Star Mandarin School for Children | 谢大孔院星星中文学校

Star Mandarin School offers comprehensive courses in Mandarin language (simplified characters), Math (Year 1 to Year 13), and Arts for school children. Select the mode of attendance: in-person or online upon availability. Specialised courses: GCSE Chinese, GCSE Math, A-Level Chinese, A-Level Math.

Teaching Chinese to students

 Mandarin Language, Math and Arts Courses for Children aged 3.5-18 

Mandarin Language Courses: 

Two distinct streams of Mandarin courses are offered, to English-speakers and to Chinese heritage-speakers, respectively.

All levels, ages and language backgrounds are welcome!

  • Children are grouped according to their Mandarin language level, or Year of Maths.
  • Beginners Mandarin Courses open in September every year.
  • With a prior study of Chinese, a child can join in at any time.
  • Mandarin levels: from beginners to advanced.
  • Foundation Mandarin for children aged 3.5-5.

Specialised Mandarin preparation courses:

  • GCSE Chinese.
  • A-Level Chinese.

Math Enrichment Courses:

Aligned with the Mathematics Curriculum in England, our Math Enrichment Courses are crafted to captivate children with supplementary learning opportunities, providing an extended, in-depth understanding of advanced topics and challenges. Our goal is to cultivate a genuine love for mathematics while reinforcing essential Math skills, such as critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving.

These courses are tailored for school children ranging from Year 1 to Year 13, encompassing primary math, secondary math, and A-Level math.

Specialised Math preparation courses:

  • GCSE Math. 
  • A-Level Math.

Arts for Fun and Advanced Arts:  

"Arts for Fun" is tailored for younger children aged 5-7, emphasizing creativity and enjoyment through a relaxed and flexible approach.. 

"Advanced Arts," mainly the sketching, is designed for older children aged 8 and above. This class focuses on more in-depth, skill-focused techniques to achieve a higher level of proficiency in the arts.

Choose from three modes of teaching and learning: face-to-face, online, and hybrid, based on availability.

星星中文学校提供 线上、线下,以及混合式三种教学模式。课程包括:3.5岁-5岁幼儿班,从初级到高级的中文课程,一年级到 13 年级的数学,儿童绘画,素描课程,还有特设的 GCSE中文辅导,GCSE数学辅导,A Level 中文辅导,A-Level 数学辅导。

Timetables / Calendar / Fees / Guidelines 

Timetable- Mandarin 2023-2024. - PDF, 716 KB. 

Timetable-  Maths 2023-2024.     - PDF, 674 KB. 

Timetable- Arts 2023-2024.   - PDF, 629 KB.

Star School Calendar 2023-2024.  - PDF, 218K. 

Fees Regulations. - PDF, 512KB.

Online Teaching and Learning Guidelines. - PDF, 313KB. 

All courses are either face-to-face, online or hybrid/mixed. Please check the Timetables for availbility of attendance. 

In-person venue: Bartolome House, School of Law, University of Sheffield, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND

Online: via the University Google Meet or Zoom. Link is sent by class teacher. 

Fees and Registration

Fees are heavily subsidised by the Confucius Institute at a rate of £3.50/h, and paid for a school year. If your child is joining in the midway through, the fees are paid for the rest of the school year till 14 July 2024.

Fees can only be paid through the University Online Shop.

Contact us for a trial session and a hidden link for Fees and Registration. 

When registering:

* Use ONLY English to register (Chinese writing can NOT be recognised).    请使用英文填写(网站不能识别中文)。

* Only One Order at a time is allowed.   每次只能为一位孩子注册。

* You must select a correct Course (Note: only Course is selected, not Course Time). Need to refer to the Timetables or get help from your child’s teacher. 请一定选取正确的课程。注意:缴费链接里只有课程选项,没有课程时间选项。

* For any one class, we need at least eight enrolments to open a new class. 需要8个以上学生开班。

WeChat:  Please make sure to join a Class WeChat Group. 为保证老师的直接管理,请加入到相应班级微信群里。

Preparation class for GCSE Chinese Exam

Open to secondary school children, who have already achieved at least the foundation level of GCSE Chinese.

The Class is to go over the exam syllabus, polish the exam skills and aims to achieve better exam results. 

The GCSE class is not aimed to replace the systematic Mandarin study. The children are strongly advised to continue taking the study of "Zhongwen", "Jin Bu", "GCSE Chinese 9-1" or "Happy Chinese", alongside with this GCSE class.

Please note: We are not Edexcel or AQA test centre, therefore will not be able to enrol 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 and above, who have normally passed GCSE Chinese and already achieved the foundation level of GCE.

The Class is to go over the exam syllabus, polish the exam skills and aims to achieve a higher exam results. 

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

One-to-one Private Tuition for Children

Open to children at primary school or secondary school, and designed to meet personal learning objectives, private Mandarin and  Maths tuition, is offered all year round. Prior to the first session, a meeting is required to assess the prior knowledge and develop a learning programme. This meeting can take up to one hour and is free of charge.

Fees paid for a minimum 10-hourly-sessions, is at £300 (Fee rate is £30/h).

Fees paid for 33-hourly-sessions, is at £900 (Fee rate is equivalent to £27.3/h)

Fees payment is via the University Online Shop. 

The delivery mode can be discussed as either F2F or Online. Normally the Office at the Confucius Institute can be used for F2F delivery. 

Contact Dr. Hu for more information at 07593502130 or email:

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.


For more information, contact Dr. Xinqun Hu:


Telephone:  +44 (0)7593 502130

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