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Our vision is to nurture globally aware Chinese citizens rooted in their own heritage yet passionate about their engagement with the wider world. 

HD Schools are centred around Chinese families where Chinese values are fully embedded. We believe that the essence of education is to establish a connection between ourselves, the wider world and the society of the future. 

We focus on exploring innovative models of integration in a bilingual environment, giving Chinese children the ability and confidence to cooperate with others across cultures whilst maintaining their own roots, thus becoming globally competitive and resilient individuals with the awareness to make wise judgements and to commit to a lifelong love of learning. 

Key Paths to realise our vision

  • A tailored education system to help each student find their inner drive, search for and identify their personal goals and achieve their full potential.       
  • A comprehensive rollout of the Chinese Integrated Curriculum, featuring broad themes and interdisciplinary content, giving children the self-awareness to shape their own cultural identity whilst understanding others. 
  • The creation of a multi-disciplinary and immersive international curriculum to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration amongst global citizens.     
  • Comprehensive data-driven monitoring and evaluation systems to nurture excellence and instil confidence over a broad range of subjects. 
  • An innovative Design Thinking methodology to teach children empathy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 
  • A self-evolving learning community equipped with the curiosity, mentality and the ability to perform to high standards.    


The HD family of schools is committed to guiding young Chinese men and women on a K-12 educational journey that instils in them the lifelong values of courage, empathy and wisdom and leads to the best and most appropriate next stage education destinations worldwide.  

Underpinning this journey is a commitment to educating our students within a dual immersion curriculum that fosters a love of their own Mandarin language, history and culture alongside a powerful command of English and a tolerant yet committed global outlook. It is the responsibility of all teachers and leaders within the Group to prepare the students in their charge for the next stage of their educational journey, at whatever point on the HD path they find themselves. Teachers should at all stages on this journey seek to inspire their pupils with a common HD language that comprises both rigour and imagination and is tailored to the needs of each individual pupil whilst reflecting the Group’s core values. All members of the Group should likewise promote a shared educational philosophy that emphasises the flourishing of the whole person, the soul and body as well as the intellect, and one which gives each member of the community, including the most vulnerable, his or her own dignity. 


The three core values 

In order to turn our vision and mission into reality, we consider it essential to nurture values that all members of the Elite/HD community identify with and can easily implement. Furthermore, we recognise that schools are just a part of the educational ecosystem and that a child’s development is closely linked to their families, to to the wider community and to the educational platform around us as well as to our own teachers and staff. We have therefore chosen to adopt at our core values as that can be readily be aspired to by all, values that have survived thousands of years of human history and that are widely reflected in both and Chinese and international traditions. Our core values, as set out in the classic Chinese text In Moderation, are therefore those of 'Wisdom', 'Empathy' and 'Courage': HD's 'virtues without borders'. 


Wise people are defined indeed not by their intelligence but by their very wisdom : can we use our wisdom to find our inner self? Do we understand and accept that self? Do we understand and embrace our world of diversity? When facing differences, change and uncertainties, let us not be anxious, let us not be dismissive, but let us learn instead how to accommodate and to adapt with inner calm and self-confidence.          


Those with a kind heart are often said to have no enemies. That is because kindness begins with understanding and empathy.  Let us learn to value view ourselves on the basis of sound inner choices rather than the external judgements of others. We understand others and the world through empathy. Often the most irresistible of weapons in our efforts to be caring, considerate and grateful are sincerity, warmth and benevolence. Let these gifts permeate our organisation. 


Courage is born from a sense of conviction: armed with faith and purpose we become fearless. However, faith and purpose may not, on their own, always be enough: our world is not perfect and the road to realising our dreams is typically filled with obstacles. We must develop the courage to seek responsibility ahead of privilege, to practise good habits, to change by learning from others, and thus to persevere and one day achieve our goals.