Ex-cricket boss attacks pupils wanting to study in UK – The Royal Gazette
Created: Dec 06, 2018 2021 08:05
As Managing Director of the Bermuda Cricket Board, Neil Speight has often helped young cricketers secure places in the UK’s top boarding schools.
Now, together with his business partner Fiona Beach, he has launched Beach Education, an education consultancy company to help Bermuda-based families find the best UK schooling opportunities for their children.
Ms Beach is a UK based professional admissions expert at independent UK boarding schools.
Mr Speight, President of Beach Education, said: “I have been doing this for quite a while with cricket. When I left cricket I kept doing it – it was something I wanted to do to help people.
He added: “After many years of successfully helping boys and girls achieve their dreams of a UK boarding career, it was natural to partner with Fiona to create Beach Education.
“His exceptional and extensive expertise in the UK boarding school industry and genuine concern for the well-being of students enables us to ensure Bermuda families can get the support they need to make the dream of an education a reality. UK.”
Mr Speight said the company has over 50 combined years of UK educational experience and a proven track record of successfully placing Bermuda-based students into outstanding UK boarding schools.
The tailor-made and personalized service, free for families, guides students to carefully selected schools that will allow every unique child to thrive, the company said.
Students are between 11 and 16 years old, although they are usually 13 years or older.
Mr Speight said he was meeting with parents and students before discussing options with Ms Beach, who lives in Somerset, UK, and making a shortlist of schools to consider.
He knows up to 40 schools in the UK, while Mrs Beach knows about 200.
Fees at a traditional, independent boarding school are typically around $ 50,000, although Mr Speight said there are scholarships and means-tested scholarships available to keep the fees low.
He added that public boarding schools, 40 of which are funded by the UK government, typically charge between $ 15,000 and $ 24,000.
“They’re a lot more affordable and it’s opening doors for a lot more people,” Speight said.
He added: “The UK has an affordable higher education system that offers great value compared to its US counterparts and schooling in the UK can make this transition to university education much easier.
Beach Education will hold its first UK Schools Education Fair on December 13-15 at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute to showcase a diverse and tailor-made offering of handpicked UK boarding schools.
From 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. each day of the fair, Beach Education consultant Graeme McQueen will present a workshop on how to navigate the application process at UK universities, as well as some tips for preparing for boarding life.
Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day, five UK schools will present, three in person and two virtually.
Representatives from the A + World Academy, the Tall Ship School, the Bruton School for Girls and the Oswestry School will attend, while the Wellington and Sexey schools will present virtually.
Interested parties can register for the show by clicking on the organization’s Eventbrite link on their Facebook page @BeachEducationUK or through their website. www.beacheducation.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Beach Education also produces a series of webinars.
Today, a 6 p.m. webinar will feature A + World Academy as well as Mount Kelly School in Tavistock, Devon, which was attended by Bermuda Olympic triathlon gold medalist Flora Duffy from 2004-2008.
The A + World Academy sails to 20 cities in 14 countries on four continents aboard the world’s oldest fully-rigged tall ship, Norwegian Sørlandet.
The ship will call in Bermuda during its voyage, Speight said.
The courses on board are Advanced Placement (AP), suitable for students aged 16-19.
To watch the webinar, see the link on the Beach Education Website or his Facebook page.
Beach Education said it also has specialist consultants in Canadian and American schools, as well as support for applications to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, which handles the application process for UK universities.
Neil Speight, who started Beach Education with his business partner Fiona Beach (Photo provided)
Fiona Beach, UK-based Professional Admissions Expert at Independent Boarding Schools in UK (Photo provided)
The tall ship Sørlandet, headquarters of the A + World Academy (Photo provided)