Physical address: 1988 Gubei Road, Shanghai, 201103
Telephone: +86 21 6402 7889
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, Cambridge IGCSE and A-levels
Ages: 2 to 18

What the school says

"Britannica International School, Shanghai is the only school in the city to be British-owned, with fully trained teachers from the British Isles, delivering the English National Curriculum to children from age 2 to 18 years, starting at the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) all the way through to IGCSE and A-level qualifications. Our British heritage means that children leave us with the highest level of achievement. 

"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. Our purpose-built campus features a wide range of facilities, including specialist science and art facilities with both primary and secondary library learning centres and a fully-equipped ICT suite.   

"As a truly international school, we also support the breadth of student languages; offering a World Languages Programme to provide native language lessons throughout the school for Mandarin, Korean, French, Italian, Japanese and Hebrew. We also provide the highest quality English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme."


Fees for the 2022/2023 academic year range from RMB 210,940 for pre-nursery to RMB 304,550 for Year 12 and 13. Fees can be paid annually or per term.

There is an RMB 2,000 non-refundable registration fee and a refundable deposit of RMB 20,000.

From the principal

"Britannica offers one of the most individualised educational programmes for the expat community of Shanghai. We take our responsibility to educate and care for each individual child very seriously.  We recognise that no two children are alike, that each child has different skills and talents and that each child has areas where they will require more support. We are creative and adaptive in our curriculum delivery to ensure that we accommodate these individual needs. We offer the very best of a British international independent education.

"The safety and happiness of our children are central to all that we do. Enthusiastic and happy students will excel in their studies. Britannica students lead by example, demonstrate courtesy and respect for each other, are team players, yet can work and think independently. Britannica students are creative and resolute and are encouraged to meet challenges with a determination knowing that they will be supported and encouraged by their peers and teachers along the way. They develop the skills and attributes to become the effective global citizens and leaders of tomorrow that we all desire our children to be.    

"As partners with parents in the education of each child, teachers work closely with parents, ensuring daily communication between home and school is effective and informative. Parents are always welcome to meet with individual teachers, curriculum leaders or the school Principal to discuss the progress of their child.

"We are proud of our school, our teachers and most importantly our pupils who all reflect the best that British education brings to Shanghai." 

– Mr David Goodwin, Principal  

From the parents  

“Thank you, Britannica International School, for bringing a lot of happiness and a high-quality education to my daughter. She has gently developed her personal skills and strengths with plenty of enthusiasm, my daughter seems to be more confident and fulfilled today. Every day she comes home showing me proudly what she has learned and what she has done! Thank you, teachers, for your hard work. As parents, we feel very secure, and we are so thankful for all your professionalism and your kindness. Once again thank you Britannica International School for inspiring her.”

Further reading

►View a list of recommended International Schools in Shanghai

►Read our interview with David Goodwin, the principal of Britannica International School

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