Laura Akano was on BBC 2 documentary Again in Time for Faculty (Image: Arthur Comms / SWNS)
An East London college has employed an etiquette coach to assist pupils current themselves throughout interviews for future scholarships.
College students at The Cumberland School, in Plaistow, Newham, have been taught modules on posture and greetings by coach Laura Akano. Final 12 months the Prestigious Schools Programme helped seven kids win scholarships for prime payment paying sixth kinds, together with Eton Faculty.
Head trainer Omar Deira stated: ‘This isn’t about altering who they’re or the best way they act. It’s about ensuring they’re as assured as they are often throughout interviews, and if profitable, at their new colleges.
‘We wish to degree the enjoying area and provides our college students each likelihood to compete with those that have come from wealthier backgrounds.’
The lessons train kids sound extra assured and polished, and have even proven pupils the ‘Duchess Slant’ – a sitting place favoured by Kate Middleton.
Ms Akano, who appeared on BBC 2 documentary Again in Time for Faculty, stated: ‘This isn’t about placing on airs and graces and asking them to be one thing they don’t seem to be. It’s about giving them the boldness to excel throughout interviews.
Laura Akano stated she helps kids ‘excel’ in interviews (Image: Arthur Comms / SWNS.com)
‘These are expertise that individuals from center and upper-class backgrounds have by delivery proper. The scholars at Cumberland don’t have that.’
Mr Deira stated the college has ‘completely no worries’ about their pupils’ ‘educational capacity’ however stated the social atmosphere they’re getting into ‘could also be wholly unfamiliar’.
He stated: ‘They’re studying little issues, comparable to what fork to make use of at a elaborate dinner, in addition to what’s anticipated at job and college interviews. I’ve picked up a couple of suggestions myself.’
The programme teaches children maintain themselves and sound extra polished (Image: Arthur Comms / SWNS.com)
The lessons have helped ship pupils to prime fee-paying colleges (Image: Arthur Comms / SWNS.com)
Ella Wellingbrook, who gained a spot on the extremely unique Francis Holland college on a £42,000 scholarship this 12 months, was one in every of Ms Akano’s ‘finest college students’ who ‘actually wished to be ready so she might do nicely at her interview’.
The 16-year-old, whose father is a lorry driver, stated: ‘I actually suppose the coaching I obtained from Laura helped me at my interview. I felt extra assured and I knew the suitable technique to meet and greet the particular person interviewing me.
‘It was one thing that I had by no means considered up till now nevertheless it actually makes a distinction in how you’re perceived. I’ve discovered rather a lot from Laura which can be helpful for me all through my life.’
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