14th June 2017
Independent schools a target for overseas investors
Burgeoning interest from Asia in the country’s independent schools could see significant numbers end up in the hands of overseas investors, according to expert
Having secured a strong reputation around the world, Britain’s private schools are now catching the eye of foreign investors hoping to offer a UK education to overseas pupils.
And for schools – many of which rely on income from international students – the lure of cash injections to invest in growth is equally as tempting.
Pat Carter, owner of National Schools Transfer, which deals with school sales, said a rise in interest from China had been noticeable over the last decade.
He said: “Of the clients registering with me, there’s certainly a far higher proportion of Chinese buyers than there used to be.
“There is a perception that British education is good value. What they would like, rather than just sending their children over here for education, is to own the school they are sending them to.”
The A Level Debate: Is three the magic number?
Rob Hastings, Director of Sixth Form at Ipswich High School for Girls looks at whether students should try to get as many A Levels as possible, or focus their efforts on getting better grades in fewer subjects?
The uncoupling of AS from A Levels has posed lots of questions for sixth forms across the country, especially when it comes to whether students are best off studying three or four A Levels.
Hasting explains “Ultimately, the vast majority of our students are studying A Levels in order to get a place at the university of their choice. No university makes an offer of admission on the basis of four A Levels; all offers are made on three, including Oxford and Cambridge. Bristol University, for example, only looks at three A-Levels and the eight best GCSE grades as a measure of academic achievement and potential. Therefore, it is advantageous for a student to focus on the three subjects that will maximise their chance of gaining the high grades needed to secure places at top universities.”
In addition to the three A Levels we recommend, our students can take an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), something that more and more universities like to see in an application. An EPQ allows a student to immerse themselves in researching a topic in which they’re really interested over a long period of time, gaining research and analytical skills that are hugely beneficial when they start their university courses.”
See also: A Level Reforms & the Impact on Resits
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