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The Durham Chinese School (DCS thereafter) was originally founded in 1998 by Dr Jinping Du and Dr Wenbin Wei. In 2002, Dr Yan Liu took over the running of the school as Head of the school with supports from CANER (Chinese Association North East Region) and Durham Sixth Form College. DCS is an incorporated members’ club in its legal definition teaching Mandarin and promoting Chinese culture. In 2005 the school entered into partnership with Durham Johnston School, where its classes have been held since. In September 2012, in its 15th year, the school relocated to Elvet Hill House, Durham University, adjacent to Durham Oriental Museum.

In 2002 there were approximately 10 students but student numbers have grown rapidly over the last 10 years. Total DCS membership in school year 2010/11 were 58 families responsible for 85 children to attend school and 12 adult students. In the current school year, 66 families, 97 children and 3 adults are on school register. The school provides language classes and interest clubs every Sunday during term time. There are now 6 language teachers, 4 interest club teachers for Chinese dancing for children and adults, Chinese art and chess. The governing body of DCS consists of a management committee of 5 volunteers, 3 parent representatives, 1 teacher representative and and a publicity team with 4 volunteers. Dr Yan Liu has held the position of Honorary Head teacher of the School since 2009.

Gilesgate Johnston
Classroom in Gilesgate Sixth Form 2002-2005 Classroom in Durham Johnston Crossgate Moor 2009-2012

DCS is outstandingly successesful in educating children in Mandarin language and Chinese culture and achieving outstanding results in nationally recognised examinations. It also has a successful track record of collaboration and partnerships with local mainstream schools, education authority, providing teaching resources and know-how and attracting external funding for educational and cultural purposes. The School is believed to be the only organisation in the County Durham area to provide Mandarin teaching for adults and children from 4 years old.

Mandarin is the official language in Mainland China, Taiwan and Singapore, and used by ethnic Chinese worldwide. DCS believes that with the increase of China’s political and economic influence in international arena and with an increasingly globalised world impacting on every walk of life which is visible increasingly boldly, strengthening education in Chinese language and increasing awareness of Chinese culture will benefit the communities in the City and County of Durham and beyond.

Meet the school committee members

Head Teacher

Dr Mamty Sunuodula

Deputy Chair

Mr Haoyang Liu

Treasurer

Ms Meihua Gan

Teaching Coordinator

Ms Lin Wang

Secretary

Ms Xiaoyu Yan

Parent Governor

Mrs Chai Yok Gao

  • 2016-2017: Dr Mamty Sunuodula (Chair), Dr Jinlin Hu / Ms Chai Yok Gao (Secretary), Ms Meihua Gan (Treasurer), Mr Haoyang Liu (Deputy Chair), and Ms Lin Wang (Acting Teaching Cordinator)
  • 2014-2016: Dr Mamty Sunuodula (Chair), Dr Jinlin Hu (Secretary), Ms Meihua Gan (Treasurer), Mr Haoyang Liu (Deputy Chair), and Dr JinHua Mathias (Teaching Cordinator)
  • 2012-2014: Dr Mamty Sunuodula (Chair), Dr Jinlin Hu (Secretary), Ms Fiona Chan (Treasurer), Dr Lisong Yang (Deputy Chair), and Dr JinHua Mathias (Teaching Cordinator)
  • 2009-2012: Dr Wei Song (Chair), Dr Jinlin Hu (Secretary), Mr Philip Cordery (Treasurer), Dr Mamty Sunuodula (Deputy Chair), and Dr Chunyang Wei (Teaching Cordinator)
  • 2008-2009: Dr Yan Liu (Chair), Dr Anwei Feng (Secretary), Mr Philip Cordery (Treasurer), Dr Chunyang Wei (Assistant Chair), and Dr Jinlin Hu (Assistant Secretary)
  • 2005-2008: Dr Yan Liu (Chair), Dr Anwei Feng (Secretary), and Mr Philip Cordery (Treasurer)
  • 2004-2005: Dr Yan Liu (Chair), Dr Yi Zhou (Secretary), and Mr Philip Cordery (Treasurer)
  • 2003-2004: Dr Yan Liu (Chair), Dr Yi Zhou (Secretary and Treasurer)
  • 2002-2003: Dr Yan Liu (Chair), Dr Yi Zhou (Secretary), and Dr Wenbin Wei (Treasurer)
  • 1998-2002: Dr Jinping Du (Chair), Dr Wenbin Wei (Treasurer)
  • Ms Yanmin Zheng
    Miss Jiahao Guo
    Miss Hao Zhou
    Mrs Shufei Rowe
    Ms Xia Yu
    Mrs Jinhua Mathias
    Miss Shichin Huang
    Miss Tzu-Ling Hua
    Ms Jia Yan
    Dr Huiping Fan
    Ms Jin Shi
    Mr Liguo Hu
    Ms Juan Chen
    Ms Hezhen Liu
    Miss Jin Ren
    Miss Meng-Yin Lin

    Teachers/Assistants

    Class 1

    Teacher

    Ms Jane Xian

    Assistant

    Ms Sammantha Lim

    Class 2

    Teacher

    Ms Yuanyuan Jiang

    Assistant

    Ms Yangyang Tao

    Class 3

    Teacher

    Ms Wei Dang

    Class 4

    Teacher

    Mr Honghua Li

    Assistant

    Miss Wanyue Shang

    Class Medium

    Teacher

    Ms Meihua Gan

    Assistant

    Miss Wenjun Jiang

    Class Senior

    Teacher

    Ms Yan Ma

    Assistant

    Miss Xiaoqing Liu

    GCSE

    Teacher

    Ms Linna Man