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Interview with Radley College Admission Officers | Part II

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Remember last week we shared the Part I video clip of the interview with admission officers at Radley, Vanessa Hammond and Harry Hammond? Today we're going to share the second part of the video in which the two officers mentioned a boy from China who could not speak a word of English when he first applied to Radley but whose insistence finally got him into the school.

Remember last week we shared the Part I video clip of the interview with admission officers at Radley, Vanessa Hammond and Harry Hammond? Today we're going to share the second part of the video in which the two officers mentioned a boy from China who could not speak a word of English when he first applied to Radley but whose insistence finally got him into the school.  

 

 

 

Click the link below to watch the video

 

 

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BE: Could you please introduce the special curriculum at your school?

 

 

Harry Hammond (Harry): To GCSE, I don't do anything unique. We offer mainly international GCSE, which most schools do and all the subjects should cover, the whole range, the core subjects: Maths, English, Sciences, Language, History, Geography, Design & Art, etc.

 

Once I get to A Level- we've recently changed because A level used to be not so much content- and all boys used to do four or maybe five. Now most boys do three A levels because they've become broader, and frankly more difficult as there is more content then. So three A levels, possibly four. A lot of Chinese students will do Maths and Further Maths, so they will add to that Physics and Chemistry, so they will do the four.

 

 

 

But every boy, whatever they're coming from, when they're doing A levels they are also doing added component – an added qualification. This is probably where we are different from other schools. 

 

It can either be an EPQ which is Extended Project Qualification, working independently on the topic that they want to do and going to that quite a lot of depth can be really a good preparation for the subjects they want to study in University or detail, or just something they are interested. Then they could do something called Junior MBA, which is a sort of a junior business qualification. Or they can do something which is called Global Perspectives. Like it sounds, it's a project about something out and outside the world to do with governments, politics, something like that. So that added component is something makes us different. 

 

 

 

 

BE: What about extra-curricular activities? Is there any difference with other schools?

 

 

Harry: Extra-curricular activities, things outside the classroom, again it's what the unique aspect. It's all the sports, almost every sport you can name. We've even got a real tennis court, which is only about a dozen in the country. So real tennis, rackets and squash, things like that. 

 

 

 

For Chinese students, a lot play badminton. In fact our Captain of Badminton at the moment is a boy coming from Beijing, who incidentally couldn't speak a word of English before he came. But he's very insistent, we got him into school and he now has a place at Oxford to read Chemistry. He's very clever boy. He's also a good badminton player.

 

 

 

We have a good basketball team. We have coach. It's popular and it's growing as a sport. And then we do usual sport. That would be hockey, cricket, football. We are a big rowing school as well, and they can be really popular for Chinese boys. It's something really different for them. Then you've got the Drama, the music, and then Duke of Edinburgh, CCF, Community Service. Most boys at Radley are very very busy. Every boys leaves, as it should be, having made his mark somewhere outside the classroom. And to be honest, it can be things like film group. We have a very good chaperon at the film group. 

 

You look on the website, you see a lot of movies which are done by the boys. Really quite a lot of expertise. A lot of them have ambitions to go into the film work. It's amazing what the boys can do and they do with great quality. They have a teacher to get them started, obviously to show them how to do it. But then they go and do it. They've added it to everything. 

 

 

 

Vanessa Hammond: Boys at the moment are making our film. They've written a script for Sherlock Holmes, like the modern day Sherlock Holmes. And they're filming it. They've got it all, they've got boys acting. They're filming it all around the college for over a period of two years. So it's an ambitious project. 

 

 

 

BE: Could you please talk about some of your matriculation results?

 

 

Harry: Radley is very consistent with its results. That's really does to our outstanding teaching. We have some very clever boys in the school. Recently, of 12 boys, ten of them went to oxford or Cambridge. One went to medical school, one went to Harvard. So you get some clever boys. We've always taken a bit of range. Because frankly we like teaching and I don’t just teach clever boys. But the value we add, I think it's probably second to none, I don't think there's a school add so much value. So our results are very consistent. There are around 90 % A*-B at A level. 

 

 

Actually when the new warden started 3 years ago, he looked at our results and said 'How do we achieve that?' It's just through consistently good teaching. 90% A* to B consistently. GCSE, to be honest, I can't remember the exact percentages. But you can see them on our website. We have very good results last year, 73% A* or A , which is probably a little bit below Eton, Saint Pauls, two very selective schools, but certainly above the rest. We are very pleased with these.

 

 

BE: We know that you have a very excellent team of teachers, would you like to talk about them?

 

 

Harry: I think a good school should inspire excellence in every department, whether it's outside the classroom or inside the classroom. I think it's the same in our department. There's no bad department. If there's a bad department, then we help them to improve. We look at the teaching methods and things like that. 

 

 

 

We have an academic director called Steve. And he has a teaching and learning support person called Simon. They are always looking to innovate, think of new ideas to support teaching so that we keep teaching better. The head of Mathematics is quite a character. He's been running maths for a long time. It's recognized as one of the outstanding maths departments in the country. We had a reason in Inspection where that was actually said.  

 

Partly as Vanessa said, two of the dons teach at Oxford as well. So the mathematics is particularly strong. I teach chemistry, so I'd like to say chemistry is a very good department too. And physics also.

 

 

 

 

BE: Could you share with us your impression of BE? 

 

 

Vanessa: I've really enjoyed working with BE and I found it incredibly useful to have them to help me sort through the right boys. And I also found them very efficient. And the boys we have at Radley have been really good examples of boys from here. It's lovely to have them at school and they are bringing a lot to us. 

 

Harry: Just to back up what Vanessa says, the personality is so easy to get along with. They are such important when you get a relationship with a team. And I think the people that running office in Shanghai and in Beijing - everyone is very honest with each other. And we can really talk to each other and pick up phones to talk about anyone, which is so valuable.  

 

 

 

Radley College works with BE Educations exclusively in recruiting Chinese students to Radley. Radley's 2016 admission activity in China was just organized by BE. BE has helped a lot of Chinese students get into Radley. Here's one of the successful case.

 

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Facts and Figures about Radley

 

 

 

Country: England

Founded in: 1847

Type: Boys' school

Nearest airport: 75 minutes’ to the Heathrow Airport

Location: Oxfordshire

Age range: 13-18

Number of students: 690

Teacher to student ratio: 1:7

Percentage of boarders: 100%

Percentage of international students: 10%

Tuition fee and boarding fee: £35,490/academic year

Website: www.radley.org.uk

 

 

 

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