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Thursday 15-Sep-2016
【SCMP Education Post:Boarding Insider】北方「抵讀」之選-Bootham School

上回提及到倫敦近郊名校Caterham School,今回介紹一下北方Yorkshire約克名校Bootham School。如果家長有其他原因,仍然堅持不想選擇近倫敦的學校,York附近也有不少好學校選擇,Bootham就是其中之一。

Bootham School被英國Telegraph選為全英十大最「抵讀」的寄宿學校之一,學費為28,115鎊,學費不高之餘又提供高質素教育,成為家長近年來的北方學校焦點之一。

曾有一位「做足功課」的家長來問我:「Samuel,Bootham上年A-Level A*至A只有四成,GCSE A*至A只有六成,怎看都不算名校之列,為何我的朋友說這學校很好呢?」重點就在於,英國學校主張的「高質素教育」並非只依據成績去決定,更重要的是學生有否在學習過程中受到啟發?個人專長是否有足夠發展空間?而Bootham School則在這幾點之中都做得甚佳,能在多方面取得平衡。


Twitter@Mike Shaw, Bio/astronomy/chemistry teacher at Bootham School, York

對於成績,Bootham相信學生的好奇心、自信和正確價值觀是提升成績的背後動力,故此學校主張以學生為本,老師以輔助性質協助學生學習,並共同營造愉快和最適合的學習環境,盡可能將學生潛能充份發揮。而亦因如此,教師和學生關係親密,互相交流切磋,學生大多主動學習,自然也令成績有所提升,是相輔相乘的雙贏局面。

 

運動方面,Bootham School也絕不遜色。學校於近年培育出國際級劍擊運動員和奧運泳手、單車手,學校在曲棍球、板球及足球方面都有傑出成就,在區內頗有名氣。運動設施亦十分齊全,有大型體育館、室內泳池等供學生使用。爸媽若想孩子在運動方面有所發展,Bootham也是很好的選擇。


Twitter@Bootham School PE

而以上種種,都不及我最欣賞Bootham前校長Jonathan Taylor的教學原則。他認為「學生是最令Bootham驕傲的元素,他們的友善、自律、自信能彰顯出其潛能,並帶動興趣的發展。Bootham學生是有責任感而且反應聰敏的一群,有著學校教職員和專業同事的協助,他們定能有出色的發展。」Mr. Taylor從不居功,一心只希望學生在Bootham盡展潛能,提升自我迎接社會,並做一個對社區負責任,善良的人。

 

原文摘錄自《SCMP Education Post》:http://www.educationpost.com.hk/zh-hk/resources/education/160915-overseas-education-uk-bootham-school

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