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Friday 12-Jan-2018
【Oh!爸媽】留學英國私校是首選

「孟母三遷」的故事聽起來很中國虎媽,在香港這現象卻是屢見不怪,有港爸港媽為仔女擠入九龍塘或跑馬地名校網而大灑金錢買屋租屋借屋,大家都時有耳聞。卻原來,這戲碼在英國也長期上演。

 

很多英國家長為了子女可以入到頂尖的政府學校,都甘願冒不見幾籮谷之險,舉家搬到鄰近學校地區,以增加取錄機會。正因如此,這些名官立學校附近的樓價近年都大幅上升。根據統計,英國頭三十間官立學校郵政編碼區內的物業,比起同郡其他地方的價格貴四萬多英鎊,即有一成二的差異,個別校網的差距甚至達百分之十五。難怪教育部長Justine Greening早前便公開表示憂慮,擔心這種物業市場上的激烈競爭,會意味經濟環境較差的家庭可能會被剝削接受優秀教育的機會。

 

部分香港家長送女留學英國時,由於手持英國護照,也會鎖定目標要入官立學校,而且更指明要一間好的官立寄宿學校。為此他們千里迢迢遠托英國親朋戚友在所不計,可惜很多最終亦未能如願。

 

需知在英國,官立學校搶手,優異的官立學校更是一位難求,就算是本地人也要使出渾身解數如補習或搬家來增加勝算。入官校難,入官立寄宿學校就更加難上加難,其難度有數得計:全英格蘭地區政府開辦的寄宿學校只有四十間,威爾斯只有一間。英格蘭的四十間之中,男校佔十間,其餘都是男女校。競爭大選擇少,難關一重接一重。

 

對於來自香港的同學仔,最大的難關還在於大部分這些官立學校仍然未接受海外生申請入讀,目前肯為國際學生中門大開的政府學校寥寥可數。此外,不少家長也發現官立學校的資訊相對欠透明度,而且學校的質素良莠不齊,尤其對於要隔山揀校的家長,很容易墮入千揀萬揀卻執到個籮底橙的陷阱。

 

出於以上這些原因,我一般都會忠告香港家長,如果有能力,還是將私立學校放在首選位置吧!全英國共有三萬間私立學校,大多數的資訊公開,要做資料搜集相對容易,家長選擇起來更有把握,是比較理智的選擇。香港爸媽不少對「英國私校校長大會(HMC)」都不會陌生,這個私立學校組織,旗下共有二百八十五間學校,學生達二萬多名,規模的增長在過去十年超逾兩成,足見這些學校愈來愈受歡迎。原因之一,當然與學術成績優異不無關係。HMC的學生每年公開試的表現都非常超卓,入讀名牌大學的學生數目相當高。數字顯示,全英頂尖十大大學中,每四名學生中便有一個來自HMC的畢業生,同學的升學出路之佳,有目共睹。

 

無可否認,HMC已經成為教育質素有保證的代名詞。HMC學校都實行小班教育,平均一個老師只需要照顧九個同學,比起官立學校一個老師管教二十二個學生的數字,差距實在很大。此外,HMC非常注重學生的生活平衡,致力促進同學仔的心理生理健康,因此他們的學生用在參與不同運動和活動的時間,足足比官立學校學生多一倍。

 

大會旗下學校選擇多,也是另一吸引處。二百八十五間學校中有近八成學校是男女校,13%是男校,8%是女校,六成學校提供不同形式的寄宿服務。這些學校都接收國際學生,現在整體便有一萬四千名非英國學生,可見HMC金漆招牌已經馳名海外,令世界各地家長對這些私立學校都青眼有加。

 

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原文:http://www.ohpama.com/257562/overseas/samuel-chan-%E7%95%99%E5%AD%B8%E8%8B%B1%E5%9C%8B%E7%A7%81%E6%A0%A1%E6%98%AF%E9%A6%96%E9%81%B8/

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