Parents look towards UK to prepare their children for a global future

March 18, 2021
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With UK schools now fully open, more families from Ghana than ever before are seeking to send their daughters and sons to leading British boarding schools from this September.

“Strong sixth from provision such as A-Levels, International Baccalaureate and Foundation programmes are always popular as they offer the ideal preparation for entry to world-class universities including Oxbridge, Russell Group and the Ivy League”, explains experienced educational consultant Mark Brooks who has been advising West African families for twelve years.

This coming weekend, parents have the opportunity to find out more from 21 Heads and Senior Leaders at the largest gathering of UK Boarding Schools at an online exhibition for West Africa.

The event, which is organised by Mark Brooks Education and Anderson Education takes place over two days on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March 2021 from 1100 WAT.

The schools will each be presenting about “the many benefits of a British boarding school education such as excellent academic achievement, access to a wide range of co-curricular opportunities all within the context of a safe and secure environment,” enthuses Sara Sparling, education consultant and director of Anderson Education.

A good education will prepare students for life. “In an age of fierce job competition, the careers landscape is evolving like never before,” explains Mrs Olivera Raraty, Headmistress of Malvern St James Girls School. “At MSJ we set out to untangle all of this. With superb value-added attainment, outstanding public examination results and a focus on giving our girls the soft skills they will need at university and in the workplace.”

Peter Clague, Head at Bromsgrove School agrees and says that his school “aims to produce happy, moral and creative citizens through enlightened, disciplined and broad education. We seek to foster individuals who will, proactively, make this world a better place.”

“Globally aware and internationally-minded” are important attributes according to Mark Semmence, Headmaster at Repton. “It is our clear aim to produce young people who are intellectually curious, culturally informed and spiritually alive.

This means that they are: “happy, resilient, robust, self-motivated and confident” while becoming “committed to excellence in all that they do.”

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Deputy High Commission, Lagos, are providing superb support for this unique showcase on some of the best British schools.

Taking part are ACS International Schools Cobham, Ashford School, Ashville College Harrogate, Bournemouth Collegiate School, Bromsgrove School, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Culford School, Downside School, EtonX, Malvern St James Girls’ School, Mount Kelly, Repton School, The Royal Masonic School for Girls, St George’s School, Ascot, St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, St Swithun’s School, Trent College, West Buckland School, Woodbridge School, Wrekin College, Wellington School and Wycliffe College.

Mr Guy Ayling, Head of Mount Kelly concludes that the focus of a British boarding education is about “Preparing our pupils to take their places in a challenging and rapidly evolving world with confidence and courage.”

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