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We sought Stephanie’s assistance at the final hour when my daughter already had two offers with scholarships into the A level programme in the UK. With 3 weeks to go to the start of the semester, we decided to seek her advice on our path and the choices available and in very quick time she told us there was an opening at one of the most prestigious schools in the UK and she’d work with us in quick and intense order to get my daughter in. It was not easy, and we are thankful and grateful that we got there in time. Without her dedication, guidance, professionalism and expertise, we would not have been able to seize such an opportunity. We are very happy with the outcome and our daughter has settled very well into the School.
Stephanie's help was invaluable in finding a UK school for our son. Finding one's way in the maze of English schools is practically impossible from abroad, as all of them look alike and make the same claims... But more importantly, Stephanie took the time to understand what our family really needed and opened doors to a subset of schools that fit our priorities. She also coached our son to prepare his applications and interviews (not an easy task!), all of this remotely yet very effectively. We found her extremely responsive at all times, despite the time difference between Singapore and Europe. It was a pleasure to work with Stephanie, and we are delighted with the choice of school our son was able to make at the end of the process.
Stephanie has also contributed greatly in preparing our son for his move to the UK. Initially, he was only ready for a 2016 start, but she has been able to give him practical information and increase his confidence so that he is now positive, enthusiastic and mentally prepared to begin this year. All this would not have been possible without Stephanie’s persistent and consultative approach to the matter, for which we are most appreciative.
Stephanie has been an amazing help in our search for my son's boarding school. She is extremely resourceful and I have to commend her for being able to find a match for my son in a very short time. Our search for a boarding school only started in June 2014 when my son was turning 13. Eventually he was offered a place into Year 9 for the term commencing in September 2014. Stephanie never tried to promise more than she could deliver and she made sure we were realistic about our options, especially when we were extremely late for applications. She also gave advice on his transition to boarding school in terms of transportation between school and the airports, guardians, and so on. I have no problem getting advice from Stephanie and she also reassured me on the common problems children face when they are away from home for the first time. She has also been keeping informed of my son's progress in school. I am very happy with the school match and very glad that he is enjoying himself in school, both academically and socially.
Stephanie has been instrumental in our boarding school search. Throughout the process, she has been able to provide timely advice and sound recommendations specific to my son. She invested time and patience to understand his interests, preferences as well as his strengths, in addition to our own requirements as parents. At first, we were working on the assumption of a 2016 admission because we were late initiating the process for 2015. However, Stephanie was quick to act and advise us when we decided to bring forward his admission to September 2015. I believe she played a pivotal role in the resulting offers received by our son and, in particular, the opportunity for him to be admitted to his first choice school.
We are very happy with the outcome for our son and would highly recommend her as a consultant to others.
With well-being and mental health a current hot topic amongst teenagers, BESSA speaks to Harry Hammond about pastoral care in boarding schools. Hammond has been a housemaster for 12 years, teaches chemistry and is currently Senior Master at Radley College.
BESSA 2018 is just around the corner! Here are some questions parents should think about asking when speaking to the school representatives you will meet.
Where exactly is the school located? Is it in an urban or rural
The Director of Admissions at Shrewsbury School, Martin Cropper, answers a series of FAQs about the admissions process at his boarding school, giving us a snapshot of what prospective students can typically expect to encounter when making an application to the UK.
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