Great British education on Malaysian shores
EPSOM College has long been known as a prestigious boarding and day school and a leader in British education since 1855. The school’s vast expertise in quality education over the last 150 years will come to fruition in their new sister school in Malaysia. Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM) will open its doors to its first cohort of students aged three to 18 in September this year.
The modern boarding experience at Epsom is part of what makes the school unique and distinct from other regional establishments. Epsom has a long history of offering flexible boarding options, as well as weekly boarding; in fact Epsom UK started and developed weekly boarding very significantly in the United Kingdom.
“We are going to take the full and weekly boarding concept to the next level in Malaysia and offer flexi-boarding,” said deputy head (head of Prep School) of ECiM Jane Smith at the school’s media briefing last month.
“We have also handpicked housemasters and housemistresses with very clear criteria in mind as to the type of people we want influencing the emotional, physical and educational development of the children in our care,” she said.
Having an extension of Epsom College here in Malaysia will mean that parents here will be able to spend more purposeful quality time with their children.
The curriculum is based on the fact that there are also day students and weekly boarders who will go home during the weekend.
“An interesting concept to consider is that there may even be parents from Europe who may choose to send their children to ECiM. Asia is going to drive the next generation forward and Malaysia is very much becoming an education hub,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, chair of the board of governors of ECiM, at the media briefing.
“For Malaysians and Malaysia, having this school is also a wonderful opportunity to provide information on different ways of doing things and to spur on other international and local schools to drive education forward,” he said.
Epsom College has always had strong links to the medical profession in the UK, which goes hand-in-hand with its outstanding science programme.
Historically, Epsom College has its roots in the Victorianera school built for the children of doctors who had died from the diseases they were hoping to cure. Today, Epsom College’s students are still equipped with the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to get into top medical schools in the UK as well as other challenging professions globally.
Students are still coming to ECiM with similar aspirations but just as in the UK, ECiM’s focus will be broader and more developed in other areas. “We provide opportunities for children to develop in all sorts of ways. They may come to us with a deep love of science, which we will continue to develop. But at the same time we will ensure they have opportunities to try different things and figure out what their other passions in life might be, and give them the opportunity to develop them through their teenage years and into their adult life,” said Smith.
The link between Epsom College in the UK and in Malaysia is very strong. “It is not a franchised school; ECiM is very much an extension of the UK school,” said Martin George, headmaster of ECiM. “There will be opportunities for students and staff to collaborate on projects, compete in sports, and even have video conferencing of lessons. We will work to ensure that the link between the schools continues to develop.”
book a campus tour, to meet the heads or for more information about ECiM, contact the registrar, Nicola Harris, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03-6211 4488 or visit www.epsomcollege.edu.my
Epsom College in the United Kingdom.