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Friday 23-Dec-2016
【Oh爸媽:寄宿學校攻略】你必須知道的另類League Table

傳統League Table其中一個大問題,就是當中的讀數太單向太表面,不夠micro。然而,這些League Table的最大賣點也是因為夠哂快餐,不必用腦去思考即可直接吸收解讀,是最直線的選校指標。

簡單的去理解排行榜,就是每年公開考試,包括GCSE、A-Level後,根據不同學校學生的成績例如A*-A百分比,由高至低的排列出來。這種排行榜只有一種閱讀方法:哪間學校公開試成績好。

然而,作為家長,更加應該問的是,what’s next?公開考試成績好代表甚麼呢?這個排名對於學生來說有何用?當然啦,一般家長看完排行榜就會直接得出「成績好等於入名牌大學機會高」的結論。這conclusion我只能說是半對半錯。

原因何解?舉個實際例子。黃太的兒子中六時去英國讀書考A-Level,一心想考入當地名牌大學讀醫,並順理成章地於當地就業然後移民。不過心儀的boarding school原來九成同學都會離開英國,再於外地升大學。黃太的兒子雖然考得很好的公開試成績,但由於投考外國大學與英國本地大學的面試標準大有不同,而該校主力幫助學生報海外大學,令黃太的兒子無法在學校得到最好的本地大學升學支援,最終因沒有英國大學的offer要回港讀書。

以上只是數百個case的其中一個。亦是為何你應該look beyond league table的原因。

最近Norwich School校長給我發一個比較「另類」的League Table,是由Times Parent Power Brochure刊登的私校學生畢業去向Table。當中的數據較全面,包括有多少percent學生入讀牛津劍橋、Russell Group大學、海外大學以及能夠升讀大學的整體percentage。

這個排行榜的作用在於,家長能夠撇開純粹以成績為依歸的概念,更加實際地了解甚麼學校最適合子女。例如,Taunton School雖然在一般排名榜上成績不是最亮麗,但大學升學率有九成,且全部學生選擇留英升讀,是英國大學升學不二之選。另外,Norwich School提供日校課程,考入Russell Group大學的百分比超越Harrow,絕對是寄宿校中的明日之星。另外值得留意的是排名34的St George’s School for Girls,學校位於蘇格蘭,沒有A-Level課程,但其畢業生的大學路向能充份反映出學校對學術成績的重視。

亦有些家長希望以英國學校作踏腳石,讓孩子畢業後再赴海外升讀,例如美國、加拿大和澳洲,他們則可以看看Godolphin and Latymer School、Oakham School和King William’s College等。當然啦,以上分析始終還有其他因素影響,例如學生總人數等。也有些學校有為數不少的畢業生能考入Russell Group,卻沒有同學考入牛津險橋的,例如St. Gabriel’s School,也值得家長留意。

這排行榜也反映出一個有趣畫面:大洗牌。不論是傳統排行榜常客Queen Ethelburga’s、Concord College,還是排行榜上無其名卻是傳統名校的Marlborough College和Cheltenham Ladies’ College,抑或是比較少聽到的名字如Oakham School、Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital、Mill Hill School等,也在同一排名榜的五十甲之內。

這足以證明不同排行榜能夠從不同角度反映一間學校的長處短處。同時亦給家長一個很重要的啟示:不要只單單看以成績為基礎的排行榜。先了解自己幫子女安排的升學路目的為何,再參考相關的排行榜。

總括而言,University destination是一個非常值得家長留意的選校標準,因為好多在傳統排名榜上寂寂無名的學校其實都有著「禾稈冚珍珠」的實力。所以,League Tables不是不可看,而是要看得精明。更全面地了解學校的長處短處,是幫孩子鋪好升學路的必勝法門。

文章作者為英識教育Britannia StudyLink 首席顧問Mabel Chan。

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