college in some of the disadvantaged areas of London has employed an etiquette coach to show college students how sit and converse like royalty in a bid to win scholarships to prime personal faculties.
They’ve even realized the “Duchess Slant”, the sitting place favoured by Kate Middleton.
Since beginning its Prestigious Faculties Programme two years in the past the varsity has despatched dozens of deprived college students to prime charge paying faculties, together with Eton and Kings.
This yr pupil Ella Wellingbrook has gained a £42,000 scholarship to the Francis Holland college.
Headteacher Omar Deria mentioned: “We’ve completely no worries about our college students’ tutorial means however the social atmosphere they’re coming into could also be wholly unfamiliar
“This is not about altering who they’re or the best way they act. It is about ensuring they’re as assured as they are often throughout interviews, and if profitable at their new faculties.
“We need to stage the enjoying subject and provides our college students each probability to compete with those that have come from wealthier backgrounds.
“The talents they study will not simply assist them of their new faculties, however later in life as properly. They’re studying little issues, comparable to what fork to make use of at a flowery dinner, in addition to the right way to what’s anticipated at job and college interviews. I’ve picked up a couple of ideas myself.”
Ms Akano, who featured on BBC 2 documentary Again in Time for College, is taking the weekly courses on Tuesday evenings.
The six-week course consists of modules on posture and greetings in addition to desk manners, place settings and “netiquette”, which incorporates the right way to assemble formal emails and social media etiquette.
Ms Akano mentioned: “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 arrogance to excel throughout interviews.
“These are expertise that folks from middle- and upper-class backgrounds have by start proper. The scholars at Cumberland don’t have that.
“I applaud a faculty the place a lot of the youngsters are from working class backgrounds that desires the perfect for his or her college students, each college ought to have these sorts of aspiration.”
Scholar Ella Wellingbrook added: “I actually suppose the coaching I received from Laura helped me at my interview. I felt extra assured and I knew the proper strategy to meet and greet the individual 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 realized loads from Laura which might be helpful for me all through my life.”