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Placement and Guardianship Testimonials

A few of the UK Schools that we work with.

Etherton Education Ltd

We have worked happily with OPDS for many years, visiting their Beijing office regularly, as well as working with their UK base. We appreciate their efficiency throughout the enrolment process and travel arrangements. Most importantly they have an exceptional level of pastoral care for their students and visit them during the summer at our Etherton Education academic preparation courses. We would also recommend OPDS as guardians for Chinese students because they have the ability to communicate in both English and Mandarin, and so they have excellent communication channels with both UK boarding schools and Chinese parents.

Peter Etherton, Director
Etherton Education Ltd


Kingham Hill School

We have been working with OPDS for many years. Larry and Sunny are excellent professionals. They are hugely experienced and have a thorough understanding of boarding schools - how schools rank, how the admissions process works and, all importantly, how to match student to school. Their guardianship provision is among the very best.

One huge advantage is that they are based in the UK, yet understand completely Chinese expectations, language and culture. It is reassuring to know that they are in our time zone and can be contacted at any time.

Steve King, Head of Marketing & PR
Kingham Hill School
0044(0)1608 658 999


Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate Foundation

We have worked successfully with OPDS over a large number of years. Whether in placement of students or in guardianship, their close attention to detail, deep knowledge of educational matters and exceptional care for their students is second to none.

Professionalism pervades all that they do and this is reassuring when we are dealing with young lives.

Steven Jandrell
Principal
Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate Foundation


Sidcot School

I have worked with OPDS for a number of years. They are professional, very approachable and extremely efficient in all areas of their business. Larry Field regularly attends parents’ consultations on behalf of the parents, and takes the opportunity to learn what is happening in our school at the same time. This means we have an excellent working relationship which works both ways and we can recruit students that would suit Sidcot. We can contact him, or anyone from his team at any time and know that we will get a quick response. It makes it so much easier working with an agent in the UK as there are no language barriers or time differences to remember. I would be happy to recommend OPDS to any school or family.

Valerie Kennedy
Registrar
Sidcot School, Winscombe, North Somerset, BS25 1PD, UK
Tel: 44 1934 845212
Fax: 44 1934 844181


MPW London

I can say from a personal point of view and in my capacity as Academic Director International that the service that OPDS provides has been of the usual high standard this year. OPDS has dealt effectively and sensitively with some difficult cases this year and this has been especially appreciated as the number of such cases seems to be increasing.

OPDS has been pro-actively pressing for regular contact with the students in their care and a representative of the pastoral team and I am very pleased that Carly Roberts has set up these meetings with OPDS and that OPDS staff members have worked so constructively on this. A number of concerns, including safeguarding ones, have been brought to light which may have gone unnoticed, with potentially serious ramifications.

All in all, OPDS has continued to serve its students very professionally and to co-operate with MPW very constructively.

Sean Buckley
Academic Director International
MPW London


Royal Masonic School for Girls

I am extremely pleased to write a testimonial on behalf of OPDS. I have worked with Larry and his colleagues in the UK, and Cici and her team in China, for the past three years, and the standard of service they have provided, and continue to provide, is excellent. Telephone calls and emails are answered promptly, and Larry and Cici are always courteous and professional.
Having offices in both the UK and China works very well, as it allows me speak to someone in the UK office during my working day.
An added bonus is the guardianship service provided by Sunny Field. I have no hesitation in recommending this service, as I know that the girls will be cared for and their individual needs will be met.
The quality of students we have received is very good and I look forward to receiving many more students from OPDS in the future. It is so much easier for me and my team, the house staff, and the parents, if everything is provided by one reputable company.

Gail Braiden
Admissions Manager
The Royal Masonic School for Girls


Warminster School

I first met Larry Field from OPDS at a BBSW Workshop in 2008. It was obvious he was an experienced agent and I got the impression that he believed in finding a good fit of school for each pupil he was placing, something that I also feel strongly about.

Since 2008 we have had a number of excellent pupils from OPDS and have been very pleased with the service they provide. We get a very full picture of each pupil at the time of application, including advice on what programme of studies Larry feels will be most appropriate. Tests are all organised by OPDS and if we offer a place all the paperwork is sent via Larry in London.

All the completed forms are returned to us in a timely manner via the OPDS office in London and they obviously check that everything is fully completed before sending it on to me, saving me a lot of time.

Arrangements for a new pupil’s arrival are always organised and conveyed to us in a timely manner. Whilst a pupil is with us, Larry makes regular visits, attending parents evenings and being a contact to the families in China.

I have no reservation at all in recommending Larry and OPDS. In my opinion there are very obvious benefits of working with a UK based agent to recruit from China not least being the ability to pick the phone up at any time during my working day and be greeted by someone who knows exactly who I am!

Mrs. G. Webb
Registrar
Warminster School


Wellington School

Wellington School has been working with OPDS for many years and consider them to be one of our most important agents. We have always been impressed by the level of professionalism, the quality of students and the degree of commitment. Their customer care is excellent and we have built up an excellent relationship with many of the individuals within the organisation, and in particular Larry Field. Communication is swift and efficient and all queries are responded to promptly.

We are especially pleased to be working with a UK based agent who is able to liaise smoothly between us and the student’s families, which avoids any potential language problems or communications issues which may arise. They are able to anticipate some of the crucial issues, such as visa application deadlines or requirements and prompt us accordingly, which is very helpful.

Claire Smith
Director of Marketing and Admissions
Wellington School


King's Ely

Dear Mr Field,
This is an excellent report, showing you are an exceptional guardian. Thank you very much for sending this to me.
With best wishes,

Dr. Caroline Skeels
Head of Mathematics and formerly a Housemistress
King's Ely


Hurtwood House

A highly professional and extremely efficient organisation. We would thoroughly recommend families to consult with OPDS regarding their children's education.
OPDS have a wonderfully in-depth knowledge of both the UK educational system and of the students who come to them for advice - so they are perfectly placed to match the right students with the right schools.
We have worked with OPDS for several years and have always been extremely impressed with their high standards of professionalism and care, and also with the high quality of the students whom they recommend to us.

Headmaster
Hurtwood House


Strathallan School, Scotland

OPDS offer an efficient and personal service which is second to none. No detail is overlooked in enabling the students in their care to adapt to Boarding School life.
There is no doubt that the support offered to the pupil allows parents to send their children abroad knowing that their welfare is the priority of Sunny, Larry and their team.”

Housemaster
Strathallan School, Scotland


Year 12 Parent

“I feel there is no better option than placing my son under Sunny and Larry's care. Due to their professional dealing with my child, my son highly respects them. He is always happy to receive their advice.
Sometimes my opinion has to go through Sunny and Larry if I want my son to listen to me, but they are always there for me.
Sunny and Larry also give me a lot of advice and reassurance. This has been very helpful to me as I have a limited understanding of the UK education system. I am very lucky to know OPDS!”
Student parent

 

 

Aegis

OPDS is a wholly accredited member of Aegis, the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students.  As such, we offer the highest levels of care including well documented procedures and detailed record keeping.

London

40c Waddington Avenue
Old Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 1QF UK
Tel: 00 44 20 8660 8869
Fax: 00 44 20 8668 5585

 

Beijing

28G Tower C, Oriental Kenzo Plaza
No. 48 Dongzhimen Wai Street
Dong Cheng District
Beijing 100027, China
Tel: 00 86 10 8454 9302/03
Fax: 00 86 10 8454 9300