Uptown (not downtown) Abbey

Jonathan Whitehouse, Director in Asia for Abbey DLD Colleges based in Hong Kong, explains why the UK is a good option for Singaporean based families.

It can be a hard decision for parents and students to choose which country gives the best overseas education outside Singapore.  The UK offers safety, a long academic history and is smaller geographically than many other destinations like the USA or Australia.  Last year’s Brexit and the devaluation of the pound have made the UK even more affordable, so you can now enjoy the Alpha Plus Gold standard Abbey Colleges for roughly 20% less than a year ago.

In Singapore, many parents have traditionally chosen UK boarding schools which offer an excellent education in some of the most beautiful environments in the world. However, more students from vibrant countries like Singapore are looking for an inner city boarding environment closer to city life. Boarding schools often offer a Harry Potter-like experience but are usually outside the major cities.  When I mention Abbey Colleges many people ask me if they are like Downton Abbey.  My reply is they should be called Uptown Abbey. Abbey DLD College London is in the middle of London, opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and a mere 5 minutes’ walk from the London Eye. It offers on site accommodation and full board, with the added advantage that you can stay in the accommodation throughout the holidays (with the exception of Christmas).  Abbey Cambridge is located on the outskirts of Cambridge City Centre, right next door to Homerton, one of the Colleges of Cambridge University.  It is a brand new campus and a mere 10 minute cycle ride into the city centre. Abbey Cambridge achieves excellent results with 70% of students achieving A or A* at A level, and 9 students getting Oxbridge offers this year.

Instead of the “Downtown Abbey” boarding schools, take a look at Abbey DLD Colleges for an excellent alternative in the provision of that Uptown Abbey boarding experience.

Further details about the Abbey DLD Colleges can be found at www.abbeycolleges.co.uk.

Jonathan has a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and has worked in the education field for 15 years.