Our mission from day one has been to create a brighter future for our students through education.
BE was founded in 2003 after the co-founders, William and Emma Vanbergen, helped a Chinese classmate’s friend to find a suitable school for her son. She had tried multiple agencies and didn’t feel she could trust a single one. They guided the family and her son through the application process and found him a best fit school in Britain. He flourished, and the seed which would later become ‘BE’ was born.
BE continues to provide consulting for Chinese students with our core values of honesty, integrity and acting in the best interest of the child at the heart of all our decisions.
We support students’ development by offering subject specific preparation to help students prepare for entrance examinations. The results speak for themselves; BE’s track record in China is second to none as we attract more and more capable students to our centres each year. We have also expanded geographically, now boasting offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu and London.
In addition to consulting and tuition, BE also runs a number of holiday courses. The Eton College Summer Course and Charterhouse ‘Young Learners’ Summer Course are our longest standing courses and were designed with the idea of offering Chinese students a genuine boarding school experience. BE exclusively recruits students for these courses in Mainland China. We also help recruit for programmes which are run at top universities and boarding schools in the US and Switzerland.
The final element to BE is not related to study overseas at all, indeed it is quite the opposite. BE is working with Wycombe Abbey to establish Wycombe Abbey schools in Greater China.The first school opened in Changzhou in Sept 2016, followed by Hong Kong in September 2019 with Hangzhou and Nanjing scheduled to open in 2021.