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UK preparatory schools: what you need to know!

By ITS Education Asia

As the name suggest, the full purpose of prep schools is to prepare students for entry to private secondary schools in the UK.  Senior students start at age 11 or 13 and go through to age 18. Common entry points to senior school are usually at 11 + (Year 7), 13+(Year 9) or 16+ (Year 12). Preparatory schools are independent and vary hugely. They differ in their ethos, admission process, curriculum, and admissions process. 

Preparatory schools are still very much a top choice over state schools due to the exceptional educational programmes and the overall difference they make to a child’s education and future. The schools typically offer a more rounded education, with a strong emphasis on art, drama, music, sports, debating and outdoor programmes etc.

Preparatory schools offer small class sizes and provide a high level of pastoral care, providing students with ample opportunities to develop, academically, socially, and culturally. Academically, attending an independent school in England is associated with the equivalent of two additional years of schooling by the age of 16, according to ISC figures.

There are over 500 different British independent schools in the UK, and the majority are well-established and well-branded.

How can you prepare your child to enter a prep school from Hong Kong?

The application process covers a number of steps, ideally taken over a period of two or more years, although the timescale for registration and entrance tests is different for many schools. It is never too early to start. There is high competition for places, and the more popular schools tend to be full a year in advance. Students must take the school’s formal assessment in mathematics, English and reading and possibly the CAT 4 test.

On facilitating parents to find out the best fit UK boarding school, Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong, provides thorough guidance from school selection to academic planning.


Experience Hong Kong’s Premier Prep School for British Education!

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong offers a British Prep School education for (UK) Year 1 to Year 8 with a high-quality holistic education based on the British National Curriculum of England and Wales, complemented by its outstanding Chinese curriculum and award winning extra-curricular activities (ECA) programme every day after school.

The school’s proven teaching methods enable each child to achieve their academic potential via an immersive learning environment that is dedicated to providing the best of East and West – offering a rigorous Chinese language programme balanced with a global perspective.

In addition, the school’s Secondary School Guidance Programme launched earlier this year and has successfully helped students receive offers and prepare transition to some of the top boarding schools in the UK. This year, two Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong students received confirmed offers of places to Wycombe Abbey School in the UK and have begun their studies at WAUK. In addition, students at the school have also received offers of places to schools such as Rugby School, Cheltenham Ladies College and City of London School for Girls. The Secondary School Guidance Programme is designed to support the opening of Year 7 & 8 at WASHK this August, as well as the school’s older year groups for their transition to the best secondary and boarding schools in the UK, Hong Kong, and around the world.

The school also launched its Intensive English (IE) Programme. The IE Programme is a supportive, stimulating programme of intensive English designed to allow bright and capable pupils, with minimal English, to join Wycombe Abbey Hong Kong and acquire sufficient English to join mainstream classes approximately 6 months after joining the school. 

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong is currently accepting Year 1 – Year 8 applications for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. Immediate entry is available for 2021-2022 Academic Year. Limited spaces available.

To Apply or Book a School Tour, please visit https://wycombeabbey.openapply.com/

Website: www.was.edu.hk




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