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Wednesday 02-Mar-2016
英國神奇四校-Cardiff Sixth Form College, Ruthin School

上回提到,英國有四間以反傳統模式運作而取得空前成功的寄宿學校,雖被傳統學校詬病,卻在短時間來躍升為教育界家喻戶曉的「神奇四校」。本文章將為大家介紹四校中的Cardiff Sixth Form College和Ruthin School。

Cardiff Sixth Form College
Cardiff成立短短十年左右,由最初以慈善為宗旨的私人補習社進化成A-Level league tables榜首的常客。簡單數據:Cardiff 由2010年開始擠身A-Level榜,今年已是連續第三年衛冕榜首。

鎗打出頭鳥,Cardiff的成功惹來很多傳統學校的抨擊。學校設備普通、成績掛帥、沒有傳統boarding life,全都是朝著傳統學校的逆向行走。然而,這種模式吸引家長的原因何在?




Cardiff的成功,反映著不同現象。無論英國學校所推崇的是多麼高尚的教育情操、如何著重全人教育和啟發,倒頭來,成績都是絕不能缺少的一環。而家長學生所追求的亦會因應年齡而改變。年紀較小的學生,家長傾向以學校全面配套為選校基準,會考慮到成績、環境、活動、位置等。而去到Sixth Form的升大學關鍵時候,還是憑Cardiff引以為傲的學術成績為首要。

Ruthin School
Ruthin是個「成功需苦幹」的好例子。大概二十年前,Ruthin仍在League Tables的下游位置,並不斷收生甚至令自己吃不消。

直到新任校長Toby Belfield上任後,Ruthin的命運從此改變。




總括來說,這類新興學府以顛覆舊文化的定位存在,難免觸動一些古老教育家的神經。而以傳統英式為賣點的學校亦難以忽視這些新興學校的成功,面對如暗湧一般的危機,也是推動學校互相鞭策而進步的好機會。下一篇文章我將探討Queen Ethelburga’s 和Concord的成功秘訣。

資料來源:《英文虎報》,1 March 2016,星期二

Samuel Chan 是英識教育創辦人 

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