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Thursday 10-Mar-2016
英國神奇四校-Concord College & Queen Ethelburga’s College

上回討論完Cardiff Sixth Form College和Ruthin School,神奇四校中還有Concord College (見圖) 和Queen Ethelburga’s College。兩所均在英國私校界特立獨行,帶起新氣象。



Concord College

Concord自2008年開始,學術成績就穩步上揚,並長期處於排行榜league tables的頭十之列。學生可申請入讀Concord Year 9,跟Cardiff一樣,Concord絕不掩飾自己的反傳統辦學理念:收取大量國際學生及保持極高的學術成績水準。



作為頂尖學校之一,Concord也有不少運動設施以維持學生的全人發展。但和一般學校不同的,是Concord視運動為學生自決的課外活動,而非強制性參與。有趣的是,即使非強制參與,學生對運動似乎也十分積極。上一次College主辦的Road Race參與率高達85%。數字也反映出英國學生對運動的熱愛。



Queen Ethelburga’s College

QE是另一間「無懼世事變改」的學校。面對著傳統學校多方的批評也絕不掩飾自己有50%國際生的事實,甚至引以為傲。皆因QE也有著頂尖學校的潛質、野心和設施。



雖然QE愈來愈國際化的情況為不少傳統學校詬病,學校豪華的設備卻受不少家長學生青睞(尤其正就讀傳統學校的同學們)。酒店級宿舍房間、小型賽車、BMX單車場,這些設備全都令學生們雙眼發光。



而學校分為College 和Faculty兩部分。Faculty提供不同類型的BTEC課程,學生能參與多元化的學科學習。而Faculty的成績近年亦逐漸追近名列前茅的College。



能令神奇四校在云云學府中突出重圍的,可能是他們的共通點:對國際學生家庭的關顧。以QE為例,學校開設了網上平台供家長與學生保持聯絡,並提供多種語言選擇,包括中文。家長即使不在學生身邊,仍能清楚了解學生的學習進度和生活,展現出學校對國際生的關懷和重視。



我們討論了四所以反傳統見稱而空前成功的英國寄宿學校。他們未必能給予學生最傳統的「哈利波特式」生活,有人亦質疑國際生眾多令英國留學的意義蕩然無存。儘管如此,我們不能抹殺這些反傳統學校正在改變英國學校界氣象的事實。他們的成功亦印證,學生和家長們都需要在學校界呼吸新鮮空氣。



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Samuel Chan是英識教育的創辦人

8th March, 2016 (Tuesday)

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=166959&story_id=46242051&d_str=20160308 

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