Mark Brooks Education, in partnership with Andersons Education, has held its second UK Boarding School Exhibition in Accra.
Following a recent surge of interest in the benefits of a British boarding education among Ghanaian families, the one-day event brought a delegation of a dozen of leading heads and principals to Accra to meet with parents, students, government ministers and business leaders at the UK Boarding School Exhibition.
It was organised by experienced educationalists Mark Brooks Education and Anderson Education, with the full support of the UK’s Department for International Trade and British High Commission in Accra.
Mrs Henrietta Lightwood, Group Director Marketing and Admissions, Cardiff Sixth Form College, speaking to the media at the Accra Exhibition, said the UK Board School Exhibition in Accra provides an excellent opportunity for Ghanaian parents to meet heads of institutions from the UK.
She said the institutions offer General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A Level) and General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE); adding that they also offer one year foundation courses for Ghanaian students who want to go to UK universities.
She reiterated that there were some limited scholarship opportunities for Ghanaian students, who want to study at the UK universities.
Mr Mark Brooks, one of the organisers of the UK Boarding School Exhibition, said: “The United Kingdom and Ghana enjoy shared values, a thriving trading relationship and a belief in the transformation that an outstanding, all-round education with strong pastoral care can make to futures of our young people."
He said many successful academics, artists, commercial leaders, lawyers, medics, musicians, politicians, scientists and sports people from across Ghana owe their resilience, self-confidence and success to the firm foundations they developed at a British boarding school.
Madam Sara Sparling, a Director at Anderson Education, said: “Choosing a school is one of the most important, emotional and financially significant decisions parents will make for their children".
"Time spent in early exploration, research and discussion with individual schools and specialist consultants is not only wise, it will ensure that their sons and daughters will achieve their full potential, in a happy, safe and secure environment."
Madam Anastasia Cotton, Vice Dean of International Admissions at CS Schools, one of the participants, said: “Our Ghanaian and West African boarders have always made a wonderful contribution to life at ACS International School Cobham, and we can't wait to meet new prospective students and their families at UK Boarding Schools Week."
"I am personally looking forward so much to once again immerse into Ghanaian culture,” she added.
The 12 leading boarding schools which participated in the Accra Exhibition include a range of different types of establishments from all-girls’ to co-educational, those that focus mainly on academics to others which have an emphasis on character development, schools which adhere to the traditional British curriculum to others which follow a more internationally based approach.
The participating schools include ACS Cobham, Bishop’s Stortford College, Bromsgrove School, Bruton School for Girls, Cardiff Sixth Form College, and Earlscliffe College.
The rest are Rochester Independent College, St Andrew's College Cambridge, David Game College London, LVS Ascot, MPW Colleges, Westonbirt School, Wycliffe College, Wells Cathedral School, and Royal Russell School.
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