Language and Cultural School for Young People / The Star Mandarin School

语言和文化学校青少年部 / 星星中文学校


Affiliated to the Confucius Institute, the Star Mandarin School provides Mandarin Chinese language (simplified characters), Math, Arts, Folk Dance and Kung Fu courses to children and young people, aged 3.5-18 from all walks of life, in Sheffield city region and beyond.

All levels and language backgrounds welcome! Children are grouped according to their level of Chinese language.

All courses are linked with Chinese Proficiency Tests (YCT and HSK) and GCSE Chinese.


Courses and Timetable 2019-2020 - Mandarin, Math, Arts, Folk Dance and Kung Fu.

Mandarin Language Course lasts for 2hrs, at 9:00; 11:15 or 13:45.

Math and Arts classes last for 1.5hrs, at 9:15; 11:15 or 13:30.

Dance and Kung Fu classes last for 1h, at 13:45 or 15:00.

School Calendar 2019-2020, 31 Saturdays and 7 Sundays, 14 Sept 2019 - 18 July 2020.

We open 38 weeks (3 weeks are free of charge).

Previous years' calendars: 2018-2019 School Calendar; 2017-2018 School Calendar; 2016-2017 School Calendar; 2015-2016 School calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions (Fees, Registration, Textbooks, Certificates, GCSE Chinese and A-Level Chinese...)

School Fees Regulations.

NewFees Payment, Course Enrolment and Registration via the University Online Store. Search for "Star Mandarin School".   

Register, Star Mandarin School for Children, for those continuing into the next school year. 继续的孩子请在这里注册.

            New to Star Mandarin School, aged >3.5, for new comers. 新加入的孩子请在这里注册.

Venue:  Bartolome House, School of Law, the University of Sheffield, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND.

Bartolome House


Preparation Class for GCSE Chinese Exam

Open to secondary school children, who have already achieved the level of GCSE.

The Class is to go over the exam syllabus, polish the exam skills and aims to achieve better exam results. The individual child must have already at the GCSE level.

The GCSE class cannot replace the systematic Mandarin study. The children are strongly advised to continue taking the study of "Zhong Wen", "Jin Bu", or "Happy Chinese", alongside the GCSE class.

Please note: We are not Edexcel or AQA test centre, therefore will not be able to enroll a child for GCSE Chinese exam. Our students go back to their English mainstream schools for the exam registration.


Preparation Class for A-Level Chinese Exam

Open to secondary school children, who have already achieved the level of GCE.

The Class is to go over the exam syllabus, polish the exam skills and aims to achieve a higher exam results. The individual child must have already at the GCE level.

Please note: We are not Edexcel or AQA test centre, therefore will not be able to enroll you for A-Level Chinese exam. Our students go back to their English mainstream schools for the exam registration.


Recruit new children in September

We could accept as young as 3.5 years old, but the child should sit in for a trial session first, which is free. Held in a formal classroom, the class adapts a nursery setting, offering play group activities such as learning words, storytelling, nursery rhymes, singing and games.

Math, Arts, Chinese Folk Dance and Kung Fu Classes accept children aged > 5.

Beginners Mandarin Courses open in September every year.

For Chinese-heritage children: 汉语继承语的孩子
- aged 3.5-5, Foundation at 9am
- aged 3.5-5, Foundation at 11:15am
New- aged >5, Reception at 9am
- aged >5, Reception at 11:15pm
- aged >5, Reception at 1:45pm

For English-speaking children: 说英语的孩子
New- aged 3.5-5, Foundation at 1:45pm
- aged 5-7, Beginners at 1:45pm
- aged >8, Beginners at 1:45pm

If the child has studied Chinese before, we will assess his/her level of Chinese and allocated him/her into an existing class.


Quality Framework Awards, NRCSE

The Star Mandarin School has been awarded with Quality Framework, Bronze Award, Silver Award, Gold Award and Distinction Award, over the years, endorsed by National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education, NRCSE.

Bronze QFSilver-QF QF_Gold  Special-Distinction-QF


For more information, contact Dr. Hu:

Email : starschool.shef@gmail.com

Tel: 0114 2228447 / 07846262870