HD ShangHai Bilingual School
Welcome Notes
Welcome Notes
Mr. Warren Johnston Chief Academic Officer of HD Schools

Welcome to HD Shanghai Bilingual School, a new dual curriculum, bilingual school in Shanghai bringing together the best of Chinese and British education. HD Shanghai Bilingual School is greatly influenced by Hurtwood House UK which has an outstanding academic and creative record and is recognised as one of England’s most successful and exciting schools, putting the vigour and enthusiasm back into education. HD Shanghai Bilingual School is putting the “fun” back into education. Starting school and going to school should be fun, a place that students want to go. They should look forward to each new day with excitement and enthusiasm. With our passionate and inspiring staff HD Shanghai Bilingual School will do just that.


With small classes we will be able to personalise education for each child. Teachers and Principals will get to know each child as an individual, their wants and needs, and above all they will develop a warm relationship with each child, so they feel safe and cared for by all at the school.


Becoming bilingual is no easy task but one that I am committed to and very experienced in. HD Shanghai School will create an environment where students are immersed in each language and taught by qualified, native speakers of English or Chinese. Students will learn, apply and practice both languages and develop excellent language skills.


It is a great privilege to take children at a very young age as they begin school and I have a wealth of experience in nurturing young lives and seeing them develop and grow. I am always humbled by the dedication and hard work of teachers as they strive to develop each child academically and emotionally. As Headmaster I am committed to taking an active part in this.


School is not all about academics however, and this is reflected in HD Shanghai Bilingual School’s motto: Education creates character. Developing and nurturing student’s character is a great responsibility for all schools and HD Shanghai Bilingual School takes this very seriously. Through pastoral and moral education students will develop empathy for others, responsibility for their own actions and the resilience to overcome life’s challenges.


Please take some time to read through this website and to visit our school. My door is always open with a warm welcome waiting for prospective and current parents.

Mr. Warren Johnston

Chief Academic Officer of HD Schools

Principal of Primary School, Shanghai HD Bilingual School

As a Chinese, I hold Chinese culture dear. The five-thousand-year history, like a dazzling galaxy, treasures up rich and profound cultural spirit and life wisdom nourished by Chinese people. Being an experienced Chinese teacher, I am the first one to have created Program of Easy Ancient Chinese Literature for Primary Students after years of dedicated studies and researches in the characteristics and rules of children learning classic poetry and proses, and by utilizing methods loved by children, the program has guided millions of primary students into the world of classical Chinese to encounter classic works and comprehend her culture. And now, as the Chinese Principal of Primary School of HD Bilingual School and Head of HD Chinese Language Institute, I am hoping that, by HD’s Chinese courses, our students can be immersed in the world of Chinese literature, feeling the elegance of Chinese language and the profound depth of Chinese culture; and above all, they will also learn to recognize Chinese cultural values, imbibe spiritual strength from Chinese culture, and at the same time, practice what they learn, and develop sharp perceptions and honest behaviors, so as to grow into talents with Chinese pride and a global vision. 

The Chinese courses in HD, in strict compliance with the national curriculum standards and taught with textbooks in accordance with the Ministry of Education, are more focused on our students’ abilities in reading and writing. We use approaches such as big thematic units, interdisciplinary integration, and whole-book reading to make the Chinese learning richer, more challenging and closer to children’s life. As for learning approaches, we not only promote learning experience and exploration but also stick to proper training and memorization in the courses for both methods are indispensable in acquiring a language. Traditional ways of teaching Chinese reading values gradual progression, repeated reading and high thinking, modesty with careful deliberation, practice and self-reflection, hard-working and assiduity, respect and aspiration, and all of which are extraordinary experiences in teaching the Chinese language worthy of our inheritance and promotion. As a leader and practitioner of the Chinese program, I will take the lead in the Chinese department and do our utmost for HD scholars to usher in a new era for learning the Chinese language. 

Viola Zhu

Principal of Primary School, Shanghai HD Bilingual School

Viola Zhu Principal of Primary School
Sophie Che Principal of Shanghai HD Secondary School

Dear parents,

Welcome to Shanghai HD Secondary School.

As an educator, my passion and interest are deeply rooted in bilingual teaching and bilingual education. How will our students gain proficiency in both Chinese and English, acquire bilingual thinking, and finally to embody globalized talents with intelligence, empathy and courage in a multicultural environment? How does a team of high-quality and dedicated Chinese and foreign teachers support students and an environment conducive to the aforementioned outcomes? It is a significant undertaking that has been long attracted me. How shall we cooperate with our professional teachers, work together with our parents who hold the same values to educate our Chinese secondary students to have a profound appreciation of Chinese culture alongside true international-mindedness? As an educator who has worked in the Chinese public education system, private schools and schools for children of foreigners in China, I confidently say that Shanghai HD is a unique school with a special mission. Here in HD, we firmly believe that every student has great potential. We attach great importance to interpersonal relationships and establishing trust and respect for all. We strive to foster a learning environment which is comprehensive, caring, and student-centered. We aim to help students to find and construct a purpose of study through creative and interactive learning processes based on exploration and lifelong learning.

In the Secondary Program, we are particularly committed to students’ moral education and highly value our students’ approaches to their learning. The former addresses the question of which kind of learners we educate and value whilst the latter addresses how to help all students to study more efficiently. We strongly believe that noble moral character and efficient study methods will best support our Chinese learners to strive for excellence in academic performance and a brighter future.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Robert Forster said so in his poem The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Dear parents, you may have chosen a road less traveled by for your children. But on this road, you are not alone and we’re together on this visit. We appreciate your trust and look forward to your arrival.

Sophie Che

Principal of Shanghai HD Secondary School


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