Paul was one of our biggest UK office success stories from last year. His case was handled by our UK Director, Raff Flackett, and our head of mentoring, Elizabeth Jellie, who both worked together to help him gain a place at Eton College for sixth form. This is very rare as Eton only gave two places that year and sixth form entry is not a normal entry point. Nevertheless, Paul managed to gain a place and was awarded a music scholarship to boot!
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1 - You have been offered a sixth form place at Eton College – one of only two non-bursary places offered this year. How does that feel?
I am very grateful for this privilege and opportunity. Eton is a dream school for me and I am happy I will soon be an Etonian.
2 - Why did you first become interested in applying to a British boarding school and what were the most important things you were looking/hoping for in the schools?
I had never thought of applying to a British school until my father met Raff Flackett at BE Education. Raff shared with us the advantages of the British education system and particularly the private schools. I am not very satisfied with the level of education I am getting in France and would like to receive a more intense and well-rounded education in the UK.
3 - It must have been daunting knowing that so many boys apply to Eton for 6th form for such a small number of spaces. The assessment is notoriously gruelling. How did you prepare in the months leading up to the assessment?
Yes, I had no clue how to prepare for the Eton application and interviews. I am very grateful that Raff’s team at BE’s office in the UK helped me to prepare in advance. They gave me a lot of professional advice on preparing for interviews and exams. Also, they helped me prepare my personal statement and guide me through every step of the process. I benefited a lot from the coaching of Elizabeth and Raff.
4 - Eton is renowned for the standard of its music. Did you have an opportunity to showcase your own talents during your application?
I had a great opportunity to show my musical talent in an informal audition arranged by Raff with Eton’s Director of Music, and he was very much impressed with my musical capability. Later on, I won the 2019 Prodigies Award on France TV 2’s Prodiges Classic Music Show. I think Eton also appreciate that.
5 - As part of your assessment for Eton College, you had to spend two nights at the school. How did the experience compare with your expectations?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Eton as if I was already their student. I had the chance to meet future teachers, administrators and students, and participated in as many activities as I could. I remember telling one of the interviewers that “I shall not complain if I am not admitted by Eton; at least I can say I have been an Etonian for two days.”
6 – Finally – are you at all nervous about starting at Eton this September? What are you most excited about and what do you think will be your biggest challenges?
I am excited about going to Eton. The biggest challenge is that the French academic level is not as high as Britain’s, but I believe I will be able to quickly adapt to it and succeed.