Name: Lisa Huang (点击阅读中文)

House: The Orchard

When did you join Bethany?

I joined the School in September 2016, for the Sixth Form. Prior to that I was at another school in the UK for a couple of years.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

My parents and I felt that, compared to a Chinese education, a UK education would help me become more independent. I chose to come to school in the UK above other English-speaking countries because of the reputation of the education system here.

I chose Bethany because I had the opportunity to speak with the Headmaster, Mr Healy, and he was very friendly and I felt that Bethany would be the right school for me; the pupils I met were very nice and polite. I also liked the fact that the School offers Mandarin. Bethany was also a good choice for my family because it is close to Europe – I have family connections in Italy.

What A Levels did you study?

Physics, Maths and Business

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

The dress code: we could dress smartly so it was good practice for when we got a job and it helped develop the right attitude towards our work.

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

I loved the sports facilities at School, the gym and swimming pool were excellent.

What did you enjoy about boarding?

One of the best things was that we can get up later! On a more serious note, we always had access to help from teaching staff if we had questions. Also, as pupils we could support each other and got to know about different cultures.

The Sixth Form boarding house, The Orchard, was also an excellent place to live, because of the facilities, including en-suite rooms.

What are you doing now you have left Bethany?

I am at Queen Mary, University of London, studying Business Management. After that, I want to set up my own business in one of the major cities in China, perhaps Guangzhou or Shenzhen.

What would you say to a pupil from China thinking of coming to Bethany?

The lessons are different – during the day in China we would have eight lessons and very short breaks. Here, we have smaller numbers of lessons and teachers are much more accommodating with questions, etc. The teachers treat everyone fairly and are really supportive.

I would advise that they take the opportunity to practice their English. I now have an IELTS score of 7 because I have worked hard to develop my language skills. I’ve definitely become more sociable at Bethany, and I help pupils learning Mandarin with their pronunciation, which is fun.

I like the western food. Pupils coming to Bethany from outside the UK should definitely try a Sunday Roast and apple crumble!

Mr Simon Duff, Head of Business & Economics: “Lisa is a brilliant student who is always smiling and always positive.  Although writing in her second language at times has been a challenge, for her she has never been scared to ask for help and attend drop-in sessions to practice extra essays. Lisa is on course for a top grade in A Level Business.”

Success comes from guidance from supportive staff