Reigate Grammar School, a UK mixed independent day school in Surrey, has entered a partnership to establish a school in Vietnam.

This involves the relaunch of The International School of Vietnam (ISV) in Hanoi, a not-for-profit establishment founded nine years ago for children from pre-kindergarten to sixth form catering to the international and local communities. Under the new partnership agreement, ISV will be renamed Reigate Grammar School Vietnam and IGCSE and A-Level programmes will be introduced alongside the current International Baccalaureate.

An signing ceremony took place at the Vietnam Embassy in London, hosted by Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long and First Secretary Tran Huong Ly. Joining the event live from Vietnam was the British consul general for Vietnam, Emily Hamblin and the Vietnamese partners, led by ISV chairman Tran Huong Ly.

In his opening speech, Ambassador Long said: “Education is a very important pillar of cooperation between the two countries… this is a flagship project and an example for others to follow.”

Consul General Hamblin added: “This is a milestone moment for our UK Vietnam education partnership. We are celebrating the first independent UK school to have a franchise and trademark in Vietnam. High-quality education is needed now more than ever.”

Bich Thuy Mai added: “We believe that this cooperation will open up many learning opportunities, allowing our students to grow, thereby laying the foundation for them to enter world-class universities.”

Sean Davey, managing director of RGS International, said there are plans to open an international sixth form college in the Honoi in 2023 and, potentially, a third school soon afterwards. He said: “This is a great opportunity for us and a privilege to be able to take the outstanding education that RGS provides into a fascinating and vibrant part of Asia.”

Date published: 21 September 2021

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