First Mandarin immersion school to open in the United Kindgom

Mandarin Immersion Parents Council

English-Mandarin bilingual free school to open next year

The Marco Polo Academy will open at the beginning of the academic year for 52 pupils and will run classes in both English and Mandarin

School admissions: up to half 'miss out on first choice'
London’s first bilingual free school opened this September Photo: Alamy

By Josie Gurney-Read

9:25AM GMT 20 Dec 2013

The Marco Polo Academy will open in the north London borough of Barnet in September 2014, catering for 4-11 year-olds under the Government’s Free School initiative.

It’s the first English-Mandarin bilingual free school in the UK and has plans to expand year on year. Two primary schools which teach lessons in Mandarin opened this September, Abacus Primary in Camden and Tiger Primary in Maidstone.

The proposal was initially submitted to the Department for Education by a founding group, who all have an interest in bilingual education, and approval was awarded to the school in May 2013. The primary will be one…

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