Grow/Glow with the Flow: entering state and grammar schools with BNO visa

Irene Lee, originally from Hong Kong and now, a UK-based education expert, serial entrepreneur, and a columnist in UK schooling, property, and investments shares how families can embrace the opportunities a BNO Visa may bring.


While preparing for 11+, 13+, 16+ and grammar school examinations, Irene remarks that rote learning, a strategy that Hong Kong families tend to be quite familiar with as an explicit approach, does not get your children the scores to a competitive grammar or day school.. Since reasoning type tests involve verbal analogy, spatial awareness, decoding anagrams, and lexicon-building strategies, a more comprehensive approach is best.


For parents considering relocation, it’s important to consider their lives as individuals and answer the questions of where they will work and what type of community they want to be part of. Knowing the answer to these questions will likely help resolve other questions such as where to live and which schools are you most interested in for your children.


Irene and her team recently worked with a family who moved to Sutton. Initially, she helped identify the academic needs of the children by going through baseline assessments to find that the focus was on mathematics and reasoning in CAT4 (a reasoning test required by the school). With help from James- Lee, the girls were offered a place at the school of their choice. They were also equipped with some know-how about the UK and the local area!.

The next challenge was to find the family a property that could house four adults plus two children located close to the school, recreational and retail facilities nearby, as well as healthcare workplaces to enable the parents to continue their mental health professions. With Irene’s well-connected network, she was able to find a semi-detached house for them in less than six weeks.




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