Family E contacted Top Schools in Sept 2012 to start planning for their daughter, J, aged almost one year. At that time, J was enrolled in a playgroup taught entirely in English. While Mum spoke fluent Cantonese, she had left HK at the age of 10 and her written Chinese was weak. Dad was English and Hebrew speaking. The parents really wanted to try to have J fluent and literate in Chinese.
Family E were able to secure a PN place for J in a trilingual kindergarten with priority to a through train to primary and secondary. Mrs E participated fully in kindergarten life and J enjoyed her PN and KI there.
We advised Mr & Mrs E that it wasn’t safe to rely on one primary school and they therefore submitted two other applications – one to a bilingual international school and another to an immersion Chinese private independent school.
We assisted with providing support on providing essay questions in advance and checking all application forms. After several rounds of revision, the parent questionnaire was thoughtful and authentic. We gave guidance on all assessments and parent meetings. J passed the assessment, Mr and Mrs E felt comfortable about how the parent interview went and J was placed on the reserve list.
So, we proceeded to submit further applications to the other primary school on the list. At the same time, we advised on submitting PN applications for the younger daughter.
While J was waiting to attend further assessments, she received an offer from one of the parents’ top choices. It was clear that they would accept. We then advised on how to inform the kindergarten that she would be leaving whilst preserving the relationship for the younger daughter to enter later that year. J started in a fully bilingual through-train school in Sept 2015.