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It’s in the bag: Billie Rose Kempe, 8, from Warwick Academy speaks with Kate Heath registrar from Oxford Dragon School during the International Schools Fair (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

More than 80 schools from the United States, Britain and Canada are being showcased at the International Schools Fair Bermuda.

The event, which is in its fourth year, is being held at the Hamilton Princess and offers local families interested in sending their children to school overseas the “largest choice possible”.

Event founder and organiser Tory Dodge, who teamed up with educational consultant Niall Browne to co-ordinate the fair, said: “Many Bermuda parents are very interested in exploring the opportunities of a boarding-school education for their offspring.”

Mr Dodge said he used to organise separate events for the different types of schools, but it made more sense to bring them all together and give families the opportunity to meet a large number of schools at a single event.

Mr Browne, of UK-based BvS Education, added that the turnout for this year’s fair had exceeded all expectations and surpassed the record attendance of the first night last year.

“I must confess that we were a little concerned that the inclement weather and the threat of Tropical Storm Karl might dampen people’s willingness to venture out to the fair, but the turnout this evening has exceeded our expectations - and has actually surpassed the first night last year.”

“We hope that tomorrow will be equally successful. Whether it’s an increased awareness of the opportunities, or favourable exchange rates post-Brexit, Bermuda families seem increasingly enthusiastic about what boarding schools have to offer.”

According to Mr Browne, the fair also provides an opportunity to listen to experts talk about many subjects relating to overseas schools.

In addition to the almost 90 schools, there are also informations sessions about boarding- school life and the admissions process.

The fair started yesterday and will also be held today from 4pm to 8pm.

Entry is free, but families can pre-register and learn more about the schools at www.schoolstoknow.com or www.bvs-education.co.uk

Mum’s the word: Lauren Dietz, 13, from BHS and her mother Lisa Dietz speak with Gale Young from Eagle Hill School (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Doing his research: Dalin Richardson 15 from Cedarbridge Academy speaks with JP Burlington, director of admissions from Trinity-Pawling School (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Booked up: Tessa Smith, 7, from Warwick Academy speaks with Martin Speight from Sedbergh School (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
School information: Bermudian LeiLanni Nesbeth, right, featured on the Bede’s advertisement (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Expert advice: at the International Schools Fair Bermuda at the Hamilton Princess yesterday afternoon (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Learning curve: Lexiana Tucci from Warwick Academy (Photograph by Akil Simmons)