently living overseas we are happy to do this at a distance via their current school.

Waiting list

Yes, mainly for the primary year group

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Students are accepted throughout the year, we would recommend to start the application one year in advance.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time

School ends at 3pm, with a variety of after school activities (ASAs) taking place until 4pm.

School bus service available

Yes. There are over 22 bus routes operating across Shanghai delivering students to and from home and school.

School provided lunches

Yes. Lunches are freshly prepared daily and fruit is always available. Our menus are changed on a weekly basis and we always ensure that they are varied, with a variety of proteins and carbohydrates. Fresh salad and fruit is served with every meal. Juices and water are available for your children every day.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes. If your child has any special dietary requirements please let us know. We can provide information regarding the content of the food we serve that includes gluten free, dairy free, legume content food, fish and shellfish meals and egg products. Students who require a special meal, based on dietary or cultural reasons may bring in their own food from home.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Britannica provides over 100 after school activities for students, including; Football, Athletics, Rugby, Gymnastics, Taekwondo, Badminton, Chamber Orchestra, a variety of music ensembles, robotics clubs and many more.

Sports activities included

Physical Education is built into the school timetable for all year groups from Pre-Nursery all the way up to Year 13. Our PE classes are fun, active and have an emphasis on participation. The skills acquired in PE will improve your child’s physical fitness, strength, agility, balance and coordination while they participate in sports such as football, basketball, netball, tennis, athletics, badminton,
swimming, gymnastics, hockey, volleyball, rounders, rugby and many more.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes. Students have the opportunity to train and represent the school in sporting competitions as part of a school team. In particular, our Britannica Knights Football team and Frisbee team have been successful in competitions against local and regional competitors from across China, as have our Football teams.

Sports facilities at the school

Britannica has outstanding facilities including; heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, sports hall, an outdoor sports field, running track, football field, as well as tennis, netball and basketball courts

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

As the only British owned, British managed and largely British staffed school in Shanghai, Britannica International School provides the ‘Best of British Education’. 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. As a relatively small school we provide a personalised approach to teaching adapting our curriculum and student learning to meet the individual needs of each child. 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.

Teaching approach of the school

We combine high academic standards with excellent pastoral care to help nurture our students in becoming the global citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Working in partnership with you, our parents, we are able to understand your child's individual needs and in turn, provide the facilities, training and support required, to offer the very best of British education and the English National Curriculum to them. 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.

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