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Chief Academic Officer of HD Schools Welcome Message
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
HD Shanghai Bilingual School


Chairman Welcome Message
Why am I establishing a school? The most important reason is: I am a father. I hope my own children will enjoy rich and meaningful lives but, in the current social circumstances, how can they become good citizens?

Education creates character. It is a person’s character that determines how much they can accomplish. During the early years of primary school, the most important thing for children should not be the skills they learn but the cultivation of their characters. Our school’s values are Faith, Hope and Love, to which we aspire in our teaching aims. We hope our students will conceive a clear goal for their lives, and cultivate tenacity of character in following it. Of course, an ambitious goal combined with tenacity will not make a decent and responsible person. In fact, someone displaying these attributes is not necessarily as they appear, but may be unfeeling or irrational. Love is the ameliorating precondition.

Children need dreams. At the very beginning, a child may or may not have conceived their life goal and so parents usually take on the role of setting aims for their child, perhaps hoping that child will develop into the adult they themselves did not have chance to be. However, we believe that children should find their own paths through life, no matter how difficult that may turn out to be. They need to learn to endure, to be patient, to be persistent and filled with hope throughout.

Education should not focus solely on academic success. The evaluation of a child should not rest solely on grades. Every student’s educational requirements are unique and, for this reason, we will individualise education through small classes and particular attention to every single student’s wants and needs in a warm, caring learning environment.

We might not be able to create a utopia through the establishment of a school, but surely we will be able to influence families, and so affect the next generation. The purpose of establishing this first school is not just about imparting knowledge or skills but educating people and the pursuit of truth. We are cultivating the Chinese culture within an international environment, hoping our students will be influenced by this bilingual, bicultural environment we have created and not be overwhelmed, but become confident in themselves, and feel proud of their achievements. They will learn to love, and to willingly demonstrate that love. They will live happy and rich lives and develop their characters to the best of their potential.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends.

Tao Sun
Elitek12 Education Group


Principal Welcome Message
Welcome to the Shanghai HD Bilingual School! Our vision at SHHD is to be the premier Shanghai bilingual school developing high achieving Globalized Chinese students, inspiring, supporting, and nurturing our students to be well-educated and empathetic global citizens.

Founded on the best of national and International school traditions, SHHD continues to build upon a solid foundation of academic excellence and rigor combined with a warm, inclusive environment in which all of our students feel welcome and valued.  We offer our students a unique opportunity —an international curriculum built atop of a first-class Chinese program, a blended program delivered by a first-rate, committed faculty in one of the most beautiful and culturally rich areas of the world.

At SHHD, we are a community of learners, working together to prepare Shanghai youth for tomorrow’s world through a broad and stimulating curriculum, challenging our students with high expectations, and providing them with exciting and engaging learning experiences. These learning experiences take place in the classroom, on the stage in school musical productions and beyond, as students learn about the world in which we live. Our students also learn about the importance of giving and sharing with the wider world through numerous service learning opportunities, both locally and abroad.

Once again, welcome to SHHD and to our website. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

Michael J Prada, Ed.D.
Head of Shanghai HD Bilingual School


Principal of Shanghai HD Kindergarten  Welcome Message

Dear Parents,
Welcome to our HD kindergarten! As Principal, I am committed to providing a holistic and nurturing learning environment for our children and families through the Montessori approach. Our goal is to inspire children to become independent thinkers, problem solvers, and lifelong learners.
Becoming a mother and a teacher has brought me a deep understanding of the challenges and joys of raising children. I find it immensely rewarding when I apply the principles of Montessori to my own children and see firsthand the effectiveness of this philosophy of education. Their successful accomplishments boost their self-confidence and reinforce their natural appetite for learning. I find that I often am learning just as much as they are through our interactions, and I truly believe that I am setting them up for a lifetime of learning and success.
By carefully observing each child’s needs, I hope to help guide each child toward unlocking their own individual potential. I believe this is an important process as education is not only academic – it is also emotional, social, and physical. A Montessori educator should be a facilitator – encouraging hands on learning – rather than just a knowledge giver.
In order to make this all work and bring out the best in our children, I believe it is important that our school and parents work closely together. I encourage you to visit our beautiful campus and talk about our children!
Mrs. Angela Tung
Principal of Shanghai HD Kindergarten