What sport can reveal about character

Stephanie Cheah, education consultant and regular golfer since the Covid pandemic, explores the inextricable relationship between sport and character. Sport has long been viewed as a mirror, reflecting the intricacies of human nature. While many sports showcase the physical prowess, strategic thinking, and mental toughness of athletes, few are as revealing of character as golf. […]

Talking Heads: How I help my child become resilient

Mrs Nicola Huggett, Head of Cheltenham College since 2017, shares her personal approach to developing resilience in children. The front of the glass cabinet in our kitchen is still reverberating from the slamming of the kitchen door, shortly to be followed, I know, by the slamming of the bedroom door. Again.  “Where have you been? […]

At what age should my child start boarding?

Determining the ideal age to start boarding school can be complex, as it varies based on individual circumstances, maturity levels, and specific educational goals. Boarding schools are valued for their unique blend of academic rigor, personal development, and community experience. One of the primary considerations is a child’s developmental readiness. It’s essential to assess whether […]

UK Student Visas: Popular FAQs

It’s visa application season, as the new academic year starts soon in UK schools and universities! If your child requires a visa to study in the UK, find out what other parents have asked us year-after-year.  Students cannot apply for a visa more than 3 months before the start of their course. It takes and […]

CATALYST by Winchester College

CATALYST is where ambitious, curious students aged 13 to 18 learn about how tech, science, culture, and industry impact our world and develop vital skills to shape the future. Combining the intellectual rigour of Winchester College with innovative teaching and technology, CATALYST’s unique programme challenges students to tackle complex topics that cut across disciplines, for […]

Supporting learning differences in UK schools

Awareness of learning differences is now widespread and schools are increasingly equipping themselves with knowledge and resources to support their students. Sheridan Steen, founder of the company Dyslexia School Search, is an expert in special educational needs and has worked with many students across a whole range of conditions including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and autism.  […]

Top tips for applying to UK universities

Ed Richardson, Director of Education of Keystone Tutors, shares his top ten tips for applying to Oxbridge and the most competitive UK universities. Apart from overseeing Keystone’s own tutor development programme, Ed also advises families on a wide range of educational issues and has seen many students through the UCAS application process. Watch a recording […]

How UK boarding schools prepare their students for university

Martin Cropper, Director of Admissions and Senior Master at Shrewsbury School, has seen over 20 cohorts of students through the UK university application process. In this presentation delivered at BESSA Malaysia 2022, Martin summarised the 4 key points of why the UK’s top boarding schools are very successful in preparing their students for university 1. […]

The Role of Sports in Boarding Schools

At BESSA 2022, we invited Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh to speak about their expertise and philosophy in offering sports programmes that prepare for athlete recruitment at university level. An education consultant for Merchiston, Gemma Gray presents about balancing academic excellence while nurturing elite sporting talent.

BESSA Schools Show 2022 – It’s a Wrap!

Families based in Asia continue to show strong interest in a UK boarding school education for their children. The BESSA Schools Show 2022 in Singapore and Malaysia saw almost 500 attendees who came to meet admission directors of the UK’s most sought after schools. In Kuala Lumpur, many local Malaysians came to discover educational opportunities […]