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英國中學的教學風格向來傾向全人教育,不過,正如香港有學生不愛傳統名校,英國自然也有人一心考好A-Level,專注「求分數」的預科書院便是因此衍生。除了名聲最響的五大預科書院(OIC、CSFC、QE、Ruthin、Concord),其實還有一...

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【Oh!爸媽】BNO移民家庭不只鍾情大城市 生活質素、學制銜接成優先考慮

自從英國政府開放BNO簽證申請,我和英識教育同事不斷收到家長查詢升學和移民資訊。這些家長未必首選大城市,而是傾向在校網、居住環境好的地方「落腳」,畢竟無論移民的原因是甚麼,父母必然希望子女在彼邦得到最好的教育。今次為大家簡介幾個頗受BNO移民家庭歡迎的城市和學校,當中更有學校為香港學生提供銜接計劃,相信可以減輕不少轉學的壓力和擔憂。

首先介紹的小鎮Ipswich,位處英格蘭東部沙福郡(Suffolk),擁有漂亮海岸線和自然環境,更被選為英國最宜居地點之一。而沙福郡的市中心罪案率偏高,其實不太受港人喜愛,但周邊的bury st edmunds、stowmarket等,則非常良好,我並不意外Ipswich受到注重生活質素的香港家庭歡迎。

如果想就近上學,大多會考慮鎮內的傳統名校Ipswich School。這所私立男女校創校超過500年,位於鎮中心的校園仍然保留維多利亞時代的建築風格。Ipswich包攬了鎮內大部份優秀的本地學生,過往公開試成績不錯,在私立學校監察機構評核中,更是所有範疇都獲得最高級的「優良」。簡而言之,不論居住抑或讀書都是不錯選擇。

同樣位於英格蘭東部的Norwich也受香港家庭歡迎,原因不難猜到:治安好、就業情況好,居民快樂指數高,往返倫敦亦只需要兩小時。移居到Norwich的家庭,我會推薦位處市中心的全日制私立精英學校Norwich School。這所典型的Cathedral School雖然相對低調,但在英國學校排行榜中,一直穩佔所處的諾福克郡(Norfolk)以及沙福郡的榜首,2020年A-Level各學科獲得A*及A級的比例超過六成半,過往畢業生大多升讀牛津、劍橋,以及羅素集團大學等。

除了居住環境、公開試往績之外,是否容易適應及如何銜接英國學制,也是不少香港家庭的考慮。位於英國北部Cumbria的老牌私立名校St Bees School,正是因此跑出。

St Bees考慮到香港學生的需要,推出Pre A-Level的一年制IGCSE課程,當父母在二、三月開始申請BNO簽證,子女就可以準備同年九月入學。課程對習慣填鴨式教育的香港學生來說不會太難,一年後儲齊10科IGCSE,便能「無痛」銜接A-Level。假如成績好,更有機會考入免學費、但水準高的文法學校(Grammar School)。值得一提的是,St Bees另外提供免費EAL補習課程,幫助學生提高英語水平,為升學鋪路。

最後再推介一間位於West Midlands的私立男女校Wolverhampton Grammar School。Wolverhampton在1512年創校,是英國歷史最悠久的私立男女日校之一,英倫銀行前行長金默文(Mervyn King)也是校友。對移民家庭而言,地理位置固然是其中一個優勢,只需要一小時火車車程便能到達伯明瀚市中心。對學生來說,最大考慮則是升學前景。Wolverhampton實行小班教學,學科內容涵蓋科學、藝術、人文科學,以至不同語言,十分多元化,過往畢業生亦有不少升讀牛劍等頂尖學府。

而我最欣賞的一點,是Wolverhampton規定教師接受讀寫障礙等的教學訓練,照顧不同方面有特殊學習需要的SEN學生,足見校方的用心。

【Oh!爸媽】轉危為機 靠「靚package」突圍爭入英國大學

我在稍早的文章提到,英國高考評分通脹帶來連鎖效應,不少英國大學不再依賴公開試表現收生,而是開始設立入學試,揀選真正頂尖或有潛質的學生,同時,熱門大學和學系發出的有條件取錄(conditional offer)名額亦變少。香港學生在新趨勢下或許稍為輸蝕,但升學從來都是一場馬拉松,講究策略、計劃和長久努力,若整體package亮眼,絕對能夠追回與本地學生的距離,轉危為機。

早前我與熟悉升學趨勢、英國私立預科學院Oxford International College首席教育總監Yasmin Sarwar交流,整理出一些策略,當中最重要的一點,是時刻留意英國政策的轉變,以及這些政策如何影響當地升學環境,大學自設入學試和減少有條件取錄名額都是好例子,切忌等到中六才如夢初醒。即使仍然在港讀書,若能盡早因應升學需要做準備,當然比臨急「變陣」的競爭者更有優勢。

準備工夫包括甚麼?其一,做好資料搜集,了解各大學的特點和學系前景,選擇自己最感興趣的學系,然後以此為目標開始計劃,例如參與課外活動或報讀課程,將來報考大學時,便能藉此證明自己的熱誠。這裡提到的課外活動,並非學鋼琴、畫畫這類興趣,而是要與學系相關。當然,亦要認真思考自己心儀這個學系的原因,才更有說服力。

其二,時刻記住學業成績並非頂尖大學收生時的唯一考慮,除了能證明熱誠的活動,亦建議多閱讀不同類型的書,以及訓練邏輯思維,不論報讀哪間大學都用得着。

可能你會問:「Samuel,我每日單是做功課、温習已經夠忙,如何再找時間看書?」我絕對理解香港學生學習壓力大,不過,閱讀的益處遠遠不止於考大學,更是自我增值,假如能夠調節心態,將它視作放鬆身心,而不是純粹為了升學而強逼自己看書,或許是個不錯的方法。

其他策略例如盡早準備入學考試、面試等,相信大家已經聽過不少,我便不再重覆。最後提醒大家,即使計劃得多麼完美,也未必能事事如意,除了管理自己的期望,我亦會建議準備「Plan B」,隨時變通,例如外國一直流行的gap year。過往有些同學派位結果不理想,會選擇休學一年,沉澱心情之餘,也體驗學習以外的新鮮事,翌年帶着這些經歷,再報讀心儀學系,說不定有意外驚喜。

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Britannia was established in 2013 to provide overseas study consulting services for students and parents who aspire to study abroad in the UK. It has been in business for more than seven years. We have helped thousands of Hong Kong students, and every one in three Hong Kong students has chosen us, which shows our leadership position in terms of UK study agents.

In 2014, we took the lead in introducing the Unified Entrance Examination for British Private Schools (UKiset) to Hong Kong, making us the first official UKiset examination centre responsible for Hong Kong and UK studies, leading the UK study centre market.

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