Somerset Yew Wah Classroom in UK
Yew Wah has long placed strong emphasis on students’ holistic education. We not only train students in their academic skills, but also place high importance on their character development, so that they can achieve both academic and character excellence. The Somerset Yew Wah Classroom Programme is especially set up to help students further develop these qualities in a cultural environment different from their own. It is a key component of Yew Wah’s Primary and Secondary curriculum and is offered to our Years 6 and 8 students each academic year.
Since 2006, Yew Wah has established an English learning and cultural centre in the United Kingdom for total English language immersion. The first Yew Wah Classroom in UKis located in a traditional English village in Somerset – Sibley’s Barn. We have since developed a very close relationship with a local British school – Haygrove School, where our students are given the opportunity to engage in English language and to improve their cross-cultural understanding. In order to further enrich our programme and provide more opportunities for our students, a new campus was established in 2016, known as Knowle Hall. It is a newly redecorated Victorian-era country house, built on 15 acres of land in beautiful open parkland, situated close to our Sibley's Barn Centre. Students engage in cultural exchange with local British students through group activities and social services.
Students will have opportunities to visit unique places of interest so as to both strengthen and broaden our school curriculum, providing real-life learning opportunities that are not readily available in China. The choice of visits and the teaching content is in accordance with the requirements of the Chinese National Curriculum and is determined by year level, and will include topics in the sciences and mathematics, nature and environmental protection, and the culture and arts. This educational programme in Somerset will be continued upon students’ return to China.