While teaching in state and private high schools back in 2009, Simon identified a need for a totally independent admissions consultancy service:
“Some of my former students who had achieved good grades were on inappropriate courses at unsuitable UK universities. Most changed their course or found an alternative place to study. I knew that with good advice these situations could have been easily avoided.”
Albion International Study was founded a year later; initially focused on helping students enter universities ranked in the UK top 30 including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, the London School of Economics, Durham, Warwick and Bath.
“From the very start, we wanted to provide totally independent and unbiased advice to prepare students for entry into universities that are best suited to their individual desires, talents and career aspirations. We represent our clients (students and their parents), not university recruitment teams.”
His unashamedly ‘mature’ team of consultants share his passion for helping young people succeed:
“We only recruit consultants who have substantial school or university teaching experience and a genuine passion for their subject. The way in which they give feedback to our clients during the critical personal statement writing phase actually helps them develop academically as well as helping them to find their own unique voice in producing place-winning applications.”
Simon is convinced that this experience is the secret behind Albion’s success:
“I’ve been helping students with their applications since 1993 and attended countless training sessions on UCAS personal statement and reference writing. We’ve also visited nearly every top 30 university in the UK. Two of our team have even taught in them! You simply can’t acquire this knowledge overnight and we feel it gives our clients a critical advantage in choosing the right course at the right universities and producing the strongest possible application.”