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eople want to live in our area. You could argue – and many do – that it’s got it all, combining a heady blend of historic charm with a formidable drive to embrace the future, as its appeal to many world-leading tech firms makes abundantly clear. It’s a mix that makes for an exciting place to study, live and work – and draws in people accordingly. Estimates from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) state that there’s been a steady rise in the population of the East of England as a whole, which went up by just over 54,000 between 2015 and 2016. While part of the increase was the result of a higher birth rate, most came from people moving into the area: 38% came from abroad and just under a third came from other areas of the UK. For those with families, whether newcomers to the area or long-term residents, life here is all about getting the work/life balance right. Planning your children’s education, inevitably, is a key part of establishing that equilibrium. As the old saying goes, parents are never happier than their least happy child – so time spent finding the school where you can be confident they will thrive is time invariably well spent. Fortunately, the quality of schools and colleges at every age and stage, from nursery to sixth form, ensures that nobody is going to be short of choice here. Of course, knowing that a school is good is one thing. The crucial question is whether – however good – it’s right for your child. It’s worth bearing in mind that today, school leaders take a far more holistic

approach to education than ever before. Yes, exam results are important, as are inspection reports. But they’re far from being the whole story. Success at school increasingly means not just doing well but being happy and fulfilled. Today, headteachers and staff may well spend as much energy on ensuring that pastoral care is as good as it can possibly be as they will on planning the curriculum. They have a vested interest in building confident, resilient children who know that their school will support them at difficult moments and not just when they’re flying. Visiting schools and speaking to pupils, teachers and yes, the head, too, can be an invaluable way for parents to check this out. Schools are where our children grow up – so it’s right that they aren’t just experts in education but caring organisations that treat pupils as individuals and help them become, as the saying goes, the best version of themselves that they can be. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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12 | CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 8DW 01223 778290 | cambridgeinternationalschool.co.uk This independent day school offers an exciting, challenging and international education for boys and girls aged three to 16. Pupils from all over the world, as well as from Britain, are taught a wide range of engaging lessons in small classes. 14 | CAMBRIDGE LEADERSHIP COLLEGE 1 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BB 01223 952982 | cambridgeleadershipcollege.com An international school for 16- to 19-year-olds, Cambridge Leadership College focuses on entrepreneurship, with students studying A levels or the International Foundation Programme as well as working on business ideas. 16 | CULFORD SCHOOL Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TX | 01284 385308 | culford.co.uk Set in 480 acres of beautiful parkland with an 18th century mansion at its centre, Culford provides first-class boarding and day schooling for more than 670 children aged from 2¾ to 18. With a strong emphasis on sports, Culford believes in educating the whole person to deliver a well-rounded, fulfilled individual with excellent academic results. 18 | ST FAITH’S Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 8AG | 01223 352073 | stfaiths.co.uk St Faith’s School is an independent preparatory day school for boys and girls aged four to 13. The school prides itself on its dynamic community and warm, welcoming personality. It has a reputation for excellent standards, academically and across a huge breadth of subjects and activities. 20 | FELSTED SCHOOL Felsted, Essex CM6 3LL | 01371 822600 | felsted.org Only 45 minutes south of Cambridge, Felsted School offers families contemporary boarding options with a choice of three, five or seven nights a week. Pupils can access a wide academic curriculum balanced with a rich programme of co-curricular activities to suit their talents and interests, all available on site. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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22 | ST FRANCIS’ COLLEGE Broadway, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3PJ | 01462 670511 | st-francis.herts.sch.uk St. Francis’ College is a vibrant school offering a modern education with traditional values. Located in Letchworth Garden City, just 30 minutes from Cambridge, the college offers an education tailored to the needs of girls aged from three to 18 years. 30 | HERITAGE SCHOOL 17-19 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE | 01223 350615 | heritageschool.org.uk Situated in the city centre, Heritage School is a co-educational school offering IGCSEs. It prides itself on its small class size (averaging 16 students) and its intimate, traditional feel. As well as a stimulating curriculum, Heritage offers a broad sporting programme, annual camps, Shakespeare productions and opportunities to travel near and far. 32 | ST JOHN’S COLLEGE SCHOOL 73 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AB | 01223 353652 | sjcs.co.uk St John’s College School, winner of the national Best Prep School and Best Prep School Head in the Tatler Schools Awards, is an independent co-educational day and boarding school, which offers an exceptional educational experience to pupils aged four to 13. 34 | KIMBOLTON SCHOOL Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 0EA | 01480 860505 | kimbolton.cambs.sch.uk An independent co-educational day and boarding school, Kimbolton School offers a busy and stimulating environment for pupils between the ages of four and 18. The school is renowned for achieving excellent academic results and producing well-rounded students. 36 | KING’S COLLEGE SCHOOL West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DN 01223 365814 | kcs.cambs.sch.uk A co-educational day and boarding prep school, King’s College School prides itself on its pastoral care and high academic standards. Its location at the heart of Cambridge boasts impressive facilities, including a new sports and cultural building, plus close ties with King’s College Chapel Choir. 39 | KING’S ELY Barton Road, Ely CB7 4EW | 01353 660707 | kingsely.org A prestigious day and boarding school, King’s Ely offers an outstanding education for children and young people aged from one to 18. Located 20 minutes north of Cambridge, the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum, with a focus on nurturing the talents and abilities of each pupil. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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C O N T E N TS 48 | THE LEYS Cambridge CB2 7AD | 01223 508904 | theleys.net The Leys is a co-educational independent day and boarding school for 11- to 18-year-olds. The school offers a close-knit, engaged and friendly community in which pastoral care is a top priority. 50 | MPW 3-4 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE | 01223 350158 | mpw.ac.uk MPW is a small, independent fifth and sixth form located in the heart of Cambridge, adjacent to the Botanic Garden. It offers a range of courses to ensure students have the best possible chance of achieving their potential. For children at other schools it also offers popular Easter revision courses. 52 | ST MARY’S SCHOOL Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LY 01223 353253 | stmaryscambridge.co.uk An independent day and boarding school for girls aged four to 18, St Mary’s School operates from four locations around the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. The school offers GCSEs and A levels, and has a reputation for academic excellence, alongside its broad provision of sporting, musical and theatrical extracurricular activities. 54 | SANCTON WOOD SCHOOL 2 St Paul’s Road, Cambridge CB1 2EZ | 01223 471703 | sanctonwood.co.uk Sancton Wood School, housed in beautiful buildings in central Cambridge, is an independent co-educational school for three- to 16-year-olds. Family oriented, it is focused on the social, emotional and academic development of each child, and offers small class sizes of approximately 16 for excellent pupilto-teacher ratios. 62 | STEPHEN PERSE FOUNDATION Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1HF | 01223 454700 | stephenperse.com The Stephen Perse Foundation is a group of six independent schools, located in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden, for ages three to 18. They provide excellent opportunities for students and achieve exceptional exam results without sticking blindly to the syllabus or having to cram facts and figures – what pupils learn in class is only half of the story. 64 | STOKE COLLEGE Stoke by Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8JE 01787 278141 | stokecollege.co.uk Stoke College, on the borders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, is a day and boarding school for pupils from reception age to sixth form. With an average class size of ten, Stoke prides itself on its excellent pastoral care and strong academic success.

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o the wider world it’s known first and foremost as a seat of learning, with Cambridge University regularly named one of the best higher education institutions in the world. Our schools, too, are consistent league table toppers. And we’re undoubtedly a highly educated bunch. Over 90% of adults aged between 50 and 65 years in Cambridge have formal qualifications, putting us comfortably within the top ten cities in the UK, while our city also has the highest percentage of residents with high level qualifications (NVQ level 4 or above). But there’s so much more to our area than that. It’s all linked to our status as a region that’s a byword for enterprise: a vibrant, multilayered community packed with business innovators and creators – people with the energy to take their brilliant ideas from fledgling firm to potentially world-beating organisations. Take our city’s growing reputation as a tech hub and a magnet for innovation. It goes back decades: Acorn Computers was a 1970s start up but has accelerated over the years, with the astonishing recent success of Raspberry Pi just one shining example. Data from Tech City demonstrates the sheer breadth of current achievement – as well as the ambition to go still further. Last year, there were around 350 start-up ‘births’ while digital tech turnover is

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valued at over £2 billion. No surprise, then, that we also score the highest rate of patent applications per resident. Investors aren’t short of places to put their money, either. One team of business ‘angels’ has supported 16 local companies spanning a wide range of disciplines, including medical, agri-tech and clean energy, to the tune of £2 million over the past two years. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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People in our area are less likely to be claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance than almost anywhere else in the UK, and are more ‘economically active’ – busily generating income – compared with the country as a whole. In addition to start-ups, our area is a magnet for large-scale business. Recent big names setting up shop here range from Amazon’s headline-grabbing drone

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delivery service to Apple, whose initially top secret Cambridge-based lab was used to develop Siri, its virtual PA system. As working life changes over the next few decades, our area is tipped as one of those best placed to weather the changes. While the rise in AI is predicted to lead to a decline in some traditional occupations, our area is proving an increasing draw for highly skilled specialists – science and technology experts in particular – where employment opportunities will continue to grow. Of course, any successful local economy also needs the underpinning of a decent infrastructure – and recent commitments suggest that’s happening, too. In addition to the opening of a second Cambridge train station, long-term improvements to rail services are planned. When it comes to superfast broadband access, we’re already starting to get there. In 2017, according to Centre for Cities, this was achieved by over 93% of properties in Cambridge – the third highest in the UK. And while a lack of affordable housing remains an issue, house building remains at healthy levels, putting our city comfortably into the top ten for an increase in housing stock. Education remains, of course, a vital component in the whole process. It needs to be. Our area has a fast-growing young population, with the number of children (from birth to 15 years old) up by 5.8% in the East of England between 2011 and 2016, second only to London. Cambridge City, among others, has had to plan for increases in pupil numbers at primary and secondary school level. No wonder people increasingly see our area as the ideal destination not just in terms of career prospects, but as a place where the whole family can really flourish. With its combination of excellent schools, joined-up thinking on infrastructure and growing appeal to every type of business – from start up to global giant – all against a backdrop of centuries-old tradition and unrivalled beauty, you can’t really blame them. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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ambridge International School provides an outstanding education for children of all nationalities. It has students of 23 different nationalities and it celebrates the diversity of having students from around the globe. Our unique Mother Tongue programme ensures that students are able to continue to study in their own languages, through small group tuition by native speakers. The British students at the school welcome their international and global peers, understanding that they gain from being part of a wide community. From the nursery right through to Year 11, the CIS educational philosophy promotes creative thinking, self-motivation, curiosity about the world and the courage to take risks, without being daunted by failures. Instead, students are encouraged to use these as opportunities to learn and grow. Children at CIS are inspired to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses in order to learn how best to improve.

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We believe that children are not defined solely by their academic abilities, but by their unique talents and personalities. At CIS, an excellent academic education is combined with a philosophy of tolerance, acceptance of differences and a kindness to others, all of which are long-lasting skills that will accompany students throughout life. £3.5 MILLION REFURBISHMENT INCLUDES A 50-WEEK-A-YEAR NURSERY The Primary School for children aged two to 11 years, at Cherry Hinton Hall, has just undergone a £3.5 million refurbishment. This has provided a light, modern and spacious environment for children to pursue their individual intellectual curiosities. The parkland location gives ample opportunities to take the learning outside the classroom, and the children thoroughly enjoy the Forest School programme, learning how to use their skills as resourceful team builders. This refurbishment has allowed CIS to extend its nursery provision with a CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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purpose-built Early Years area. From April 2018, CIS will accept children from two years old for 50 weeks a year. The Senior School is located in Abington, just off the A11, in the picturesque countryside close to Cambridge. The location of the senior school includes a 40-acre site which enables students to access excellent quality sports and playing fields. The Senior School educates students from Year 7 up to and including Year 11 (ages 11-16), and each class has up to 16 students. The school is proud of the amazing learning that takes place across all year groups, and this is reflected in the school’s public examination results. Last summer’s GCSE results saw 54% of all grades awarded at A*/A, and 98% of Year 11 students received five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade. For further information about CIS, please visit the website cambridgeinternationalschool.co.uk or contact Mrs Tracey Headland on 01223 778290.

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ambridge Leadership College is a specialist in post-16 education with a focus on entrepreneurship. Our mission is to prepare young people for a future of constant change. Our students study A levels or the International Foundation Programme at the same time as working on a business. Academic success alone is not enough to succeed in the new economy. In order for you to become future-proof, you need to become entrepreneurial. UNLEASHING CREATIVITY We encourage our students to think differently, to problem-solve and work together to generate new ideas and solutions. Our motto is: you choose. We use lateral thinking problems, the eight ideas framework and Google’s design sprint framework to get our students used to making things happen. They learn to work as a team and how to be independent learners, thinkers and doers. Everything we do creates building blocks for them to generate their own business ideas and follow them through. They get used to looking at things from a variety of angles and evaluating the difference between a good idea and a not so good idea. They learn to use their time effectively and be more commercially minded. ACCELERATED LEARNING We use the best practices from Oxford and Cambridge universities to teach our A level students. We take a scientific approach. Our students are encouraged to learn for themselves, to experiment and find what works for them. We expect high standards. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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Cambridge Leadership College is an international school for 16 to 19 year olds, founded by Cambridge Leadership Foundation. It takes advantage of its central Cambridge location to tap into the city’s business community as well as bringing in tutors who have been educated at Cambridge University. Students are regularly taken to business and networking events so they can meet, and learn from, other business owners.

“We give students the opportunity to develop personal tools for success” We follow the CIE A level curriculum, which is highly regarded internationally. We use accelerated learning techniques to enable our students to complete their academic work in less time, freeing them up to work on their own enterprises. We place a relentless emphasis on teaching students HOW to learn, not WHAT to learn. Students are in control of what they learn and how they learn. They are at the centre of their learning experience. A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY Cambridge Leadership College offers a highly personalised learning experience. We are a small college, which gives everyone plenty of time to get the CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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support that they need and to be flexible about how they learn. We recognise all our students as individuals in their own right. We have built a supportive environment in which students can explore who they are, what they enjoy and what they don’t, they can fail and make mistakes and then take time to reflect on that. We give students the opportunity to develop personal tools for success such as resilience, kindness and the confidence to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Our mission is to prepare students for a world of constant change. We also have to nurture them to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable, to fail and try again and have that resilient mindset.

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Culford School BURY ST EDMUNDS here are few places quite like Culford. It is a school that places the individual at its heart, where teachers are committed to helping every child realise their potential and be the best they can be. You can see such dedication run throughout the school. Whether your child is one or 18 years old, we provide a high-quality education and the dynamic support needed to open up opportunities for every pupil. These combine into a highly personalised learning programme that helps a child achieve their aspirations. Our Pre-Prep and Nursery, Prep and Senior Schools combine to offer a superb through-school experience for children. We take enormous pride in all of our

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pupils, who go on to excel in their academic and sporting pursuits. Indeed, Culford School is just as unique as its staff and pupils. A blend of the historic and the modern, the school is set in 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland with an 18th century mansion at its centre. It also boasts modern academic and sporting facilities that are the envy of schools and academies across the UK. No matter a pupil’s interest or passion, Culford School provides the foundation for them to flourish. Pupils have secured places at the most respected universities in the world, competed at national and international golf championships and have been ranked amongst the top ten junior tennis players in the UK. To that end, it is no coincidence that Culford is currently ranked

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KEY FACILITIES New ÂŁ2.2m library Championshipstandard indoor tennis centre 25m heated swimming pool Strength and conditioning suite Indoor golf studio Drama theatres and music studio

the top co-educational school for tennis in the UK by the LTA. We see education as a transformational process that guides pupils toward academic success, gives them clear moral values and develops their leadership qualities in readiness for the adult world. SUPPORTING BUSY FAMILIES

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for Pre-Prep, 8pm for Prep pupils and 8.30pm for Senior pupils. We also offer full, part and flexible boarding options.

CAMBRIDGE CONNECTION Culford runs shuttle services for pupils who live in and around Cambridge, leaving from Park & Ride stations and delivering pupils to school within 40 minutes. If you would like to learn more about our school, attend an open day or organise a personal visit, please visit our website or contact our Admissions team on the telephone number on the right or email admissions@culford.co.uk.

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St Faith’s CAMBRIDGE world of future-thinking academic teaching, personal and social development, competitive sport and artistic appreciation best describes St Faith’s. Opportunities to learn, explore, create and think abound in every classroom from art to engineering, science to history. Each child is taught, developed and nurtured, to equip them well for life, whatever path they choose to take. Our teachers are passionate about sharing their knowledge, exploring new ideas, challenging the status quo and instilling a lifelong passion for learning. Teaching styles are tailored to meet each individual child’s needs. Lessons are accessible, engaging and challenging for all pupils. Top-down excellence in all lessons ensures we continually stretch our pupils to achieve more than they thought possible. Our academic curriculum is groundbreaking in its innovative content. Exemplary, innovative and forwardfacing academic subjects are interspersed each day with sporting endeavours, musical experiences, artistic creations and dramatic performances. Assemblies, tutor time and plenty of playtime ensure children have a chance to express themselves away from the classroom. Owing to small class sizes, exceptional teachers and the above-average ability of our children, all subjects follow an accelerated curriculum and the vast majority of pupils work at a higher level commensurate with their age. Our green and spacious site,

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located in the heart of Cambridge, together with extensive playing fields, provide some of the best facilities of any prep school. Every classroom is equipped with modern teaching technology. The shelves in our library brim with almost 12,000 volumes with relevance to all, from our youngest to our most mature readers. Engineering suites provide access to tools and equipment beyond many inventor’s wildest dreams. Fully-equipped science laboratories and computer suites are used by all year groups. Our recently completed £2M STEM Hub includes flexible large indoor spaces for interdisciplinary projects, a

rooftop greenhouse and a night sky viewing platform. Our broad sporting education is not simply a focus for glory – we believe sport is a conduit for developing mental as well as physical fitness: losing as well as winning builds mental resilience and is an emotive demonstration of getting out of life what you put in. Of course teamwork is omnipresent in many sporting events and as such our pupils learn to revel in team as well as individual accolades. Drama and the performing arts are tools not only for teaching children a lifelong love of the arts but for promoting self-belief and confidence.

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Don’t just take our word for what a wonderful school this is: the 2018 Times Education Supplement Independent Schools Awards recognised St Faith’s as winners in the Strategic Education Initiative 2018 (for our introduction of Engineering) and finalists for Prep School of the Year. The Good Schools Guide says, “A very impressive school. Plenty of space, an excellent innovative education but, most importantly, a joyous place to be.” Finally, Tatler commented: “Pupils zip around in their distinctive striped blazers while being prepared for the ‘evolving modern world’.’’

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ore and more children are reaping the benefits of going to school outside Cambridge, where they can take advantage of wide open spaces, country air, academic excellence, superb on-site extracurricular activities and modern boarding facilities. Situated only 45 minutes south of Cambridge, in the picturesque North Essex countryside, Felsted offers families contemporary boarding options to suit busy working lives, with a choice of three, five or seven nights. With a school bus leaving Trumpington on a Sunday evening, such a flexible approach has encouraged many families to choose Felsted as the right option for their child. A SUPERB ALL-ROUND EDUCATION Every child is exposed to a wealth of opportunities and developed on their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. Small class sizes taught by highly qualified and dedicated teachers ensure talents are nourished and every child’s personal growth is encouraged to flourish in an atmosphere of diversity and excellence, intellectual curiosity and challenge. A broad curriculum in balance with a rich programme of co-curricular activities is on offer to suit individual talents and interests, all available on site. Felsted focuses on building each child’s character to become happy, well-rounded and confident young adults and to empower them to believe that they can really make a difference in the world, whatever path they choose. ACADEMIC CHOICE Felsted offers sixth formers a choice of A levels plus the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, to suit their individual strengths and interests. Alongside a superior work education programme and a robust parent/former

pupils network offering work experience opportunities, most pupils gain access to their first choice university. TOP RESULTS Felsted offers a holistic education to children of all abilities, priding itself on adding exceptional added value through outstanding pastoral care so children can achieve their individual best. Top sets achieve as well as or better than the Essex grammar schools. Recent GCSE results placed Felsted top in the county for an independent school, sitting just behind the grammar schools and above more academically selective independent schools. NATIONAL SPORTING REPUTATION Felsted has an enviable reputation both locally and nationally for the high quality of its sporting teams and the dedication and expertise of its coaching staff. There is a strong tradition of sporting excellence at Felsted,

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“An early growth mindset has youngsters believe that anything is possible… a school that brings out the best in everyone” The Good Schools Guide however all abilities are catered for and every pupil is encouraged to enjoy a recreational interest in individual or team games, while developing a healthy attitude to fitness and exercise. Current partnerships with Essex Cricket, Saracens Rugby, Mavericks Netball and Blue Hornets Hockey ensure that a pathway of excellence is in place for those excelling in their field. JUNIOR GUILDHALL PARTNERSHIP In addition to a fantastic music school with numerous opportunities to perform, those showing real talent may study at the Junior Guildhall in London in partnership with Felsted. This combination of top-level tuition in music and academics offers an exceptional educational package for top young musicians. INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Central to the international ethos that permeates all CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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areas of Felsted life, an active Model United Nations programme ensures students leave school as informed global citizens. As a Global Member of the Round Square Organisation, students have the additional opportunity to exchange with partner schools around the world. SCHOLARSHIP AND BURSARIES Felsted offers a number of scholarships and awards in academia, sport, music, drama, art and design technology from the age of 11, with the opportunity to access a top-up bursary, on a means tested basis. Several 100% means-tested bursaries are also on offer each year.

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St Francis’ College LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY t. Francis’ College is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged three to 18 years old based in Letchworth Garden City, North Hertfordshire. It takes just 25 minutes by train from Cambridge to reach the College or there is a daily bus service from Trumpington Park & Ride. The happy and thriving community provides a modern education based on Christian principles. Students receive individual care promoting their spiritual, moral, intellectual, creative and physical development. The unique qualities of each student are recognised and social responsibility and respect for others is encouraged. The College is renowned for its warm and welcoming community, where the staff are committed to the well-being and intellectual development of all the girls. One Sixth Form pupil recently commented that “At St. Francis’ College, the staff are on the journey with you.” Parents of new girls regularly feed back about how welcome their daughter has been made to feel. Mental health in adolescence is becoming an increasing concern; in particular, with teenage girls. At St. Francis’ College, a proactive stance is taken to help our girls develop coping strategies early in their academic careers. The College is committed to seeking opportunities to promote positive mental health, alongside the resilience to cope in the modern world in which our girls find themselves. The girls are encouraged to balance the high demands of academic excellence with extracurricular activities and enrichment. Opportunities are provided to participate in sport, dance, art, teen yoga, musical endeavours and a vast array of other extracurricular activities that are all known to be vital for balanced mental health.

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THE POWER OF ALL-GIRLS Based on independent educational research, alongside 85 years of experience, St. Francis’ College recognises that

single-sex education offers girls the greatest chance to ignore stereotypes, develop strong self-worth and grow in confidence. Academic studies concluded that all-girls’ schools were more frequently associated with higher career aspirations, improved test scores and better learning climates for students. It is a proven fact that girls achieve higher results when educated in an all-girls environment. The St. Francis’ learning environment is tailored to the needs and interests of girls; by being surrounded by other girls, they show fewer inhibitions and take more positive risks. The girls are actively encouraged to take on leadership roles: in a three to 18 school the younger girls are encouraged by strong female role models. Young women graduate from St. Francis’ not only ready to take their place in the world as a person of equal intellectual stature, but also knowing they are capable of leading.

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college resources outside school hours. This location enhances the sense of community and connection between day girls and boarders. Our rich global community allows girls the opportunity to experience different cultures and traditions, as well as providing them with a network of friends around the world. Families interested in applying to St. Francis’ College should contact Mrs Lisa Cogan, Admissions Administrator, who will be very happy to guide them through the admissions process. We would be delighted to welcome you to our community to visit. We have regular Open Days which are detailed opposite and on our website or, alternatively, Mrs Cogan would be happy to arrange an individual tour, if you prefer.

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THE EDUCATION BIRTH TO PRE-SCHOOL (RISING FOUR) Visit local nurseries and childcare providers and register your child asap, particularly if you are looking for full time nursery provision at an early age. Visit local pre-preps. Check deadlines for registration but plan ahead: popular schools may have an official deadline but, if oversubscribed, will offer places based on date of registration.

AGE 7–11 If your child attends a fee-paying school, use teachers as a sounding board for possible senior schools. Attend any meetings covering future schools (normally from year four). Visit senior school open days (from year four or earlier). Check deadlines for 11+ registration (normally the November or December prior to entry). If you wish to apply for a scholarship, note any separate deadlines for this together with 11+ entrance exam dates (normally held in January of year 6). Liaise with the school about preparation for these and flag any concerns. Children sitting the 11+ Common Entrance pre-test in year 6 will also need to be registered (in October/December for exams in November and January respectively).

AGE 4½ – 7 Talk to your child’s current school about her/his progress and get their input into future schools. Visit prep schools (usually from year 2) and note registration deadlines (normally the autumn term of the year before the place is required). Check details and dates of assessments.

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AGE 16–18 Start planning for life after school. Attend careers talks, visit universities, research UCAS requirements and deadlines: October of year before for Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, mid-January for most other degree courses. Accept or defer a university place once A level results are in (August) or apply for a place through clearing. If workplacebased training and qualifications are where you’re heading, start considering which industry or occupation best matches your interests and career goals, and research schemes and employers.

AGE 11–16 Register your child for 13+ Common Entrance/scholarship exams, taken in year 8 for year 9 entry. In year 9, pupils will be asked to choose their GCSE options, taken in summer of year 11, normally subjects like languages, art, drama and humanities. (This will be in addition to core subjects such as English language and literature, maths and sciences). In year 10 and year 11, visit open events at sixth form schools and colleges to discuss possible courses, including apprenticeships (from age 16). Register for places. Deadline for registration and assessments/interviews is normally the autumn term of year 11.

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presentation of school life. You’ll encounter headteachers at their jolliest, speeches seamlessly blending gravitas with just the hint of a twinkle in the eye. There will be performances by top-quality singers, musicians, actors and sports teams, and lessons so vibrant – check out the science experiments in particular – that you’ll wish you could join in and have your school days all over again. If it’s enough to make you want to sign up then and there (and some parents – overwhelmed by the all-round wonderfulness – do just that) the school has done its job. For most families, though, it’s more a case of steady as she goes.

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Yes, schools in our area are notably good at what they do, so you’re unlikely to be disappointed. But there’s more to their educational offering than just open days – like what they get up to during the rest of the school year. If all your questions are answered at the open day, then great. If not, then don’t hesitate to ask. Schools will stress that there’s no such thing as the wrong question. Parents may not be trained teachers but they are experts in their own child and only they will know what will motivate them to excel. What matters to them should matter to the school as well. It helps that in addition to meeting members of staff, open days also offer the chance to talk to the bevy of perfect pupils (the kind you can’t help hoping your child will grow into) who are often co-opted to lead tours of the school. While they’ll be touchingly loyal about their school, they are also endearingly honest. Asking them how much homework they get and what they’d change about the subjects, clubs on offer and even their school lunches can tell you more about what it’s really like being a pupil at the school than any glossy literature or polished official speeches. Even asking them their principal or head teacher’s name and how often they speak to them may yield some surprising answers. Ask pupils and staff about how schools balance classroom-based learning with enrichment. Do they get out much and when they go on school trips, what do they add to the curriculum? Find out how CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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educational life. You need to be certain that your child will get a top-class educational experience every school day of the week and feel confident that on the (hopefully) rare occasions that it’s not plain sailing, the school will work with you to sort things out. While you may need to go back to the school to ask further questions, open days should feel like the first steps in a long-term and positive relationship. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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Look at menus and the toilets as well as the multi-million pound new performing arts centre. Schools that sweat the small stuff – including balanced diets and floor to ceiling cleanliness – really care about the whole pupil experience.

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Do they inspire respect and confidence? Are they passionate about the school and what it stands for? Do they have a clear vision for the future and is it one you, as a parent, can buy into?

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Heritage School CAMBRIDGE ituated in the heart of Cambridge, Heritage is a school that inspires pupils to engage with one another and the world around them, to explore the wonders of nature and of science, and to delight in history, music, the arts and the world of books. Heritage fosters creativity and individuality, establishes important habits and nurtures attitudes such as respect for others and enjoyment in learning. Opportunities abound through its rich and stimulating curriculum, including a full sports programme, annual camps in areas of outstanding natural beauty, Shakespeare productions, regular outings in and around Cambridge, European foreign language and history trips, and much, much more. Heritage is a place full of life.

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A WELCOME FROM THE HEADMASTER Visitors have often commented on the unique atmosphere of Heritage School. Housed in three Victorian buildings, it has an intimate, traditional feel. Our size is integral to what we are and value. Each child matters. Each child belongs. Each child contributes. Our small classes (averaging 16 students) make learning enjoyable and effective. We use leading programmes for maths, phonics, handwriting and grammar to ensure the confident mastery of core skills – and we do a great deal more. The breadth of our curriculum is ambitious: we like to think of it as a nourishing and SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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enriching feast. This matters because children are naturally hungry for knowledge, and because a stimulating curriculum is the key to enjoyment in learning. Our location gives us access to opportunities, but the daily feeding of the mind is what matters most. This doesn’t require extensive facilities, just excellent teachers and excellent classroom

resources. We know that an outstanding education is possible and it need not cost the earth. When we started Heritage with just 16 students in 2007, our goal was to see young people emerge from school engaged. We wanted them to be creative contributors, confident in who they are, resilient, hard-working and ready to embrace responsibility. Pupils with such qualities

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St John’s College School CAMBRIDGE t John’s is the only school to have been awarded national Best Prep School and national Best Prep School Head awards in the Tatler Schools Awards. It is the only prep school to have its teaching rated ‘inspirational’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and the first of the very few to have achieved the coveted ‘exceptional’ grade for children’s attainment. It is described by the Good Schools Guide as “a joyous place that’s buzzing”. At St John’s, we believe in a childhood filled with affection, in which children know that they are known and valued, in which they learn to trust themselves and each other, in which they find and express their voice, discover the difference they can make for themselves and others, learn to think for themselves, to question, to collaborate, to be independent, to own and take charge of their learning and their lives. Our education is about the whole child. Our children become independent learners and creative thinkers prepared to question, with their curiosity very much alive. They get the best from themselves and achieve very highly within and beyond the classroom. We aim for our children to develop a real generosity of spirit, who will know and care about how to get the best for others, and who will do well when they are with us and when they are long beyond our shores.

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Our children’s achievement is described by inspectors as ‘exceptional’. Though we are not selective in our Kindergarten, our children are on average at the 85th centile on national tests or ability before they leave. Our exam results are outstanding and on average our 56 leavers gain around 26 scholarships to the strongest schools. Up to one-third of our past pupils in due course gain Oxbridge places each year, more than in the most academically selective of schools: our children continue to be exceptional learners. and loving-kindness teaching, as well as outdoor learning which benefits from the recent addition of a landscaped forest garden. An Enrichment programme has been implemented with our nine- to 13-year olds every Thursday afternoon to explore the development of sustainability projects, as well as cross-curricular work in computing, the arts, design technology, maths and science and to give space to My Mind (incorporating mindfulness, study skills, t’ai chi, PSHEE and philosophy as a foundation for the skills necessary for critical thinking, self-management of learning and management of self). The aim is to foster children’s ability to possess their own learning, to engage their innate curiosity and creativity and to encourage them to connect with feeling to themselves and their world. ATTAINMENT A curriculum that believes in children draws from them the highest and the deepest levels of attainment. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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KNOWING AND CARING FOR YOUR CHILD Education at its best is a deep act of care. If we care, then we will notice. If we notice, then we will act on a child’s behalf. If we act for each child, then each of our children will grow best, will achieve best, will become their best selves. To be known, to be noticed, to be valued, to be cared for: fundamental things for all of us, these are the essentials of a good childhood and they are at the heart of the St John’s way. FIND OUT MORE We would like to offer you time to visit the school and get to know us during the normal school day, during an Open Morning or as an individually arranged tour. It is important to us that you have an opportunity to the see the school in action, tour each of the sites and experience its atmosphere, as well as discuss the School’s educational approach and ask any questions. To arrange your visit please contact the Registrar, Mrs Mary Robb (01223 353652 or admissions@sjcs.co.uk).

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EW imbolton is a really special place where you aren’t just a number or a great set of grades. Individual talent is nurtured from Reception to Sixth Form, and boys and girls, aged four to 18, thrive in our school’s happy, safe environment. Pupils develop into grounded, confident and capable individuals, interested in the world around them and able to express their ideas and personalities.

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INSPIRING INDEPENDENT THINKERS Our school enjoys an historic setting but we have a modern outlook and facilities for the digital age, including a brand-new Science and Maths Centre. The use of iPads by every pupil in our Senior School has given teachers a powerful creative tool with which to enthuse children to effectively organise, communicate, learn and study. Our teachers utilise this technology alongside traditional methods, giving children a strong advantage in future learning and employment. Almost all pupils gain places at the universities of their choice, with many heading to Oxbridge colleges and Russell Group universities. We have a strong track record of students receiving offers for the most competitive courses including medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences. CREATING REAL CONNECTIONS While academic excellence is at the heart of everything we do, the Kimbolton experience offers so much more. We are renowned for our caring, family ethos; visitors frequently comment on the kindness, consideration and respect that underpins our 950-strong community. Small class sizes and an established House system mean that every pupil has a strong sense of belonging. Children forge a broad range of friendships across all ages and are keen to welcome newcomers and help them to settle in quickly. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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“Not flashy but classy. Those parents in the know appreciate that a Kimbolton education is money well spent” The Good Schools Guide FROM CODING TO CANOEING More than 120 clubs and societies flourish at Kimbolton, playing a key part of pupils’ development into interesting adults and offering them a remarkable range of opportunities beyond the classroom. From coding in Robotics Club to competing in the 125-mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, opportunities abound in sport, drama, art, music and outdoor pursuits. We also have a thriving Combined Cadet Force, a Community Service Unit and an extensive programme of trips and visits. Such a wide variety of extracurricular experiences helps to build children’s social skills and self-esteem – the bedrock for a happy and fulfilled life. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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SUPPORTING BUSY FAMILIES Out-of-hours options provide high-quality support to working parents. A before- and after-school club for the younger pupils, plus activities and homework sessions, extend the school day. Many of our children use our dedicated bus service, while others choose from our range of flexible and cost-effective boarding options (rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted).

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King’s College School CAMBRIDGE ounded some 577 years ago, King’s College School is intrinsically linked with the noblest sentiments of Henry VI in facilitating opportunity for education in its broadest sense; where a college, rich in choral tradition and with a commitment to excellence, informs the provision for each member of the school community. At King’s, we celebrate childhood and aspiration in equal measure. It is a school where individuals can explore boundless possibilities, secure in the support and vibrancy of the whole community. King’s is a school that smiles! Its commitment to academic, sporting and musical excellence is deeprooted, with many pupils achieving scholarship and academic entry to outstanding senior schools; our pupils both inspire and surprise us. Equally impressive is the breadth of the co-curricular programme where children excel in art, drama,

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awareness, fundraising, profiling and debate. Personal development for our pupils is achieved in part by their roles as ambassadors and guardians of the future they will own, a future which will depend both on resilience and empathy. At King’s, it is the very best of our past which informs our future, alongside the collaborative commitment of college, school, staff and parents in seeking the best of outcomes for every child.

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King’s Ely NORTH CAMBRIDGE e know that if we could bottle the spirit of King’s Ely we would be onto a real winner, but we would like you to come and experience it for yourself. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful cathedral city of Ely, King’s Ely is an inspiring, visionary independent co-educational day and boarding school, yet one that is built on a fascinating history stretching back over 1,000 years. We serve the academic and pastoral needs of around 1,000 boys and girls from the age of one right the way through to 18, with boarders from seven years old. King’s Ely is located just 15 minutes north of Cambridge and a short walk from Ely train station, with school buses stopping at key locations around the county.

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more than they ever believed possible. King’s Ely students achieve excellent GCSE and A level results, with an average 98% gaining places in their first or insurance choice university. But our school is about much more than league tables. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are the hallmark of every section of King’s Ely. Through a broad and balanced curriculum, pupils develop the self-knowledge and inner resilience that will enable them to face the challenges

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A HOME FROM HOME Boarders, including the Ely Cathedral Boy and Girl Choristers, live in picturesque boarding houses, well led by caring housemasters and housemistresses. A strong pastoral structure where childhood is respected and cherished is a key feature. King’s Ely is a family – a community that is vibrant, nurturing and inclusive. We are a school that can take each child on a seamless journey, travelling from one section to the next, whilst welcoming newcomers at key transition stages, giving support and adapting the offering to the needs of every child in our care. Only by visiting King’s Ely can you feel the energy and warmth of our community.

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“I owe a lot to King’s Ely and will always look back on my journey there with fond memories. The school is like one big family where community really is at its heart. King’s Ely is a school for everyone, where each individual is able to flourish in whatever field they excel in. If it wasn’t for King’s Ely, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I made friends for life and wish I could do it all again” Lucy Pearce former King’s Ely Junior, Senior and Sixth Form student

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any schools – state and independent – are selective. Some accept only pupils who are in the top five or ten per cent of ability for their age. Others take pupils from a wider ability range. In general terms, however, candidates will normally be of at least average ability or above compared with their peers. As a general rule, the younger the child the more informal the assessment process will be. So three- or four-yearolds being considered for reception places, for example, are often invited in for a few hours during a school day to take part in different activities. At this age, the school will generally look at their ability to listen to teachers, follow simple instructions, get on with other pupils and concentrate. As children get older, tests become more formal with assessments in maths, literacy, sometimes reasoning and – very often – an interview. Sometimes assessment will be through cognitive ability testing which measures verbal and non-verbal, mathematical and spatial ability compared to the national average.

“In recent years schools have re-thought the assessment process, making it far less intimidating than it used to be, with team games and activities adding an enjoyble, fun dimension to the experience”

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Testing is similar all the way through to senior school entrance in year 6 (the 11+) though some pupils sit Common Entrance exams at 13+, which can cover a wider range of subjects including, for example, languages and humanities. For entry to sixth form, most schools set a lot of store by predicted grades at GCSE, coupled with reports. Pupils may also be invited to sit exams in their proposed A level subjects and attend an interview, and offers of places will generally be conditional on particular GCSE grades being achieved.

The biggest dilemma for parents can be deciding how much time to spend on exam preparation. It can feel like a delicate balancing act – ensuring that your child feels confident about the exams rather than over-anxious. A good starting point is to visit the admissions pages of the school(s) you are interested in. Most will explain how prospective pupils are assessed. If there’s anything that you don’t understand, speak to the registrar or head of admissions – they’ll be used to it – and ask for clarification.

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For a three- or four-year-old, preparation is all about starting to make sense of the world: counting out and weighing everyday objects, having conversations, reading books together and discussing what they liked, or didn’t like, about the characters and the plot – basically all the things that good parenting is about in any case. For older children facing more formal tests, some advance preparation is advisable. In recent years schools have re-thought the assessment process, making it far less intimidating than it used to be, with team games and activities adding an CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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“Schools stress that children should not generally require extensive extra tuition to pass their entrance exams. However, parents and education specialists would argue that there are times when children can benefit from a bit of a helping hand” enjoyable, fun dimension to the experience. But it’s still worth talking the day through with a child so that they know what to expect in advance, particularly if they attend schools where there’s no formal testing. Here, too, school websites can help. Some will provide links to sample papers that you can print off and go through with your child, as well as guidance – and reassurance – on what a school is looking for. Schools stress that children should not generally require extensive extra tuition to pass their entrance exams. However, parents and education specialists would argue that there are times when children can benefit from a bit of a helping hand. Many tutors will get booked up quickly so it’s worth doing some initial research a year or so in advance. Speaking to families with an older child who has secured a place at the school you’re interested in can often be a good source of advice. Getting the lowdown on exam technique – not running out of time; doing the easy questions first; checking your answers – will ensure that they stand the best chance of doing themselves justice under pressure. Tutors can also help build confidence. Many also offer assessments that pinpoint specific gaps in knowledge. The key is to be clear about what you want to achieve and be aspirational for your child without being unrealistic. The right school for your child isn’t necessarily the most selective but the one where they can realise their potential – and be happy. Good education providers will help you achieve this. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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Top Educational Apps A LITERACY SHED Worth looking at. Though it’s a website, it also offers other spin-off apps such as Dadwavers (a handy mnemonic) that can help to add a creative sparkle to writing.

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TOPMARKS HIT THE BUTTON This paid-for app is based on a popular web game from the TopMarks website – great for times tables and number bond practice.

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XTRAMATH An excellent programme. Though American, don’t be put off, as much of the content is applicable to UK system.

BBC BITESIZE The daddy of them all. App that’s a GCSE revision godsend, taking children through the whole process, from establishing (and learning) the key facts, to testing and, if necessary, repeating. Recently revamped. KHAN ACADEMY Ever felt that what you really needed was a team of friendly experts in every subject imaginable? A team who just wanted to share their expertise with you in a way that made even the most complicated subjects understandable and – whisper it – fun? Khan Academy is that team. Even better, this app is all completely free, thanks to its founder’s laudable desire to make learning accessible to everyone. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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The Leys CAMBRIDGE he Leys is proud of its reputation as a ‘big, small school’; big enough to offer a wealth of opportunities, yet small enough that every pupil is treated as an individual, known by staff and their peers and brought together in a cohesive and close-knit community. A blend of tradition and informality is key to enabling pupils to feel at ease in their environment with the result that they leave the school as confident, hard-working and purposeful young adults. As a Methodist school built on Wesleyan heritage, there are three foundation stones to a Leysian education: academic, the wider curriculum and pastoral care. The three are clearly interconnected but pastoral care is seen as the most important, providing the springboard for achievement in all areas of school life.

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A CARING ENVIRONMENT Pastoral care is not just about guiding pupils through life’s ups and downs, important though that is. It is about providing pupils with an environment and a structure of support which makes them feel encouraged, supported, resilient and positive about their lives. The House system is led by dedicated teams, underpinned by an effective and supportive tutorial system and a staff committed to the care and welfare of pupils. The popular and inspirational Chaplain leads this Christian ethos, which permeates throughout the school.

ACADEMIC RESULTS Through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum The Leys continues to flourish academically. The summer of 2017 saw outstanding public examination results, with a 100% pass rate and 56% of A levels taken graded A*-A. Results were also outstanding at GCSE: over half the cohort achieved nine or more A and A* grades. However, examination results are just the outcome; the process of teaching and learning is a core priority on which school has placed special focus in recent years. A Director of Teaching and Learning has been appointed, testament to the school’s commitment to the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom.

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OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM There are over 100 weekly clubs and activities to choose from at The Leys. Participation in the wider curriculum is important because it is enjoyable and also because it helps to build confidence and soft skills which will prove vital in later life. There is no shortage of opportunity, from CCF to Chess Club, D of E to drama workshops and pupils are encouraged to involve themselves in as many options as possible. Sport, too, plays a big part in helping pupils develop key life skills. As well as the traditional sports such as tennis, rugby, hockey, cricket and netball, the school also offers opportunities for pupils to enjoy rowing, swimming, water polo or CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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“You really do get the best of both worlds. You get to go home, but you get the fun of being a boarder” Tilda, current Home Boarder

squash (among many others). The sporting facilities at The Leys are outstanding and are the envy of many other schools. A SPECIAL LOCATION The Leys is located in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from one of the world’s greatest universities. The advantages of this are countless and The Leys benefits daily from its unique position. Links with academic departments are strong and the cultural and recreational benefits of being located at the heart of Cambridge are significant. The newly refurbished, award-winning boathouse is shared with King’s, Selwyn and Churchill Colleges, The Leys Chapel Choir regularly join the top college choirs for evensong and the annual Leavers’ Ball takes place in the THE LEYS, CAMBRIDGE CB2 7AD

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grand surroundings of Queens’ College. CamEx (the Cambridge Experience) brings all these incredible opportunities together, providing pupils with an exceptional educational experience. A HOME FROM HOME The Leys is, at heart, a boarding school where 70% of pupils are fully immersed in the boarding life of the school. In addition to the traditional Full Boarding option, The Leys offers Home Boarding, giving pupils from local families the best of both worlds; pupils participate in the boarding pupils’ routines, eating supper in school, completing their homework and taking part in evening activities before going home at around 8.30pm to enjoy family life. They are, to all intents and purposes, 01223 508904

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boarders, fully-fledged members of the boarding houses, balancing their busy school lives with quality family time. Day pupils also benefit from the fulfilling life that being part of a vibrant boarding community brings. Day pupils have their own houses but share all the same facilities, wider curricular opportunities and lessons with their boarding friends. SCHOLARSHIPS For those with a particular interest or talent, scholarships are available in academia, sport, drama, music, art and DT. Each award is worth 5% of the fees and pupils may apply for more than one. In some instances these can be topped up with means-tested bursaries. More information can be found on the website. ADMISSIONS@THELEYS.NET

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ocated adjacent to the University Botanic Garden, MPW Cambridge is a friendly, successful and thriving independent college. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of needs, so our aim is to provide bespoke and flexible timetables geared to individual circumstances. We are a wonderful choice for both GCSE and A levels and our students’ university destinations are excellent. Last year our A level students once again excelled, achieving tremendous success in all subjects. This is all the more remarkable, given that we are entirely non-selective. Summer 2017 proved to be another year for outstanding A level results: • 36% of entries were graded A*/A. • 99.7% pass rate across all subjects. • A*/A once again the most common (modal) grade at A level across all entries. Crucially, Ofsted (November 2016) recognised the quality of MPW’s all-round provision by awarding the college ‘outstanding’ in every category. As one of the UK’s leading independent fifthand sixth-form colleges, we pride ourselves on having created an environment where students enjoy working hard. A degree of informality outside the classroom is balanced by an intensive teaching approach within the classroom, where each tutor shares the common objective of helping students to succeed and, when necessary, goes that extra mile to do so. In addition, many of our tutors are examiners or write textbooks for the subjects that they teach. Our commitment to education also includes the following: • A guaranteed maximum class size of nine students for GCSE and A level. • A programme of timetabled weekly one-hour tests, under exam conditions, in addition to regular lessons. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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SUMMER TERM 2018 OPEN DAY If you want to find out more why not attend one of our Open Days, where you can get a feel for the place by experiencing a normal working day and have a discussion with a member of our Senior Management Team. Our Summer Term Open Day date this year is Thursday 31 May 2018. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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• A  n enhanced personal tutor system that enables all students to achieve their full potential. Academic progress, university applications and general welfare all feature prominently. • Specialist university entrance books published by MPW for MPW students. MPW Cambridge is a great place to study. However, don’t take our word for it, come to the college for an Open Day, an informal chat or an interview for a place. By doing so, you will meet students and staff and learn for yourself exactly what the college has to offer. Currently, unlike many other colleges, we provide a versatile range of course combinations, including: • A level two-year courses (four subjects at AS, three at A2). • A level one-year courses. • A level single unit retake courses. • GCSE two-year courses. • GCSE one-year courses. Come to one of our Open Days or explore our website to find out more about what MPW can offer you. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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St Mary’s School CAMBRIDGE t Mary’s School, Cambridge, is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged four to 18, offering an extraordinary environment of love and joy in which students can develop their individual personalities, flourish academically and discover their passions.

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CAMBRIDGE EXCELLENCE Our four school locations surround the Cambridge University Botanic Garden in the heart of Cambridge, and we achieve “excellence in every possible area of educational provision”, according to the latest Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report. Our students receive the GCSE and A level results required to propel them into a range of academic, creative and philanthropic pursuits, and in 2016/2017 students performed consistently well across a remarkably broad range of subjects. A fifth of students achieved all A*/A grades or equivalent at GCSE and 86% of all papers were awarded at A* or B. Sixth form students’ results were equally celebrated, with a quarter of students achieving all A*/A grades, and almost three quarters of all papers awarded at A* or B. OUTSTANDING OUTCOMES ACHIEVABLE BY ALL We have embraced High Performance Learning (HPL) – a proven, research-driven and pedagogy-led approach to education underpinned by a belief that high educational attainment is achievable by all. HPL works on the premise that, in a school like ours which provides a challenging but nurturing environment, intelligence is not a fixed trait but a skill that can be learnt. NURTURING CURIOSITY, CREATIVITY AND CONFIDENCE The school emphasises each young person’s uniqueness, and places substantial value on instilling SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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in the girls a curious, creative and confident spirit that will motivate and equip them for life beyond school. From Reception through to Sixth Form our students are taught by a range of specialist teachers, from computer science, Mandarin and French, to dance, PE and STEM. Everyone has ample opportunities to try a number of new experiences for the first time through our broad extracurricular offering, which includes everything from Young Engineers to Japanese, photography to Model United Nations, a broad range of musical ensembles and theatrical productions, and physical activities ranging from rowing to Zumba, and self-defence to golf. SPORT FOR ALL Outside the classroom the ‘sport for all’ mantra ensures students try different sports and fitness activities to find those they will enjoy, and elite sportswomen and willing amateurs alike are able to thrive. As well as being coached by our team of CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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specialist teachers, the girls are given flexibility to allow for training at county and country team level. We field sports teams in each year group which compete with great success and enjoyment against local schools, as well as in district and county championships – in November 2017 our Year 11 team won seven of seven matches at the U16 County Netball Tournament to be crowned Cambridgeshire U16 County Champions. ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS The school is firm in its commitment to investing in ongoing improvements and we were delighted to recently purchase a new dedicated boarding house on Brooklands Avenue. Other investments being implemented include our school-wide digital strategy; expanding our rowing programme through a partnership with the City of Cambridge Rowing Club (CCRC); and redeveloping our Long Road sports fields.

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Sancton Wood School CAMBRIDGE ocated in the heart of Cambridge, Sancton Wood School is a family-oriented school offering its pupils a welcoming and inspiring environment in which to learn. Over the last 40 years the school has grown into an all-through school, taking both boys and girls from the age of one in Baby Unicorns and educating them all the way through to GCSEs at the age of 16. The school has recently embarked on an exciting new phase in its history, following a period of extensive redevelopment. Sancton Wood School now operates from three different sites, all just a fiveminute walk from one another.

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WE MAKE SANCTON WOOD THE BEST SCHOOL IT CAN BE THROUGH OUR: Seamless co-educational all-through education Excellent pastoral care Small class sizes Central Cambridge location Exceptional academic standards

This is for the school’s youngest pupils and has been designed to include a large garden space and decked area. Another site for the school’s eldest pupils, Years 9 to 11, has been tailored specifically to the needs of older pupils and replicates a college-style environment to help them as they prepare for their next steps after GCSE. ON THE TIMETABLE Our small classes enable teachers to provide individual attention, to consolidate basic skills, and to accelerate the attainment of high achievers. This leads directly to our outstanding results and enables all our students to achieve their first choice A level setting. We cover all subjects in the national curriculum yet we are not restricted by it and can adapt our education to meet our pupils’ needs. This means that children enjoy excellent opportunities to extend their knowledge and develop a true love of learning. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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BEYOND THE CURRICULUM In addition to our broad curriculum at Sancton Wood School we offer a wide number of activities which both enrich and stretch our students. Across the year we offer more than 40 lunchtime and afterschool clubs. We provide a wide variety of curricular and extracurricular drama, music and sporting opportunities for our students. These range from workshops and theatre trips, to minstrels and orchestra, table tennis, dance, yoga and crosscountry. In later years, further opportunities are available in the form of educational school trips abroad to locations such as Northern France, Spain, Iceland and New York. Sancton Wood is passionate about nurturing the talents of its students, supporting them on their journey into becoming well-rounded individuals, and provides an array of tools, extracurricular clubs and activities for them to be able to do so.

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pupils attending ISC schools. It’s not just an impressive figure but the highest since ISC records began over forty years ago. The popularity of independent schools among international families has helped to keep the overall numbers healthy. But there has also been a steady growth in assistance with fees from the schools themselves. While it’s probably OTT to think about it as a Robin Hood mentality, there’s no doubt that as fees have increased for those who can afford it, schools have also been able to provide more support for those who can’t. Figures from the ISC put annual fee assistance at £900m in 2017. Of this, over three quarters came direct from the

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schools themselves. Of the families being supported, almost 6,000 paid no fees at all. The lesson to learn from this is that if you’d like your child to attend an independent school but don’t have the funds, it’s vital to cast British reserve aside and avoid being bashful about asking for help. Many schools will have a pot of money (often donated by former pupils) that’s put aside specifically to help deserving families with the fees. Some schools even offer help – usually through bursaries – that’s worth more than 100% of the fees, to include cover for all the other costs such as uniform and school trips. It provides opportunities for those who

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as a home visit). For families who don’t qualify for means-tested bursaries, there are other ways of making savings. Take scholarships, for example, awarded for outstanding ability in areas such as academics, sport and music, now normally somewhere between five and 20%. Some schools also offer sibling discounts. Perhaps the biggest change, however, has been the decision by families to opt for a mix and match approach to education.

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Schools Directory BASS IN GB O U R N VIL L AGE CO L L E GE

1 1-16 years A small, supportive academy placing great importance on the individual. Excellent educational opportunities and a wide range of extracurricular activities. S outh End, Bassingbourn SG8 5NJ 01763 242344 bassingbournvc.net

B IS H O P’ S STO RT F O RD CO L L E GE

4 -18 years A co-educational day and boarding school, with the aim of developing well-rounded, skilful, happy young people. 1 0 Maze Green Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2PJ 01279 838575 bishopsstortfordcollege.org

B OTT IS H AM VIL L AGE CO L L E GE

1 1-16 years A comprehensive independent academy with outstanding results in a number of fields. L ode Road, Bottisham CB25 9DL 01279 838575 bishopsstortfordcollege.org

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1 1-16 years Cambridgeshire’s newest secondary offers modern facilities and an environment to encourage and inspire. S heepfold Lane, Cambourne CB23 6FR 01954 284000 cambournevc.org

CAST L E S CH OOL

2-19 years  school for pupils with A special educational needs, aiming to make learning fun and develop every pupil in a safe, caring and professional environment. C  ourtney Way, Cambridge CB4 2EE 01223 442400 castleschool.info

CH E ST E RTON CO M MU NITY CO L L E GE

1 1-16 years A multicultural community college aiming to instil a love of learning in every pupil and provide a broad education. G  ilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY 01223 712150 chestertoncc.net

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C OMBE RTON VIL L AG E COLLEGE

1 1-18 years A village-based academy committed to providing the best education possible for all its pupils. W  est Street, Comberton CB23 7DU 01223 262503 combertonvc.org

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1 1-18 years A popular and well-respected school with a passion for teaching and bringing out the best in their students. H  igh Street, Cottenham CB24 8UA 01954 288944 cvcweb.net

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3 -11 years An independent C of E school in Saffron Walden for boys and girls. Part of the Stephen Perse Foundation. A  shdon Road, Saffron Walden CB10 2AL 01799 522348 damebradburys.com

E LY CO L L E GE

1 1-18 years One of the country’s 100 best improving schools with some exciting future plans. D  ownham Road, Ely CB6 2SH 01353 667763 elycollege.com

FRAM L INGH AM CO L L E GE & PR E P S CH O O L

2 ½-18 years An independent college in Suffolk for boys and girls, set in beautiful surroundings. Takes boarders. C  ollege Road, Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9EY 01728 723789 framcollege.co.uk

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2-19 years One of the county’s six special schools, focusing on pupils’ individual needs, offering a personalised curriculum. C  ambridge Road, Linton CB21 4NN 01223 896890 granta.cambs.sch.uk

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3-18 years A vibrant and high achieving co‑educational boarding school in Norfolk. H  olt, Norfolk NR25 6EA 01263 714500 greshams.com

H IGH F IELD S CH O O L E LY

2-19 years Offering a vibrant learning community for children with special educational needs, with an excellent reputation and places in high demand. D  ownham Road, Ely CB6 1BD 01353 662085 highfieldschoolely.co.uk

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11-18 years A co-educational school with sixth form, with a vision to be inclusive, international and inspirational. N  ew Road, Impington CB24 9LX 01223 200400 impington.cambs.sch.uk

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SAWSTO N VIL L AGE COLLE G E

11-16 years A large, mixed comprehensive academy, underpinned by quality teaching. N  ew Road, Sawston CB22 3BP 01223 712777 sawstonvc.org

L INTON VIL L AGE C OL L E G E

11-16 years An academy school with a friendly, family atmosphere, providing a good all-round education. C  ambridge Road, Linton CB21 4JB 01223 891233 lvc.org

ME L B O U RN VIL L AG E CO LLEGE

11-16 years A very successful school where a strong academic performance is coupled with a sense of community. T  he Moor, Melbourn, Hertfordshire SG8 6EF 01763 223400 mvc.org.uk

NETHERHALL S CHOOL

11-18 years A thriving co-educational school, serving Cambridgeshire for over 140 years. Q  ueen Edith’s Way, Cambridge CB1 8NN 01223 242931 netherhall.org

NORTH CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY

11-18 years Following the values of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, with an emphasis on science, sport and the arts. A  rbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JF 01223 491500 northcambridgeacademy.org

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2½-13 years  co-educational prep school A for day pupils and boarders that aims to provide a challenging and fulfilling education. N  acton, Ipswich IP10 0ER 01473 659225 orwellpark.co.uk

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11-18 years  he two community colleges, T Coleridge and Parkside, are relatively small to offer education on a ‘human scale’. Parkside,  Cambridge CB1 1EH; Radegund Road, Cambridge CB1 3RJ 01223 712300 parksidefederation.org.uk

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ST CH R ISTOP H E R’ S S CH O O L 11-18 years  modern, forward thinking A co-educational school for boarding and day pupils. B  arrington Road, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3JZ 01462 650974 stchris.co.uk

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11-16 years  ffering a flexible, high-standard O curriculum, this village college is well known for its sport and arts. S and Street, Soham CB7 5AA 01353 724100 sohamvc.org

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Stephen Perse Foundation CAMBRIDGE & SAFFRON WALDEN ur approach to teaching isn’t about stuffing young minds with facts and figures. It’s about tapping into their curiosity, exploring topics and themes together, having a discussion rather than delivering a lecture. We teach subjects in an integrated way, because the future belongs to those who can think way beyond narrow subject boundaries. We nurture curiosity, character and creativity. So, rather than just turning out young people who are highly skilled at passing exams, our brilliant teachers prepare young people to be independent thinkers in an ever-changing global and digital world. It’s a very different kind of education, where great results are a by-product, not our sole focus. We’re an Apple Distinguished School, leading the digital learning revolution, with students using iPads as virtual satchels and unlocking new ways to learn, connect and collaborate. We’re proud to do things differently.

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STEPHEN PERSE PRE-PREP 3-7 YEARS | CAMBRIDGE/MADINGLEY Life is an adventure and we help our boys and girls to embrace it with confidence and joy. By gently sowing the seeds of critical thinking and encouraging creative and reflective learning, we establish lifelong learning habits. preprep.stephenperse.com DAME BRADBURY’S SCHOOL 3-11 YEARS | SAFFRON WALDEN Every child that joins us at Dame Bradbury’s takes an individual journey, through which they flourish and succeed. Creativity and fun are everywhere – from our inspiring art facilities through to our choice of clubs ranging from ballet and photography to rugby and rock band!. Our pupils leave us happy, confident and instilled with a passion for learning. damebradburys.stephenperse.com STEPHEN PERSE JUNIOR SCHOOL 7-11 YEARS | CAMBRIDGE We encourage children to be active learners – to ask questions, to make mistakes and to explore their interests and talents. By combining academic rigour with creative, flexible teaching we see our pupils grow as independent learners. junior.stephenperse.com STEPHEN PERSE SENIOR SCHOOL 11-16 YEARS | CAMBRIDGE Our school buzzes with activity from dawn till dusk as pupils pursue their ambitions in the classroom and beyond. In our close community each pupil shines – supported and encouraged by committed, brilliant teachers. senior.stephenperse.com STEPHEN PERSE 6TH FORM COLLEGE 16+ YEARS | CAMBRIDGE We deliver outstanding results because we value individuality. We offer the choice of International Baccalaureate or A levels, and by taking time to know and understand each student we offer exactly the right balance of support, inspiration and challenge. Young people leave us prepared for university and life beyond, equipped with the skills to be active global citizens – ready to make their mark in the world. sixthform.stephenperse.com CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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“I can’t imagine a series of schools that could prepare me better for life” Freya Sanders, now studying at the University of Cambridge

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Stoke College SUFFOLK toke College is a happy, vibrant and inclusive school for children from reception age to sixth form, providing day and boarding places. We have a refreshing approach to education, focused on providing a caring and inspiring environment where children love to learn and where achievement in all areas is encouraged and celebrated. Children here are busy and happy, and they become confident in everything they do. They look forward to coming to school where learning is fun and everyone is valued. We welcome children from a wide ability range and it is notable that the school’s GCSE results have risen sharply again this year: 89% of pupils achieved five A* to C, with 84% gaining these grades including English and maths. Close working relationships with excellent teaching staff allow pupils to make strong progress. Our small class sizes benefit pupils of all abilities and we are particularly pleased that pupils at both ends of the academic spectrum exceed national expectations. We welcome all pupils to board, whether it be for the occasional night or seven nights a week. Day pupils benefit from being able to arrive early, leave late or even stay the night. At weekends they can join in with the fun trips programme of our full-time boarders. Each and every child in the school is taught according to their needs and abilities, ensuring

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OPEN MORNING Our next Open Morning is on Friday 27 April (Prep) and Saturday 28 April (Senior & Sixth Form) 9.30am-12pm. Join us then or contact us for a personal visit, to experience the ethos of Stoke College.

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Excellent pastoral care, strong academic success Average class size of ten Happy children become successful adults A caring community, an engaging curriculum A beautiful, spacious campus within easy reach Helping busy families: early dropoff, late pickup, flexi-boarding Bus routes from Cambridge, Newmarket and Saffron Walden Cambridgeshire. It has an extremely positive learning environment set in 29 acres of parkland where the children can enjoy space and freedom whilst benefiting from excellent teaching. The site of Stoke College first became a seat of learning 600 years ago, and whilst we value our rich and illustrious heritage, we offer a thoroughly contemporary education focusing on academic achievement and on the development of character. Stoke College is a caring community that allows confidence to grow, talents to blossom and weaknesses to be strengthened. At Stoke College the end goal is to produce selfconfident, successful and capable young people. A Stoke College student will also have a broad mind, a respect for others, a desire to make a positive contribution in all aspects of life, and an appreciation of happy schooldays. CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION GUIDE

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The Next Step

T H E O P T I O N S F O R 1 6 + Q UA L I F I C AT I O N S H AV E E X PA N D E D I N R E C E N T YEARS, OFFERING A WIDE CHOICE FOR ALL TYPES OF STUDENT

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ntil relatively recently, sixth form studies – for the vast majority of pupils – came in one flavour only. A levels were the prescribed route into university and beyond. And if their narrow beam, in-depth subject focus didn’t suit – well, tough luck. Things are different today. The International Baccalaureate, once a niche option generally confined to international schools, has hit the mainstream. Brand

new 16+ qualifications, notably Btecs and the Pre-U, have also arrived on the scene. It’s even possible to mix and match, with pupils choosing to study for, say, two A levels and a Btec. After a rocky patch when years of grade inflation prompted fears that their so-called gold standard status was being undermined, A levels are back with a vengeance. Reforms to the curriculum have re-established their pre-eminence as a much-respected qualification. Admirers like the very things that its detractors don’t – the ability to drill down into a subject and explore it in depth, making it an admirable precursor to

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university studies. Results are determined by once-and-for-all exams taken at the end of the two-year course, though students can also take stand-alone AS exams at the end of their first year. Are they for you? Someone with a clear idea of where their interests lie and what they want to study at university – medicine, for example – can find that A levels are just the ticket. They’ll often start with four subjects in their first year of sixth form and drop one at the end of the first year. A budding engineer might take sciences and maths all the way through but also study design and technology for a year, for example.

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The Pre-U offers something similar but with arguably even greater emphasis on debate and encouraging independence of thought, as well as a grading system that, with three levels of distinction, separates the super from the merely very bright. Many pupils, however, aren’t as sure of their future path in life and enjoy all their studies. For these students, the IB can be an ideal course, notable for its breadth and focus on independent learning. Now more widely offered as a parallel course to A levels, the IB is unquestionably challenging: talk to students and their teachers and they’ll stress that it’s essential to be both diligent and highly organised. No wonder, given the requirements – a core programme covering the theory of knowledge, an extended essay and community service – on top of studying and taking exams in a range of different subject areas including language and literature, sciences, maths and the arts, at least three at higher level. What all these courses, A levels, the IB and Pre-U, have in common is the emphasis on high stakes, all-or-nothing exams. Fine if you’re the kind of learner who thrives on this type of pressure. For those who don’t, Btecs can be a welcome alternative. Btecs (standing for Business and Technology Education Council) are another relatively new qualification. Designed as vocational, work-related qualifications, there are around 2,000 on offer in total spanning 16 sectors ranging from applied science through to media,

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qualifications have also emerged, covering a wide range of subjects and career areas. One of the newest, Cambridge Technicals, has a strong practical focus, developing an understanding of a subject based on how it is used in the workplace. Like other post-16 options, students will need to have passed GCSEs (or similar qualifications) first. Current subject areas include art and design, business, digital media and engineering. NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) are designed for students either in a full-time job or on a course with a work placement component, and include practical, work-related tasks which are assessed against nationally required

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standards. With over 1000 subjects on offer ranging from plumbing to hairdressing and courses at different levels (including level 3, or A level equivalent), they’re ideal for anyone with a clear idea of the job they would like to do. The TechBac is a new hands-on qualification (offered by City and Guilds and endorsed by a range of top-name employers such as Microsoft). Its combination of practical workplace experience and online skills development could prove an invaluable qualification for anyone with an interest in developing technical expertise, and who wants to keep their options open, as it can lead either to the workplace or on to higher education. SPRING/SUMMER 2018

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Sixth Form Directory CAMBRIDGE CENTRE FOR SIXTH FORM STUDIES (CCSS)

15-21 years  centrally located college A offering GCSEs and A levels with very small class sizes (an average of six students in each). The teachers are experts in their field and experienced at getting students into top universities. 4 -5 Bene’t Place, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EL 01223 816546 ccss.co.uk

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 ot specified N An independent sixth form college in which staff and students work together to achieve academic success. H  omerton Gardens, Cambridge CB2 8EB 01223 578280 abbeycambridge.co.uk

BELLERBYS COLLEGE

 ot specified N An experienced international college, helping students achieve their potential. Set over two campuses. Q  ueens Campus, Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LU 01223 652800 bellerbys.com

Not specified  ffering the unusual format of O Education as a Service where students can start at the beginning of any month, the college provides A level and International Foundation Diploma courses. 1 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BB 01223 952982 cambridgeleadershipcollege. com

CAM B R ID GE R E GIO NAL CO L L E GE

Not specified  ne of the largest further O education colleges in the region,

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providing excellent full-time and part-time courses, apprenticeships and higher education programmes. K  ings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT 01223 418200 camre.ac.uk

T H E CO L L E G E O F WE ST AN G LI A (CWA)

16+ years O  ne of the largest and most successful education and training providers in the Eastern region, CWA offers a wide choice of learning opportunities and has campuses in Cambridge, Wisbech and King’s Lynn. L andbeach Road, Milton CB24 6DB 01223 860701 cwa.ac.uk

CO M B E RTON S IXT H FO R M

Not specified A vibrant, dynamic place to study, yet small enough to provide a supportive community for the 400 students working towards A levels and BTEC qualifications in more than 30 subjects. W  est Street, Comberton CB23 7DU 01223 265470 combertonsixthform.org

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HIL LS ROAD SIXTH FO RM COLLEGE

16-19 years Hills Road is a highly regarded sixth form college located in central Cambridge. The college offers excellent facilities and prides itself on providing an exceptional educational experience. H  ills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE 01223 247251 hillsroad.ac.uk

LONG ROAD SIXTH FO RM COLLEGE

16-19 years A 16+ education institution specialising in the provision of A level, Diplomas and Extended Diplomas GCSE and vocational programmes. L ong Road, Cambridge CB2 8PX 01223 507400 longroad.ac.uk

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M AND E R P O RT MAN WO O DWARD (MPW )

14+ years A co-ed fifth and sixth form college offering a wide range of A level and GCSE subjects (for Year 10 and 11 or simply Year 11) in a friendly, thriving environment in Cambridge. 3 -4 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE 01223 350158 mpw.ac.uk

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Adult Education Directory ALLIANCE F RA N ÇA I S E

Group classes, private classes, conversation classes and more, designed to help your knowledge of the French language. Check the website for details on enrolment. 6  0 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1LA 01223 561854 alliance-cam.co.uk

A N G L I A RU S K I N U N I VE RS I TY

Offering continued professional development courses in health, education, social care, science and technology. Full and part-time. Check the website for details on open days. E  ast Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT 01245 493131 anglia.ac.uk

CAMBRIDGE REGIONAL COLLEGE

Study part-time on a range of courses, from leisure to professional qualifications. Make use of modern facilities to enhance your skills, gain a professional qualification, start

a new career or ease yourself back into education. Classes include DIY, British Sign Language, beauty and more. K  ings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT 01223 418200 camre.ac.uk/adult-learners

C H E ST E RTO N C O M M U N I CTY COLLEGE

Choose from evening courses in arts, crafts, languages, fitness and health. 3  5 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NT 01223 576110 chestertoncambs.sch.uk

F I RST I N T U I T I O N

For CIMA, ACCA, AAT and ICAEW courses, taught by staff with a wealth of experience in accountancy training. 3  5 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NT 01223 360405 firstintuition.co.uk

H I L LS ROA D S I XT H FORM COLLEGE Offering recreational, academic and vocational

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courses across a variety of subjects in the evenings and some weekends. H  ills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PE 01223 247251 hillsroad.ac.uk

L A DA N T E

A European cultural centre offering courses in Spanish and Italian by highly qualified, native tutors, plus wine tastings, film nights and a host of other cultural events. T  he Lodge, Hawthorn Way, Cambridge CB4 1BT 01223 315191 ladante-in-cambridge.org

MADINGLEY HALL

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education offers part-time and

short courses for adults of all ages, ranging from weekends right up to two-year Master’s programmes. M  adingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ 01223 746262 ice.cam.ac.uk

NAT I O NA L E XT E N S I O N COLLEGE (NEC)

An award-winning online distance learning college, NEC offers recreational learning as well as courses working towards recognised qualifications. T  he Michael Young Centre, School House, Homerton Gardens, Cambridge CB2 8EB 0800 389 2839 nec.ac.uk

O PE N U NIVE RS ITY (O U )

Get back into education at the OU with distance learning. Offering face-to-face, email, online and phone-based tutorials in around 600 subjects, with 180 qualifications on offer. P  O Box 197, Milton Keynes MK7 6BJ 0300 303 5303 open.ac.uk

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 ourses run in the evenings, C daytime and at weekends, at various locations throughout the city. P  arkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH 01223 712340 parksidefederation.org.uk

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S mall group Spanish courses and workshops taught by highly qualified native teachers, for all levels of ability from complete beginners up to proficient Spanish speakers. Dynamic and engaging lessons. Cultural events including Spanish film nights, music and food events. T  he Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP 07817 171256 cambridge-lessons.co.uk

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