Nord Anglia International School Shanghai Pudong

Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong (NAIS Pudong, Chinese: 上海英国国际学校) is an international school in Shanghai, China. The school opened in 2002[1] and has a sister campus in Puxi. The school was formerly known as The British International School Shanghai, Pudong Campus until 2015.

Nord Anglia International School Shanghai Pudong
Main entrance of the school
2729 Hunan Rd,

School typeInternational School
Established10 September 2002 (2002-21-10)
FounderNord Anglia Education
StatusPudong Opened October 2002
PrincipalLesley-Ann Wallace
Age12 months to 18 yrs
WebsiteNord Anglia International School Shanghai Pudong

Academics are based on the English National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum for students in Early Years and Primary. Students in Secondary follow the English National Curriculum, with students in Year 10 and 11 undertaking the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and students in Years 12 and 13 following the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.


The school was founded in 2002 by Nord Anglia Education which has its headquarters in Hong Kong. Nord Anglia Education operates 43 international, private and boarding schools in 15 countries across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and America. These independent international schools teach over 37,000 pupils worldwide[2]

Campus and location

The school started in 2002, with a small campus building and 50 pupils. The school grew rapidly, necessitating the construction of a 3-storey facility with bespoke gym and catering facilities in 2004. In 2007, further expansion saw the construction of two additional 3-storey buildings for secondary students, a theatre, swimming pool and additional gymnasium.

In 2013, further work was completed on the campus, creating new conceptual classroom spaces and a 'Skywalk', a bridge connecting the secondary and primary buildings. Further expansion is expected to happen within the next few years.[3]

Facilities include
  • Apple Mac Media Suite
  • The Learning Centre Library
  • 3 Playing fields (two grass, one astroturf)
  • 2 Gyms
  • Martial Arts Dojo
  • 25m heated indoor swimming pool
  • Theatre
  • Black Box Theatre
  • Music Technology suite
  • Dance suite
  • Parent Coffee Shop
Outdoor facilities include
  • 2 basketball courts
  • 2 tennis courts
  • 3 Playing fields (two grass, one astroturf)
  • Playground facilities
  • Covered Early Years playground

The school is located in Kangqiao, a suburb of Shanghai 10 km from the city centre and accessible via the Hunan Highway in 30 minutes. Disneyland Shanghai, scheduled to open on 16 June 2016, is 2 kilometres from the school and 10 minutes drive.


The school's philosophy is Be Ambitious:

  • Academically Ambitious
  • Socially Ambitious
  • Personally Ambitious

The philosophy is incorporated in all aspects of school life, including academics, service and leadership, and sports.


NAIS Pudong caters for students from 12 months to 18 years. Students in Year 10 and 11 study for the IGCSE, and students in Year 12 and 13 follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Student body

Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong students are of 60 different nationalities and collectively speak 30 different languages.

Student life

Among the activities offered at the school are band, orchestra, jazz band, choir, dance and drama. There is one major theatre production per year and includes students from Secondary school and is usually held at the end of the calendar year. There are miniature productions throughout the year for other phases at the school, usually at Christmas and Easter time.

The Model United Nations is an important program that takes place at the school. Students take part in the MUN annual trip to the United Nations in New York every summer.

Beyond the classroom

The school offers numerous opportunities to participate in Co-Curricular Activities (CCA's).[4]

In early 2014, a group of students travelled to Tanzania to a Nord Anglia Education charity project school to help teach.[5] The schools (Pudong and Puxi) are the only in Shanghai to offer this. Since 2007, the school have been offering residential trips every year and in 2016, they allowed Year 4 students too. The community group helps make events annually such as Summer Fun Day, Christmas Bazzar, Temple Fair and more.


Nord Anglia International School Shanghai is accredited to offer the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE).

The school is also an accredited examination centre for the ABRSM, HSK, and YCT.


The community group are a collection of volunteers who focus on running events and welcoming new parents to the school. A key part of their role is to fundraise money for local charities. The community group help to run events such as the Summer Festival, Dads & Lads Camping, Daddy Daughter Dance, Bonfire Night and Christmas Fair.[6]

Special visitors

As a result of close links with the Shanghai community, the school often receives special guests. Previous visitors have included Tom Daley, Qiu Bo, Sarah Brennan, Flawless and Henry Evans. In 2014, students performed songs for the British Prime Minister, David Cameron at the UK-China trade mission to promote British businesses.[7] In 2016, the UK National Space Academy visited the school and conducted a series of teacher and student masterclasses and workshops, plus a public lecture on space science. The Juilliard School from New York have been sending students to NAIS for lessons on different instruments

Summer school

The school holds an annual 4-week Summer School which is open to the Shanghai community. Activities include academic studies, sports and activities, arts and crafts, and a school musical production.[8] The Summer School is attended by 130 students and taught by the school's qualified international school teachers.


Founded in 1972, Nord Anglia Education's schools are located in North America, Middle East, Asia and Europe. These schools are currently home to over 37,000 students between the ages of 12 months and 18 years.[9] Nord Anglia Education schools follow the English National Curriculum which is adapted to fit the needs and culture of different regions. At Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong, this includes offering the International Primary Curriculum. Nord Anglia Education schools also offer the International Baccalaureate, IGCSE's and in some places, A Levels, the French Baccalaureate and the Swiss Maturité.

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