Molly Guinness

Escape from the hothouse

<em>Molly Guinness</em> visits the British school that’s giving Korean children a more rounded alternative to their country’s fearsome exam culture

South Korea’s education system puts us to shame. Last year the BBC tested a group of 15- and 16-year-olds with some questions from a GCSE maths paper; they all finished in half the time allowed, four scored 100 per cent and the other two dropped one mark. It’s the kind of performance most British teachers and parents can only dream of, so at first it’s surprising that a London girls’ school has opened up a branch in South Korea.

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