Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing
Eton College and Wycombe Abbey Schools are the cream of the crop when it comes to the UK boarding school experience. As the number one all-boys and all-girls schools respectively, these heavy-hitters in the world of elite boarding schools can provide opportunities that may seem more fantasy than reality.
As a school established in 1440, one would hope Eton lives up to its reputation as the premier secondary academic institution in the UK. It may come as no surprise, then, that nearly 30% of the graduating class every year receive offers to Oxford and Cambridge, and 70% to similarly top globally ranked schools. If you find yourself lucky enough to be walking Eton’s hallowed halls and landing a future spot as a coveted ‘Old Etonian’, it has been said that you’ll gain access to a network which ordinary people can’t imagine.
Looking at Eton’s alumni network, you may think you’ve accidentally received a copy of the world’s most influential people instead. Its illustrious ranks boast everyone from silver-screen megastars Eddie Redmayne (Part of J.K. Rowling’s wildly-popular Potter franchise) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), to pioneering scholars like the father of modern macroeconomics John Maynard Keynes and major English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. And, only a humble 20-or-so members of the British royal family also consider Eton their alma mater, along with recent British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, David Cameron, and even the Duke of Wellington. The media has, accordingly, deemed Eton the “school that rules Britain” multiple times. The question, really, seems to be which influential figure didn’t go to Eton? Is it something in Eton’s water that seems to guarantee many students success?
Wycombe Abbey School
If there was any girls’ school that could be seen as an equal to Eton College, it would be Wycombe Abbey School. Established in 1896, Wycombe Abbey is one of the most difficult girls’ schools to gain acceptance to in England.
It has thrice been deemed a Top UK School by The Sunday Times, providing educational resources and a teaching quality that give Eton a run for its money. It’s also made The Guardian’s Best of the Best list, often leading such rankings due to its top-tier academics among private English schools. Approximately one-third of Wycombe Abbey graduates each year earn acceptance to Oxford and Cambridge.
Wycombe Abbey’s alumni network is nothing to scoff at either. Notable alumni include everyone from Justices of the High Court Sue Carr and Beverley Lang, to founding United Nations envoy Lady “Red Jessie” Street, to The BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. If you’re dreaming of becoming the next world-changing woman to come out of Wycombe Abbey, that’s totally understandable.
Get Information Straight from the Source
Naturally, you may have many questions towards the seemingly-enigmatic world of top English private schools: What preferences do these schools have for prospective students? How do they decide which children to admit and once admitted, how can they ensure children will grow both academically and personally, and will eventually be ready to excel in equally elite university environments and later in life?
On August 8th, you’ll have the golden opportunity to hear straight from the experts – former Eton College and Wycombe Abbey admissions officers William Rees and Debbie Bellenger will be present to demystify the English boarding school application process.
The event will have both online and offline sessions, with options for parents to connect with the former admission officers in real life in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen. Others can tune in to the livestream to gain insights ranging from how to identify a “best-fit school”, to a deep exploration of elite school admissions requirements and what it actually takes to get in. For example, last year Mr. William Rees revealed that Eton College isn’t just looking for those with the highest grades and test scores – instead, non-academic passions and personal character are just as important!
Similarly, Ms. Debbie Bellenger emphasized that families should be taking more than rankings into account when choosing which schools to apply to. Since every child has unique academic abilities, personalities, and interests, there’s no one-size-fits-all method for discovering this mythical “best-fit school”. So, though you may be disheartened to learn there’s no shortcut to finding the perfect institution for your child, view this instead as an opportunity for self-reflection and discovery – the right school is right around the corner.
Finally, the event will include a question and answer segment to address your toughest questions and lingering curiosities about the English boarding experience. Take advantage of the combined expertise and deep understanding of English secondary education that Mr. Rees and Ms. Bellenger and BE consultants have to offer. When else will you have the chance to personally talk to people straight from the admissions team?
Online event: available to anyone around the globe
Time: Afternoon of August 8th
Offline event locations: Shanghai, Shenzhen
Time: Afternoon of August 8th