This January, heads and senior administrators from around 20 boarding schools in the UK will be in Lagos to “understand what parents are looking for” and forge “partnerships with schools.”

The event, dubbed “UK Boarding Schools Week,” will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at The Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos, according to an announcement from the program’s organisers on Sunday.

In collaboration with the UK Department for International Trade, Mark Brooks Education is organising it.

Leading institutions of higher learning and organisations from the UK are also participating.

Aldenham, Badminton, Bishop’s Stortford College, Box Hill School, Cardiff Sixth Form College, CATS Global Schools, Cognita, David Game College, Dean Close, Dulwich College, Fragomen, Haberdashers’ Monmouth, and Malvern St. James Girls’ School are among the institutions on the list. Other institutions include Wycliffe College, Mount Kelly College, MPW Colleges, Nord Anglia Education, St. Andrew’s College in Cambridge, TASIS, and Truro High School for Girls.

Bradley Salisbury, head of Dean Close School, expressed excitement for the event in advance and said that she expected great things from the Education Fair.

According to her: “It is as much about me talking about the school as learning what parents are looking for.

“That responsibility of someone sending their children from Nigeria to our school in Cheltenham is something we take very seriously.”

Commenting on the high calibre of Nigerian students at his school, the Head of Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cambridge, Mark Brooks said Nigerian students “bring a work ethic that is very impressive.

“They also contribute to the wider college community and they are always in the centre.”

“Parents are currently planning places for their sons and daughters for September 2024 and beyond.

“But recently we have received a significant number of enquiries  for September 2023 entry, and even quite a few for this January.”

Andy Williams, Head of Aldenham submitted that “A few schools can accommodate immediate joiners,.

“We would be happy to consider students for a January start on a case-by-case basis.”

Stuart Ansell from Box Hill  School spoke in similar vein.

“As flexible as possible for January starts and short stays.

“London day schools such as Cognita can “take new starters at any time throughout the academic year.”

The Friday evening networking reception with special guest speaker Ben Llewellyn-Jones, who is also the British Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria, is said to be the event’s high point.