Leicestershire's Links with China
Leicestershire’s link with Sichuan Province, China first began in 1984 when the Governor of Sichuan visited Leicestershire to discuss cooperation in business, trade, culture and education.
In November 1988, a newly appointed Governor, Mr Zhang Haoruo, visited Leicestershire to sign an agreement on the establishment of a friendly relationship between the County of Leicestershire and the Province of Sichuan. The agreement referred to exchanges, links and co-operation in the fields of industry, agriculture, trade, science, technology, culture, education, public health and tourism. The purpose of the agreement was to promote the continuous development of economic and cultural links between Leicestershire and Sichuan.
Since then a wide range of activities has taken place between the two regions to promote business, educational and cultural exchange, science and technology.
School links were first established in 2002 and in March 2004 the Leicester Shire – Sichuan Trade Bureau was launched. This is now the East Midlands China Business Bureau
In 2006 Leicestershire was one of only three regions in the country to be awarded a HSBC grant, administered by the British Council, to support the development of school partnerships with China.
The school partnerships aim to support our young people in becoming successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. This offers them an opportunity to prepare themselves for work in a global economy. Working together on joint projects they are developing their awareness of China’s position and influence in the world and learning about Chinese culture and history.
School partnership projects involve:
- Teaching Mandarin
- Sharing school management and leadership advice
- Pupil and teacher exchange
- Environmental education
- Science and Technology
- Health education
- Dance, drama and art
- Sports and cultural experiences
Schools working in partnership with China
Abington High School, Wigston
Ashby Church of England Primary School
Badgerbrook Primary School, Whetstone
Belvoir High School, Bottesford
Bosworth Community College, Desford
Brookvale High School, Groby
De Lisle Catholic School, Loughborough
Dunton Bassett Primary School
The Garendon High School, Loughborough
Gilmorton Chandler Church of England Primary School
Holywell Primary School, Loughborough
John Wycliffe Primary School, Lutterworth
Lutterworth High School
Rawlins Community College, Quorn
Redmoor High School, Hinckley
Seagrave Village Primary School
Sketchley Hill Primary School, Burbage
Westfield Junior School, Hinckley
William Bradford Community College, Earl Shilton
Woodbrookvale High School, Loughborough
For detailed information about schools in your area and our partnerships with China please contact The International Links Coordinator
Page Last Updated: 22 March 2013