Mr Hampton, Mr Ma, senior staff from Hainan School and the Provincial Party Secretary bring good luck to the international project by touching a crystal ball.
Yeovil College principal James Hampton has addressed an international conference launching Yeovil College’s partnership with Hainan School, China.
Yeovil College is now working with four institutions in China delivering education and training, and nearly 100 senior educators and officials attended the conference which formally announced Yeovil College’s partnership with Hainan School.

The scheme means that Yeovil College will help to deliver AS and A Levels to Chinese students in subjects including Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Mandarin from this September. The College will also support the students with their English Language studies.

Initially, the College will support 60 students studying for their AS Levels in China with specially recruited teaching staff. Yeovil College lecturers will also complete placements at Hainan School to teach the students and Hainan staff will also visit the College.

Once they have completed their first year, the students will travel to Yeovil to continue their studies at the new £1.1 million A Level Academy, due to open later this year.

Yeovil College has a growing international reputation for A Levels and has already begun a similar scheme with 50 students at two schools in Shanghai, Cao Yang Senior High School and Fengxian High School, which Mr Hampton has already visited. Senior staff from the Shanghai schools also came to Yeovil College early in 2012.

The programme is developing rapidly and a further 120 students are expected to begin A Level studies under the scheme later this year.

Mr Hampton said: "Mr Ma, the Principal of Hainan School, was particularly impressed with the excellent results achieved by our students and Yeovil College’s high level of investment in the new A Level Academy.

"A Level qualifications are held in particularly high esteem by parents and teachers in China, a country which fosters a strong culture of self-motivation, aspiration and high personal achievement.

"Our motivation in creating the A Level Academy is to encourage an even greater atmosphere of academic ambition among local young people. As such, there is a clear synergy between Yeovil College’s aims and the development of links with schools such as Hainan.

"These partnerships will not only help international students gain a highly prized education, but also promote cultural diversity and exchange within Yeovil, which is already gaining a strong reputation in China as a friendly, dynamic and safe community to join."

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