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Abingdon School Admissions Officers Interview | Part III

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When talking about entry to Abingdon School, coming the 18th in UK academic ranking, people usually think that a high level of academic ability and English language would be the requirement firstly occur to mind. However, when being asked about the basic requirement for application to Abingdon, the two admission officers taking our interview – Ms. Jane Jorgenson and Mark Hindley emphasized something other than academics nor English proficiency. So what is it?

When talking about entry to Abingdon School, coming the 18th in UK academic ranking, people usually think that a high level of academic ability and English language would be the requirement firstly occur to mind. However, when being asked about the basic requirement for application to Abingdon, the two admission officers taking our interview – Ms. Jane Jorgenson and Mark Hindley emphasized something other than academics nor English proficiency. So what is it? 

 

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BE Education (BE): Could you talk a little bit about your other half, or extra-curricular activities?

 

 

Mark Hindley (Mark): Last year we had 19 international sportsmen in the schools. The captain of England Rugby team, the Captain of England Hockey, international rowers, international fences, international shooting. We've got the leading cyclist on the 19th cyclist in Europe at our school at the moment. We've got a boy who went with the GB Kayaking team to Rio, but he's only 18.

 

 

 

So the elite program is very very strong. Last year we had 3 boys who went to Oxford or Cambridge on either Choral or Organ scholarship, as well as another 3 boys who went to conservatoires to study their music. So that's strong, but that's not what the other half is about. The other half is about participation. It's about everybody doing something to stretch themselves, and to discover themselves. 

 

This term, in the middle of February, we call this term the Lent term. We have 18 hockey teams, 22 football teams, about 11 eights down the river, plus badminton, table tennis, plus fencing, plus this, plus debating, plus model United Nations. We want our boys to be busy and fulfilled, and get stuck into life.

 

 

 

 

BE: What's the application process?

 

 

Jane Jorgenson (Jane): First, of course, having the interest in and knowledge of Abingdon. We love people coming to see us. If possible, do come to see us and do come and start the journey with the visit to Abingdon. If you can't come and see us, start the journey with the visit to our website and try to get under the skin of us through that. If you can't come and see us, pick up the phone or write us an email.

 

Mark said we are an academically selective school, so the admission process does focus on academics. It will focus, for all boys, wherever they come from, on core academics---English, Mathematics, and verbal reasoning, IQ test, the cognitive ability test. 

 

 

 

 

If you come in Sixth Form (we have Sixth Form entry), it will then focus further into your individual likely chosen A level subjects. We ask for 4. So that we will give subject-specific tests. So academic tests, plus school reports, plus interviews are all part of that academic assessment. But as we've stressed, our life is not entirely about academics. So we are looking for something a little bit more than academics.     

 

We also know that parents are taking all the huge amount sending their sons to study overseas, and part of that, it's all those other things that they can do at schools like ours. So when we are looking at these boys, we are assessing them. We're going to not just look at their academics, we are going to look at their other things that they have done, can do, might do and are interested in. So a demonstration of that is part of their admission process. It's very vital to us. The timings that we go through for these different entry levels vary. But look at the website, talk to us. We'll then take each boy through individual journey. 

 

 

 

 

BE: Could you talk a little bit about your impression of BE?

 

 

Jane: I sat for the first time here, five or six years ago, and have had some very warm reception from you and from your colleagues both here and when you've been to visit us at Abingdon. I'm very pleased to say that BE has been to see us at Abingdon on numerous occasions. So we know that BE know us and I think that is really really important. 

 

Because there are many excellent schools in the UK, but until people come to see all these excellent schools. It's very hard to be able to help different candidates with the different choices that they will face and the right type of school. We know BE particularly put time and energy, and positive effort into visiting schools, visiting us, and visiting schools like us. That really helps your candidates. We love being here though too, because we love to see you in your offices. I mean you here, and we love to see your candidates here at home. So it's very much a two-way process. We are very positive about our dealings with BE.    

 

 

 

Mark: I would reiterate everything that Jane says. And I would say that, for us, please understand that the overseas boys are very important to us. It's really lovely for me and Jane who's been here before to be able to come here to Shanghai, to mainland China, to understand where they come from. Because we know that there's a lot of sacrifices coming from China to schools in the UK, and having someone like BE to manage that process as the intermedium is really important. 

 

Because for us, to learn about China is very important, and hopefully for China, to learn about Europe and England is beneficial as well. It's really lovely to be in partnership with someone where we are both doing what we feel is best for the boys and for the pupils, so that they can have the best experiences and best education possible. 

 

 

 

The 2017 China Summit of the Association of Leading Independent Schools is to be held in Beijing and Shanghai on Sept. 15 and Sept. 17 respectively. At that time, Abingdon School, together with over 10 leading boarding schools in the UK will be present for admission interview. Students who want to take the interview should attend a pre-test at least 1 week before the activity begins.

 

 

Pre-test registration closing soon!

 

 

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