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Traditional, yet forward-thinking – our area has a unique perspective on education, and it offers learning opportunities for all
n a fast-moving educational landscape, having expert guides on hand to explain just what’s going on and what it means is essential. Fortunately, we’re rich in specialists. Whether it’s new-look primary school tests and the decoupling of AS from A levels or grants for adult learners, you won’t have to look far to find someone with an insider’s insights. It’s that ready access to brilliance, breadth and billions of highly educated brain cells that makes our area so special. It’s hard to argue with the view that it all starts with our ancient university. Many a senior school teacher will tell you that having lectures, museums and academics on the doorstep, all wrapped up in hundreds of years of tradition and accessorised with amazing architecture, infuses everything they do. Given that schools have only to open their front doors to let their pupils loose on a world of non-stop enrichment, you get their point. There’s more to the whole experience than that, however. Not for nothing is our city home to some of the most cutting-edge industries around. Change never stops. Study here and you can end up feeling as if you’re experiencing education not just in the fast lane but occasionally at what feels like the speed of light. And that’s down, very largely, to a sense of a world without boundaries. While our area is steeped in tradition, it’s certainly not hidebound by it. Instead, our students, whether four, 14 or 40, are encouraged to build on what’s gone before and embrace the future in all its glorious uncertainty. As schools and colleges will tell you, they’re preparing pupils for an unknown world, for careers that haven’t yet been invented, for technology that hasn’t yet been developed. It may sound a daunting prospect but it’s one education experts here positively relish. The
hardware we build or software we use to communicate with each other may change beyond all recognition. The qualities that this generation of students will need to create it – resilience, imagination and creativity – will stay the same. So whether you’re looking at primary schools for your child, trying to work out which sixth form would suit them best or considering going back to school yourself to cultivate a new skill, pick up a favourite hobby once again or study for new qualifications that will enable you to change career, you can’t go wrong by doing it right here.
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CONTENTS 10 | BROOKES CAMBRIDGE
Flempton Road, Risby, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6QJ 01284 760531 | www.brookescambridge.org Brookes Cambridge is an independent day and boarding school that accepts boys and girls from three-years old and offers the option to board. It is a founding member of the Brookes Education Group and is committed to the development of a truly innovative and groundbreaking curriculum.
14 | CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 8DW 01223 778290 | www.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. All pupils are given an individualised education in a caring environment.
27 | ST CHRISTOPHER SCHOOL
Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3JZ 01462 650850 | www.stchris.co.uk On its 38-acre purpose-built site, St Christopher School has been pioneering an innovative and distinctive approach to educating girls and boys aged three to 18 for more than a century. The school believes in producing well-rounded, highly capable individuals with the skills and confidence to thrive in the modern world.
28 | CULFORD SCHOOL
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TX 01284 728615 | www.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 2Âž to 18. With a strong emphasis on sports, Culford believes in educating the whole person, to deliver aÂ well-rounded, fulfilled individual with excellent academic results.
30 | FAIRSTEAD HOUSE
Fordham Road, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7AA 01638 662318 | www.fairsteadhouseschool.co.uk A co-educational independent day school and nursery for children aged three to 11, situated close to the centre of historic Newmarket, Fairstead House prides itself on offering a bespoke education, its high academic standards and the search to excite the intellect of each child to their fullest potential.
33 | FELSTED SCHOOL
Felsted, Essex CM6 3LL 01371 822605 | www.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.
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34 | ST. FRANCIS’ COLLEGE
Broadway, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3PJ 01462 670511 | www.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, and prides itself on its academic rigour and huge extracurricular programme.
36 | HILLS ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE 01223 247251 | www.hillsroad.ac.uk Hills Road Sixth Form’s distinctive blend of opportunity, quality and achievement has earned the college a national reputation for excellence. It offers a friendly and caring community in which students enjoy a learning experience designed to engage and inspire them, to enable them to maximise their potential and achieve personal growth.
38 | ST JOHN’S COLLEGE SCHOOL
73 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AB 01223 353652 | www.sjcs.co.uk St John’s College School, winner of the national Best Prep School and Best Prep School Headmaster in the Tatler School Awards, is an independent co-educational day and boarding school, which offers an exceptional educational experience to pupils aged four to 13.
40 | KIMBOLTON SCHOOL
Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 0EA 01480 860505 | www.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 whilst producing wellrounded, confident young adults.
42 | KING’S COLLEGE SCHOOL
West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DN 01223 365814 | www.kcs.cambs.sch.uk King’s College School is an independent co-educational prep school in Cambridge for children age four to 13. Its academic results are formidable but children still excel at music, art, sport, debating, chess and drama. King’s College School is a caring familybased community in which all children are respected and valued.
44 | KING’S ELY
Barton Road, Ely CB7 4DB 01353 660707 | www.kingsely.org A prestigious day and boarding school, King’s Ely offers an outstanding education for children and young people aged from three 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.
48 | ST MARY’S SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE
Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LY 01223 353253 | www.stmaryscambridge.co.uk An independent girls’ day and boarding school educating students from age four to 18, situated in the heart of the academically and culturally vibrant city, the school offers a safe and secure learning environment for girls. It has a unique atmosphere which supports learning and development, and fosters self-esteem, confidence and friendship.
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50 | MPW
3-4 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE 01223 350158 | www.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 | THE PERSE SCHOOL
Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8QF 01223 403800 | www.perse.co.uk The Perse School offers a stimulating and rounded education for boys and girls from three to 18. Pupils are encouraged to be intellectually curious and enjoy a huge range of exciting extracurricular activities in a community characterised by encouragement and care, where they can be themselves with confidence.
54 | SANCTON WOOD SCHOOL
2 St Paul’s Road, Cambridge CB1 2EZ 01223 471703 | www.sanctonwood.co.uk Sancton Wood School, housed in a beautiful building in central Cambridge, is an independent girls and boys 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 pupil:teacher ratios.
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56 | STEPHEN PERSE FOUNDATION
Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1HF 01223 454700 | www.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 cramming facts and figures – what you learn in class is only half the story.
60 | UTC CAMBRIDGE
Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SZ 01223 724300 | utccambridge.co.uk A specialist science college for 14-19 year olds, University Technical College Cambridge provides a dynamic and inspirational curriculum in biomedical and environmental science and technology, supported by world-class research, academic and business partners, from its purpose-built, modern facilities.
62 | WALDEN SCHOOL
Mount Pleasant Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3EB 01799 525351 | www.waldenschool.org.uk Walden School is a lively, caring and vibrant community situated in Saffron Walden, a small market town close to Cambridge. Offering education from nursery to sixth form on one beautiful site, which allows for a seamless transition to each stage: Nursery to Prep School, Prep to Senior School and Senior to Sixth Form.
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rookes Cambridge is an independent day and boarding school that accepts boys and girls from three years old. We not only provide our students with the tools that give them confidence and a mindset to take on new challenges, but also encourage them to be open-minded, aware of cultural differences, and creative and innovative about how they approach world issues.
OUR UNIQUE APPROACH
The best way to experience the school is to see it for yourself through a personal tour. However we also offer planned events to prospective parents and their children. The latest event is listed below.
Saturday 12 November, 10.30am-12.30pm
Brookes Cambridge, Flempton Road, Risby, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6QJ Telephone 01284 760531 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website brookescambridge.org
We’re a pioneering school that places the child at the heart of all we do. Through our unique ethos, which starts in our Montessori-accredited nursery, we inspire a love of learning through creativity and imagination. The combination of small class sizes and innovative teachers provides the catalyst for students to flourish and unlock their natural talents. During lessons we not only use imaginative activities to spark children’s inspiration but also explore links between different disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter. These connections are developed and enhanced through bespoke learning programmes that break down the artificial barriers that can exist between individual subjects. Providing the fertile soil to allow children’s potential to take root is key, as Head of School Carole Beedham explains: “From my experiences in teaching in the UK and around the world I have learned that the most successful schools are ones that create the conditions where children will flourish and give their best. “Every child is a unique individual and it is our responsibility to give them a wide range of opportunities and experiences so they can find their own successful path in life.” Each programme is multidimensional; not only do we use a kaleidoscope of subjects to bring learning to life, we venture beyond the classroom, be it excursions, performances, leading assemblies or meeting keynote speakers. Internationalism is part of our DNA and informs all subjects across our curriculum. It’s a principle that provides children with a broader understanding of today’s world. This global awareness is nurtured not only through our teaching but also our family of schools that span the continents.
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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE OUR FAMILY Brookes Cambridge is a founding member of the Brookes Education Group, which was born out of the inspiration of a small group of experienced, international educators who are passionate about sharing their vision for global education. The Brookes family currently boasts five schools located in some of the top-ranked countries for education and opportunity, which are Canada, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Having a truly international family of schools provides an extraordinary opportunity to share experiences from across continents and cultures.
OUR VALUES Our key values of love, courage, honesty, respect and trust are just as important as any subject taught within the school. We embed these values in everything we do, creating a reflective, diverse and respectful atmosphere in the school. Together with these values, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural learnings are also
embedded. We are proud of our pupils, who demonstrate tolerance and an understanding of democracy.
OUR PARTNERSHIPS Community plays an important part in school life and it is our mission to identify new and innovative opportunities to foster support and development. To this end, we are proud of our partnership with the Fitzwilliam Museum, in which we have invested in key parts of their outreach and education work. The partnership enables the development of workshops for 11 to 13 year olds, innovative family trails and the ever popular ‘Fitz Kits’ that provide a selection of activities that children enjoy transporting around the galleries. The partnership also enables the school to enhance its series of programmes. Exhibitions provide inspiration for teachers to develop a curriculum that excites and intrigues pupils. It’s an association that underlines our commitment to creativity and innovation; a statement underlined by Carole Beedham. She said: “This partnership inspires our teachers as well as our children.
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To work with such an important and respected institution underlines our commitment to both the community and also to the development of a truly innovative and groundbreaking curriculum.”
OUR CAMPUS Brookes Cambridge is set in eight acres framed by the undulating, lush Suffolk countryside. 30 minutes drive from Cambridge and five miles west of Bury St Edmunds, we provide a safe and enriching environment for children to study and play. To open our campus to families in Cambridge, we operate a high-quality bus service from Babraham Park & Ride that provides a safe and pleasant journey to the school.
OUR FUTURE We have embarked on an ambitious redevelopment plan that will see our campus truly deliver 21st century schooling to our students. By January 2017, we shall unveil a £2 million, state-ofthe-art boarding and classroom facility that will boast modern, highly equipped art, science and computing labs as well as five-star lodging for full-time, weekly and flexi-boarders. By 2020, we will be a true ‘through school’, that will offer a complete learning experience from three to 18 years old. Children will be able to study for the IGCSE before embarking on the International Baccalaureate, a globally recognised qualification that
better prepares students for life beyond the school gates. However, our ambition does not stop there, as Brookes Education Group UK Director David Rose explains: “We want to see Brookes Cambridge recognised as one of the best schools in Eastern England and for our students to benefit from the global connections that are open to them.”
OUR BOARDING Gryphon House has been designed and built to exceptional standard with all rooms boasting a full complement of modern furnishings and fittings as well as separate en-suite shower and toilet facilities. House parents John and Gill White, who have more than 30 years’ boarding experience, will provide your child with a ‘home from home’ experience, support and inclusiveness. Quiet places for study along with academic support give residential students room to thrive, and social spaces and weekend excursions encourage exploration of culture and community life.
OUR INVITATION We believe we offer something truly different from other schools. We are global yet proud of our links with the local community. We celebrate different. We empower. We provide challenges and the support to help children reach their goals. We are passionate and care about every individual child. As Carole Beedham added: “There is a vibrancy in our lessons which I invite you to come and see and experience for yourselves; our unique curriculum in this extraordinary school.”
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CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Cambridge International School is one of the most innovative schools in the world in its learning methods, approach to personal development and preparation for long-term student success in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 2006, to support Cambridge’s burgeoning international community, we provide a rich, stimulating, forwardthinking learning environment for the internationally minded family. A particular feature of the school is our commitment to providing an unpressurised learning environment based around each child’s readiness to learn. We believe learning can and should be fun, challenging each child to achieve the highest educational standards in a caring and supportive environment. Our aim is to inspire, equip and nurture pupils for their future as responsible, confident, kind, hard-working and compassionate people.
GREEN AND SPACIOUS GROUNDS The school is situated on three spacious sites around the south of Cambridge. Each campus has a distinctive and individual feel – but shares the same vibrant CIS ethos and values. Class sizes throughout the school are kept to a maximum of 16 pupils. Nursery, Infant and Junior pupils are based at Cherry Hinton Hall, an Edwardian building set in 27 acres of stunning parkland. This is easily accessible by public transport or school bus. Pupils enjoy a weekly Forest School session in the adjacent woodland. The Senior School is based south of the city in Little Abington, Cambridgeshire, set in 40 acres of rural green and open grounds. Pupils at the Senior School enjoy the opportunity to experience a wide range of subjects; from engineering through to philosophy. Our Sixth Form campus in Innes House on Bateman Street, near the centre of Cambridge provides a supportive and stimulating transition from school to university, work and life.
To us every day is an open day at Cambridge International School, and families are warmly invited to book a private tour to see our school in action. Find out more about the enriching experience we offer, contact Tracey Headland to arrange a private tour. Email email@example.com Telephone 01223 778290
THE CURRENCY OF THE FUTURE Sixth Form Principal, Tom Cassidy is bullish about the future for today’s students. Many schools are inculcating the competitive mindset in young people, fearing students will have to fight in an increasingly dog-eat-dog world. However, this is not evidence-based. Of course, places in traditional careers like medicine, law and accountancy are shrinking, but this is a good thing. It means we are
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freeing humans to do things that are more interesting! The statistics clearly show that there is an abundance of opportunity in the fields of energy, biotech, robotics, data science, leisure, transportation, artificial intelligence, learning, automation to name but a few. We just need to train young people how to participate in this exciting future by teaching them the ability to learn new things fast. Our fundamental approach to learning new things fast is to engage as much brain function as possible in the learning process. We do this by creating, since neuronal activity is greatest in the act of creation. Students want to learn Portuguese? They create their own programme, speaking from day one and building their own learning materials as they go. In this way, we can take a non-speaker to operational fluency in six weeks and we can be confident that students get A grades or better in all their academic subjects.
DIVERSE AND ENRICHING As a school that welcomes pupils aged three to 18 years from all over the world, language teaching is an area of excellence. Early language learning is a priority. As well as French and Spanish, Mandarin is taught to all Infant and Junior pupils. Our Mother Tongue programme stands alone in its breadth and range. All pupils are offered a Mother Tongue programme and the cost of this tuition is included within their fees. We offer small group tuition in over 12 different languages at present, taught by native
speakers, during the school day. We currently offer Mother Tongue lessons in Swedish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Danish, Mandarin, Norwegian, Spanish, Polish, Russian and Portuguese. All CIS pupils are given opportunities to enjoy learning experiences outside the classroom. Recent trips for Year 9 and 10 have included scuba diving as part of their science provision, geography and science trips to Iceland, and Latin groups to Pompeii. More local trips include excursions to the range of theatres, galleries, museums and universities in Cambridge and London. Drama forms an important part of school life and all our pupils are introduced to public speaking at an early age. The school has staged ambitious productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge with a cast from Years 2 to 11.
CHALLENGING AND FUN Diverse and enriching. Challenging, without overwhelming. Each individual pupil is supported to achieve the highest educational standards in a diverse and stimulating environment.
EASY TRANSPORT LINKS
Transporting your child to and from our spacious, green sites is made easy at CIS. The schoolâ€™s fleet of minibuses offers a comprehensive transport network for pupils to and from the city centre and many of the outlying towns and villages.
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Live Local, Think Global.
Cambridge International School gives hope to the internationally-minded family in a post-BREXIT world
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THE RIGHT SCHOOL Academic results are important, but also crucial is your child’s personality and attitude to learning. Choosing the perfect school isn’t all academic Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016 | 19
“From outstanding exam results to aweinspiring facilities, schools here radiate excellence in every direction”
f you thought finding the perfect partner was tricky, it’s a doddle compared with tracking down the right school. Just as well there’s no educational equivalent of Tinder (though it’s probably only a matter of time). And in our area at least, you can see why there’s a problem. Parents are spoilt for choice. It all starts with the location, as schools themselves are quick to acknowledge. Excitement, excellence and innovation are among the watchwords in Cambridge, and because education is so much part of the city, that sense of learning imbues everything, from the oldest landmark to the newest bioscience start-up firm. Ultimately, it adds up to an atmosphere that inspires. From outstanding exam results to awe-inspiring facilities, schools here radiate excellence in every direction, casting a megawatt beam that puts many other parts of the country in the shade. No wonder their allure to parents has gone up and up. For further proof, look no further than the Independent Schools Council’s 2016 census which showed that, despite recent wobbles in national confidence, the percentage of pupils at fee-paying schools
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a range of backgrounds and abilities. Some schools specialise in a smaller age range – four- to seven-year olds for example – or may have their own nurseries and start at two or even younger. Others cover a complete educational range, from three-year olds right up to school leavers. And these days, too, there’s considerable flexibility. Once, families who committed to state or independent education tended to stick with their choice. Today, parents may start their child off in a state school, move to the independent sector at 11 and then back again into one of the area’s excellent sixth form colleges. It’s all a matter of choice, finances and, of course, where your child will be happiest. The task for parents is to think about what really matters, and where there’s room for manoeuvre. Take the logistics. When you’re head over heels in love with the perfect school, you may not
in East England carried on growing, putting it second only to London. Every other area saw a drop. The drawback, naturally enough, is pressure on places. You don’t need a top grade in A level maths (though if you do, you couldn’t be in a better place to acquire one) to work out that brilliant schools plus a growing school-age population equals increased competition. But despite those doom and gloom pronouncements, schools stress that children do end up happily ensconced in schools that are right for them. And happily is the key word. Schools these days are humane, child-friendly places. Even entrance exams aren’t the intimidating ordeal they used to be, with lovely meals, lots of time for socialising and fun activities to enjoy. Some schools don’t even have formal assessments but make a positive virtue of recruiting children from
“Schools stress that children do end up happily ensconced in schools that are right for them – and happily is the key word”
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“It’s impossible not to be seduced by topline results, academic and otherwise, and crumbs, there are a lot of them”
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give the fact that it involves a nightmare commute a second thought. That could well change once you’ve been battling our snarled-up roads, some with average speeds of just 15 miles, for a term or two, particularly with younger, fractious siblings on board. Quality family time is a precious commodity that’s all too easily squandered, so unless you’re prepared to move, an alternative that doesn’t tick quite so many boxes but is within easy walking or cycling distance – especially at primary school stage – is well worth considering. Of course, it’s impossible not be seduced by top-line results, academic and otherwise, and, crumbs, there are a lot of them in this neck of the woods. But while nobody would deny that doing well is important, schools also pride themselves on their ability to help children do better than predicted, sometimes substantially so. The technical term is value added – the ‘extra’ that a good school can deliver when it comes to academic
“Schools also pride themselves on their ability to help children do better than predicted, sometimes substantially so”
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“You also need to think about your child’s personality and where they are most likely to thrive”
achievement – and it’s something head teachers are increasingly keen to talk about. While the statistics will undoubtedly reassure, you also need to think about your child’s personality and where they are most likely to thrive. It’s a classic case of horses for courses. Two children may have similar ability but very different personalities. Someone who is shy and bright might prefer a gentler style of learning, delivered by confidence-inspiring teachers. For a more outgoing individual, a more overtly competitive, fast-paced environment might be ideal to keep their interest piqued. Above all, parents need to ensure whatever school they pick, they can get along with it. Admittedly, it’s a lot easier than it used to be. Gone are the days when schools expected parents to hand over their children and get on with the job of moulding them into acceptable human beings, no questions asked. Instead, parents can expect to be involved in just about every aspect of their child’s progress, from a dip in grades to GCSE options. Contact the school if you have any concerns and you can expect to hear back within hours. Today teachers bend over backwards to work with parents. Good schools – and there are plenty of them – form a partnership with families to ensure that children’s educational experiences are productive, fulfilling and – above all – happy ones.
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St Christopher School Truly Independent
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Highly successful Day and Boarding school Excellent Independent Education for girls and boys from Nursery to Sixth Form Outstanding results at Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form Fantastic facilities on a 38 acre site Close to Cambridge - direct school bus service, direct train or 30 minute drive For further details, or to arrange a private tour of the school, please contact Michelle on 01462 650947 or firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to meeting you.
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LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY
At St Christopher School in Letchworth Garden City we help children between the ages of three and 18 become self-disciplined and self-motivated individuals, who are independent learners and creative thinkers able to make informed choices in a modern world. We focus on the importance of the journey from childhood to adulthood and excel in creating a supportive and nurturing climate where children reach their potential. Along the way there are new friends to meet, new subjects to learn, new activities to try and new challenges to tackle. There will be successes and there will be failures, that all need to be met with the right attitude. At St Chris we have high expectations. We expect excellent behaviour and maximum effort. We also expect everyone to work together, to enjoy their time at school and have fun working hard. Because of the happy, supportive and respectful atmosphere at St Chris, our students develop an inner confidence that underpins everything they do and transfers into their plans for the future. The School is situated on a 38-acre purpose-built campus with excellent facilities for sport, music, art and design. Our highly qualified staff use the very best resources to engage and enthuse. We have been pioneering a distinctive and innovative approach to education for 100 years and our methods have stood the test of time. When the School was first founded in 1915 the Daily Herald reported that it was based ‘not on the sameness of children, their conformity to type, but on their differences’. This concept, like the fact that children can choose what they wear to school and, that all are addressed by their first names, was distinctive in 1915. Today, these modern practices continue to support our highly effective learning and teaching. We believe – and universities, parents and employers tell us – that our approach produces well-rounded, highly capable individuals with the skills and confidence to thrive in the modern world. We can think of no better role for a school. Only a visit can convey the atmosphere and sense of purpose that exists within a school, and this is a school that needs to be visited.
Phone us on 01462 650947 or visit our website at www.stchris.co.uk
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CULFORD SCHOOL BURY ST EDMUNDS
ULFORD: NEW CAMBRIDGE SHUTTLE BUS Culford is a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged between 2¾ and 18 across three schools: the Pre Prep & Nursery, Prep and Senior Schools, all of which are situated within 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland. Culford is conveniently located four miles north of Bury St Edmunds and is within easy reach of Cambridge. A new daily Cambridge shuttle bus service means that Culford is a day school option for Cambridge families.
LANDMARK LIBRARY & LEADING SPORTS FACILITIES Culford has had more than £10 million of investment in facilities over recent years including a state-of-the-art £2.2 million library, leading sports facilities and a new café for the Sixth Form. The school is naturally proud of its resources which also include a modern Science Centre and dedicated Music School. Culford’s recently launched Golf Academy offers children the opportunity to combine a first-rate education with firstclass golf coaching from PGA Professional, Lawrence Dodd. Culford’s bespoke golf scholarships enable children to develop their golf skills to the highest level, take advantage of Culford’s new excellent on-site golf facilities and those of four nearby golf courses, including the world-renowned Royal Worlington. GB Olympic Gold medallist, Laura Unsworth officially opened Culford’s second artificial turf pitch, in September 2016. Alongside these fantastic pitches, Culford also boasts state-of-the-art sports facilities including a champion standard indoor tennis centre; outdoor tennis courts – two of which are seasonally covered; a 25m heated indoor swimming pool; and a golf driving range. From November 2016, Culford pupils will have access to world-class golf technology including ‘Trackman 4’ within a bespoke custom-built golf swing studio.
DISCOVER MORE We believe education should be challenging, enriching and fun and are committed to helping our pupils achieve excellence in all areas of school life. Hard work in the classroom is complemented by full sporting and extracurricular programmes. We warmly welcome you to come and see us either for a personal visit or on one of our Open Mornings.
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PREP, PRE-PREP & NURSERY Friday 10 March SENIOR SCHOOL Saturday 11 March WHOLE SCHOOL Bank Holiday Monday 1 May Individual visits are welcome at a time to suit you.
To book for one of our Open Mornings, to arrange an individual visit or for more information please contact our Admissions team on email@example.com or call 01284 385308. Culford School, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TX www.culford.co.uk
An independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 2¾ to 18 years
New Cambridge to Culford daily bus • New £2.2 million library • New Golf and Cricket Academies • Full, part and flexible boarding options • 40 minute journey time • ISI rated pastoral care and boarding ‘Excellent’ • High-performance tennis and swimming programmes
“A thriving, happy school with excellent foundations and conﬁdent leadership” THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE
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FAIRSTEAD HOUSE NEWMARKET
We are conveniently situated in the heart of Newmarket, Suffolk, home of horse racing and within easy reach of Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Ely and the surrounding villages. For information on our Open Mornings or to make an appointment for a private viewing of the School, please contact the Registrar on email@example.com
FF TO A FLYING START Fairstead House will provide your child with a unique introduction into the world of learning and discovery. We offer an independent, bespoke education for boys and girls aged from rising three until 11 years old. We are extremely excited to announce that our new Nursery will be opening in January 2017 for little ones aged from nine months onwards. The Nursery has been purpose built in the grounds of Fairstead House and will be a real ‘home from home’ for the children. The Nursery will be open all year round from 7.30am until 6pm and will provide a warm and secure but stimulating environment for your little one to flourish in. From the moment they enter the Fairstead Family, each child will be motivated and stimulated and their natural curiosity ignited. We are extremely proud of our high academic standards and seek to encourage a lifelong love of learning. The Fairstead education begins in the Nursery where solid educational foundations are laid. In addition to an exciting and stimulating curriculum, our youngest children also benefit from specialist teaching in PE, a selection of modern languages, dance and music. Our Nursery and Reception rooms are situated next to each other and the children frequently share activities to prepare those in Nursery for a smooth transition to Reception.
STAYING THE COURSE
Fordham Road, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7AA Telephone: 01638 662318 www.fairsteadhouse.co.uk Head: Dr Lynda Brereton
Our small classes enable the teachers to understand and be attuned to the needs and requirements of each individual child. We have a dedicated Learning Hub within the school to provide any additional support if needed or to hone a child’s skills in a particular area. Our rich, broad and balanced curriculum combined with inspirational and innovative teaching allows our children to flourish in all areas. We have recently introduced a Language Carousel of three languages; Mandarin, French and Spanish. The children are immersed not only in the language but also the culture, history, geography and music of the country. Children from Reception onwards learn at least one language from the Carousel and children in Year 3 and above learn two. All children in Key Stage 2 are taught Classical Greek by a specialist Classicist. The teaching of a classical language has been proven to significantly
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increase literacy levels and is extremely popular with the children. We have recently completed our new state-of-the-art science lab, which has increased and enhanced our provision of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Lessons are not confined to the classroom. The children take part in a wide range of outdoor activities including our Forest School activities on a local private estate for our youngest children or using the extensive sports facilities at our disposal. Creativity and expression are encouraged through art, music, drama and many spectacular productions are staged in our dedicated Performing Arts Centre.
Pastoral care and the development of the childrenâ€™s unique characters and spiritual well-being are equally as important to us as academic success and achievements. Teachers are dedicated to building an empathetic rapport with their pupils and ensuring that each child feels valued and supported. We cultivate a nurturing but challenging environment for the children to thrive in with a strong ethos of mutual understanding and trust. We firmly believe that these cooperative and collaborative relationships facilitate creative thinking and independent learning in the children and equip them with skills that will remain with them for their entire lives. As well as a Breakfast Club and After-School Care, there is a wide range of extracurricular activities available. Children can take part in clubs ranging from computer coding and pottery to aikido and horse riding with the Fairstead House Equestrian Club. A Holiday Club is also available in the School holidays as a further support to working families. The Club, which is available to all children, runs from 8am until 6pm and the children enjoy a diverse variety of fun activities such as outdoor games, arts and crafts and cookery.
RACING AHEAD Our children are superbly prepared for their onward journey to a wide variety of senior schools. Many achieve scholarships in a diverse range of subjects, not just academic, but also music, drama and sport. Fairstead children are characterised by their confidence, independence, respect for others and innate enthusiasm for learning. A Fairstead education seeks to kindle each childâ€™s passion for learning, to fulfil their individual potential and to instil a questioning spirit to inspire them throughout their lives.
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Felsted hosts a number of open days each year, but we also welcome families on an individual basis. Visit our website for further details www.felsted.org or call our Admissions Office on 01371 822605. Enquire now for 2017 entry.
AKING A DIFFERENCE IN AND OUT OF CLASS! More and more children are reaping the benefits of going to school outside Cambridge, where they can take advantage of wide open spaces, clean air, academic excellence, superb on-site extracurricular activities and contemporary boarding life. Situated only 45 minutes south of Cambridge, in the picturesque North Essex countryside, Felsted offers families contemporary boarding options to suit their busy working lives, with a choice of three, five or seven nights. Such a modern approach has encouraged many Cambridge families to consider Felsted as the right option for their child. Felsted pupils are fortunate to be able to access a wide academic curriculum in balance with a rich programme of co-curricular activities to suit their talents and interest, 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. Educating children from the age of four to 18, Felsted prides itself on nurturing every child to be the best that they can be, so whilst top sets achieve as well as the leading grammar schools in the area, all children perform to their potential. Choosing the right school for your child is a concern that every parent faces. Having read about Felsted in the Good Schools Guide, the Bourne family browsed the school’s website and attended an Open Day. “Felsted had just received its 100% Excellent ISI Award and a visit by The Queen to celebrate its 450th anniversary,” they said. “There was great emphasis on former pupils making a real difference in their chosen fields, along with all the amazing activities available, including Model United Nations and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Plus the choice of the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A levels in the Sixth Form and the opportunity to exchange around the world via the Round Square programme really held our attention. We really felt that this was the right environment for our girls and we were right.”
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ST FRANCIS’ COLLEGE LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY
WARM WELCOME AWAITS St. 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 alternatively 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 and dedicated 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 develop strategies early in the girls’ 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.
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
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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.
HOME-FROM-HOME BOARDING Many girls choose to board at the school as this fits in with busy family lifestyles. This allows them time to study, have fun with their friends and take advantage of the academic tutors on hand to help. St. Francis’ College offers the options of full, weekly and flexiboarding. The Boarding House is home to a thriving community of 65 boarders aged between ten and 18 from the UK and overseas. This safe and stimulating provision provides an environment where the girls are able to develop as individuals in a setting where their opinions are listened to. The Boarding House has a full programme of evening and weekend activities, workshops and visits to inspire the girls. The Boarding House is located on the top floors of the main college building, providing easy access to 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 on our website or, alternatively, Mrs Cogan would be happy to arrange an individual tour, if you prefer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. sch.uk, phone 01462 670511 or visit www.st-francis.herts.sch.uk
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HILLS ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
UR AIM IS TO ENGAGE AND INSPIRE…
If you are interested in finding out more about us please visit www.hillsroad.ac.uk or send an email to the Admissions team email@example.com for more information about applying to Hills Road.
Hills Road’s distinctive blend of opportunity, quality and achievement has earned the College a national reputation for excellence. In its two most recent Ofsted reports, the College was judged to be “outstanding” in all areas inspected and was recently awarded the Sunday Times’ Sixth Form College of the Year award. The College is a friendly and caring community in which students enjoy a learning experience designed to engage and inspire them, to enable them to maximise their potential and to achieve personal growth and happiness. We seek to provide a holistic educational experience characterised by breadth as well as depth of learning and strong pastoral support and guidance; all of which helps to make the College a stimulating, supportive and enjoyable place to learn. In addition to consistently outstanding examination results which have kept the College at the top of the Government’s sixth form college league table for 23 successive years, we enable our students to gain the skills needed for life beyond college: to think independently, to research and communicate effectively, to work in teams, to solve problems, to develop global awareness and to be able to form caring relationships based on a sense of social justice and personal responsibility. We pride ourselves on our strong and supportive relationships: students work in close partnership with staff, are respected as individuals and treated as young adults. The
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range of opportunities at Hills Road is enormous. Students may choose from over 35 A level subjects, which can be studied in virtually any combination, and also from an extensive range of enrichment courses, clubs, societies and extracurricular activities. Being a dedicated sixth form provider, we enjoy a high degree of specialism: whether it be in academic lessons, tutorial sessions or support meetings, students are working with highly qualified and enthusiastic experts who seek to develop in all students a love of learning and the knowledge, skills and qualities needed to succeed in their chosen areas. The benefits of specialism also extend to our bespoke buildings and facilities: students enjoy an outstanding learning environment whatever their subjects. By providing an effective bridge between the school environment and the adult world of higher education and employment we prepare our students exceptionally well for the next stage of their lives. Many different teaching strategies are used to support students in the journey to becoming truly effective, independent learners so that they leave not only with high quality qualifications but also with the capability of learning successfully throughout their lives. Hills Road students are also supported in this journey by our dedicated team of careers teachers and advisers whose work has been recognised nationally under the Quality in Careers Standard.
HE OUTCOMES REPORT – HESA DATA 2015 Hills Road Sixth Form College All state schools and colleges Independent schools
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Upper second class honours or better
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“The level of resourcing in terms of staff time and budget and facilities and research materials is exemplary. The professionalism of the programme and enthusiasm of the delivery team, leaders and managers is wonderful. Hills Road demonstrates outstanding careers education, information, advice and guidance,” reports Careers England (careersengland.org.uk). Around 95% of Hills Road students progress to higher education, with significant numbers going to the most sought-after universities. Higher Education Statistics Agency data (above) shows just how well Hills Road students are prepared for university. Many generations of students have enjoyed their time at Hills Road and remember the College with great affection. “Nothing can compare to Hills Road’s sense of common values and respect for students and learning that I enjoyed so much during my time at sixth form,” says former student, Frances.
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ST JOHN’S COLLEGE SCHOOL
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”. What makes St John’s unique? 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. Such children will become independent learners, creative thinkers prepared to question, with their curiosity very much alive. Such children inevitably get the best from themselves and achieve very highly within and beyond the classroom, as ours do. Such children will develop a real generosity of spirit, will know and care about how to get the best for others, as ours do. Such children will do well when they are with us and when they are long beyond our shores.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEARNING Our youngest children are full of questions, rich with curiosity. We work to preserve and strengthen their questioning and thinking skills. From the earliest age, we give them the essential tools, knowledge and understanding but we aim to give them more.
Telephone 01223 353652 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 73 Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AB www.sjcs.co.uk
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Our Responsibility for Learning programme of developments incorporates child-led independent learning, creative and critical thinking, digitally enhanced learning, philosophy, emotions for learning, compassion and loving-kindness teaching and outdoor learning. An Enrichment programme has been implemented with our nine to 13 year olds every Thursday afternoon to explore cross-curricular work in computing, the arts, design technology, maths and science and to give space to My Mind (incorporating mindfulness, study skills, PSHE 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 feelingly with themselves and their world.
ATTAINMENT A curriculum that believes in children draws from them the highest and the deepest levels of attainment. 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 of ability before they leave. Our exam results are outstanding and our 60 leavers gain on average around 25 scholarships to the strongest schools. Up to one-third of our past pupils gain Oxbridge places each year, more than in the most academically selective of schools: our children continue to be exceptional learners.
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, as we are, during the normal school day. It is important to us that you should have an opportunity to see the school in action, tour the school’s sites and experience its atmosphere, as well as meet us to discuss the school’s educational approach and ask any questions. To find out more and arrange your visit please contact the Admissions Secretary.
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imbolton School is a really special place where pupils aren’t just a number or a great set of grades. Individual talent is nurtured from Reception Year through to the Sixth Form and boys and girls, aged four to 18, thrive in our school’s happy and safe environment. Pupils develop into grounded, confident and capable individuals, interested in the world around them and able to express their ideas and personalities.
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 that opened in September 2015. 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 utilising this technology alongside traditional methods gives children a strong advantage in future learning and employment. Almost all our students 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.
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
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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, opportunities abound in sport, drama, art, music and outdoor pursuits. We also have a thriving Combined Cadet Force, an active Community Service Unit and an extensive programme of trips and visits. Such a wide variety of extracurricular experiences helps to build childrenâ€™s social skills and self-esteem â€“ the bedrock for a happy and fulfilled life.
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).
BE PART OF OUR SCHOOL
Kimbolton is about half an hour from Cambridge and 40 minutes by train from London. Scholarships and means-tested bursaries are available. To arrange a visit please call our Registrar on 01480 860505 or visit www.kimbolton.cambs.sch.uk.
Our next Open Days are on 4 May 2017 (Preparatory School) and early October 2017 (Preparatory School and Senior School). See the website for more details. We look forward to welcoming you to Kimbolton.
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ing’s College School has been educating children for generations: King’s was founded in 1441. Some of our staff are educating the children of the parents they first taught as children themselves! Mixed with these staff of experience are a new generation of young, vibrant and highly educated teachers. This combination is what gives King’s its special and unique status as the best prep school in the finest educational centre of the country that is Cambridge. At King’s there are sparkling, bright children who have a strong sense of friendship and there is a good partnership in learning between pupils and staff. King’s has a family environment with outstanding education and the calibre of the child that leaves King’s is much appreciated, particularly for the modesty shown with regard to their talents. Our children, ‘once a King’s child, always a King’s child’, go on after their time with us to achieve in every sphere of life.
HIGHLIGHTS OF KING’S
COME AND VISIT US!
For further information, and to arrange a visit to meet the Headmaster and see round the school, please contact the School Office 01223 365814. Please look at the School’s website www.kcs.cambs.sch.uk to find out more about King’s.
The individuality of pupils is never underestimated – they are never boring and we excel with them! The school is nurturing and we delight and celebrate idiosyncrasies – originality is an opportunity for everyone. King’s College School is a caring family-based community in which all children are respected and valued. We prepare them, as individuals, to be confident in a future with exceptional possibilities. We are famously friendly, we keep our staff and there is excellent continuity. Ours are not just ‘normal’ teachers, they are high aspiring and provide excellent role models. Our academic results are formidable yet children still manage to do other things and excel at them too – music, sport, art, debating, chess and drama. There are outstanding music opportunities for all the children, and our King’s choristers are amongst the finest in the world. In the 2015 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate there were seven finalists from King’s – out of thousands of essays from 43 different countries. King’s had the most finalists of any school in the UK. King’s won first prize in the CLEAPSS National Primary Science Competition for our scientific study of wetland conservation. There is no cloning or hothousing, we have confident and questioning children. The outside world sees King’s College School as formal and old-fashioned because of the Choir and history, but in reality it is progressive and friendly, with a good mix between the traditional and modern.
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420 happy and successful girls and boys aged 4-13 Co-educational independent prep school in Cambridge • Excellent ISI inspection report 2014 and outstanding Ofsted report 2011 • High academic standards and strong pastoral care • Splendid facilities including new squash courts and music rooms (2010), new junior classrooms (2011) and new dining room (2012). There are plans to build a new sports centre. • Choristerships for boys to sing in King’s College Choir from Year 4 (auditions take place in January and September each year) • Bursaries are available for Year 3 places, please contact the school for further details
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To make an individual appointment to visit the school, please call 01353 660707 or email email@example.com For further information, please visit www.kingsely.org Follow us on Twitter @Kings_Ely New bus routes are now available. Please contact us for more details.
ing’s Ely is a school that empowers young people to challenge themselves, to push beyond the boundaries of their own expectations and achieve more than they ever believed possible. Offering an outstanding education to girls and boys aged one to 18, King’s Ely is an innovative independent day and boarding school, complemented by a history that stretches back over 1000 years. The school is situated just 15 minutes north of Cambridge and a short walk from Ely train station, with school buses stopping at key locations around the area. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are the hallmark of every section of the school. Through a broad and balanced curriculum, pupils develop the self-knowledge and inner resilience that will enable them to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. The aim is to create responsible, resilient, engaged and caring young people who have developed learning habits that successfully prepare them for public examinations, higher education and the world of work. A can-do atmosphere develops happy, confident young people who are encouraged to thrive, both academically and socially. At King’s Ely Acremont (one-year olds to Year 2), such development demands a planned, creative curriculum that is dedicated to the needs of younger children, encouraging them to be independent learners with a passion for knowledge. It demands caring experts who have the time to give younger children lots of individual attention, and a beautiful, spacious environment that allows children to explore and reflect in order to discover the exciting world around them. Moving on to King’s Ely Junior (Years 3–8), it demands a positive and enriching atmosphere, a commitment to unlocking potential and the development of conscientious, compassionate young people. In King’s Ely Senior (Year 9–13), it demands exceptional teaching and a culture of independent learning, enabling students to take ownership of their own educational journeys, where results are achieved through inspiration, not unnecessary pressure. King’s Ely pupils of all ages are encouraged to develop their creativity and critical thinking. Pupils identify the key questions they want to ask and then find answers supported through their own learning. Issues are explored rigorously from multiple perspectives and assumptions, including their own, are then critically analysed
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by the class. Consequently, conclusions reached are supported with reasoned arguments and evidence. A King’s Ely education seeks to create open-minded young people with a zest for learning, and outside the classroom, beyond the laboratory, there is a world of opportunity. From climbing to stagecraft, there are challenges and activities for every individual. The school boasts modern, purpose-built teaching facilities and the remarkable backcloth of Ely Cathedral – one of the finest cathedrals in the world; the perfect setting for concerts and performances; a daily extension to the school’s workspace; the school chapel, and a place of outstanding beauty and spirituality. Boarders, including the Ely Cathedral Boy and Girl Choristers, live in picturesque historic boarding houses, well led by caring housemasters and housemistresses. A strong pastoral structure where childhood is respected and cherished is a key feature. Music, drama and art are embedded in the culture of the school, with opportunities for pupils of all abilities and aspirations, both within and beyond the curriculum. Earlier this year, an A level student was offered places at both the Guildhall School of Music and Royal College of Music – a prime example of the expert and specialist teaching available at King’s Ely. Indeed, many students go on to receive notable accolades. Last year for example, art students celebrated winning three top prizes at the National Fashion and Textiles Awards, and a photography student was commended and her work displayed in the Espacio Gallery in London.
All major sports are offered, along with an impressive array of other activities, helping every pupil to realise their sporting potential – and the new working week, which no longer includes formal lessons on Saturdays, enables pupils to participate fully in regional and national events. The school’s reputation in rowing advances year on year, with its use of the one of the best stretches of river in the country. There were more successes in athletics, cricket, hockey, rugby, netball, equestrian and football to name a few. There is a sport for everyone at King’s Ely – the choices are endless. As well as receiving its second award in as many years at the national Education Business Awards, King’s Ely is a centre of excellence for chemistry, maths and geography. King’s Ely maintains a high profile in the international arena, picking up a British Council award for ‘fantastic’ international work, and continuing a hugely successful role in the Erasmus European learning programme. The school is also committed to helping those in need through charitable action, raising £30,000 last year for WaterAid and supporting the refugee crisis by raising funds for UNICEF. Community is something that sets the school apart. King’s Ely is a family – a community that is vibrant, nurturing and inclusive. It is 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 challenges and adapting the offering to the needs of every child in its care. We know that if we could bottle the Spirit of King’s we would be onto a real winner, but we would like you to come and experience it for yourself. Only through visiting the school can you feel the energy of the place and the warmth of our community.
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pening doors to creativity, self-development, new friendships and to nurturing new talents, our school is no ordinary one. Independent and single-sex, our school is Christian, in the Catholic tradition, and welcomes girls of all faiths and secular backgrounds. We offer students an extraordinary environment in which all are personally known and cherished by our teachers and support team, and where our girls can develop their individual personalities, flourish academically and discover their passions. Girls from age four are welcomed into the Junior School, where we take great pride in nurturing their progress to Senior School at age 11 where we develop their independence, personally and intellectually, ahead of A level studies in our Sixth Form at age 16.
A PROUD TRADITION OF EDUCATING GIRLS There is a proud tradition of academic excellence within single-sex education in this country. Girls and boys alike benefit from a tailored education in which gender stereotypes are not given room to grow, and where teaching and learning approaches are selected to suit distinct learning styles. Our many years’ experience of tailoring academic, pastoral, creative and athletic provision to girls’ needs has made us adept at unlocking their potential. Through a wide range of subjects, and excellent careers advice and work experience opportunities, our school gives girls the confidence to fulfil their ambitions.
EVIDENCE SHOWS GIRLS AT SINGLE-SEX SCHOOLS:
Junior and Senior School Taster Workshop 19 November 2016 Junior and Senior School In Action day 10 February 2017 Junior and Senior School Taster Workshop 10 June 2017 Please visit our website for more information or to book a place at any of our events stmaryscambridge.co.uk
• Achieve consistently better examination results than peers from co-educational schools • Flourish in an environment that recognises that boys and girls mature at different rates • Are able to work in ways that better suit their learning styles: collaborating and problem-solving • Learn to be leaders – no boys to dominate the leadership roles • Are less likely to follow gender stereotypes, instead choosing subjects according to ability and interest – our girls are as confident choosing physics as they are photography, maths as Mandarin • Do not view any career as being closed to them • Acquire important life skills – confidence and independence, an instinct to achieve and the ability to lead
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Our school values are based on the 12 Characteristics of a Mary Ward School, and these values underpin the activities of the school community and are disseminated through our learning and teaching and our pastoral programme throughout the year. Because of this coherent approach, in which all aspects of learning and personal development are developed to reflect the school’s ethos, faith schools are more likely than other schools to be rated as good or outstanding. This is unsurprising as religious beliefs, and some secular practices, offer the opportunity for a more ordered mind. Our pastoral provision is grounded in love, respect and trust, and confidently, joyfully and ambitiously nurtures all aspects of a girl’s development. Faith schools are also popular with parents; our excellent relationships with students’ families, based on the Catholic Church’s teaching that parents are the first educator of the child, is the foundation of strength which allows us to recognise the potential of, and accept, nurture and celebrate each girl. A remarkable 97% satisfaction rate among our parent body in our most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection highlights how we nurture supportive relations with parents.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE EVIDENCE Over a third of all GCSE examinations taken were awarded an A* grade; over two thirds A* to A; and 90% were awarded A* to B grades. Additionally, a quarter of all students achieved three or more A* to A grades, and almost a third of the year group achieved straight A* to A grades. At A level, half of all papers were awarded A* to A grades (twice the national average), and three quarters achieved A* to B (compared to 52.9% nationally) – across 25 different subjects. A quarter of students achieved three or more A* to A grades, and half of students achieved all A* to B grades.
FAITH-BASED ETHOS Faith schools also have an excellent academic track record in this country – but they offer so much more than this. St Mary’s School, Cambridge was founded by Mary Ward who, in the 17th century, devoted her life to promoting the rights and opportunities of women, spurred on by her Christian faith.
Come and see the enriching environment in which our students thrive. Please contact our admissions team to arrange a visit on 01223 224167 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Charlotte Avery, Headmistress Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LY Reception: 01223 353253
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f you, your son or your daughter are thinking about where to study GCSEs or A levels next year, why not consider MPW? We are a small independent fifth and sixth form located in the heart of Cambridge, adjacent to the Botanic Garden. As a non-selective school that achieves outstanding results year on year, this year was no exception. Summer 2016 proved to be another year for outstanding A level results with: • 40% of entries graded A*/A. • 18 leavers with at least three grades all at A*/A. • A*/A once again the commonest (modal) grade at A level across all entries. • 99% pass rate across all subjects. How do we do it? By getting students on the right subject, with the right course and the right board from the start. Unlike many other colleges, we offer a range of course combinations including: • A level two-year courses. • A level one-year courses. • A level single unit retake courses. • GCSE two-year courses. • GCSE one-year courses.
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 Open Day dates this year are: Autumn term: Thursday 20 October 2016 Spring term: Thursday 9 February 2017 Summer term: Thursday 1 June 2017
Phone us on 01223 350158, email us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.mpw.ac.uk
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“We are grateful beyond words for how you and MPW have helped to shape both our daughter and son. There is no doubt in my mind that this would not have happened elsewhere and we feel very lucky that they both had the opportunity to study at MPW” Parents of two-year A level students (UK)
To ensure that our students have the best possible chance of achieving their potential we then add: • An absolute maximum class size of eight. • A series of timetabled weekly one-hour tests under exam conditions in each subject in addition to lessons. • The very best in personal tutoring, with each student allocated a personal tutor who will hold regular individual meetings to discuss academic progress, university applications and general welfare. You can also boost your child’s chances of success at their current school by registering for our extremely popular Easter Revision courses which take place from Monday 3 April until Friday 21 April. Alternatively you could supplement their current studies with bespoke 1:1 Support Tuition, which runs after school, on Saturday mornings and during the school holidays. Contact us to book your place on our open day, or just to find out more about what the college can offer.
WHERE IS MPW?
We are situated just off the A1134 (Trumpington Road) adjacent to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and opposite The Leys School.
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THE PERSE SCHOOL CAMBRIDGE
“To love learning and strive for the greater good.”
IRLS AND BOYS FROM 3-18 The Perse is a 3-18 school on three sites – the Pelican, the Prep and the Upper – each enjoying green and open surroundings in the south of Cambridge, on the doorstep of the University’s biomedical campus. Academics, researchers, authors, spiritual leaders and entrepreneurs frequently visit to share expertise and inspire students. While each part of School has a distinct personality, all share a common ethos and values.
WHERE IT’S COOL TO BE BRIGHT The Perse is a place where pupils find subjects fascinating and pupils spark off one another and create a culture of healthy competition, intellectual enquiry and diligence. Teachers are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to getting the best from their pupils; they match stretching expectations with encouragement and support. The ability to navigate complexity, think creatively, focus on what counts and communicate clearly and simply is at the heart of a Perse education.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE There is a buzz about daily life at The Perse. Quality time spent on the pitch, stage, trail and in the studio helps students develop self-confidence, organisation and resilience and, more often than not, interests for life. From Pelicans tasting campfire-toasted marshmallows on a first sleepover to sixth formers embarking on a Himalayan trek, the opportunities turn a Perse education into an adventure.
DOWN TO EARTH
At A level, 108 students (65% of the year) achieved three or more A* or A grades with 42 students receiving offers to study at Oxbridge.
Students come from diverse backgrounds, thanks to the School’s bursary programme. Students are taught to respect others’ opinions and interests, to be self-assured but not arrogant, and to ensure that while they can make a compelling argument, they also carefully consider an alternative viewpoint. The result is a down-to-earth school where children can be themselves with confidence.
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The Perse is one of Britain’s leading co-educational day schools with the best GCSE results in the East of England. In 2016, 94% of GCSE entries were graded either A* or A, with the school appearing as the top co-educational school in both The Times and The Telegraph GCSE league tables.
PELICAN NURSERY AND PRE-PREP GLEBE ROAD Head: Sarah Waddington 150 pupils aged 3-7 Main entry point: Nursery
Telephone 01223 403940 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
PREP TRUMPINGTON ROAD Head: James Piper 280 pupils aged 7-11 Main entry point: Year 3
CARING FOR EACH OTHER The Perse community is characterised by mutual respect, care and encouragement; students look out for one another. Students mix with others of different ages through their House. Form teachers, pastoral tutors and teaching assistants provide a listening ear for students and work with parents to ensure pupils are happy and successful. The sense of solidarity extends beyond the school gates. There is an active programme of charitable fundraising, and as pupils grow older they have the chance to become involved in communities locally and further afield.
Telephone 01223 403920 Email email@example.com
UPPER HILLS ROAD Head: Ed Elliott 1120 pupils aged 11–18, including around 350 in the Sixth Form Main entry points: Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth
Telephone 01223 403805 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
www.perse.co.uk Twitter @ThePerseSchool Facebook facebook.com/theperseschool
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SANCTON WOOD SCHOOL CAMBRIDGE
ancton Wood School was founded in 1976 by Jill Sturdy, who wanted to create an educational environment tailored specifically to the emotional, spiritual and academic needs of its students. This holistic approach to teaching is something that Sancton Wood still prides itself on today, and over the last 40 years it has grown and developed into one of Cambridgeâ€™s leading co-educational day schools. Located in the heart of Cambridge, the family-oriented school welcomes children from the age of one in Baby Unicorns, educating them all the way through to GCSEs at the age of 16. 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 stimulating extracurricular clubs and activities for them to be able to do so. Academic excellence is, without question, extremely important and the school regularly tops the league tables for GCSE pass rates in Cambridgeshire. In 2016 100% of pupils gained five or more A* to C grades including English and maths, a phenomenal achievement! This excellence has again been reflected in the most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection results in which the school was praised for its outstanding pre-prep department, excellent personal development of the pupils and the excellent provision of extracurricular activities and school trips. With class sizes kept to an average of 16 students, fully supported by a team of teachers and learning assistants, the school is committed to helping all pupils develop at their own pace. Furthermore, its curriculum and additional clubs and activities have been designed to fully engage and stimulate learning, whilst also being fun and sociable. Although the class sizes are small, Sancton Wood School guarantees a varied programme for its pupils consisting of extracurricular activities, educational school trips abroad to locations like Northern France, Iceland and New York and a whole array of physical activities including yoga and cross-
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country sessions as well as competitive sporting fixtures with other schools. Head teacher, Richard Settle has recently embarked on an exciting new phase in the school’s history. Following a period of extensive redevelopment, Sancton Wood School now operates from three different, purpose-built sites, all just a five-minute walk from one another. In addition to the school’s original site on St Paul’s Road – which has been updated to focus heavily on the arts, music and theatre – a new site for the Nursery and Pre-Prep has opened on Station Road. This will be for the school’s youngest pupils and includes a large garden space and decked area, allowing free-flow movement of the children between inside and outside throughout the school day to participate in studying wildlife and planting their own fruit and vegetables, amongst other exciting activities. Another site for the school’s eldest pupils, Years 9-11, has opened on Glisson Road. With brand-new science labs, breakout rooms and an outdoor seating area, the buildings have been tailored specifically to the needs of older pupils and replicate a college-style environment to help them as they prepare for their next steps after GCSE.
All families and prospective students are welcome to come and visit us at our Open Morning on Saturday 28 January 2017, so you can experience the new-look Sancton Wood for yourself!
SANCTON WOOD SCHOOL
Please contact our Registrar Fiona Haskell for more information or to book a visit. 01223 471703 email@example.com www.sanctonwood.co.uk
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FOUNDATION NOW FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
ABOUT CHARACTER, ABOUT WHO YOU BECOME The Foundation welcomes pupils from all backgrounds with one thing in common, a shared love of learning. This is reflected in the careers chosen by pupils when they leave. Many gain places at top universities, but the leaver destinations are as diverse as the students. Past students include a theatre director, polar explorer, gold medallists, a British racing driver, a television presenter and founder of a Cambridge college – all high-achievers who had the confidence to follow their own path.
he Stephen Perse Foundation is different. It prepares young people for life in an ever-changing, global and digital world. Through this global outlook the Stephen Perse Foundation connects students to a world of inspiring opportunities.
“I was told, ‘We do not have female pilots in the military’. I qualified as the first serving female military pilot in the British Forces” Alison Eke, who joined the army specialising in aviation medicine
ABOUT THE SCHOOLS
Phone: 01223 454700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org To find out more about any of the Foundation, or the schools within it, please visit www.stephenperse.com/admissions
The Stephen Perse Foundation consists of six schools, based in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden, that provide a complete educational pathway for girls and boys aged three to 18. Led by Principal and educational thought leader Tricia Kelleher, the schools get exceptional results. However more importantly, the Foundation creates independent thinkers, who enter the world equipped to face life’s challenges. By celebrating diversity and collaboration in school and with the wider community, the schools encourage students to choose a path that is right for them.
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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
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 Pre-Prep and Prep 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. Pupils leave us happy, confident and instilled with a passion for learning. In class, building the use of digital media into lessons provides invaluable insight into the learning process. In our Forest School pupils learn about risk and teamwork as they toast marshmallows and play ukulele by the campfire. www.damebradburys.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
We deliver outstanding results because we value individuality. By taking time to know and understand each student we offer exactly the right balance of support, inspiration and challenge. In a modern purpose-built campus, we offer a choice of A levels or the International Baccalaureate – the only independent, sixth form college in Cambridge to do so. Around one in four leavers go on to study at Oxbridge but we encourage all students to pursue the best path for their own unique goals. sixthform.stephenperse.com
WHAT IS EDUCATION FOR, IF NOT TO FULFIL DREAMS? We applaud success but nurture an inclusive community in each of our schools where friendship and support are just as important as doing well. We celebrate diversity and encourage students to choose a path that’s right for them. We’re small enough to know each other but large enough to provide challenges and stimulate debate. 91% A* or A grades at GCSE • 73% A* or A at A level International Baccalaureate results in the top 5% globally – and a 1 in 10 chance of achieving a perfect score, worldwide it’s 1 in 1000
“The quality of pupils’ personal development is excellent. The emphasis placed on the individual ensures that all feel valued as members of this caring community” The latest Independent Schools Inspectorate Report rated Exceptional
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“What’s unmeasured in the league tables is the quiet confidence instilled in the pupils here… and how the school balances academic exception with a happy and nurturing environment”
M & J Evans, parents
We recognise potential in every child, in all its forms, with opportunities to excel in sport, on the stage or in the arts integral to learning. We inspire young people to achieve their dreams and guide them every step of the way. Yes, examinations are important. But alongside excellent results we offer a true breadth of learning. Whether its philosophy for children in Junior School, our unique Guidance Programme from Year 10 onwards or our 6th form Theory of Knowledge course – we never lose sight of learning in its traditional sense. Excellence in results, combined with achievements in sport, music and drama, ensures our pupils are well rounded and leave us genuinely prepared for further study and life beyond.
AN INTEGRAL PART OF LEARNING The Foundation inspires young people to achieve their dreams and guide them every step of the way. With enviable facilities to enable pupils to search out their passion pupils pursue a diverse range of activities including canoeing, golf, drama, equestrian sports, hockey, cricket, netball, football, sailing, playing in the orchestra or channelling their inner artist.
ONE OF THE FIRST APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS Innovation is important to us. We don’t stand still. Thinking about the lives young people will lead shapes our education. We are digitally-connected pioneers of technology in education and all pupils use iPads as ‘virtual satchels’ to enjoy seamless access to resources and unlock new ways to learn, connect, collaborate and innovate. In addition, as part of our commitment to social responsibility, as a digital publishing house we share our resources freely with teachers and children worldwide and now have over 100 freelyavailable iTunes U courses in 15 subject areas from KS3 and KS4, and almost 50 iBooks textbooks in five subject areas for KS1-4.
A COMPLETE EDUCATIONAL PATHWAY We use a diamond model of learning to offer a 21st century version of single-sex education. In core subjects, boys and girls are taught separately between the ages of nine and 16, whilst still socialising and learning together in other subjects. www.stephenperse.com/about/our-diamond-formation
COME AND VISIT US
Despite our fantastic results you don’t have to be a genius to come and join us. We are looking for bright, curious young minds who love to learn. Inspiring teaching, a huge variety of activities, great facilities and a warm, supportive community do the rest. To see us in action come to one of our open events or get in touch with our admissions team to arrange a private visit. For current open events: www.stephenperse.com/admissions
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TC Cambridge (UTCC) is a non fee-paying academy for young people aged 14-19. A centre of innovation and excellence, it provides unrivalled opportunity for young people considering a career in the fields of science and technology. Young people join us to study GCSEs at age 14, or to study A levels or BTEC at age 16. We offer a unique opportunity to achieve traditional qualifications whilst also getting a head start in developing the skills required for exciting and rewarding careers.
ACADEMIC & REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE Gaining real-world experience to add context for academic studies is key at UTC Cambridge. Our students work on Challenge Projects alongside the national curriculum for GCSEs, A levels and BTEC studies, providing them with the opportunity to put their studies into practice and to develop presentation, team-leading and problem-solving skills. The projects are as wide and varied as our sponsors. For instance, this term students have been working on a project with the Sanger Institute where they are DNA barcoding one of the local nature reserves. Whilst Year 12 students worked with Hybrid Air Vehicles to explore the revolutionary AirLander airship. Our current sponsors include MedImmune, Astra Zeneca, Babraham Institute, Mott MacDonald, Medical Research Council, Napp Pharmaceuticals, ARM, CRUK and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust along with the University of Cambridge.
Visit us on our Open Days: 12 November 2016 (10am â€“ 2pm) 19 March 2017 (10am â€“ 2pm) Call us on 01223 724300 to join our weekly tour.
For more information on UTC Cambridge, please visit www.utccambridge.co.uk
UTCC is designed to deliver the very best education. On entering the building you immediately feel the energy and vibrancy of the impressive campus. Students gather informally in the Learning Plaza intent on their learning; the independent learning and work-based ethos is clearly evident. There is a feeling of space throughout the building, in the dedicated classrooms, the individual study rooms, the three professional laboratories and the social spaces. Technology is key to the learning environment and students are encouraged to use the latest programmes and devices used in the workplace.
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Our pastoral and house systems have been developed to enable appropriate levels of support and care for each age group. Our older students have more freedom and independence, in keeping with a sixth-form environment, whilst our younger GCSE students are supervised throughout the day and their time with us is carefully timetabled to ensure breadth of learning. The GCSE curriculum has a strong emphasis on maths and English, complementing the science and technical subjects. BTEC and A level students benefit from the opportunity to network with local employers and study subjects that will ensure they are equipped to succeed in the future. At A level we expect our students to take at least two core science subjects as our specialism is keenly focused on promoting access to and careers in science and technology.
DIFFERENTIATION FOR KEY STAGES
RESULTS UTCC’s first cohort of students achieved good results in their exams this summer, with A level, GCSE and BTEC students achieving above the national average on all standard measures. 100% of our GCSE students took triple science, with 73% achieving A* to C grades, against a national figure of 19%. All our A level students study ‘facilitating subjects’ – those recognised by the top UK universities and this year 81% achieved their three A level target against a national average of 77%.
STUDENTS PLAY A VITAL ROLE We are an inclusive college and it is critical that students participate in decision making. At UTCC there is an expectation that students want to study and invest in their own future. In return they enjoy an environment that is respectful, stimulating, full of challenge and opportunity.
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alden School, the independent day and boarding school in the historic town of Saffron Walden was founded in 1702, moving to Saffron Walden in 1879. Today it inspires new generations of young people from the locality and beyond, being ideally placed between Cambridge and London. From the early years in the Nursery and Pre-Prep, through the Prep and Senior Schools and on to Sixth Form, we teach students how to adapt and gain independence and how to think for themselves and find answers, while developing a sound ethical compass. We encourage them to generate ideas with confidence through our student Innovation Forum and we create a climate of enthusiasm for learning, energising creativity and building skills for life, sustaining academic stretch without hothousing. Unique to Walden School is our focus on mindfulness, teaching pupils to live in the present and make time for reflection on life’s pressures, and to manage stress. Our weekly silence, part of our Quaker heritage, is a special feature of the school week. Walden School follows a Quaker ethos, which values thoughtfulness, inclusivity and hard work. Staff promote students’ strengths, building self-esteem, confidence and skills development, whilst challenging pupils to stretch themselves. As a through-school we offer four entry points: Nursery, Reception, Year 7 and Sixth Form, with a few pupils starting at Year 9. We want parents to pick the right option for their child, although many of our parents choose the through-school option, as they come to appreciate the stability and continuity it offers.
Thursday 9 March, 9.30am Thursday 11 May, 9.30am Prep School Open Morning Thursday 27 April
“Schooling is planned and carried out not only by professionals, but by people who care about children” Year 4 parent
For more information, please visit www.waldenschool.co.uk or phone 01799 525351
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NURSERY AND PRE-PREP
Children are welcomed into the Nursery in the term they turn three. Our purpose-built classrooms are light and airy with a fantastic inside/outside flow and staff who are dedicated to providing a range of structured and creative play sessions to develop childrenâ€™s language, mathematical, physical, social, emotional and moral awareness. Our youngest learners are introduced to French, science, maths and music and enjoy a weekly swimming lesson in the wonderful school pool. They also attend lessons in the schoolâ€™s two-acre onsite Forest School at least once a week. A hot home-cooked meal is provided at lunchtime in the school Dining Hall and a variety of clubs are offered after school, with a late stay option, including a hot supper, available until 6pm. Children grow in confidence at Walden Nursery and Pre-prep and by the time they are seven, are more than ready for the challenges of the Prep School.
In the Prep School we pride ourselves on providing a rounded academic preparatory education, with large helpings of fun, exercise and fresh air. It is also a school where children grow into responsible and caring individuals who are socially and intellectually confident. Our experienced staff team provides an outstanding support network for every child: as we are small by design we can guide pupils of all abilities to achieve their very best in a genuinely friendly and supportive environment. We also have an excellent teacher: pupil ratio. A very special feature of the Prep School is the way learning is brought to life in the classroom. Model building and re-enactments of events are common sights at Walden, which is complemented by the class trips and educational visits our pupils enjoy throughout the year. While academic achievement is celebrated we also provide a very popular activities and clubs programme including ballet, orchestra, chess and trampoline lessons.
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“My time at Walden School taught me to challenge, question and explore, to think for myself. I was inspired by brilliant teachers who took care of my passion for the arts” Walden School leaver
Strong teaching, small classes and a broad curriculum underpin the excellent academic education on offer at Walden School, nurturing enquiring minds with a broad, global perspective. In Years 7–11 students have the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects through to GCSE and A level, where 24 subjects are available for study. As well as contributing to the development of the school through the Innovation Forum, learning is further enhanced by a programme of Extended Thinking seminars, focusing on areas not covered by the school curriculum – one example of this is astronomy. Walden Senior School is a place where our students grow into their individual talents. Our focus on creativity, ‘the art in everyone’, is our commitment to provide outlets for creative expression, such as workshops, music ensembles, creative writing and film.
SIXTH FORM Our Sixth Form gives opportunities for leadership, responsibility and risk-taking, so that students are sometimes surprised by what they can do. Small by design, it offers opportunities for students to lead, mentor and feel the benefit of a school-based sixth form. A time to stretch towards independence, at Walden we make sure our sixth form students receive the right level of support so they are able to develop their natural ability and confidence. As the A level course progresses, careers staff are always available for employment advice and work experience links, to ensure the onward journey to higher education and employment is smooth. Boarding is a popular option with full, weekly and flexi-boarding available. With light and homely boarding houses, which are well run by a team of dedicated staff, pupils may board from the age of nine. There is an extensive evening and weekend activity programme, which makes use of our brilliant facilities and location, including trips to Cambridge and London, pottery and cooking. Walden leavers go on to a wide variety of careers – architecture, law, business and enterprise, creative writing, engineering and filmmaking. They are quietly confident, well-grounded individuals with a sense of what matters in life. Visit us to experience the unique atmosphere of our school and meet our staff and pupils. You are assured of a very warm welcome.
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SCHOOLS DIRECTORY BASSINGBOURN VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: A small, supportive academy placing great importance on the individual. Excellent educational opportunities and a wide range of extracurricular activities. Address: South End, Bassingbourn SG8 5NJ Tel: 01763 242344 www.bassingbournvc.net
BOTTISHAM VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: A comprehensive independent academy with outstanding results in a number of fields. Address: Lode Road, Bottisham CB25 9DL Tel: 01223 811250 www.bottishamvc.org
CAMBOURNE VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: Cambridgeshireâ€™s newest secondary offers modern facilities and an environment to encourage and inspire. Address: Sheepfold Lane, Cambourne CB23 6FR Tel: 01954 284000 www.cambournevc.org
CASTLE SCHOOL Age range: 2-19 Description: A successful school for pupils with special educational needs, aiming to make learning fun, develop every pupil in a safe, caring and professional environment. Address: Courtney Way, Cambridge CB4 2EE Tel: 01223 442400 www.castleschool.info 66 | Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016
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COMBERTON VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-18 Description: A village-based academy committed to providing the best education possible for all its pupils. Address: West Street, Comberton CB23 7DU Tel: 01223 262503 www.combertonvc.org
CHESTERTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: A multicultural community college aiming to instil a love of learning in every pupil and provide a broad education. Address: Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY Tel: 01223 712150 www.chestertoncc.net
ELY COLLEGE Age range: 11-18 Description: One of the country’s 100 best improving schools with exciting future plans. Address: Downham Road, Ely CB6 2SH Tel: 01353 667763 www.elycollege.com
FRAMLINGHAM COLLEGE & PREP SCHOOL Age range: 2½-18 Description: An independent college in Suffolk for boys and girls, set in beautiful surroundings. Takes boarders. Address: College Road, Framlingham, Suffolk IP13 9EY Tel: 01728 723789 www.framcollege.co.uk
COTTENHAM VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-18 Description: A popular and well-respected school with a passion for teaching and bringing out the best in their students. Address: High Street, Cottenham CB24 8UA Tel: 01954 288944 www.cvcweb.net
COVENANT COLLEGE Age range: Not specified Description: An independent college established to educate the whole person, by providing an education that blends academic excellence with character and leadership education. Address: Lincoln House, The Paddocks, Cherry Hinton CB1 8DH Tel: 01223 242454 www.covenant-college.org
DAME BRADBURY’S SCHOOL Age range: 3-11 Description: An independent C of E school in Saffron Walden for boys and girls. Part of the Stephen Perse Foundation. Address: Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden CB10 2AL Tel: 01799 522348 www.damebradburys.com Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016 | 67
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GRANTA SCHOOL Age range: 2-19 Description: One of the county’s six special schools, focusing on pupils’ individual needs, offering a personalised curriculum. Address: Cambridge Road, Linton CB21 4NN Tel: 01223 896890 www.granta.cambs.sch.uk
GRESHAM’S Age range: 3-18 Description: A vibrant and high achieving co-educational boarding school in Norfolk. Address: Holt, Norfolk NR25 6EA Tel: 01263 714500 www.greshams.com
HERITAGE SCHOOL Age range: 4-16 Description: An independent day school for boys and girls, offering small class sizes, school trips and a focus on more than just exam results. Address: 17-19 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE Tel: 01223 350615 www.heritageschool.org.uk
HIGHFIELD SCHOOL ELY Age range: 2-19 Description: Offering a vibrant learning community for children with special educational needs, with an excellent reputation and places in high demand. Address: Downham Road, Ely CB6 1BD Tel: 01353 662085 www.highfieldschoolely.co.uk
IMPINGTON VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-18 Description: A co-ed school with sixth form, inspired by Henry Morris’ vision to be inclusive, international and inspirational. Address: New Road, Impington CB24 9LX Tel: 01223 200400 www.impington.cambs.sch.uk
LA DANTE Age range: All Description: The first bilingual Italian and English cultural study centre, offering courses and workshops by highly qualified Italian tutors. Address: The Lodge, Hawthorn Way, Cambridge CB4 1BT Tel: 01223 315191 www.ladante-in-cambridge.org
LINTON VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-18 Description: An academy school with a friendly, family atmosphere, providing a good all-round education. Address: Cambridge Road, Linton CB21 4JB Tel: 01223 891233 www.lvc.org
MELBOURN VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: A very successful school where a strong academic performance is coupled with a sense of community. Aims to value the success of every individual child. Address: The Moor, Melbourn, Hertfordshire SG8 6EF Tel: 01763 223400 www.mvc.org.uk
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NORTH CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY Age range: 11-18 Description: Following the values of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, with an emphasis on science, sport and the arts. Address: Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JF Tel: 01223 491500 www.northcambridgeacademy.org
ORWELL PARK Age range: 2½-13 Description: A co-ed prep school for day pupils and boarders that aims to provide a challenging and fulfilling all-round education. Address: Nacton, Ipswich IP10 0ER Tel: 01473 659225 www.orwellpark.co.uk
PARKSIDE FEDERATION ACADEMIES Age range: 11-18 Description: The two community colleges, Coleridge and Parkside, are relatively small to offer education on a ‘human scale’. Address: Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH; Radegund Road, Cambridge CB1 3RJ Tel: 01223 712300 www.parksidefederation.org.uk
SAWSTON VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: A large, mixed comprehensive academy, underpinned by quality teaching. Address: New Road, Sawston CB22 3BP Tel: 01223 712777 www.sawstonvc.org
SOHAM VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: Offering a flexible, high-standard curriculum, the college is well known for its sport and arts. Address: Sand Street, Soham CB7 5AA Tel: 01353 724100 www.sohamvc.org Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016 | 69
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BELLERBYS COLLEGE Age range: Not specified Description: An experienced international college, helping students achieve their potential. Set over two campuses. Address: Queens Campus, Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LU Tel: 0800 6345522 www.bellerbys.com
Wisbech and King’s Lynn. Address: Landbeach Road, Milton CB24 6DB Tel: 01223 860701 www.cwa.ac.uk
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ABBEY COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE Age range: Not specified Description: An independent sixth form college in which staff and students work together to achieve academic success. Address: Homerton Gardens, Cambridge CB2 8EB Tel: 01223 578280 www.abbeycambridge.co.uk
COMBERTON SIXTH FORM Age range: Not specified Description: 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. Address: West Street, Comberton CB23 7DU Tel: 01223 265470 www.combertonsixthform.org
CAMBRIDGE CENTRE FOR SIXTH FORM STUDIES (CCSS) Age range: 15-21 Description: Centrally located college 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. Address: 4-5 Bene’t Place, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EL Tel: 01223 716890 www.ccss.co.uk
CAMBRIDGE REGIONAL COLLEGE Age range: Not specified Description: One of the largest further education colleges in the region, providing excellent full-time and part-time courses, apprenticeships and higher education programmes. Address: Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT Tel: 01223 418200 www.camre.ac.uk
THE COLLEGE OF WEST ANGLIA (CWA) Age range: 16+ Description: One 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, Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016 | 71
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LONG ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE Age range: 16-19 Description: A 16+ education institution specialising in the provision of A level, GCSE and vocational programmes. Address: Long Road, Cambridge CB2 8PX Tel: 01223 507400 www.longroad.ac.uk
ST ANDREWâ€™S COLLEGE Age range: 16-19 Description: A co-ed independent sixth form college providing both boarding and day places for approximately 140 students. A level, GCSE and university foundation courses offered. Address: 89 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AW Tel: 01223 358073 www.standrewscambridge.co.uk
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They say that education is wasted on the young, but if the statistics can be believed, more adults than ever are determined not to let the chance to learn pass them by
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t’s undoubtedly true that our area comes complete with the strapline ‘seat of learning’. Thanks to the cornucopia of adult educational opportunities, however, the seats in question are hugely varied. They’re not just the traditional ones that appear at swish high table events in ancient colleges, but are just as likely to be three-piece suites that our learners have re-covered themselves courtesy of one of the popular DIY courses on offer. And while there’s an unparalleled tradition of education here, so ingrained that you can almost feel it in the air you breathe, the atmosphere is far from being either rarified or intimidating. Each year, hundreds of adults decide to be part of our vibrant learning culture, signing up for courses that could lead just about anywhere – with almost limitless freedom over how, where and at what level they study. That flexibility could well be one of the reasons adult education remains so popular. According to a 2015 survey looking at adult participation in learning, produced by NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, now the Learning and Work Institute) the numbers of adult learners in the East of England increased by almost a tenth, up from 33% to 42%. 76 | Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016
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“Embarking on education as an adult can be hugely liberating – and won’t necessarily cost a penny”
While these figures speak for themselves, pinning down mature students’ motivation for signing up to what can be a substantial commitment in terms of time and effort can be rather trickier. No wonder, given the sheer range of ages, interests and goals involved. Some popular courses attract students from all over the world. Since the first NIACE report into adult education appeared 20 years ago, one significant and consistent UK trend has emerged. The higher your social class, the more likely you are to embark on a programme of study later in life. More than half of middle class and white-collar workers have taken part in some form of adult learning during the past three years, compared with just over a quarter of unskilled workers and people on limited incomes. Yet at its most fundamental level, embarking on education as an adult can be hugely liberating – and won’t necessarily cost a penny, with maths and English courses available completely free of charge. And perhaps unsurprisingly, career-enhancing courses at all levels tend to be a popular choice. According to the 2015 NIACE survey, over three-quarters of all learners sign up for workrelated reasons – and almost half of full- or part-time workers who took part in the most recent survey have embarked on some form of adult learning over the past three years. Ever-increasing numbers are enrolling on job-boosting parttime courses, with management and professional qualifications in everything from engineering to care all proving popular. It’s all down to a new attitude to work. The job for life has gone forever, reckon today’s workers. Instead, according to a recent report, they see themselves as working in at least four different industries during their lifetimes – and believe that acquiring new skills along the way is essential. That willingness to embrace change is a widespread phenomenon in our area – in some cases leading to a complete life makeover. With most of us likely to retire later – if at all – even highly skilled professionals are deciding to switch to a new job in later life that they will really love – and where they can dictate their own working patterns. Of course, not every adult learner has such revolutionary change in mind. Upskilling courses that help current employees hone their expertise in their current jobs are also popular. Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016 | 77
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“The richness and range of subjects on offer to adult learners in our area is a mind-expanding treasure trove”
They include mastering a new language, proof that, regardless of the referendum result, people see forging ever-closer links with our European neighbours as a powerful motivation to sign up for classes. So while some adult education students opt for a single course with a specific, short-term goal in mind, others are in it for the sheer love of a subject. You’ll find their interests reflected in the amazingly diverse range of courses, from dressmaking to ballroom dancing, ceramics to Classical Greek. Whatever your adult learning goal, the astonishing array of courses in our area virtually guarantees that you’ll be able to achieve it. From brushing up on basic skills to committing to the long haul of a part-time masters degree, learning how to throw a pot or create a stunning outfit, the richness and range of subjects on offer to adult learners in our area is a mind-expanding treasure trove just waiting to be discovered. That first course can mark the start of a journey that can last a lifetime. 78 | Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016
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Description: Group classes, private classes, conversation classes and more, designed to help your knowledge of the French language. Check website for details on enrolment. Address: 60 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1LA Tel: 01223 561854 www.alliance-cam.co.uk
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Description: An Italian and English cultural centre, offering courses and workshops by highly qualified Italian tutors, plus wine tastings, Italian cooking courses and other cultural events. Address: The Lodge, Hawthorn Way, Cambridge CB4 1BT Tel: 01223 315191 www.ladante-in-cambridge.org
Description: Offering continued professional development courses in health, education, social care, science and technology. Full and parttime. Check website for details on open days. Address: East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT Tel: 01245 493131 www.anglia.ac.uk
CAMBRIDGE REGIONAL COLLEGE Description: 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. Address: Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT Tel: 01223 418200 www.camre.ac.uk/adult-learners
FIRST INTUITION Description: For CIMA, ACCA, AAT and ICAEW courses, taught by staff with a wealth of experience in accountancy training. Address: 35 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NT Tel: 01223 360405 www.firstintuition.co.uk Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016 | 81
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MADINGLEY HALL Description: 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. Address: Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ Tel: 01223 746262 www.ice.cam.ac.uk
OPEN UNIVERSITY (OU) Description: Get back into education at the OU, which has its East of England headquarters in Cambridge. Offering face-to-face, email, online and phone-based tutorials in around 600 subjects. Address: Cintra House, 12 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PF Tel: 01223 364721 www.open.ac.uk
PARKSIDE FEDERATION Description: Courses run in the evenings, daytime and at weekends, at various locations throughout the city. Address: Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH Tel: 01223 712340 www.parksidefederation.org.uk
SPANISH AMIGOS Description: Specialising in teaching everyday Spanish, the official language of 21 countries worldwide. Spanish Amigos in Cambridge was set up by Lory Peresson. Address: St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0WS Tel: 07583 348400 www.spanishamigos.co.uk
VAMOS CAMBRIDGE Description: Small 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. Address: The Centre at St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP Tel: 07817 171256 www.cambridge-lessons.co.uk 82 | Cambridge Education Guide | Autumn/Winter 2016
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