BESSA In-session: Pastoral care in boarding schools

Date Posted: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

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.

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Questions to Ask when I go to the school show BESSA

Date Posted: Friday, October 19th, 2018

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.

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Where exactly is the school located? Is it in an urban or rural

BESSA In Session: The Admissions Process

Date Posted: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

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.

Study skills – a key element to a complete education

Date Posted: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The way your child studies can have a huge impact on their motivation to learn and ultimately on their educational outcomes and academic success.  Not only are these skills a critical ingredient for achieving higher exam grades, they are tools acquired for life-long

BESSA Ambassador: How my boarding school moulded me

Date Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2018

BESSA Ambassador, Tunku Abang Faisal Amir (better known as Mac Bakar amongst friends), gives us this frank and open account of how experiences in his teenage years at top British boarding school, Harrow, moulded him into who he is today in Malaysia.

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The EPQ: Equipping students to pursue a passion

Date Posted: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The Extended Project Qualification is an independent research project offered to Sixth Form students by many British schools.  Sam Lenton, EPQ Coordinator at St Swithun’s School, tells us why it sits so well alongside the academic A Level curriculum.


The Importance of Good Guardianship

Date Posted: Monday, October 8th, 2018

When pupils living overseas apply to a boarding school in the UK, they will be asked to nominate a guardian who resides in the UK and is over 25 years old. This is not only good practice but of high importance.  Some families

BESSA Ambassador: A letter to my 17-year-old self

Date Posted: Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Dear Ruben,

I am sitting here at my desk in a comfortably cool air-conditioned office, papers for reading piled high and an agenda full of meetings.  Looking through the large floor-to-ceiling window ahead, I can see the harbour filled with

Character Education is what world leaders need today

Date Posted: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

In this article, Dr Eve Poole, Chairman of the Board of Governors at Gordonstoun, explains why the school chose to participate in research about the value of “character education” in later life.  Gordonstoun’s curriculum combines academic rigour with a wide range of