UK-based independent school Malvern College has announced plans to open a school in Tokyo, the “latest addition” to its roster of institutions around the world.
The school will be the seventh in the Malvern College International group, with schools already open in China, Egypt and Switzerland, in addition to the parent-school in Malvern, Worcestershire, and two further preparatory schools.
The new campus will be located in Kodaira, a suburb around 40 minutes outside central Tokyo.
“We are delighted to be opening Malvern College Tokyo in partnership with Babylon Education, following the success of our other schools in the region in Qingdao, Chengdu and Hong Kong,” said Allan Walker, the director of International Schools for Malvern College.
The school will initially take pupils from years one to nine, with 950 places reserved for both primary and secondary pupils.
The aim will be to attract “both Japanese and expatriate pupils” from the city and its surrounding suburbs.
“Although each of the schools has its own unique identity, all Malvern Schools share the same ethos and values, and a commitment to a transformational style of education which equips our pupils with the skills necessary to become responsible leaders of tomorrow,” said Jacqueline So, co-founder and chief executive of Babylon Education.
“I am proud of the dynamic network and strong links that exist between the Malvern college Family of Schools,” she added.
Further down the line, the new campus will attempt to adopt the International Baccalaureate as the “core curriculum” for all sections of the school, with an intention to pursue authorisation as an IB World School.
The school is the first to open since the launch of Malvern College Hong Kong, which opened in 2018 and is the group’s first “all-through IB World School”.
“Each of our international schools offers a holistic education which is centred around a recognised international curriculum,” Walker said.
“It is especially important to us that we incorporate the values and ethos of Malvern College in our schools, as we believe that it is these values which will best prepare our pupils for success in today’s increasingly globalised society,” he added.
Kodaira is already a “thriving hub” of education institutions, including Hitotsubashi University and Tsuda University, the latter of which is one of the “oldest and most prestigious” HEIs in Japan.