St Bees School in West Cumbria, UK
St Bees School to reopen next year

St Bees School, a UK independent secondary school, is to reopen its doors next year, following an agreement with China-based Full Circle Education Group.

Based in West Cumbria in the north of England, St Bees closed at the end of the summer 2015 semester, citing declining enrolments of domestic fee-paying students in the aftermath of the 2008 banking crisis.


However, the Board of Trustees at St Bees has announced a partnership with Full Circle Education Group - also known as Shenzhen International - to reopen the school and welcome students from September 2018.


In a statement, the Board said, "The partnership has a clear and unified vision of educating global leaders for the internationally mobile world. The commitment is to provide high-quality academic education combined with a focus on personal development. St Bees School will be welcoming day and boarding pupils from West Cumbria, further afield in the UK and internationally, providing an opportunity for the pupils to form lifelong friendships across the globe."


Full Circle Education Group also operates Princes College, an English language school in London, as well as the Shenzhen Shiyan International School and Full Circle Fusion Kindergartens in China, and a school in Cambodia.


Outlining plans for a blending of academic styles, a statement on the St Bees website says, "It is Full Circle's mission to provide its partner schools with a 'Fusion' curriculum - hybrid programmes of study which integrate the best of the West with the best of the East.


"Through the shared Fusion curriculum, we aim for a free flow of students between countries, providing partner programmes in which UK students can study in China and Chinese students can access a truly British educational experience. Full Circle's educational approach is further developed through the binary fusion of academic attainment and character development which forms the core of this holistic approach."


St Bees has also announced the appointment of a new Head Teacher, Jeremy Hallows, who will take up post in September ahead of the reopening next year. He is currently Head of Senior School at Bromsgrove School and has previously worked with Millfield School.


Danny Wang, Director of Full Circle Group, said, "It was clear that Jeremy has the international understanding, the respect for tradition and the zest for innovation to bring this unique project to life, and we look forward to putting in place the Full Circle vision for education with him at the helm."



By Matthew Knott

News Editor