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Malvern College Tokyo to become the latest addition to the Malvern College Family of Schools

19 January 2022
An artists impression of Malvern College Tokyo


19th January 2022

Malvern College, a leading independent school with over 150 years of history, has today announced Malvern College Tokyo as the latest addition to the Malvern College Family of Schools. 

The school, which will open its doors in September 2023, will be Malvern’s seventh overseas school, expanding the global network to a total of 10 schools. As well as the parent school and two further preparatory schools, all located in Worcestershire, other locations include Qingdao, Chengdu, both in mainland China, Hong Kong, Cairo and Switzerland.

Located in the suburb of Kodaira, a 40-minute commute from central Tokyo, Malvern College Tokyo aims to be the leading international school in Tokyo and the first British-branded all-through IB school in Japan. The school will share the ethos of its parent institution and will initially accommodate pupils from Years 1 to 9, ultimately providing 950 places for both primary and secondary pupils. It is anticipated that the school will attract both Japanese and expatriate pupils from greater Tokyo.

Allan Walker, Director of International Schools for Malvern College, says: “We are delighted to be opening Malvern College Tokyo in partnership with Babylon Education, following the success of our other schools in the region, located in Qingdao, Chengdu and Hong Kong.

“Each of our international schools offers a holistic education which is centred around a recognised international curriculum. 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. Together with my colleagues from Malvern College UK I look forward to supporting our new school in Tokyo as we begin the exciting journey towards its opening in 2023, and to its eventual success as a leading school in the Asia Pacific region.”

Malvern College Tokyo intends to adopt the International Baccalaureate as the core curriculum for the primary, middle and secondary sections of the school, and will be pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. Malvern College Tokyo would then become Malvern’s second all-through IB school  following the success of Malvern College Hong Kong, which opened in 2018.

Kodaira, where Malvern College Tokyo is being built, is a suburb close to Tokyo with noteworthy architecture and other attractions including Koganei Park, well known for its spectacular cherry blossoms. It is also a thriving hub of educational institutions, with several universities located in the area, including Hitotsubashi University, one of the top nine national universities in Japan and Tsuda University, one of the oldest and most prestigious higher educational institutions in Japan.

Ms Jacqueline So, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Babylon Education, says: “I am proud of the dynamic network and strong links that exist between the Malvern College Family of Schools. Malvern College UK is closely involved in setting standards and providing governance and oversight across the group, and 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.”

Pupils at Malvern College Tokyo will follow in the footsteps of Old Malvernians including the author CS Lewis, Nobel prize-winning scientist Francis Aston, and more recently, the Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Sir Chris Whitty.

Leadership, teaching and support staff roles at Malvern College Tokyo will be advertised in summer 2022 and further information is available at