St Paul’s Girls’ School has built its reputation on innovation and progressive development. We have continually evolved to take advantage of the best opportunities for our students. We now begin an important new chapter in our school’s history: the opening of our first international sister school in China. This is the foundation of a network of SPGS International schools, in China and beyond. As the network grows, we will implement meaningful links between our schools, drawing upon local and global inspiration to enrich education for all our students.

SPGS International

SPGS International is a wholly owned subsidiary of St Paul’s Girls’ School. SPGS International works with international school operators and developers to establish schools modelled on the ethos and values of St Paul’s Girls’ School. Although SPGS International schools operate independently from St Paul’s in London, they are grounded in a close partnership to incorporate the most brilliant aspects of a St Paul’s education and seek to replicate its extraordinary achievements.

Our team of highly experienced international advisers provides guidance to our partners on the set-up of each school, including leadership and teacher recruitment, curriculum planning, policy development, and student assessment. Once a school has opened, SPGS International provides oversight of standards and supports ongoing professional development for staff.

Boy and girl in classroom at SPGS International school Chengdu, China.

Life at SPGS International schools in China

Students follow an enhanced version of the English National Curriculum, including Chinese language and culture and SPGS school directed courses. Students are taught in small classes and the curriculum is revised regularly to incorporate the latest educational practices. This approach enables students to achieve academic excellence and to play a leading role in the world beyond school.

A joy in learning, intellectual excitement and creativity in thinking permeate St Paul’s and this ethos is distilled into our sister schools. SPGS International schools provide holistic learning programmes that challenge and excite. Highly qualified and experienced teachers share best practices and benefit from ongoing professional development.

By recognising students’ individual strengths and talents, SPGS International teachers educate the whole child and develop independence, curiosity and resilience.

A core element of SPGS International schools is the opportunity for cultural exchange and shared learning for students and teachers. Long term links with St Paul’s in London are built through joint projects in technology, music and the arts, educational visits and teacher and pupil exchanges.

Children playing on slide at SPGS International school in Chengdu, China.

Our family of schools


SPGS International Chengdu is a co-educational, international school aimed at the expatriate community. It caters for students aged three to fifteen years old and will expand over the coming years to educate students through to 18.

The school is located in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province, rich in culture and natural beauty. The province is home to panda conservation and takes pride in its biodiversity and natural sources of energy. The school will have strong links with the area’s hi-tech industries and will benefit from its growing international business environment, mirroring our ambitions to develop new and emerging technologies within the curriculum at St Paul’s.

Junior school

The junior school is led by Phil Farrier-Price, who has nearly 20 years’ experience working in international and bilingual schools in China. Phil graduated from Durham University with a degree in Education and Business Management and specialises in early years and primary education. Under Phil’s leadership, students at the Chengdu school receive a broad and rounded education, based on the UK Early Years curriculum. Academic excellence is underpinned by a wealth of co-curricular activities, with a focus on the creative arts and the kindest pastoral care. This allows each child to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.

Student studies at SPGS International school in Chengdu, China.

Senior school

The senior school opened in August 2022 led by Peter Hawksworth, Founding Headmaster and Head of Senior School. Peter brings to this role over ten years’ experience in education, including six years at Headship level. He leaves his position as High School Principal at the Harbour School in Hong Kong to join the team in Chengdu. Peter received a first-class honours degree from Durham University, before completing a Master of Music from the University of Manchester and further post-graduate qualifications in music and special education. Peter has a passion for Chinese culture and a desire to fuse Chinese language and values with the best aspects of a St Paul’s education.


Search underway for Deputy Principal to lead the SPGS International Programme at Ulink College, Guangzhou 

23 June 2022

SPGS International and ULink Education seek to appoint an exceptional Deputy Principal to set up the SPGS International Programme at ULC Guangzhou. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading educational partners across curriculum design, teaching and learning and university admissions to offer IGCSEs and A Levels at SPGS International standards. The programme will launch in September 2023 and the successful candidate will start as soon as possible.

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SPGS International and ULink Education announce new venture in Guangzhou, China

15 June 2022

SPGS International and ULink Education are delighted to announce the beginning of a new venture at ULink College in Nansha, Guangdong Province. Launching in September 2023, the SPGS International Programme will offer students access to a broad range of IGCSEs and A Levels, spanning the arts and humanities, as well as science, creative technologies, and maths.

The venture will involve close collaboration across curriculum design, teaching and learning and university admissions. This comprehensive approach will enhance the international education resources already on offer to ULC students and build on the established partnership at SPGS International School Chengdu. 

Sarah Fletcher, High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School, said: “I am confident that with our shared ethos and commitment to the highest academic standards, we will achieve remarkable outcomes for the students in their preparation for universities and careers. SPGS in London will support this programme with its academic excellence, teacher training and peer-to-peer student activities.”

SPGS International School Chengdu Expands

1 June 2022

SPGS International School is growing and is adding two new roles to its team – Homeroom Teacher, Early Years and Homeroom Teacher, Key Stage One.  This is an exciting opportunity to work within an exceptional and supportive team with great career development opportunities. More details can be found here.

A Typical Day at SPGS International School Chengdu

20 January 2022

How do students at SPGS International School Chengdu spend their day? With specially selected monthly learning themes, outdoor classes and a mix of music, art, science and drama classes, younger children in Junior School are always excited to explore and discover new ideas. Watch the video for a quick glimpse into their typical activity-filled school day. 

Meet the team

Sara Brazendale
Managing Director

Sara leads SPGS International’s business in London, establishing SPGSI schools in new territories around the world. The first SPGSI Junior School opened in Chengdu, China in September 2021. SPGSI Senior School Chengdu will open in September 2022, and a new SPGS International Programme will launch at ULC in Guangzhou in September 2023.

Prior to joining St Paul’s, Sara was International Director at Wycombe Abbey where she helped to establish three new Wycombe Abbey International schools in China and Hong Kong.

Headshot image of Sara Brazendale.

With over 20 years’ experience in strategy consulting and international management, Sara is well placed to transfer St Paul’s Girls’ School’s ethos and values to new markets. Sara speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and French and has lived and worked extensively overseas throughout her career. Sara holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA(Hons) in Chinese from Durham University.

SPGS International welcomes approaches from overseas partners or school operators seeking collaboration with the UK’s top independent day school for girls.

Sarah Harrison
International Development Coordinator

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in international project development, marketing, and journalism. She graduated from the University of Leeds and later studied with the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has worked and volunteered at commercial and charitable organisations in the USA, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Prior to joining SPGS International, she was Director of the arts charity, the Lettering Arts Trust.

Join us

We are looking for outstanding and committed staff to work at SPGS International schools. Vacancies can be found on our dedicated recruitment page, where opportunities are regularly open for applications.

SPGS International Senior School Chengdu opens in August 2022 and recruitment is underway for several roles.


SPGS International Ltd, Brook Green, Hammersmith, London W6 7BS.

Email us at international@spgs.org, and explore the SPGS International website here.

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