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IN FOCUS INTERVIEW: MATTHEW BROWN, HEADMASTER, EPSOM COLLEGE, MALAYSIA
its patron. We have a shared governance model,
with key personnel visiting both campuses
regularly to ensure that there is internal
Tell me a little about the Weekday Boarding
program for those in Singapore.
The Weekday Boarding Programme at Epsom
started in 2021 offering students the
Let's move on to some of your standout mo-
ments during your time in education. I'm sure
you have some stories to tell.
I feel very fortunate to witness our students
evolve during their time at school. There have
been many instances where students arrive on
their first day understandably nervous, quiet and
reserved, then visibly come out of their shells
after the first few weeks and grow in confidence.
From hardly being able to hold a conversation,
within a few months they may be presenting in
an assembly and learning to share jokes to make
everyone laugh. These are the moments that
make it all worthwhile because we have made
them open up and take risks.
As a school, we recognise that academic
achievement, first and foremost, is significant.
Our hope, however, is that our students leave
Epsom with the self-confidence to walk into any
room, or working environment, knowing that they
can be themselves and valuably contribute to any
conversation or discussion they choose to. This
is when we know we have done our most
Absolutely. Confidence unlocks many doors.
Yes! We can help students to get into some of the
world’s best universities but if they do not have
the necessary interpersonal skills and the values
such as kindness, honesty, humility and care for
the environment, their success will be limited.
We recognise that it is more than just academic
progress that we are helping them to achieve.
opportunity to benefit from the British boarding
school experience - an on-campus community
feel, engagement with academic staff in a
pastoral setting and a distraction-free
academic environment - on weekdays whilst
enjoying quality time spent with family over the
weekend. For younger children, the week is short
enough for them to feel secure knowing that it
will not be long until they see their parents (and
vice versa), and also short enough to pass quickly
with a long list of activities, staff on hand to help
with prep and the freedom to live, study and play
alongside their friends. Weekday Boarding offers
a breath of fresh air for pressured parents who
are discovering the benefits of space, time,
safety, adventure for their children, knowing that
all their children’s needs will be catered for.
majority placed at Russell Group universities.
For the past three consecutive years, we have
had successful applications to Cambridge
University to study Law and Natural Sciences.
We believe that preparation for university is
a continuous process which starts early in
Senior School. From Year 7-9, we work on our
student’s holistic and developmental skills
(eg. confidence, writing and presenting and
creative and critical thinking), identifying not
only their strengths but also areas for
improvement. Our resident Elite University
Tutor will organise seminars with top
university graduates and lecturers in chosen
subject fields to provide students with a more
in-depth look into what to expect from full
specialisation in a chosen degree path. Given
the size of our Sixth Form cohort, students
benefit from a bespoke university support
programme and an open-door policy for after
school application support (including
evenings and weekends). For students aplying
to Oxbridge, we will match students with
Oxbridge alumni mentors who will provide an
insider’s perspective on the application
process and 1-to-1 sessions for interview
We always encourage our students to be
ambitious and to aim high. Last year, several
students were invited to interview with Oxford
and Cambridge and although some were un-
successful, every candidate left pleased with
their performance and felt like they had given
it their best, as a result of their preparation,
hard work and dedication. This self-
assuredness is something we look to nurture
in each and every one of our students.
Enrolling in a boarding school can be a big
decision for many students and their
families. We offer a Taste Of Boarding
programme for prospective students to
experience life at Epsom for a week and to see
if it will be a good fit. Students will actively
participate in classroom discussions,
experience how subjects are taught at Epsom
and live on campus at the boarding houses.
"Our hope, however, is that our
students leave Epsom with the
self-confidence to walk into any
room, or working environment,
knowing that they can be
themselves and valuably contribute
to any conversation or discussion
they choose to. This is when we know
we have done our most influential
This Programme proved to be very popular with
our Malaysian students and given our close
proximity to KL International Airport
(a 15 minute drive), we are offering the same
programme to Singapore families. The Weekday
Boarding Programme can be paired with a flight
package add-on that provides return air tickets
for every weekend throughout the entire
academic year. Singapore residents and
nationals may also choose to be full boarders,
depending on their individual requirements.
Wonderful, thank you. Our last question –
typically, which universities do Epsom A Level
students go on to receive offers from?
Most of our A-Level students choose to go to the
UK to continue their studies, with the vast
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