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Tuesday 09-May-2017
【The Standard:Boarding Insider】Prepping it up

We at Britannia StudyLink have long held the view that Hong Kong parents should not view preparatory schools as solely a golden ticket to success in Common Entrance Examinations.

Prep schools also pave the way for a lifetime of discovery as well as valuable social, linguistic and cultural development.

Data from the Independent Schools Council in recent years has proved that Hong Kong families are lagging behind when it comes to sending their children to British prep schools.

Indeed, it has been shown that only 1.3 percent of the total number of Hong Kong pupils in the UK attend prep schools.

Britannia is seeking to reverse this trend and the education group's cooperation with UK prep schools is thriving. One prep/pre-prep school due to visit Hong Kong on May 19 is the co-educational Windlesham House, which is located in the glorious South Downs National Park in West Sussex.

Established in 1837, Windlesham was originally the first boys' prep school in the UK.

In 1967, it also became the first IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) school. This association has around 650 of the world's leading prep schools in its membership.

Windlesham has 360 pupils on its roll (around 310 pupils in the 7-13 prep school and roughly 50 pupils in the 4-7 pre-prep section).

This is an excellent number and the vibrant and close-knit culture at the school is patently evident.

Windlesham is undoubtedly top class in terms of academics and helping pupils enter prestigious secondary schools, yet the school has a great deal in its locker to ensure that children have fun whilst learning and during recreation.

Children become fully engaged in sports, music, classroom activities and performing arts in the impressive Malden Family Theatre. An extensive selection of more than 60 extracurricular activities also keeps children on their toes, whilst they also revel in taking time out to play in the fields and trees in the school grounds.

Satisfaction and collaboration is the name of the game at Windlesham. The many tournaments on offer serve to desensitize children to losing and this can only serve to stand them in good stead at secondary school and later in life.

That said, children are motivated to work harder so that losing does not repeat itself.

In terms of leavers' destinations, Charterhouse, Eton, Harrow, Sevenoaks and Winchester are among the schools which pupils move on to.


Mabel Chan is a principal consultant at Britannia StudyLink.

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Samuel Chan, the winner of Alumni Awards 2017, is the founder of Britannia. He had studied in the UK since the age of 9 for 15 years and achieved his master degree in International Political Economy at University of Warwick. Now he shares his experiences and professional advice in education columns in Hong Kong’s major newspapers.


Mabel Chan is the Principal Consultant of Britannia. Having studied in both the UK and the US, she is an expert in school matching for overseas education. She writes education columns for Sing Tao Daily and The Standard, and answers questions arising from parents and students patiently.


MB Cheung, our senior consultant, has been writing education columns for major local newspapers for more than 25 years. With his experience and unique insights, he shares a variety of tips and advice on overseas education for the readers (and DSE students)

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