At d’Overbroeck’s, we take great pride in welcoming students from various corners of the world.
Because we want to connect with international students interested in British education, our Heads of School visit numerous countries throughout the year, meeting with families, students and agents and spreading the word about d’Overbroeck’s.
Our Principal Emma-Kate Henry was recently on such a trip to Russia, and has written a few words about her experience:
“It was a first time visit to Russia for me.
The purpose of the trip was to meet prospective families in Russia and the agents and companies who work with them in their search for schools in the UK.
Our school is delighted to work with Russian regional representatives, which assist us with admissions for our international students. During my visit, they were able to host and assist in the language, as I am ashamed to say my Russian is non-existent.
The trip began in Moscow where it was unseasonably warm and sunny for the time of year on day one. After meeting the team and sampling some fantastic cuisine from the region of Georgia in the evening we spent the following day meeting around 75 agent representatives and presenting information about d’Overbroeck’s to groups of people and individual companies. It was fascinating to then spend some more time in the centre of Moscow visiting representatives and families. I managed to navigate my way on the Moscow metro (after a few failed attempts it has to be said) and spent an hour in Red Square dashing around key sites such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Lenin’s tomb.
A very early start to get to the train station to make my way to St Petersburg the following morning. The train averaged a speed of around 248km/h apparently and this meant we reached St Petersburg in four hours. Some vast forest scenery and then arrival in the beautiful city. The architecture was stunning with canals glinting in the still unseasonal sunshine. I normally bring adverse weather conditions on trips so this was a real bonus!
Again with the team and the charming Albina who is our Russian link in charge we made our way around various conferences and meetings and met a number of delightful families and students who were considering d’Overbroeck’s now and in the future.
I was able to walk nearly 18,000 steps on one day for these meetings (according to my phone …) and also saw Palace Square, the Hermitage (from the outside), a glimpse into the Faberge museum and enjoyed the sites as we transferred from place to place. We hosted around 30 agents and companies at events in the day and evening and then on Saturday made our way to ST Petersburg airport and back to the UK that evening.
It was a privilege to get a glimpse into two cities and cultures where some of our students call home. “
We are looking forward to our next trip and welcome everyone interested in joining or learning more about d’Overbroeck’s to visit our school and the great city of Oxford, world renowned centre of education.