Pushy foreign parents desperate to get their children into top boarding schools in Britain are taking drastic measures to secure their places, according to Dailymail.
One determined Chinese mother tried to send hundreds of Harrods hampers to newcomers at Eton, while a Brazilian man whose son had missed the deadline to apply pulled a handgun on an educational consultant.
Others tried to buy cars for teachers or give more money than owed when the annual fees were due, it has been revealed. Their desperate efforts were exposed by an educational consultant who insists the rules can be bent for no one.
Rupert Syme, head of Lionheart Education, which runs a consultancy, tutoring agency and school, said told The Times: ‘I can’t even start the process of getting your child into Eton if you miss the registration date even if you point a handgun at me in my own office as per one enraged overseas gentleman. ‘If the hundreds of UK-based parents we advise every year feel the need for help, it is hardly surprising that overseas parents want the same.
‘The problem is that many agents within the UK see international parents as a “cash cow.’’
In November it was revealed more than 1,000 pupils had sought entry to Eton – a record number of applications for the famous school. The school’s tutor for admissions said at the time he feared boys were being over prepared for their entrance exams.
He warned parents against ‘allowing your son to be prepared’ for Eton’s interview and entry test, saying the school did not want ‘the boys to sound like mini-adults.’ Britain’s top boarding schools are the envy of the world, but parents from across the globe are using extreme tactics in the fight to win a place for their children.
The educational consultant told Dailymail that a handgun was pulled on him because a Brazilian man’s son had missed the deadline for applying to Eton.
Online source said Eton College, often informally referred to as Eton, is an English independent boarding school located in Eton, Berkshire, near Windsor.It educates over 1,300 pupils, aged between 13 and 18 years and was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as “The King’s College of Our Lady of Eton besides Wyndsor.”
‘’Eton is one of nine English independent schools, commonly referred to as “public schools’, included in the original Public School Act 1868. Following the public school tradition, Eton is a full boarding school, which means all pupils live at the school, and is one of four such remaining single-sex boys’ public schools in the United Kingdom (the others being Harrow School, Radley School College and Winchester College) to continue this practice. It has educated 19 British Prime Ministers and generations of aristocracy, and has been referred to as the chief nurse of England’s statesmen. Eton has a long list of distinguished former pupils. David Cameron is the nineteenth British Prime Minister to have attended Eton,’’ it added.
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