Located in the ancient city of Huangzhou, Hubei Province, Huanggang Experimental Primary School （HGEPS） is a primary school directly under the Huanggang Education Bureau. HGEPS was founded in 1904 at the former school site, which was built in the mid-Ming dynasty, covering an area of 44 acres. The former names were adopted by HGEPS were as follows: Huangzhou Higher Primary School, Yifan Primary School, Xinyou Primary School, Provincial Primary School Affiliated to the Hubei University of Education, Primary School Affiliated to Huanggang Normal University and Huanggang Experimental School. And its current name was adopted in 1995. At present, HGEPS has forty-eight classes and nearly three thousand and two hundred students, with the faculty members exceeding one hundred and fifty, among which there are five specially-honored teachers, one provincial academic leader, one municipal academic and technical leader, five provincial backbone teachers, seven well-known teachers of Huanggang, over fifty municipal backbone teachers and more than sixty senior secondary teachers, nearly 33% of whom are members of the Professional Committee of the Provincial Institute of Education.
The school has become an ideal place for learning and lecturing since the ancient times, thus laying a solid foundation for education culture. It has attracted large numbers of talents. Men of letters, medical sages and honest officials like Su Shi, Lu You, Mu Zhiji, Li Shizhen and Yu Chenglong had lingered here; Early intellectuals of the Communist Party of China including Dong Biwu, Chen Tanqiu and Lin Yunan had rushed around here for their revolution; Patriotic students like Bao Huiseng, Chen Yinlin and Wang Yanan had pursued knowledge here for the sake of a prosperous country and its peoples; Industrious professors including Liu Xirao, Chen Jinwen and Qin Zhaoyang had taught here for the movement of Resistance Against Japan and National Struggle. Nowadays, Confucian temple, relics of the ancient academy, Pan Pond, the pool in front of ancient academy and Dongpo Boustay have blended perfectly with modern teaching buildings and Yifu Building, adding radiance and beauty to the school where ancient trees tower to the sky and beautiful flowers flourish everywhere.
Over the past century, HGEPS has inherited the principles of “loyalty, filial piety, elegance and honesty” as its educational main stream, following the ancient rhyme of generations of Confucianism, renewing educational concept constantly and absorbing the essence of the modern education. HGEPS gives priority to develop education and students’ potential, thus forming the educational characteristics of “stressing the basic knowledge while opening mind broadly and developing specialties in study while ensuring an all-round development”. HGEPS has made constant improvement through its efforts in teaching conditions and education quality, with its teaching quality being well recognized widely.
Since China has adopted the Reform and Opening-up policy, HGEPS has been adhering to the educational philosophy of advocating student-oriented education, showing individuality and developing harmoniously. It has fully implemented the education principles of encouraging comprehensive, healthy and lifelong development and receiving education from environment and educational activities. It has been taking the educational reform as the theme, moral development and education and as priority. Relying on the construction of school culture and ensured by the professional ethics of teachers, it has kept innovating development strategies, and standardizing school-running procedures, with the purpose of creating an educational mode suitable for children's development and striving to be in the leading position in quality-oriented education in the city. The teachers in HGEPS have published more than 300 essays on teaching on national and provincial academic journals, many scientific achievements have been popularized in the city and the province. The students took part in many sports, art, science and other competition held at the national, provincial and city level, the total number of all previous prizes occupied a leading position in the province. Large numbers of excellent students have been nurtured for country and many of them have made significant contribution to the society after graduation. Among them, Lin Qiang and Ku Chao had won the gold and silver medal in the international mathematical Olympics twice. Qin Bo had won four gold medals in the Asian Games, earning glory for China and Huang Gang.
HGEPS has so far won eight national awards, being listed as one of the first batch of Modern Educational Technology Experimental Schools, the National Demonstration School of Language, the National Advanced Pilot School of Four Combination in Chinese, the National Pilot School of Combinations among four Subjects, the National League of Young Eagles, the National League of Red Flags, the National Outstanding Youth Reading Club and the National Advanced Unit of Mass Sport. It has also won 12 provincial awards, being included as one of the Hubei Province Top 50 Schools of Teaching and Research, the Demonstration School of Hubei Province, the Advanced Unit in Mandarin Promotion of Hubei Province, the Advanced Unit in Traditional Sports Programs of Hubei Province, the Advanced Group in Youth Scientific and Technological Activities, the Advanced Unit in Standardized Management of Language and Text of Hubei Province, the Advanced Unit in the Fight against SARS of Hubei Province, the Hubei provincial Advanced Hygiene Unit, the Demonstration Schools for Parenting of Hubei Province, the Demonstration School of Young Pioneers of Hubei Province, the Talent School for Calligraphy and Painting of Hubei Province and so on. In addition, it has won more than ten municipal honors granted by units of Huanggang city such as the Advanced Unit of Elementary Education Management of Huanggang Municipality, the Model Family of School Staff of Huanggang Municipality, the Municipal Advanced Unit in Personal System Reform and the Municipal Advanced Unit in Comprehensive Management.
HGEPS leads the popular tendency, stands at the high position, observes the general trend and considers the overall situation. Embraced with the new opportunity of educational reform and development and the goal of regaining the educational reputation and glories of its past days, principal Tao Xiuqi, representing the new leadership under of the Municipal Education Bureau, leads the faculty to advance with confidence, capacity and courage and to promote the quality education to a higher level and the party flag shine on the road of HGEPS to success, and make the brand of the HGEPS known by the whole country.