BESSA Malaysia 2018: FAQs - BESSA

BESSA Malaysia 2018: FAQs

With just a couple of days to go before the inaugural BESSA in Malaysia, here is what you can expect from The British Education and Schools Show in Asia.  If you are still considering whether or not to attend, we hope to change your mind!

What is BESSA?

BESSA is the only curated schools show for families in Malaysia.  We have carefully selected a group of schools to ensure that attendees can meet a range of different “type” of school within certain parameters.  These parameters include, for example, a good academic standard across the board, excellent and modern facilities and stronger levels of pastoral care given the distance between the UK and Malaysia.  These schools do represent some of the most prestigious and competitively sought after schools in the UK.

At the show, attendees can meet school admission directors face-to-face.  This is an opportunity that may not be available, even if you visited the same school in the UK.  BESSA also features a speaker programme that has a panel of experts talk on important issues parents will be thinking about.  Parents will be able to learn how to navigate through the application and visa process and get support from special needs advisors and experienced tutors to help with all aspects of transitioning your child into British boarding.

Who should attend BESSA?

A child’s education and learning experience is of huge importance for any parent.  BESSA was founded upon the belief that it is beneficial for both parent and child to understand the options available and make well-informed decisions when choosing a school. BESSA is a great forum for parents, and their children, to explore and learn about British boarding and how it will suit them.

Parents, as well as children and teenagers, who are looking at a UK education – whether primary, secondary or tertiary – will learn more through the expert talks and by having the opportunity to speak with school representatives, alumni, current students and their parents.

BESSA is a partner of the British government’s Education is GREAT campaign.  We are honoured to have the support of the British High Commission in Malaysia, and Her Excellency Vicki Treadell who shall attend in person to officiate and open the first BESSA in Malaysia.

How to attend BESSA and how much does it cost?

BESSA is a free admission event.  Pre-register online here to avoid a queue at the door.  Each attendee, parent and child (except for toddlers and babies under the age of 5 years) will need a ticket.

What time shall I come to BESSA?

BESSA will take place at the Gardens Ballroom, Gardens Hotel Mid-Valley.  The doors open at 3pm and the event will finish at 8pm. Most visitors allow at least 2 hours at BESSA so there is sufficient time to speak with the schools as well as listen to the talks.  Don’t miss the British High Commissioner’s opening remarks at 4.00pm!

Which schools will be exhibiting at BESSA?

For a full list and description of the participating schools, please visit

What are the topics of the speaker programme?

4.00pm            Opening address by Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner

5.00pm            How the Best UK Boarding Schools Prepare You for University (Harry Hammond, Senior Master, Radley College & Martin Cropper, Director of Admissions, Shrewsbury School)

6.00pm            Supporting Special Needs in Boarding Schools (Sheridan Steen, Founder, Dyslexia School Search)

7.00pm            Tips for Applying to Top UK Universities (Tamara Lim, Director, PrepWorks)

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