About the Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh

The Swire Chinese Language Centre was established in 2016 with the generous support of the Swire Chinese Language Foundation.

The Centre is a collaborative venture between three schools in the South of Edinburgh - George Watson’s College, James Gillespie’s High School and Boroughmuir High School.

The Centre seeks to build on the excellent provision already delivered by key partners such as the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the Scotland China Education Network, and is committed to working closely with partners and Associates.
It has two aims:

  • To increase access to high quality opportunities for pupils to study Mandarin Chinese;
  • To provide a range of enrichment activities which raise the profile of Chinese language and culture and encourage positive interactions between pupils of different schools.

The Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh will extend the availability of high quality Chinese teaching to all pupils in South Central Edinburgh, including offering introductory sessions for primary schools in the area, providing professional development opportunities for teachers and hosting an outreach conference amongst other enrichment activities.


The Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh is delighted to be working with a number of Associate Partners to extend the learning of Mandarin Chinese in the area.

Current Associates include:

  • Bruntsfield Primary School
  • Buckstone Primary School
  • Castlebrae Community High School
  • Gracemount High School
  • Gracemount Primary School
  • James Gillespie's Primary School
  • Preston Street Primary School
  • South Morningside Primary School
  • Tynecastle High School


There are many ways you can get involved with the Centre.

We are particularly interested in working with primary schools in the South Central Edinburgh area in order to offer Mandarin Chinese introductory sessions for pupils.

We are also keen to build links with organisations working with the Chinese community in relation to our cultural events and enrichment opportunities.

Please see our flyer for schools and parents of prospective pupils.



If you would like to work with us, or would like to find out more about the Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh, please contact the Centre Co-ordinator using the form below.