Why is Nord Anglia moving its base to Hong Kong, and when will this be?
We are transferring to Hong Kong from October 2011 to April 2012, and plan to have the team fully up and running by the end of April. One of our main reasons for coming was to find a school here, and we are exploring every avenue to try and achieve a school opening as soon as possible.
Hong Kong would be a fantastic place for us to open one of our premium international schools. We already have four premium schools in China - two each in Beijing and Shanghai - and we plan further growth in China and Southeast Asia.
What is your educational philosophy and what programmes do you offer?
Our philosophy is to "help others thrive" and we want all students in our schools to "be the best that they can be". This means we put the student at the centre of everything we do, and look to make leading global citizens of all our pupils.
We currently have 13 premium schools in the Nord Anglia Education family and offer a variety of curricula, depending on the location of the school and students' requirements. We offer the English National Curriculum leading to IGCSE [International General Certificate of Secondary Education] and the IB [International Baccalaureate] programme and A-levels for our students in years 12 and 13. [Our programme for Hong Kong] is yet to be decided. However, it will most likely offer the English National Curriculum and the IB programme.
How many places do you envisage will be offered?
We are talking with the Hong Kong authorities about opportunities to open a large day school for students between the ages of three and 18 years, which will replicate the schools we operate elsewhere in the world. We hope to have a school with over 1,000 places.
A majority of our schools in China have 1,500 to 2,