Benenden School Attended By Princess Anne To Open China Campus In 2023
Benenden School, the prestigious British boarding school attended by Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, is opening a campus in the Panyu district of Guangzhou, China in late 2023. It aims to welcome 1,500 students and is set to cost GBP£13,100 (US$17,862) per term at home.
The project will be led by CTF Education Group, a unit of Chow Tai Fook Group, as a part of its pioneering "Edumaker" ethos and visionary roadmap for education-related development in Greater China. While the school in the UK is exclusively for girls, the China outpost will cater to both boys and girls.
"Our goal is to empower the next generation to become future-ready. The Group will invest over HK$3 billion for the next few years in upcoming education projects in Hong Kong and Greater China,” said Adrian Cheng, vice-chairman and group chief executive officer of CTF Education Group. "Our vision is to build a unique synergistic education ecosystem that brings together different stakeholders and a myriad of resources to achieve greater synergy, efficiency and opportunities to drive K-12 schools and education forward with sustainable impact," he adds.
This marks Cheng's latest venture after announcing his conservation project on The State Theatre led by New World Development where Cheng serves as the executive vice-chairman and chief executive officer.
Princess Anne pictured in centre with fellow pupils during her first term at Benenden School (Photo: Bob Haswell/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Headmistress Elizabeth Clarke pictured walking with female pupils in the grounds of Benenden School in 1963 (Photo: Harry Dempster/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Schoolgirls in the Guideford House Study at Benenden School where Princess Anne will be a pupil. (Photo: Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Princess Basma of Jordan, trying on her school hat (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
The CTF Education Group marked its official launch with the introduction of its pioneering "Edumaker" ethos and announcing major milestones on its visionary roadmap (Photo: Courtesy of CTF Education Group)
The CTF Education Group is extending its footprint and the "Edumaker" ethos into Greater China with its Greater Bay Area Premium School project, which will introduce Benenden School into the region in late 2023. Representatives from CTFEG and Benenden School officially signed the agreement in Nov 2020 (Photo: Courtesy of CTF Education Group)
"We are delighted to announce CTF Education Group’s strategic partnership with Benenden School, a renowned British boarding school founded in 1923, to bring one of the best schools in the world to Greater China. The partnership anchors our first step in our group’s expansion and sets the tone for our goal to deliver one of the best K-12 bilingual schools in Greater China," says Jennifer Yu Cheng, deputy vice-chairwoman of CTF Education Group.
The project comes at a time when renowned British schools are slowly expanding overseas due to Covid-19. Many international students are choosing to study in their respective home countries due to travel restrictions and lockdown that has seen many families separated for a long period of time during the pandemic.
The school was also attended by other royals including Princess Basma of Jordan and Princess Benedikte of Denmark. It will be the latest addition to over 860 international schools in the Mainland, joining the likes of Harrow, Westminster and Wycombe Abbey. Guangzhou itself has 16 international schools.
"As one of the leading independent schools in the UK, Benenden is committed to significantly widening access and the opportunities available for future generations to benefit from our educational offering," says Anna Birkett, chairwoman of the governing council at Benenden.