Wednesday 24 September 2014


British Council organises information seminar to help students and parents plan for applying to UK schools
Education expert Matthew Burgess, General Secretary of Independent Schools Council, explains the benefits of studying at a UK school

British Council is committed to offering parents and students the latest information and trends on studying in the UK to help them choose the most suitable education options. To assist parents and students who are planning future applications to UK schools, the British Council has invited Matthew Burgess, General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council and education expert, to host an information seminar on 9 October 2014, in order to provide practical advice on how to choose an appropriate independent school and the benefits of a UK school education.

Representing over 1,250 independent day and boarding schools in the UK educating more than 500,000 pupils, including more than 35,000 overseas pupils, the Independent Schools Council is the largest and most representative organisation in the independent sector. At the event, Matthew Burgess will introduce the UK’s education landscape, explain why studying at a UK independent school can be so beneficial, and share the independent school experience and progression to higher education, as well as provide information on visas and other practical issues. Students and parents are encouraged to attend this seminar to obtain up-to-date information on independent schools in the UK before making decisions for their future plans.

Details of the Information seminar: The benefits of studying at a UK school
Date: 9 October 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. (Registration starts at 6.30 p.m.)
Location: Meeting Room S421, Level 4, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The seminar is free of charge and conducted in English. Registration is required on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be provided.

Enquiries: 2913 5100 /

Notes to Editor

About Matthew Burgess

Matthew Burgess has been General Secretary of the UK’s Independent Schools Council since January 2008.

Matthew has also been a Governor of Brighton College, where he was a pupil, and London preparatory school Newland House. Brighton College, while he was governor, was named The Sunday Times Independent School of the Year and opened two overseas campuses, as well as admitting pupils from over 20 countries to study in the UK.

Matthew is a solicitor with more than 20 years' experience in private practice and in-house.  He started his career in private practice based in London and Singapore (and very briefly Hong Kong) before being appointed principal legal counsel to the UK’s leading energy supplier, Centrica.  

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.