The head of Chinese at Kensington Wade, Europe’s only bilingual English-Chinese immersion school, has been presented with a Mulan Award for Contribution to Education.
The Mulan Foundation Network, organiser of the Mulan Awards, aims to recognise and honour the achievements of Chinese women in the UK and elsewhere.
Wang Jing, who previously worked at one of the USA’s 380 Chinese immersion schools, helped to establish Kensington Wade in 2017. She has been instrumental in helping children from as young as three years old develop fluency in Chinese. She is also a leading speaker on immersion education, giving presentations in the UK and abroad on the topic.
She is also in the process of launching the school’s community outreach programme to bring the Chinese language to children in local schools.
Judges were impressed with Wang Jing’s dedication and direct impact on the education of children as well as her sharing of best practice with other educators.
Previous winners of Mulan Awards have included Jung Chang, author of ‘Wild Swans’ and Yvonne Chia, the first woman in Malaysia to be appointed CEO of a bank.
Kensington Wade is a prep school and nursery which follows a British curriculum but 50 per cent of teaching is delivered in Mandarin. The school was the inaugural winner of the 2022 Independent Schools Association (ISA) Award for Innovation in Independent Education.
More recently, the school was awarded Highly Commended in the Outstanding New Initiative category in the Independent Schools of the Year 2023 Awards.