Name: Harry Yoo

House: The Orchard

When did you join Bethany?

I joined Bethany for Sixth Form in September 2016, from another school in the UK. Before that I was at school in Korea.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

My parents and I saw it as a good opportunity to have a different educational and cultural experience. There are big differences between the education systems in the UK and Korea, and we felt that a UK education would be a good fit for me.

What A Levels did you study?

Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics

Were you involved in any sports teams or music activities outside of lessons?

I enjoyed playing badminton and listening to music.

What did you enjoy most about boarding?

For my subjects, the teachers were also the pastoral staff in my Boarding House which was really helpful as if there was anything I needed help with there was someone I could talk it through with in person. If you board, you have a lot of people around you speaking English, and that really helps develop your English language skills.

What did you think was the best thing about the Sixth Form at Bethany?

We got a separate lunch queue! Seriously though, one of the best things was that you could choose to focus on subjects you really enjoyed and were good at. And we didn’t wear school uniform, unlike the younger year groups; although we needed to dress smartly you could wear something that reflects your personality.

What are you doing now you have left Bethany?

I am at university and studying Maths and Computer Science.

What advice would you give a pupil from Korea thinking of coming to Bethany?

In Korea I had a lot of school work and extra tutoring, whereas in the UK you need to develop independence in your learning and be able to motivate yourself to study. The advantage of a UK education – and particularly at Bethany – is that there are so many things to do in school and you can choose what you enjoy and what you are good at; once you leave school there are so many gap year and university opportunities. Studying in the UK gives you so many more options.

Studying at school in the UK means more informal pupil/teacher interactions than I was used to at home, and much smaller classes which make sure teachers can check everyone has understood the subject matter – in my Chemistry class there are just six pupils for example.

Exam styles are also very different – instead of multiple choice questions that I was used to at home, there are more written exams here, so that was something to get used to. I should also mention the weather – although I would say that the UK doesn’t get extremes of temperature like we do at home. Earlier this year we had a lot of snow, which was the first time I had experienced it since I arrived in the UK, and that was great fun!

Mr Simon Duff, Head of Business & Economics: “Harry is an excellent student who is very academically capable and driven. He is on course for A* grades and is applying to Russell Group universities; his teachers have pushed him hard to fulfil his potential”.