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William Rees: How to pick blue chip schools?

Added on: 2017-06-27Share on :

When it comes to choosing a good school for the child, it can be as tricky as choosing a blue chip stock. Sometimes, the former can be even more difficult. A blue chip stock has standard and definition, while blue chip UK schools has none and vary from families to families. According to the Independent School Council, there are 1301 private boarding schools in the UK. So how to pick out blue chip ones amongst the vast choices? Today, we have William Rees talking about his views on this matter, who served as admissions officer of Eton College for 10 years and chaired the design of the new Eton admission system that greatly bolstered the number of applicants and has been widely adopted by British schools.

 

When it comes to choosing a good school for the child, it can be as tricky as choosing a blue chip stock. Sometimes, the former can be even more difficult. A blue chip stock has standard and definition, while blue chip UK schools has none and vary from families to families.

 

According to the Independent School Council, there are 1301 private boarding schools in the UK. So how to pick out blue chip ones amongst the vast choices? Today, we have William Rees talking about his views on this matter, who served as admissions officer of Eton College for 10 years and chaired the design of the new Eton admission system that greatly bolstered the number of applicants and has been widely adopted by British schools. 

 

 

 

 

 

High-ranked schools are the blue chips?

 

 

 

There is no official ranking of UK senior schools. Even though the academic ranking is supported by statistics, the rank by academic level must not be the only measure, since schools in the UK attach utmost importance to whole person education.  

 

The easiest way to find out about the school's academic level is to access its website to search for A level results, to check out the percentage of A*, A and B in recent 5 years. The matriculation result may reflect a certain trend which could be of some reference value. 

 

 

 

That percentage of first-rate day schools and girls' boarding school in London is about 96%-97%, Eton College and Winchester College about 95%, and Radley and Harrow about 93%. Basically a percentage of 80% to 90% means academic excellence.  

 

“The information about school ranking could be baffling. Especially the ranks or lists published by British newspapers. Believing these things is the worst. ”Mr. Rees expressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to find your own “blue chip school”

 

 

There's no uniform definition about blue chip schools. Actually, it varies from person to person. To seek out your own blue chip school, you have to do lots of preparation work. First, you need to consider the geographical area of the school, whether you want it to be near London or in the suburb. Second, do you prefer a single-sex school or a co-ed school? And the third, also the most important, the selection must be based on the child's abilities, characteristics, sport and cultural interests. 

 

 

Regarding selecting a school, Mr. Rees, based on his years of experience in education, gave an earnest warning: “To let the children thrive really well, choosing a school for your child where they feel comfortable and happy is imperative. It is so wrong to force a child into a school he doesn't like just to meet parents' unrealistic expectations. I have seen quite a lot of bad consequences. These children may have drug or alcohol problems, some of whom even get into sharp conflicts with their parents.”

 

 

 

The blue chip schools in the eye of Mr. Rees

 

 

 

As former admission officer at Eton College for 10 years, who also led the design of the new Eton admission system, Mr. Rees has his own list of “blue chip schools”. Want to know what are they?

 

From Jun. 30 to Jul. 8, Mr. Rees will be in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Shanghai to give a lecture, unveiling how to find “blue chip schools” of your own. 

 

 

 

 

Activity Details

 

 

 

Zero distance to top UK schools: former admission officer of Eton College - the alma mater of former UK Prime Minister David William Donald Cameron- to appear in person and to reveal the admission rules of top British schools.

Disclosure of Eton life: Proud alumnus of Eton College to disclose the studies and lives at Eton

Explanation of UK education system: international education experts to reveal the UK education system and a Q&A session to answer overseas application questions

Trend analysis of overseas study in the UK: trend analysis by the British Council

Family inheritance discussion: BE partners with Ping An Bank to conduct family inheritance discussion

 

 

 

Distinguished guests

 

 

 

William Rees

·         Former admission officer of Eton College for 10 years

·         Senior admission consultant to first-class UK schools

·         Leading the design of the new Eton admission system that greatly bolstered the number of applicants and                       has been widely adopted by British schools

·         Premium Consultant for BE Education

 

Raff Flackett

 ·            Proud alumnus of Eton College

·         The Head of BE Education UK Office, over 10 years experiences in education

·         Remarkable records of helping British and international students getting into top UK schools

 

 

 

 

Itinerary 

 

 

 

Beijing

Time: Jun.30, 2017 13:30 – 16:30

Address: Banquet Hall C, China World Hotel, No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang district, Beijing

 

Chengdu

Time: Jul. 2, 2017 14:30 – 17:30

Address: 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, No. 269 Shuncheng Avenue, Qingyang District, Chengdu

 

Shenzhen

Time: Jul. 6, 2017 13:30 – 16:30

Address: 29/F, Four Seasons Hotel, Fuhuasan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen

 

Shanghai

Time: Jul. 8, 2017 13:30 – 16:30

Address: Hall Diamond, 3/F, The Westin Bund Center, No. 88 Henan Central Road, Huangpu District.

 

 

 

 

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