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The Chinese Independent School of Tower Hamlets (CISTH) has been successfully established for 36years. It has served many students in the Chinese Community in Tower Hamlets and beyond. Due to the popularity of Learning language, many English, Eastern European, Southern European, and South Asian children joined our school to learn Chinese. The school locates in a modern purpose-built near Shadwell c/o St Mary and St Michael Primary School. The school has more than twenty classrooms, an auditorium, and a school hall.


Our school predominately provides Mandarin and Cantonese lessons for anyone who wishes to learn. We currently run classes ranging from playgroup to A-Level in Mandarin and Cantonese, and we are proud to have a diversity of students who achieve excellent GCSE grades.


In Addition to our awards, we have won awards for the Best Language Project within a Community Setting in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2015. We have also achieved Silver Award in the Quality Framework for Supplementary Schools in 2006 and Gold Award in the Quality Framework for Supplementary Schools in 2011.

School Rules and Policies:

School Rules

Child protection policy

Complaints procedure

Equalities Policy

GDPR policy

Education Sub-committee

The CISTH are fortunate to have parents that are interested in and supportive of their children's education and the future of the school. The parents of the School have formed a subcommittee to enhance the quality of the school and the children's education through a wide range of activities, festival celebrations, presentations from inspirational speakers, family day outings, and various workshops that give our children the confidence to use the Chinese language.


Members of the Sub-committee: Mr. Saleh Ahmed (Chairman)

Mrs. Sofun Lau

Mr. David Steadman

The Jack Petchey Foundation Award Scheme

Jack Petchey was born into a poor family in the East End in the 1920s. He left school with no qualifications when he was just 1After the war he bought his first second-hand car and started a taxi business. He worked very hard, overcame difficulties, and became a multi-millionaire.


The Jack Petchey Foundation operates an Achievement Award Scheme in over 1000 schools and clubs throughout all London Boroughs. The scheme is open to any youth organisation working with young people aged 11 - 25 within the catchment area and over £2 million is allocated each year. The scheme is divided into three categories, the Gold Scheme is for mainly larger organisations, the Silver is for and the Bronze is for smaller; we have been accepted into the Silver Scheme.


Participating youth organisations such as ours select six young persons to receive an Achievement Award each year and the winner receives a framed certificate and a sum of money to be spent on a youth organisation or community project of the recipient’s choice.