Our Teachers

Ms Zoe XU

Founder and Headteacher of Real Chinese Academy. A computing graduate from a military institute, she taught in an army institute and later worked as a senior executive in a state-owned enterprise. After settling down in England, she has devoted her energy to the comparative research of Chinese and British education, and published several books on British education, family education and comparative cultural studies. Since 2006 she has developed the principle of quality-first in bilingual education, led the teaching staff to outstanding achievements in Chinese language teaching, art, and public speaking, and won parents’ trust and pupils’ love.

Ms Pingping

Deputy Head teacher. She holds a bachelor degree from East China Normal University and a master degree in web design from University of Greenwich. Ms.Pingping has experiences in teaching pre-school Chinese classes and special interest classes. With her expertise in pedagogy, psychology, science and management, Ms.Pingping is good at integrating Chinese culture into language teaching activities. In addition, she is proficient in HTML+CSS and various computer software and educational application software, which enables her to design various interesting multimedia teaching materials. Ms.Pingping has made the best of her pre-school teaching experience and developed her unique style of mixing teaching with joy. She is very good at spotting pupils’ potential, cultivating interests in studying, and encouraging students to take initiative in their learning. She is popular among pupils for her warmth and enthusiastic personality.


Art Director, a Chinese performance artist and painter. He graduated with a BA from Beijing Central Academy of Art and Design (now Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University) in 1988 and a MPA from Central Saint Martins London. He previously held a position in Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology Raffles International College and had cultivated many design talents who later got admitted to Central Saint Martins and became industry leaders. After moving to England, he worked in Teikyo School UK in London and joined Real Chinese Academy in 2015. Mr.Sheng Qi is well established in art, experienced in teaching, liberal in educational philosophy and approachable in style, which has enabled his students to make good progress in no time. His works have been collected by the following museums:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, the United States
International Center of Photography Museum, New York City, the United States
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, the United States
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, the United States
The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago, the United States

Ms Mo Wei

Ms Mo Wei is in charge of classes for native speakers. She has worked in HR department for decades after gaining her statistics degree from Renmin University of China. From 1995 she was helping in British primary schools as a volunteer before joining Real Chinese Academy in 2013. She then designed and launched classes for students from Chinese native speaker families, and she is a well of invaluable knowledge and support in this area. Ms. Mo is popular among students for her disciplined but approachable personality. She has participated in many Chinese teacher training courses held in both the UK and China such as the GCSE Chinese Reform workshop organised by Edexcel.

Ms Xiaoyan YE

Ms Ye Xiaoyan is head of classes for non-native speakers. A graduate from the Department of Education, South China Normal University, she worked there as assistant lecturer for four years. She holds a Postgraduate diploma in Child Development and Education from Institute of Education, University of London and NCFE Level 1 and Level 2 certificates for support teacher in schools. Ms.Ye served as a teaching assistant in several British primary schools and Darrick Wood School (2010) where she held the position of examiner of Chinese speaking. Ms.Ye joined Real Chinese Academy in 2011 and went on to teach Chinese GCSE in 2014. Her students have all achieved excellent results. Ms.Ye is passionate about teaching, and takes initiative to explore new teaching methods to improve students’ interests and equip them with a good foundation. She attended several Mandarin teacher training workshops such as the GCSE Chinese Reform workshop organised by Edexcel. Ms Ye has many years of experience in tutoring elementary school students’ mathematics and verbal reasoning.She is now a teacher of our Mathematics Booster Class.

Ms Sue Xue ZHANG

Ms Sue Xue Zhang holds a bachelor degree from Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China and a master degree in law from Yokohama National University, Japan. She is a seasoned Mandarin teacher, and has been engaged in teaching Chinese as a foreign language for more than 25 years. For quite a number of years, Ms.Zhang served as our Deputy Headteacher, taking charge of the management and operation of Real Chinese Academy. She has experiences in teaching classes of different age groups and language backgrounds, from pre-school level to GCSE. Ms.Zhang has a strong work ethic and teamwork spirit. Her classes are rich in information with interactive activities. She perfectly combines traditional and modern pedagogies to tap the pupils’ interests and potential, which is highly regarded by both pupils and parents. She also teaches GCSE Mandarin for all classes from Year 8 to Year 11 in a well-known girls’ grammar school - Newstead Wood School.

Mr Ziyan LIU

Head of mathematics. Graduated from Roehampton University in Early Childhood Study, Mr Liu has many years teaching experience in kindergarten and schools in the UK. As well as having over 10 years’ experience in teaching Chinese, Mr Liu also has many years of experience in teaching mathematics and familiar with the British elementary school mathematics syllabus. Mr Liu infuses his pupils with Western as well as Chinese traditional education purposes and methods, while accurately grasping the psychology of students and inculcates them to meaningful learning attitudes, switching from “mum and dad forced me to learn” to “I want to learn”. With his humorous nature, his unique teaching design is intense but fun. His classes are always loved by students.

Ms Xiaoyan JI

Ms Ji Xiaoyan graduated from Beijing International Studies University with a BA in English Literature and obtained a masters degree in education at York University. She has worked in English-Chinese translation and interpretation for a number of years before joining Real Chinese Academy to teach Mandarin classes for non-native speakers. She has also taught Chinese in Bickley Park School and Farrington School in secondment from Real Chinese. She is popular among her pupils and effectively combines Chinese traditional culture with language teaching and achieves remarkable teaching results.


Ms HUANG graduated from the Department of Management Engineering of South China University of Science and Technology in China. She came to the UK in 1990. Ms Huang worked as a volunteer at the Sutton Valence Prep School, Maidstone, and also as an external translator/interpreter and Chinese student administrator at the Canterbury Steiner School. In 2017, she obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has also taught Chinese at Farringtons School in secondment from Real Chinese. With her strong expertise and passion for teaching, courses designed by Ms Huang has proved popular with students. Having many years maths tutoring experience, Ms Huang is now also a teacher of our Mathematics Booster Class.

Ms Wei GU

Ms Wei GU, graduated from Beijing Sport University and Communication University of China. She used to be an editor in a provincial TV station in China. Mrs Gu is currently teaching the Chinese class for non-native speakers. As a mother, she has been studying the UK early years education for many years, and explored how the course designs and teaching methods could be applied to Chinese language teaching. She is an experienced and passionate teacher with a strong sense of responsibility. With extensive use of multimedia technology, her lessons are filled with both knowledge and fun.

Ms Zong Yi hold a bachelor degree from LSE and a masters degree in Financial Economics from University of Oxford. She also studied both within the English and Chinese schooling systems,gaining unique experience with each of the two languages,education systems and cultures; maintaining a strong interest in both. Naturally leading her to enter the fields of education and culture.

As a mother of a bilingual family, Ms Zong Yi has first hand experience with the difficulties overseas children faced when learning Chinese. Based on this understanding, her teaching emphasises on developing the children's interest in Chinese, their familiarity with the language and their understanding of Chinese culture; the aim being to lay a strong foundation for the children to embrace self learning and spark self motivation to learn more of the Chinese language as they develop.


A very confident full time working mother of three children. MA from Southampton University, fluent in three languages with many years studying and living experience in different countries. Had taught Chinese at the Italian Foreign language School in Italy;Very big fan of nature and loves being involved with children; advocates in relaxed and diversified teaching methods with focus on cultivating children's learning interests; convinced that each child has its own unique growth rate and learning ability; protecting children's natural concentration, imagination, kindness and ability to love is far more important than scores. Extremely proud of Chinese culture and heritage.

Ms Qingbo WANG

Ms Wang Qingbo is the teacher of Preschool Class at Real Chinese Academy. She is very passionate about children language development and is enjoying her new role at Real Chinese Academy. After going to Hangzhou Normal University, Berlin Weissensee School of Art and The Braunschweig University of Art, she taught art in primary schools and secondary schools, worked as artist assistant before turning to a passionate preschool teacher. She is specialising in Early years. She has been teaching for 10 years and amongst other roles taught for many years for 3-10 years old children. She has two secondary aged children which keeps her very busy! When she has any spare time, she enjoys listening 80s-90s British pop music bands, films, football and visiting all over the world.

Miss Hong BU

Hong Received her bachelor degree in electronics engineering from Qinghua University,china, and her PhD degree in digital image processing from the University of Manchester. She has since build a career in financial software development at a global investment bank, where she acquired years of experience in designing and building softwares. A true believer in programming being the key literacy of the new century, Hong is passionate about bringing children to the world of programming from an early age and promoting computational thinking amongst young children.

Ms Xiao Yu

Born and grew up in a family of educators, Ms Xiaoyu received her bachelor’s degree in law in Mainland China and obtained master’s degree in law at the University of Hong Kong. After graduation she worked in a top Chinese law firms and gained Chinese Lawyer Practice License. Ms Xiaoyu has lived in Hong Kong and UK respectively for many years with fluent Cantonese, Putonghua (Mandarin) and English. In 2017, Ms Xiaoyu obtained the Professional Certificate in Putonghua Teacher Training with Distinction from the University of Hong Kong. Always working conscientiously and actively, she preserved in learning new teaching technologies and use them in classroom practice, from which the learning interests of students are highly promoted. Ms Xiaoyu’s class is very popular with students.

Ms Su Bing GUO

Ms Su Bing GUO graduated from Northumbria University, Newcastle with both Bachelor’s Degree in law and Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Course. She was then admitted and called to the Bar of The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. She has been engaged in legal work in Malaysia and the UK for many years. She devoted herself to education that she has always loved. During the many years of teaching, the subjects she taught include Chinese, mathematics, piano, and music theory. Many of her students have achieved excellent results. Ms Guo has loved music, dance, calligraphy since she was a child. She is good at combining a variety of music and art techniques in teaching, integrating knowledge and fun, infusing students with enthusiasm. She won students’ heart by bringing in the beautiful philosophical spirit of Chinese culture, the beauty of art throughout her teaching.


Graduated from the English faculty of the Central South University, Ms Yan Zhong currently studying educational psychology in London Metropolitan University. With a great interest in Chinese culture from childhood and a real passion in Chinese education, she went to MingAi London institute and completed international Chinese teacher training. She also participated in the International Chinese Teacher Training of the UK Association for the Promotion of Chinese Education, and received the short-term international Chinese teacher training of Beijing Foreign language University. With years of Chinese teaching experience, Ms Yan Zhong specialized in implementing new teaching methods to increase the fun part in Chinese learning. The goal of her teaching is to help children achieve proficiency in Chinese language that is as good as their first language.


Graduated from Guangxi Normal University in China, Ms Lin has been teaching Mandarin in the UK for over 10 years. To improve her teaching standard, Ms Lin participated in various teacher trainings provided by the British Chinse Education Promotion Association and the Chinese Language Teacher Training of HanBan in the UK. From the flexible application of the learning contents to fun and effective learning practice, the comments from the students and parents are always the most favourable.

Ms Xinyang ZHANG

With a bachelor’s degree in English from the Central South University of China, and a master’s degree in HR management from Durham University, Ms Xinyang Zhang has years of working experience in translation and interpretation. After being a teaching assistant in Real Chinese Academy, she participated in several UKAPCE teaching trainings. Grown up with a true passion in Chinese traditional culture, she put a great importance of Chinese education in her daughters everyday learning. With a passionate interest in Chinese education, Ms Xinyang Zhang focus on cultivating students' interest in Chinese learning from an early age. Emphasizing on communication and expression skills, she is keen to bring fun into non-native junior classroom.


Ms Qing DONG

As well as graduated from the Second School of Lyon, France, in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, Ms Dong also graduated from the School of Education, University of London in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and French Teaching. She also has a British teacher PGCE qualification. Ms Dong has a wealth of language teaching experience and loves education for children and adolescents. She is currently working as a Chinese and French teacher in mainstream school in the UK. Ms Dong is passionate and kind. The students have remarkable achievement in her lively, interesting and motivative classrooms.

Ms Helen Hobson

Helen is an experienced actress and professional vocal and performance coach. Having graduated from Mountview Academy of Performing Arts with a Diploma, she has a LRAM Teaching Diploma in Speech & Drama from Middlesex University and is an Associate of LAMDA. As a tutor, Helen brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to her innovative teaching sessions. Students find her methods and techniques inspiring. Many of her students make significant breakthroughs, resulting in an increase in vocal strength and range, leading to greater confidence in performance and the discovery of their true voice. Helen regularly teaches at many leading Drama schools, including Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London School Of Musical Theatre, Performers College and London Studio Centre. Helen has been teaching at our school for many years. She made significant teaching results. All students like her. Helen made her West End debut in CHESS, the start of a long association with West End Musicals as a Leading Lady. Her credits include, Donna in MAMMA MIA!, Mrs Johnstone in BLOOD BROTHERS, Clara in Stephen Sondheim’s award winning PASSION, Cathy opposite Sir Cliff Richard’s HEATHCLIFF, Eliza in MY FAIR LADY and Rose Vibert in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ASPECTS OF LOVE. She’s also played leading roles in, CATS, TOMMY, LES MISERABLES, MR CINDERS, EDUCATING RITA and STEPPING OUT.