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Seminar Programme

The programme of seminars is designed to help your child make the best possible transfer into the UK system.

Friday Seminars


12:30 Should I stay or should I go?

Dubai or boarding in the UK? We will discuss the pros and cons and the different factors pertinent in making the best decision for your child.

  • David Cook, Headmaster, Repton Dubai 
  • Matthew Farthing, Principal, Nord Anglia Dubai
  • Andrew Hunter, Headmaster, Merchiston Castle School, UK

13:15: IB or A-Level - does it really make a difference?

A key decision for parents of students heading into the sixth form is which route their child should take. But does it really make a difference which one your child decides to take?

  • Giles Vosper-Brown, Registrar, Malvern College UK

14:00 When is the right time to move?

Your child can start their boarding adventure at a range of ages. We’ll talk you through the different considerations pertinent at each potential entry point.

  • James Hanson, Headmaster, Aldro

14:45 UKiset - the UK independent schools' entry test

The UK Independent Schools’ Entry Test (UKiset) is changing the way international students apply to British schools. We discuss everything you need to know about it.

  • Fiona McKenzie, Director, Gabbitas

15:30 Where is the value in league tables?

What is the real value of league table rankings? What impact does attending a highly ranked school have on your child's chances at future success? Eton, St Paul's and Wellington College have decided not to submit exam results for national rankings, so are league tables on the way out?

  • Niall Hamilton, Senior Admissions Tutor, Marlborough College, UK

Saturday Seminars


12:30 Show I stay or should I go?

Dubai or boarding in the UK? We will discuss the pros and cons and the different factors pertinent in making the best decision for your child.

  • Luke Osborne, Head of Secondary, Swiss International Scientific School Dubai
  • Caitriona Redding, Head of International Admissions, Oundle, UK.

13:15 How do I choose the right school for my child?

Every child is different so there's no one-size fits all answer when it comes to selecting the right school. However, choosing a school doesn't need to be a headache and this talk will help steer you on how to make the right decision.

  • Rachel Scannell, Assistant Head, Bromsgrove School

14:00: Preparing your child for entrance exams

Understanding how to navigate the UK school entry systems is a minefield for many. This talk will provide you with the complete picture on how to navigate the world's most competitive and complicated system.

  • Edrys Barkham, Director of Admissions, Bryanston School.

14:45 Single sex vs co-educational

The relative merits of co-ed and single sex schools is one of the most debated subjects in education. Our experts will guide you through the key issues to help you decide what's best for your child.

  • Julie Dillon, Admissions Manager, St Mary’s Calne, UK
  • Giles Bell, Admissions Tutor, Shrewsbury, UK

15:30. Improve your US/UK university strategy

When should you start to plan for your son or daughter’s application to a UK university and what matters most? Our experts address these questions as well as discussing what makes an outstanding personal statement, the new frontier of admissions testing and how to prepare for interview.

  • James Higgins, Head of Studies, Bonas MacFarlane UK