08 February 2012, WednesdayCaitriona Redding, Head of International Admissions, Oundle School, was recently in India to announce the launch of India Consortium to encourage Indian students to study in UK schools. SANGEETA YADAV talks to her
- Tell us about India consortium?
Nine leading UK independent boarding schools have come together and formed an Indian Consortium which aims to provide an opportunity to Indian students to pursue their secondary level of education in UK. We are meeting Indian students, school principals and parents to convince them to send their children to British boarding schools.
Indian parents are ambitious about their children and are concentrating on sending them for foreign education at under graduation level. They can think a little earlier and send their children to pursue their 10+2 education from the elite boarding schools in England. Through this their children will have much better chances of going to top US or UK universities. Moreover, they will be able to make a right choice of studying at their choice of institute and get to know and gel around well with the whole ambience and people.
- How many schools are on this exchange programme?
Besides Oundle School there are Headington School, Abbots Bromley, Moreton Hall, Loughborough Grammar School, Ellesmere College, Merchiston Castle School and Tettenhall College.
- Tell us about your school?
Oundle School has 450 years of experience in teaching. It is a traditional boarding school. UK schools offer the best solution because they look after a child’s cultural, social and physical development.
- What’s the difference between the Indian and British education system?
British education system is similar to Indian system. IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) are the main exams taken by the UK students to complete first stage of secondary or high school education. After clearing IGCSE which is 10th standard of education, students can opt for A level (equivalent to 11th and 12th standard of education) or International Baccalaureate (IB) level of education. For A level, you choose four subjects of your combination and require a lot of focus. The advantage of A level is that you can get a specialisation in your subjects and gain entry to a top UK university. But you need good grades for the same. Those who are not sure about what subject to study, they can opt for IB and go in for general subjects. There is no percentage required to opt for subject or a stream.
- What is the fees for the exchange programme?
Fees per payment period — September to December, January to March and April to July is around £9,530 inclusive of tuition fee, books, boarding, and food. We do not charge for helping with visas.
- What is the selection criteria?
The students have to clear an entrance exam and interview. We are looking for someone who has a good academic record and a strong character.
- When is the entrance exam?
Sixth Form (Indian Standard 11, 12) exams are set for November. The Third form exams (Standard 8th) are held in January. The students can use that as a reference while preparing themselves. The interview is largely an informal chat. One can visit the website http://www.bbsadvisors.org