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Tuesday 23-May-2017
【Oh!爸媽】純樸清新的桃花源 - Westonbirt School

平時習慣生活急速的香港學生,要適應英國鄉郊校園生活確實需要不少時間。有時英識學生跟我講起鄉郊學校各種cultural shock,也會讓我想起剛入讀Gresham’s時的掙扎。但是以個人經驗之談,其實鄉郊學校亦有它們過人之處和獨特魅力,對個人發展和成長很有幫助,Westonbirt School就是其中之一。


女校Westonbirt位於英國西南部Costwold小鎮Tetbury,環境古樸典雅,距離London約兩小時車程。Tetbury與皇室甚有淵源,尤其Prince Charles對這小鎮情有獨鍾,特地在此建造私人花園Highgrove Garden。Tetbury景色引人入勝,像桃花源般讓人忘憂,已故戴安娜王妃亦曾帶Prince William和Prince Harry到Tetbury度假。

Westonbirt School成立於1927年,與Stowe School、Harrogate Ladies’ College等學校同屬Martyrs’ Memorial Trust。學校建築非常典雅,附設優美的園林,佔地達210英畝。校園建築還保留了當年的煤氣供電和中央暖氣系統。走在校園裏,你會發現每條走廊、每個課室的設計非常精緻和講究。




校長Natasha Dangerfield上任快四年。有見於學校的設施急需大「upgrade」來緊貼時代步伐,Natasha花了不少心血為Westonbirt進行革新。例如她主動拉近學校與家長的距離,又重新裝修多間學生宿舍,斥資購入平板電腦及優化學校wifi系統,令Westonbirt走向現代化之餘亦不失典雅的一面。校長喜觀親力親為,除了處理各種決策工作還兼任學校lacrosse校隊教練,充滿教學熱誠。


Westonbirt School不像一般頂尖學校追求成績,反而特別重視學生的個人發現。只有約220名學生,每班不多於15名學生。若學生遇上任何問題,老師亦能及時進行教學調整。正因學校教師有足夠資源配合小班教學,Westonbirt在學生增值方面達全英頭5%,普遍學生公開考試成績明顯較入學時的成績進步,GCSE成績比預測成績高出一個等級。另外,2016年Wesonbirt A Level學生在語文和地理方面尤其出色,法文、西班牙文、地理及音樂考獲A*-A的學生達百分之一百。




除了寄宿學校常見的課外活動,各年級學生須參加Westonbirt獨有的「skills for life」課程,旨在改善學生溝通能力和學習技能等。課程範圍廣泛,包括個人理財、各行各業女性主講的職業導向講座及青年企業計劃(Young Enterprise)等等。Sixth Form學生亦可上駕駛課,另外學生亦有機會前往其他國家參觀國會或聯合國等等。


或許對香港大部分女生來說,Westonbirt School沒有大城市便捷和精采。但這間學校擁有自然純樸的魅力和充滿熱誠的教師團隊,且大力鼓勵學生學習生活技能而非一味催谷成績。要說他們是學界中的桃花源也不失為過。


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