Following the success of the international program at the Canadian International School (CIS), and because of the needs of many parents and students to have an International Bilingual education environment (both accessing the Vietnamese national general education program, and inheriting the advanced values of the Canadian international education program), the Bilingual Canadian International School was established.

Explore our timeline to learn about our milestones
over the last 10 years to deliver an excellent Canadian education combined with Vietnamese culture

March 13th, 2009: The Canadian International School (CIS) was officially established as the first international school in Vietnam to offer a Canadian curriculum.

2009 – 2010: The school year began at the temporary campus on the ground floor of the Panorama Condominium in Phu My Hung with 165 students.

School year 2012 – 2013: The first generation of students graduated from CISS (Canadian International School System, including BCIS), with proud achievements:

Dung Nham was accepted to four universities. He chose to attend Denison University, USA with an annual scholarship of 37.000 USD each year!
Ivy Nguyen won entrance scholarships to Ottawa University, Queen’s University, and McMaster University.
Tuan Hung Nguyen received a scholarship of $40.000 USD from Trinity College, Connecticut, USA.

August 4, 2013, CISS Alumni Association (CAA) was established; the first members – the CIS Class of 2013. 4 years after its establishment, CIS began its journey to become an IB World School.

Also in the academic year of 2014 – 2015, BCIS had the first graduation course with 17 excellent students.

EQuest Education Group and Khoi Nguyen Education Group Announce Strategic Partnership

In a significant step in the journey of expanding the opportunities to access high-quality education for Vietnamese students, on December 5, 2022, EQuest Education Group (EQuest) and Khoi Nguyen Education Group (KNE), the owners of the Canadian International and Bilingual school system (which included its four schools – CIS, BCIS, Albert Einstein School (AES), and Canada-Vietnam Kindergarten (CVK)) – signed a strategic cooperation agreement under which EQuest became the key shareholder and joined the Board of Directors of KNE.

The signing event for the strategic partnership took place on December 2nd, 2022, and involved participation by representatives of KKR, which invested in EQuest in May 2021 through its Global Impact Fund as part of its thematic focus on Lifelong Learning.



Sedbergh School was founded in 1525 by Roger Lupton, provost of Eton College and Chaplain to Kings Henry VII and Henry VIII. Folklore tells that as there was no local school for Lupton to attend, he walked the 270 miles from Sedbergh to London to gain an education. The earliest school building is likely to have been on the site of the current school library. The library was built in 1716 and had a simple wooden upper storey inside.

The oldest boarding house, Evans House, was built around 1750 as a private house. The headmaster Christopher Hull lived there and took in private boarders. In around 1870, the school numbers dropped to only 9 pupils and headmaster Heppenstall was brought in to transform the school. He believed that the school needed to increase in size dramatically to secure its survival. At that time, the school estate consisted only of the library building and Evans House. Heppenstall commissioned a firm of well-respected architects, Paley and Austin, to design the Victorian Main School buildings and three purpose built boarding houses, School House, Hart and Sedgwick. Heppenstall formed Sedbergh in the model that still exists today. He established the architectural style of the school, introduced rugby team in 1879 and started the Sedberghian magazine in the same year. During this period of change Lupton House was built in the town. The three separate town houses were rented by school initially and then converted to form one character filled building. At first the school boarding houses all had fluid names and would be called by whichever house master was running the house at that time, for example, Sedgwick would be called Mr Oliver’s house. In 1908 the houses were given permanent names in tribute to influential characters from the history of the school.

During the first World War the Masters’ hostel was converted to become Powell House, the sixth house to be formed. Sadly 259 pupils lost their lives in the war. These boys are commemorated on the Memorial Cloisters that were completed in 1922.The monument has five arches to represent the five houses who had suffered casualties. The Cloisters are purposefully of simple design as it was felt that the building should not have needless decoration.

Throughout the twentieth century the school continued to expand. Winder House was established soon after the first World War. Later, the sanatorium was converted to accommodate junior boys under the new title, Cressbrook House. As the junior department swelled in numbers a junior school in its own right was established a short drive away. Girls arrived at Sedbergh in 2001 filling first Lupton House and later Robertson House, the former sanatorium. Following the merger with Casterton School in 2013, a third girls house was opened, Carus house, which is named after the founder of Casterton School.

archive collection OF SEDBERGH SCHOOL

The Archive is home to a vast collection of historic material. The oldest items in the collection date from 1527 and the newest items are being created by staff and pupils to record the historic achievements of current pupils.

The archive holds much material that captures the history of the school, its’ pupils and the manorial land across Yorkshire that Sedbergh School managed over several centuries.

The diverse collection also includes a Sedbergh School rugby ball that has orbited the earth on the NASA discovery shuttle, a WW1 Infantry Sword, and a bound collection of speeches given by Franklin D. Roosevelt and inscribed by hand by President Roosevelt to Winston Churchill.


The Sedbergh Wolf has become a symbol of teamwork, community connection, loyalty, workable competition, drive, passion, and creativity. Why was the image of the wolf chosen as the symbol of Sedbergh School?

Sedbergh School was founded by Mr Roger Lupton, Headmaster of Eton College, Canon of Windsor and chaplain to King Henry VII and Henry VIII. Master Lupton was also a religious advisor to the monarchs during the period the royal family separated from the Roman Catholic church.

Master Lupton was awarded a badge with three wolf heads by King Henry VII. This is also the symbol of the family name Lupton, which comes from the Latin word “lupus” meaning wolf. According to semiotic language, the image of the wolf symbolizes perseverance, courage, and nobility.

In addition, on Lupton’s badge there are other elements such as three lilies symbolizing the Virgin Mary, seashells symbolizing the pilgrimage of Santiago, Compostela, a popular religious pilgrimage throughout Mr. Lupton’s life, and the Tau cross symbolizes the support that Christ gives, as well as mentioning St. Anthony’s Hospital – the hospital that Mr. Lupton owned.

Partnership between Sedbergh School and BCIS

Bilingual Canadian International School (BCIS), a member of EQuest Education Group in Ho Chi Minh City, and the 500-year-old Sedbergh School of Sedbergh School International Limited of the United Kingdom officially announced educational cooperation and committed to building a international academic environment in Vietnam with the official name: Sedbergh Vietnam – BCIS.

Sedbergh Vietnam – BCIS will give Vietnamese students the opportunity to access the international curriculum of a school with nearly 500 years of history – Sedbergh School in British, to perfect their skills and knowledge. necessary knowledge to help students develop comprehensively in today’s globalized world.

Mr. Peter James Corcoran, General Principal of CISS International School System, said: “The cooperation between BCIS and Sedbergh School will open a new proud journey for BCIS. Students not only inherit the educational quintessence of a school with a 500-year history but also have many more opportunities to study abroad and exchange cultures between Vietnam and the UK. We believe that the harmony in educational philosophy and goals of the two schools will bring the best values to students.”

Mr. Peter Marshall, CEO of Sedbergh School International Limited, shared: “We are honored to partner with BCIS to bring the Sedbergh Vietnam program. We are committed to long-term companionship in implementing comprehensive education and support for students studying in Vietnam or in British.”

Mr. Dan Harrison, Principal of Sedbergh School British, said: “This is an important development step for British education system in Vietnam, opening up new opportunities for Vietnamese students to access world-class academic programs. Sedbergh School has a long history dating back to 1525, central to our educational philosophy is the advice and care of the whole student, with a wide choice of academic and extra-curricular opportunities and a commitment to achieving excellence in every aspect of education. We are ready to support the development of a long-term cooperative relationship with EQuest Education Group throughout Vietnam.”