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“Change in direction” for Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School under new Chinese ownership

By Zach Ward

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A south Norfolk school says they are heading for a “change of direction” after the ownership was transferred to an operator of a number of international schools in China.

Following six months of negotiations the ownership of Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School, the former school of the late Diana Princess of Wales, was transferred from Col. Keith Boulter to Confucius International Education Group (CIEG).

The chairman of CIEG, Kong Lingtao, is a 76th-generation descendant of the renowned Chinese philosopher and educationalist, Confucius.

Mr Lingtao has spent his life attempting to improve and strengthen international education, while sharing core components of traditional Chinese culture.

The school says a “key element” of the group’s approach is New Six Arts education, described as an enrichment curriculum founded on a range of methods of learning and skill acquisition that were said to be practiced by Confucius himself.

Future plans for the school include an extensive physical renovation of the facilities and structures.

The school also hope to expand their current curricula, to include fundamental elements of international skills-based learning, while they say they are “on-track” to eventually offer GCSE and A-Level programmes.

The school offers full and part-time boarding for girls and boys from the ages of two to thirteen.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Riddlesworth’s Headmaster, Mr Paul Cochrane, CertEd, has been joined by Mr. Sun Gaopeng, formerly an international executive of Pearson Asia, who has been appointed Principal of the newly-created CISRH (Confucius International School-Riddlesworth Hall).

“Both gentlemen are highly experienced and truly dynamic education professionals, and thanks to the vision and resources associated with CIEG and its Chairman, Mr. Kong, the school looks forward to a bright future of growing promise and outstanding achievement.”

For more information on the school visit www.riddlesworthhall.com

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