Name: Seav Chhuon Ing

Year Group: 13

House: The Orchard

When did you join Bethany?

I came to Bethany in Year 9; before that I was at school in Cambodia.

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

My brothers came to school in UK but went to a different school that had off-site boarding accommodation. My parents felt that a more campus-based school, with all the facilities together in one place, would offer a much better experience. We looked at a number of schools but I was looking for a senior school that was co-education, and had everything on one site which would allow me to focus on my studies.

What A Levels are you studying?

Business, Mathematics, Physics (in Year 12 I also studied AS Level Further Maths)

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

I played rugby last term and was in the unbeaten First XV team. We were recently recognised at the School’s annual Senior Sports Awards for our achievement.

Now that the season has finished, I tend to make use of the on-site fitness suite, which is just one element of the excellent sports facilities here at Bethany.

What do you enjoy about boarding?

I really enjoy the outings, I know that we have a paintball one coming up which I am really looking forward to! I also like the sense of community; in the evenings we can gather in the common room, and everyone gets on really well and supports each other. We also have the facilities to be able to cook meals for ourselves, I quite enjoy cooking steak for my friends!

What is your ambition after leaving Bethany?

I am going to study real estate and urban planning at University. I am planning to go to UCL, after which I hope to go back to Cambodia and continue my career there.

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

It worked well for me to come to Bethany in Year 9 as it meant I could really get to know the staff and the academic subjects, and think about the areas I wanted to focus on at GCSE and A Level. A place like Bethany can help you really focus. If you come before Sixth Form you get to know the teachers better, and I have found that it’s that closer connection which can help you excel.

Coming to a different country does involve adjusting to a different lifestyle, eating different food, etc. However, this is is an opportunity, as it helps you become more adaptable. It teaches you how to get along with people from different countries.

What do you think is the best thing about the Sixth Form at Bethany?

We have closer relationships with the teaching staff, and we are trusted more and have more responsibility, as prefects, for example. I’ve found that the closer relationships with staff, including House Staff, are really helpful as we think about making the step into higher education, and the working world.

Two teachers that have been a particular influence are Mr Manktelow (Mathematics) and Mr Vickerman (Chemistry). I’ve found that they will always take the time to talk and are always there to listen and support us.

Mr Adam Manktelow, Teacher of Mathematics: Seav Chhuon is a fantastically determined individual. He is successful because of his tenacity; he will listen intently and practise a skill until he has it mastered. He is a pleasure to be around and has flourished in the Bethany School environment.