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SPRING/SUMMER 2014

EDUCATION GUIDE

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ot for nothing did a recent survey brand our area the most educated place to live in the country. From toddlers to twenty somethings, pre-schoolers to post-graduates, everyone, regardless of age, ambition or interests, will find the school, college or course that’s right for them. Rarely out of the headlines for all the best reasons, local education providers offer all the ingredients that ensure maximum student, and parent, appeal. “Cambridgeshire boasts some of the best schools in the country,” confirms a county education department spokesperson. Across the county, academic excellence is the norm, with 61% of students achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and maths (the nationally recognised benchmark), slightly higher than the national average of 59.%. Sixth formers here are also doing well, with 83.2% achieving at least three A levels at grades A* to E, again higher than the national average of 80.5%.

Of local primaries within or close to the city centre, 30 have secured a rating of Good or better in their latest Ofsted inspections. It’s a similarly healthy picture when it comes to senior schools and sixth form colleges, with eight judged to be at least Good and Hills Road, St Bede’s and Comberton Village College to the west of the city all rated as being Outstanding. Delights abound just about everywhere, in both state and fee-paying schools, from consistently brilliant Oxbridge results (Hills Road) to award-winning International Baccalaureate success (Stephen Perse Foundation), with many schools including The Perse, St Mary’s and The Leys School regularly recording new personal bests at A level and GCSE. Primary or senior, state or independent, co-ed or single sex, schools and colleges are of such a calibre that it’s no wonder many are heavily oversubscribed. And the demand continues unabated when it comes to adult education. Such is the thirst for knowledge amongst over 18s that if online

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booking weren’t now the norm, they would no doubt be forming orderly queues to sign up for popular courses. Rewards range from the inner glow that comes from mastering a new subject to more tangible benefits. According to research from The Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, business graduates there have the edge when it comes to earning power, achieving average starting salaries almost £10,000 higher than across the nation as a whole. Admittedly, many mature education returners are after something requiring slightly less of a full-time commitment, which is why Hills Road, the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall and Cambridge Regional College also report brisk business in shorter courses, too, covering everything from creative writing courses to dressmaking. Education is, unsurprisingly, a major draw when it comes to the city’s appeal. And as employers old and new seek to expand their workforces, its rapid expansion has become a well-documented phenomenon, with a 2% growth in the population between 2011 and 2012 that makes our city – according to research by the Centre for Cities – the fastest growing in the country. The growth shows no signs of slowing either, with more and more big businesses moving into the area. That big worry of moving to a new place – getting to know its layout and making friends – is something addressed with panache by our area’s schools and colleges. From parent networks that help the whole family settle in to courses with a strongly social dimension, part of the education they offer is teaching newcomers how to feel at home.

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8 • Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE 01223 247251 www.hillsroad.ac.uk Awarded the Sunday Times’ Sixth Form College of the Year award in 2013, Hills Road is a highly regarded sixth form college located in central Cambridge. Judged to be Outstanding in all areas of its most recent Ofsted report, the college offers excellent facilities and prides itself on providing an exceptional educational experience.

14 • Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LY 01223 353253 www.stmaryscambridge.co.uk St Mary’s School, Cambridge is a Catholic boarding and day school for girls aged four to 18. Situated in the heart of Cambridge, St Mary’s offers a safe and secure learning environment for girls. The school offers a unique atmosphere which supports learning and development, and fosters self-esteem, confidence and friendship.

18 • The Leys, Fen Causeway, Cambridge CB2 7AD 01223 508900 www.theleys.net Occupying a 50-acre campus in central Cambridge, The Leys is the only co-educational boarding and day school in the city for ages 11-18. It offers a special atmosphere with a high value placed on mutual support in a close-knit community, as well as an exceptional academic record and excellent facilities.

19 • Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 8AG 01223 352073 www.stfaiths.co.uk St Faith’s School is an independent preparatory day school for boys and girls aged four to 13. The school prides itself on its dynamic community and warm, welcoming personality. It has a reputation for excellent standards, not just academically but across a huge breadth of subjects and activities.

20 • Friends’ School, Mount Pleas­ant Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3EB 01799 525351 www.friends.org.uk Friends’ 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 Junior School, Junior to Senior School and Senior to Sixth Form.

22 • 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.

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25 • Haileybury, Hertford SG13 7NU 01992 706200 www.haileybury.com Founded in 1862, Haileybury is a leading 1318 co-educational boarding and day school set in 500 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. The school offers outstanding facilities, excellent teaching and superb pastoral care, priding itself on providing an all-round education that allows pupils to discover enduring passions and talents.

26 • 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.

30 • Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 0EA 01480 860505 www.kimbolton.cambs.sch.uk An independent co-educational day and boarding school, Kimbolton 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.

32 • 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 of age, and prides itself on its academic rigour and huge extracurricular programme.

36 • Barton Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DB 01353 660700 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 • Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ 01223 746262 www.ice.cam.ac.uk The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) offers part-time and short courses for adults of all ages, with options ranging from weekends right up to two-year Master’s programmes, in the beautiful setting of Madingley Hall. Many courses are open to all, with no special entry requirements.

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t Hills Road we are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience, characterised by breadth as well as depth of learning. In addition to outstanding examination results, which give the best possible choice of career or higher education course, we encourage our students to gain those personal qualities which will be so important in the future: to think independently, to research and communicate effectively, to work in teams, to solve problems and to be able to form caring relationships based on a sense of social justice and personal responsibility. We pride ourselves on a strong sense of community in which all students are valued equally as individuals and treated as young

adults. Our 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, in 2013, was awarded the Sunday Times’ Sixth Form College of the Year award. Students may choose from over 40 A level subjects and also from a wide range of enrichment courses, extracurricular activities, clubs, societies and international projects. All of this helps to make the College an exciting and enjoyable learning environment. Our aim is to engage, inspire and challenge students and to prepare them exceptionally well for the next stage of their lives: over 90% of students progress

to higher education with significant numbers going to the most sought after universities. The College’s facilities are outstanding. In addition to high-quality specialist provision in every teaching department, there is a refurbished library and careers centre and a study skills centre where students have access to specialist learning support. The atrium provides a very attractive space for independent and collaborative learning. There are extensive facilities for music, drama and dance, and regular performances in the theatre and recital room. The new Pavilion, together with the Sports and Tennis Centre, offers excellent facilities for a wide range of sporting and fitness activities including cricket, tennis, football, hockey and rugby. www.hillsroad.ac.uk

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ADULT EDUCATION Programme provides part-time evening courses, Saturday workshops and a Summer School in July, in the following areas of study: Languages, beginners to advanced English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Art & Design Business & Professional Training Professional Counselling Recreational

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KEY INFORMATION Telephone: 01223 247251 www.hillsroad.ac.uk OPEN EVENINGS 12 & 13 November 5-9.15pm

e offer a large selection of extremely popular language courses, ranging from French, German, Italian and Spanish to Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian; from beginners to advanced level. EFL courses range from foundation to advanced level. Choose an Art & Design course from Art History, Drawing or Dressmaking to Photography, Painting with oils & acrylics or Portraiture. A range of Business & Professional training courses will help you to extend your work skills whilst Professional Counselling courses lead to recognised qualifications. Our Recreational courses range from Creative Writing, Film Appreciation and Indian Dancing to Pilates, Wine Appreciation and Yoga!

CONTACT INFORMATION Telephone: 01223 278002 Email: adulted@hillsroad.ac.uk www.HillsRoadAdultEducation.co.uk

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ith many schools already oversubscribed and demand increasing inexorably every year, local residents are, not surprisingly, keen to hear what is planned to accommodate the next generation. There’s reassurance from the county council, which confirms that new schools are on the way. A new primary opens in Ely this September and a secondary in Trumpington in 2015, with additional establishments in Littleport and Northstowe to follow. And, as Ed Elliott, head of The Perse School explains, the sheer variety of

excellent schools in our area means parents should keep their cool. “It’s important for parents to keep this in perspective and not panic – there are lots of good state and independent schools in the Cambridge region so there is a plentiful supply of high-quality places to meet any increased demand,” he says. Nurturing nurseries, peppy preps and stunning senior schools form a dazzling educational landscape. And it’s not just academic results, activities and facilities that are second to none. Schools here also pride themselves on their pastoral care.

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It’s all about meeting “the personal, social and emotional needs of every child so that they can make the most of what the school has to offer,” says Mike Critchley, director of pastoral care at St Faith’s. And it’s an area today’s parents see as vital to their child’s happiness. Pastoral care covers everything from how effectively a school deals with issues such as friendship problems or exam fears to helping new pupils settle in quickly. But the bottom line is that contented children do better. “If a student is unhappy; they will not be able to think about other things, let alone engage academically,” says Gail Hague at The Perse. It’s the reason our area’s schools focus on creating a culture that is welcoming

and respectful of each individual, a point stressed by St Mary’s School, whose community of boarders includes a range of nationalities and cultures. It “adds a really special strand of who we are and what we do,” believes Aodain Fleming, deputy head (pastoral & boarding). “When you are surrounded by people from other faiths and other cultures who are bringing different experiences, you are enabling your students to reach out and touch the world in a very different way.” Many schools will divide pupils into houses which become a focus for friendship and create a sense of community and – within healthy limits – competition, too. Another must-have element is the tutor

system where members of staff are allocated a small group of pupils, getting to know them as individuals and becoming the first point of contact to resolve day-to-day issues. So joined up is the thinking that the process begins before pupils even start at the schools, with staff at St Mary’s and The Perse, for example, amongst those who visit Year 6 pupils. And it’s not just adults who take on pastoral responsibilities. Older pupils will often help younger children get to grips with life in a new school through a buddy system. At The Leys, a big sister scheme is in operation, together with mentoring for new sixth formers who are paired with an old hand to show them the ropes, while

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St Faith’s, too, is a great believer in pupil power – and responsibilities – charging Year 8 pupils with a range of duties that include helping with younger children in assembly and at lunch. Getting the right balance between guidance and prohibition is a non-stop exercise, requiring much innovation en route. St Faith’s recently pioneered ‘Friendship Friday’‚ which encourages pupils in Years 3 and 4 to mix with children in different houses, presenting those making the greatest effort with special stickers in assembly. It also has a trained listener on hand for any child in need of advice and support on topics including anxiety and friendship issues. But perhaps the most unusual – and certainly headline grabbing – innovation is the school’s very own granny, a longterm member of the pastoral team who helps children settle in after they make the transition to the bigger world of the prep school at the age of seven. Reassuringly, teachers in charge of pastoral care in our area’s schools radiate enthusiasm for the job. The thing that makes it special, they say, is that sense of being in it together. “When you look at them on A level results day and they’re going off to university and their gap year you really feel it’s been a shared journey and we reach that point together,” says Aodain Fleming at St Mary’s School. And, as Caroline Wiedermann at The Leys points out, getting pastoral care right isn’t rocket science. “It’s actually very simple, just common sense: human beings looking after other human beings.”

Reassuringly, teachers in charge of pastoral care in our area’s schools radiate enthusiasm for the job

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hat makes St Mary’s special St Mary’s is no ordinary school. It offers an extraordinary environment, ethos and education. Everything here is unique, exceptional, much loved and unashamedly tailored for girls. At St Mary’s we embrace our girls-only roots, confident in the evidence that shows girls thrive personally and academically in a single-sex education environment. Choosing a school for your daughter is one of the most important decisions you will make. You’ll want to make sure that she will receive the best possible start in life. Evidence shows that girls in single-sex schools like ours not only gain better examination results; they also acquire important life skills which they would find harder to achieve in a co-ed environment. These include: confidence, independence, the ability to lead and an instinct to succeed. We have also remained true to our Catholic heritage and, while we welcome girls from all denominations and faiths, a strong Christian ethos and framework firmly underpin our school. Our day and boarding provision Friendly, home-from-home boarding facilities are available on a full-time basis for girls from Year 9 all the way through

to the end of the Sixth Form, and on a flexible or part-time basis for girls from Year 7. From September 2014, full-time boarding will be available for girls from Year 7. In the last six years, St Mary’s boarding provision has been twice rated Outstanding by Ofsted – the highest grade that can be given. Our international outlook At St Mary’s we embrace globalisation, opening our doors to students from different countries and cultures, so that everyone can benefit from diversity. We are part of a worldwide association of Mary Ward schools and have active links with our sister schools in the UK and Ireland, as well as in Germany and Australia. We also support the work of other Mary Ward schools in Africa and in India. Our vibrant city location St Mary’s sits in the midst of the museums, theatres and concert halls of one of the world’s most vibrant and culturally exciting cities. We have the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on our doorstep and, of course, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, with its beautiful and extraordinary architecture and facilities.

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Junior School St Mary’s Junior School is a welcoming, caring and dynamic environment for your daughter. Our Junior School is a place where she can explore and broaden her interests, build her strengths and gain her independence while developing an enthusiasm for learning, which will stay with her for life. We are proud of our innovative and creative approach to teaching, based around a carefully developed ‘fusion curriculum’. This uses defined themes, which are interwoven across the whole school curriculum to link core subjects, and enables our girls to gain a rounded academic ability. Our teaching approach, along with our small class sizes, allows us to provide your daughter with the individual attention that she deserves and needs, as she undertakes her learning journey. We place the utmost importance on emotional support and providing a caring environment in which your daughter can truly learn, develop and grow. Our broad curriculum allows our girls to explore and develop all of their talents and interests so they can reach their full academic and creative potential. We have made a conscious decision to opt out of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which enables us to develop an Early Year curriculum that, right from the start, works in harmony with the curriculum approach across the whole school. Our inspiring school grounds have been carefully designed to enrich the learning

experience and we make the most of them by ensuring studies are not restricted to the classroom. We believe in the importance and value of strong role models and regularly invite a variety of speakers including musicians, storytellers and inspirational athletes to share their drive, expertise and creativity with the girls. Many of our parents share their expertise in their fields of work by contributing to Science Week, Enterprise Week, Language Days and our Art Exhibition. Senior School The classrooms at St Mary’s are happy, nurturing environments, where passionate teachers inspire girls to enjoy reaching their academic potential. This is borne out by the results our girls achieve across all academic and creative subjects in their public examinations. The number of GCSEs each girl takes varies and everyone is encouraged to aim for an achievable balance, taking into account her abilities, interests and aspirations. Final subject choices are made after an individual meeting between the girl, her parents and a member of the Senior Leadership Team and in consultation with our experienced heads of department following the Year 9 Parents’ Evening in February. Last year, 39% of our GCSE and IGCSE grades were A*s – a 4% increase on 2011/12 and an 11% increase on 2010/11. In total, 66% of our GCSE and IGCSE results were A* or A grades with nearly one in three students receiving nine or more A* or A grades.

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Sixth Form St Mary’s Sixth Form offers excellent tuition during what will be two of the most significant years in your daughter’s school career. Our staff provide support, individual guidance and resources to enable every student to flourish both academically and as an individual. Life in the Sixth Form brings increased responsibility with greater freedom and the opportunity to take a lead in shaping the school community. We encourage and place a great emphasis on independence in the Sixth Form and students will learn the valuable skill of managing workloads as well as extracurricular involvement in preparation for university and future careers. The Sixth Form curriculum is devised around individual choices and the teaching team works to accommodate each student’s subject combination, no matter how focused or diverse their interests. In 2013, 51% of our A level results were awarded at A* to A grade, with our proportion of A grades increasing by 4%. A quarter of all St Mary’s A level students achieved straight A* or A grades in at least three of their subjects. 95% of A level grades were awarded at A* to C grade and nearly 70% of our girls fell into the government’s ‘high achiever’ category by achieving at least ABB. Ours is a caring and inclusive school in which we are sure your daughter will thrive and our Christian framework will provide grounding for her education, academic success and future role within society.

How to apply We would like the opportunity to show you around our school so that you can see for yourself the wonderful environment that we have created. Please contact assistant registrar, Jenny Boscoe to arrange a visit on 01223 224167 or admissions@stmaryscambridge.co.uk. ST MARY’S IN ACTION DAY Friday 9 May 2014 from 11am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 3:30pm Student-led tours of our beautiful Junior School building, the historic Senior School site and our Sixth Form. JUNIOR SCHOOL TASTER WORKSHOP Saturday 7 June 2014 from 10am to 12 noon Our Junior School will be holding a circusthemed Taster Workshop to give prospective Junior School pupils an opportunity to meet staff and students and the circus skills team will be doing a variety of activities in the garden and around the school. SENIOR SCHOOL TASTER WORKSHOP FOR YEAR 7 ENTRY (11+) Saturday 7 June 2014 from 9am to 12 noon Join us at our Taster Workshop to sample life as a Year 7 at St Mary’s. Enjoy our facilities, meet our staff and take part in a range of hands-on activities across our varied school curriculum.

CONTACT INFORMATION Christepher Hald | Head of Juniors 6 Chaucer Road, Cambridge CB2 7EB Admissions: 01223 224167 Reception: 01223 311666

Charlotte Avery | Headmistress Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LY Admissions: 01223 224167 Reception: 01223 353253

To reserve your place at one of our events please contact the admissions team on 01223 224167 or email admissions@ stmaryscambridge.co.uk.

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The Leys is part of The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation. Charity No 1144035

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Main entry points: 11+, 13+ and 16+. Entrance tests for 11+ and 13+: January of the year of entry. To book an open morning or arrange a private visit, please contact the Admissions Office. Telephone 01223 508904 or email admissions@theleys.net. For information about scholarships and bursaries, visit www.theleys.net/ admissions and follow us on Twitter @TheLeys.

he Leys is the only coeducational boarding and day school in Cambridge for children aged 11-18. It has a special atmosphere where we place a high value on the mutual support given by such a small, close-knit community. Pupils are relaxed and feel at ease with their teachers. They are also friendly and respectful, as well as purposeful and hard-working, without being over-pressurised. Life at The Leys is built on three foundation stones: Academic, Extra Curricular and Pastoral; the most important of which is pastoral care. Pastoral care The outstanding pastoral care at The Leys is based on dedicated housemasters and housemistresses, an effective and supportive tutorial system and a staff committed to the care and welfare of pupils. It is also founded on a Christian ethos led by a popular and inspirational chaplain.

Academic achievement Academically, the school goes from strength to strength: over the last three years around 80% of A levels have been at grades A*, A and B, with 40% of our pupils gaining ten or more A*/A grades at GCSE. 85% of our UCAS applicants get to their first choice university and almost a quarter of the current Upper Sixth applied for Oxbridge. Wider curriculum The Leys rightly has a reputation for the breathtaking range of activities on offer. Activities which inspire and motivate children build confidence and confidence without arrogance is the most important gift teachers and parents can give to young people. Cambridge The Leys is centrally located, within walking distance of one of the world’s greatest universities. All of our pupils benefit from the close links which the school has forged with university departments, whether it be to provide guest speakers, or through the increasing use of postgraduates and undergraduates to enhance the Academic Development programme at The Leys. Facilities The Leys occupies a beautiful 50 acre campus in the centre of Cambridge and the most ambitious building project in the school’s history has just been completed. Great Hall comprises the Assembly Hall, a theatre constructed to the level of those found in the West End, a new drama department and studio, a dance studio, café, art gallery and three new science laboratories.

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ST FAITH’S, CAMBRIDGE O utstanding academic standards St Faith’s has a reputation for outstanding academic standards; enabling each individual to achieve their best across a staggering breadth of subjects and activities. Our dual heritage, built on academic excellence and Christian values, shapes our ethos, which is shared with The Leys. St Faith’s is part of The Leys and St Faith’s education foundation. Inclusive in nature, valuing diversity, we welcome children from all religious and cultural backgrounds. St Faith’s offers small classes and teaching by subject specialists. Over a third of our pupils gain scholarships to their senior schools. Excellence and innovation St Faith’s recruits and retains preeminent teachers who can bring out the best in pupils. Our latest ISI inspection report commented on our excellent and innovative teaching. Whilst the Good School Guide speaks of “a childcentred educational philosophy that turns out sparky individuals with high all-round expectations and the skills to meet them” and that “St Faith’s does well for all but can really extend those at the top, encouraging them to achieve at a national level.” We are an associate school of the Spanish Embassy as well as the Royal Society and a lead school in the Department for Education’s Network of Teaching Excellence for Computer Science.

Broad opportunities St Faith’s offers a diverse and stimulating curriculum with further opportunities through our constantly developed Enrichment and Extension programme. Regular use is made of local facilities and expertise including trips to the various Cambridge University departments and visits from outside speakers. We have up to ten off-timetable enrichment days a year, enabling both pupils and teachers to collaborate over a longer period of time. Our pupils have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of residential and day trips and there are over 90 activities each week to choose from. Exceptional facilities As the largest prep school in Cambridge we have the best range of specialist teaching facilities, extensive sports facilities and wide open spaces to enjoy. Our foundation with The Leys also provides access to over 20 acres of sports playing fields, an indoor swimming pool and the wonderful new performance facilities in Great Hall.

KEY INFORMATION A warm invitation to visit – we would be delighted to show you in person why we believe your child will thrive at St Faith’s. Call Anna Cornell, registrar on 01223 352073 to arrange a visit. Or visit us on our next Open Morning on Saturday 4 October 2014. To register visit www.stfaiths.co.uk. Virtual tours and our new School Video can also be found on our website. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news and updates @St_faiths St Faith’s is part of The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation. Charity No 1144035

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riends’ School is a school with a difference. Small, diverse, vibrant and located in the heart of Saffron Walden, just 20 minutes from Cambridge. Friends’ is one of only seven schools in England based on a Quaker foundation and has a tradition of more than 300 years of enlightened education for both boys and girls. The school, however, welcomes students of all faiths, offering education for students aged 3-18 with boarding from age 11. There are Senior and Junior schools on the same site, which allows for a seamless transition between Years 6 and 7, and also the Nursery and Reception. Moreover, sharing the site means that Senior pupils have opportunities to help out in the Junior School, and Junior pupils have access to specialist teaching in certain areas of the curriculum, such as modern languages and design technology, using the staff and facilities at the Senior School. A superb new building has recently been constructed to house the Junior School complete with dedicated ‘early years’ facilities, outdoor classroom, art room, library, computer suite and

assembly hall, which offers Friends’ youngest learners the best possible start. There is also a Forest School which is used by all sections of the school, from the youngest, to the biology A level students for their fieldwork. Pastoral care at the school is excellent because the caring staff get to know each pupil well and there is always a listening ear or a helping hand in both the day and boarding schools. There is also a medical centre at the school that is staffed by two qualified nurses. The school has an excellent record of achievement at both GCSE and A level, with a wide choice of subject options available. There is an extensive programme of extracurricular and weekend activities for boarders and day pupils in the Senior School and many popular clubs for younger pupils, including swimming club, art and architecture and photography club. Late-stay provision is included in the fees and available until 5.45pm for both Nursery and Junior School pupils. The school has a number of minibuses, two of which serve the Cambridge area, with another taking students to and from Audley End station, Saffron Walden’s closest train station.

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OPEN MORNING 11 OCTOBER 2014 10am-12.30pm

CONTACT INFORMATION Visit Friends’ on their next Open Morning, call Alison Stanbury on 01799 525351, or email admissions@ friends.org.uk for further information or to make an appointment. Friends’ School, Mount Pleas­ant Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3EB www.friends.org.uk

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he Stephen Perse Foundation is a group of six independent schools in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden. Founded in 1881 as the Perse School for Girls, we have always been at the forefront of education developments, providing the best opportunities for our students. You may know us as the school that inspired St Trinian’s. We are not quite like that now, but our historical roots are important to our current developments. ‘Diamond’ co-education We already have a co-educational preprep and sixth form and are developing a diamond model of schooling to enable boys to join our Junior school from 2014 and our Senior school from 2018. In 2013 we merged with the highly successful Dame Bradbury’s prep school and nursery in Saffron Walden. Our vision is to push the boundaries of pedagogy in order to equip our students to face the unknown as well as the known challenges of the future. We achieve exceptional examination results but our focus is never the exam. We base our approach to education around the needs of the individual – put simply, we always start with the child and are committed to breadth of learning all the way through from age three to 18. Talent Combined with talented students and the opportunities afforded in Cambridge, we have the leading results in the region

at GCSE, A level and International Baccalaureate Diploma, in fact our IB results in 2013 were the joint highest in the world. We were awarded the Sunday Times Parent Power IB School of the Year in 2010 and 2013 in recognition of the amazing work of our students and teachers. We believe it is right to look first at the student’s potential. When applying to study with us you will not simply be sat in a room to answer an examination paper and then have an interview. Rather, we want to talk to you about any school experience so far and see what we can understand about how you work and think. Having lots of knowledge is great but it is not the same as the ability to use information and to think flexibly. It is often said that people need to learn to think outside of the box. We agree. Learning takes place throughout life – children are far more than a simple list of subjects! That is why there are plenty of project days and events to enjoy, particularly in the junior years before there is any worry about examinations. Even when GCSEs start to kick in, we still have lots of opportunity for learning that is not tested and where there is no formal homework. Opportunities as well as challenges School years should be rich in opportunity as well as challenge. That’s why, no matter whether you are looking at our prepreps (in Cambridge, Saffron Walden or Madingley), junior schools (in Cambridge

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or Saffron Walden), Senior School or Sixth Form College, there is something for everyone to enjoy outside of ‘normal classes’. Join our orchestra as a beginner or as a soloist in one of our concerts at West Road Concert Hall, an act on stage in one of our libraries or in our main hall, or the Mumford Theatre perhaps. Maybe it is an overseas adventure for language learning – how does Japan take you, or maybe closer to home in Spain? What about an outreach project here in Cambridge in our local community or perhaps overseas in Kenya in our rural, partnership school? Sport is important to us – both on our main sites and at Latham Road on our allweather pitches. Canoeing from our jetty on the Cam (just walk through our own nature reserve to find it), hockey, cricket, netball, football or perhaps an individual or small-group sport – golf, equestrian or sailing maybe? We like to think there is a place for all abilities – we have absolute beginners and we have national champions. Community of learners We are a community of learners. Teachers, students and support staff are all integral to realising this vision for education and all are learners. Digital technology is integral to realising our vision, although it is just one

tool amongst many. It is all about learning, it is not all about technology. The digital world is, however, a major gateway to the world of learning and to global connectivity. We rolled out iPads for all of our Senior School students in 2012 and to the Sixth Form in 2013. Dame Bradbury’s, the Junior School and Pre-Prep, also use iPads and iPad minis. Our iBooks and iTunes U courses are the next phase, along with app creation and coding – everyone from Juniors up is involved.

“IB SCHOOL OF THE YEAR 2013”

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There are various places where you can find out more:

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w  ww.stephenperse.com is our main website – the ‘about us’ and ‘news’ sections are a good place to start. www.spflearning.com is our showcase of learning and our approach. www.damebradburys.com is our school in Saffron Walden. s tephenperse.wordpress.com is our principal’s blog and is an expression of the ethos of the school. www.youtube.com/user/TheStephenperse – our school YouTube channel. w  ww.flickr.com/photos/stephenperse/sets – a selection of images from activities and trips on our Flickr account. s tephenperse.tumblr.com – our Pre-Prep school has its own Tumblr blog feed to show the daily life of learning from our youngest pupils. w  ww.spftogether.com is a growing collection of activities from our Pre-Prep and Junior schools in Cambridge and Saffron Walden We maintain an extensive range of Twitter feeds, several of which are embedded in our website.

23 MAY 2014 – Dame Bradbury’s School in action open morning 28 JUNE 2014 – Senior School Year 5 taster morning 4 OCTOBER 2014 – Senior School open morning 11 OCTOBER 2014 – Junior School and City Pre-Prep open morning 18 OCTOBER 2014 – Dame Bradbury’s School open morning 18 OCTOBER 2014 – Madingley Pre-Prep open morning 6 NOVEMBER 2014 – Open evening 13 NOVEMBER 2014 – Sixth Form application deadline 22 NOVEMBER 2014 – Sixth Form entry assessments and scholarship testing 29 NOVEMBER 2014 – Junior School Year 3 taster morning 10 DECEMBER 2014 – Closing date for Junior School, 11+, 13+ application deadline*

CONTACT INFORMATION To see how we work in practice, do come to one of our open days or get in touch with the admissions office to arrange a private visit. Your preconceptions are unlikely to last out the visit. To book a place at any of our events, arrange an individual tour of the school or to make an appointment, please contact Ali Gallagher, admissions registrar. Telephone: 01223 454722 Email: admissions@stephenperse.com Stephen Perse Foundation, Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1HF www.stephenperse.com *If places are still available, we welcome applications throughout the spring and summer terms.

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HAILEYBURY HERTFORD

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hy Haileybury? Haileybury is a leading 13-18 co-educational boarding and day school, with entry at 11 into Lower School. We are located between London and Cambridge in 500 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and our spectacular grounds are home to outstanding facilities, excellent teaching and superb pastoral care. Over 90% of all teaching staff live around the school campus and over two-thirds of pupils are boarders ensuring Haileybury is a real community. Founded in 1862, Haileybury is proud of its history, tradition, community and values, taking the best from the past while looking to the future. Academic rigour and outstanding co-curricular provision are at the heart of the school, providing the exceptional opportunities and truly all-round education that allow our pupils to discover enduring passions and talents. Distinctive academic provision The College offers a dedicated Lower School (Years 7 and 8), a unique Year 9 curriculum, a wide range of GCSE and IGCSEs and the choice of IB Diploma or A levels in the Sixth Form. We have taught the IB for over 15 years and are a top school in The Times league table for IB schools. Over 85% of all A level and IB grades were at A*-B or equivalent last summer; five pupils gained places at Oxford or Cambridge in 2013; 6% of leavers

gained places at universities in Europe and the US. Exceptional opportunities Haileybury has a formidable reputation for music, staging over 30 concerts each year and hosting over 400 individual instrumental lessons a week. Pupils regularly secure places in national youth orchestras and music scholarships to prestigious universities. Drama at Haileybury has always been strong and there are three or four major productions each year in the Ayckbourn Theatre. Haileybury pupils benefit from professional sports coaches – our Director of Rugby is former Wales and British & Irish Lions captain Michael Owen – and superb facilities including an indoor swimming pool, gym and large sports hall plus two all-weather pitches. Legends Tennis Academy is located on site and provides a world-class playing surface and professional coaching in partnership with the school. A warm welcome The school has a busy programme of events and family activities throughout the year. We warmly invite you to visit to discover what life at Haileybury has to offer and why your child will flourish here.

CONTACT INFORMATION Telephone: 01992 706353 Email: registrar@haileybury.com Haileybury, Hertford SG13 7NU www.haileybury.com

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THE PERSE SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE

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he Perse School was founded in 1615 by Dr Perse, a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, who left a considerable sum to establish a ‘free grammar school’ for pupils from all backgrounds. Since then The Perse has expanded to offer prep and pre-prep education, yet it remains firmly true to its historic roots. It retains close links with the University of Cambridge, and through its £1 million per annum means-tested bursary programme educates more than 120 pupils whose families would not otherwise be able to afford a Perse education. The school, which is now fully coeducational, looks confidently to the future, having invested more than £30 million in new facilities over the last decade. At any one time 1500 children enjoy the high-quality education on offer, characterised by academic excellence, extracurricular achievement and supportive pastoral care. Girls and boys from 3-18 The Perse is a 3-18 school across three sites, each enjoying green and open surroundings in the southern part of Cambridge, on the doorstep of the University’s biomedical campus.

Academics, researchers, authors, spiritual leaders and entrepreneurs frequently visit the school to share their expertise and inspire students. With each site only a short way from the others, older students routinely work with younger pupils, acting as positive role models and gaining leadership skills. Cross-site activities ensure pupils are well prepared for the move from the PrePrep to the Prep at seven, and to the Upper at 11. Where it’s cool to be bright The Perse is a place where pupils find subjects fascinating and want to go beyond the curriculum, and where success is as likely to be celebrated by classmates as teachers. Pupils spark off one another and create a culture of healthy competition, intellectual curiosity and diligence. Teachers are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to getting the best from their pupils; they set stretching expectations and provide 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.

Three quarters of A level and Pre-U entries graded at A* or A. A* rate at A level nearly five times the national average

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PELICAN NURSERY AND PRE-PREP

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Head: Sarah Waddington

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150 pupils aged 3-7

280 pupils aged 7-11

1060 pupils aged 11–18, including around 300 in the Sixth Form

Main entry point: Nursery

Main entry point: Year 3

Main entry points: Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth

Three sites, one ethos While each part of the school has a distinct personality, all share a common ethos and values. The journey begins at the welcoming Pelican, progressing to the relaxed yet purposeful Prep, and finally onto the vibrant Upper. Map data © 2013 Google

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Choose your adventure There is a buzz about daily life at The Perse. While the school’s academic credentials are well known, many are surprised to discover its range of exciting extracurricular opportunities, whether cultivating a particular talent and competing against the best, or taking part for fun. Quality time spent on the pitch, stage, trail and in the studio helps students develop self-confidence, organisational skills and resilience and, more often than not, interests for life. From Pelicans tasting campfire-toasted marshmallows on their first sleepover, to sixth formers embarking on a Himalayan trek, the extracurricular programme turns a Perse education into an adventure. Down to earth Perse students come from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds thanks to the bursary programme and the selection process, which puts academic ability and potential above all else. This diversity coupled with the school’s size means that however unconventional a child’s interests might appear, they invariably make a likeminded friend. Students are taught to respect others’ opinions, 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 an unpretentious school where children can be themselves with confidence. Caring for each other The school community is characterised by mutual respect, encouragement and care: students look out for one another. 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. The Perse has a very active programme of charitable fundraising, and as pupils grow older they have the chance to become involved in the local community and

communities further afield, from sharing their subject expertise with primary school pupils or teaching the older generation digital skills, to working in deprived areas overseas.

CONTACT INFORMATION To visit the school or find out how to apply for a place contact admissions@perse.co.uk or 01223 403800. The Perse offers means-tested bursaries for families who would not otherwise be able to afford a Perse education, along with a small number of scholarships. www.perse.co.uk Follow the school on Twitter @ThePerseSchool. Read the Head’s blog at theperseschool.wordpress.com.

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KIMBOLTON SCHOOL, KIMBOLTON

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ife at Kimbolton School is very busy, stimulating and great fun. Our academic results are excellent but our approach is one of balance so that our pupils are inspired and challenged in many different ways. With small classes and a friendly, caring atmosphere, our school has a family feel yet the facilities and opportunities usually offered by far bigger ones. We have 950 pupils between the ages of four and 18 (650 in the Senior School which starts at age 11), and are renowned for achieving excellent academic results whilst producing well-rounded, confident young adults. Our School is centred on Kimbolton Castle, once the home of Queen Katharine of Aragon and latterly of the Dukes of Manchester. Our beautiful rural setting, reached via freely running country roads, means that our School is quick and easy to access. Journey times are predictable as parents (and our bus drivers) escape the traffic jams and hold-ups associated with school runs to more urban locations. Our grounds provide a friendly, safe and happy place for children to learn. We offer a range of options that assist busy families. We have an extensive bus system which is used by our pupils only. Kim Club, our before and after-school club, cares for our Prep School pupils

from 7.45am and closes at 6pm. Our afterschool clubs start at age five. Our boarding provision has been given the top Ofsted rating of Outstanding. Boarding starts at age 11 and is popular and cost-effective with full, weekly, flexi and occasional options available. The boarding houses offer a family-like experience with the emphasis on individual care and the development of mutual support and friendships. Senior School pupils are welcome to join our boarders for breakfast and tea. Aside from our excellent academic teaching, we offer wonderful opportunities for music, drama, outdoor pursuits and sport for all abilities. We have a thriving Combined Cadet Force, an energetic Community Service Unit, an extensive programme of trips and visits in support of the classroom-based learning and a huge range of activities at lunchtimes and afterschool. We encourage our pupils to become fully involved in life beyond the classroom and to try a wide variety of extracurricular experiences, all of which helps to build their self-esteem. Almost all Kimboltonians gain places at the universities of their first choice with many heading to Oxbridge colleges or Russell Group universities. We have a strong track record of sixth form students receiving offers for the most competitive courses including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

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Our main entry points are at 4+, 7+, 9+, 11+, 13+ and 16+ although places are sometimes available at other times. We offer scholarships for our Senior School and assistance with fees from age 11, which includes means-tested bursaries worth potentially up to 100% of fees. For more information or to arrange a visit please call our registrar on 01480 860505 or visit www.kimbolton.cambs.sch.uk.

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ST. FRANCIS’ COLLEGE LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY

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one heart, one soul St. Francis’ College is a happy, vibrant and distinctive school offering a modern education with a strong ethos and traditional values which leads many to say we ‘feel different’. We believe this is because our founding traditions continue to reinforce the values that lie at the heart of our community: academic rigour, trust, respect, integrity and responsibility. Our founders called it: ‘One heart, one soul’, the girls call it: ‘a St. Francis’ thing’, meaning that even if you are busy, you will always make time for others, demonstrating unending patience, kindness and support. The College has for the last 80 years offered an education tailored to the needs of girls from three to 18 years of age. Located in leafy Letchworth Garden City, the world’s first garden city, we are under 30 minutes from Cambridge by our own direct minibus service. The College has a Prep School for day girls and a Senior

School of over 300 girls, of whom 75 are full boarders and this community is further enriched by a number of weekly boarders. Our academic results speak for themselves with consistently excellent results year after year at both GCSE and A level, leading to the girls gaining places at the universities of their choice. During the sixth form years the pupils receive extensive guidance and support, not only to identify the most suitable courses, but also the best universities at which to study their chosen subject. The College is very proud of the wide range of subjects that our girls go on to study from the scientific through arts and humanities. Whilst results are very important education is not just about academic rigour. Excellent on-site facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and a 330 seat purpose-built theatre, support a huge extracurricular programme with the girls excelling in a range of performing arts,

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dance, drama and music from orchestras to choirs (recently returned from performing in the Vatican), to jazz and rock bands. The College holds the Arts Council England Artsmark Gold for our arts provision covering a wide range of disciplines from art, music, drama and dance to literature. Despite being a medium-sized school we have county and national representatives across a wide range of sports such as badminton, tennis, athletics, hockey and netball. We believe passionately that we are preparing our girls to take their place as leaders in an increasingly global community and this is reflected in all that we do, through our visiting speakers, our UK and overseas excursions in support of academic subjects, sport, music and cultural activities. In addition we work with and visit our partner school in India and have a long-running association with a charitable project in Uganda.

Cambridge

St. Francis College

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CONTACT INFORMATION To see how we ‘feel different’, we have two open days a year in May and October or to arrange a private visit please contact Mrs Lisa Cogan on 01462 670511 or email admissions@st-francis.herts.sch.uk.

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KING’S ELY K ing’s Ely is a school where education really is an adventure. Offering an outstanding education to children and young people aged three to 18, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum that requires an assumption of academic achievement enabled by continuity of approach, compassion and the perfect balance of nurture and challenge that empowers pupils to step out of their comfort zone, take risks in their learning and achieve beyond expectations. Our focus is on making the most of the talents and abilities of each pupil, believing as we do that children should not be moulded to suit a school, but that a school should evolve to meet the needs of each individual.

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Just 20 minutes north of Cambridge and a short walk to Ely train station, King’s Ely is a prestigious, innovative independent day and boarding school, complemented by a history that stretches back over 1,000 years. Set in a glorious location in the shadow of one of the most stunning cathedrals in the world, the school provides a secure and beautiful suburban setting, allowing pupils freedom of movement in a friendly and inspiring learning environment. Rated Outstanding by Ofsted and with excellent ISI reports, King’s Ely is a recipient of the coveted NACE award for the excellent standard of teaching and learning, and a centre of excellence for chemistry, maths and geography. At King’s Ely, we create lifelong learners in a vibrant and inclusive environment: a place where you can give your child the best possible start in life. We develop thinkers: happy, confident young people who are empowered to learn and achieve; young people who are curious and sociable. But all this does not happen by magic. At King’s Ely Acremont (Nursery – Year 2), such development demands a planned, creative curriculum that is

dedicated to the needs of very young children, encouraging them to be independent learners with a zeal for knowledge, caring experts who have the time to give little ones lots of individual attention, a beautiful, spacious environment that allows younger 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 where students can thrive both academically and socially, 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. On top of all this, pupils with the capacity for the highest academic achievement also have access to challenging extension opportunities through a comprehensive enrichment programme. Equally, our Learning Support staff are renowned for bringing

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out the best in the young people with whom they work. We are equally proud of the higher education preparation we provide our sixth formers from the very first day of their journey. Students have consistently gained places at their first choice universities, with a large number each year going to Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge, and prestigious institutions suited to their passions and aspirations, such as drama schools, fashion colleges and conservatoires. But an education at King’s Ely is not just a preparation for life, it is life, and lessons learnt beyond the classroom are every bit as important as those within it. Nowhere is this better encapsulated than in the unique programme of outdoor pursuits that is King’s Ely Scheme. From kayaking to climbing, trekking to mountaineering and major expeditions, Ely Scheme engages with students’ capacity for adventure. The adventure doesn’t stop there; outstanding teaching and state-of-the-art facilities open up a whole new world of opportunity, while the recently refurbished Old Palace and the 14th century Monastic

Barn, where Junior and Senior pupils dine, provide a historic and atmospheric heart to the school. We offer all of the major sports and an impressive array of exciting games, activities and facilities, including 50 acres of playing fields, a heated swimming pool, two gymnasiums and floodlit allweather pitches. Athletics, cricket and hockey are particularly strong, with many of our students representing national and regional teams. Alongside University of Cambridge students, pupils enjoy rowing on one of the best stretches of river in the UK from Year 8, and the King’s Ely equestrian team competes successfully in a range of disciplines. A recently built Art school reflects the outstanding standards of the Art department, exhibiting an impressive display of students’ work in photography, design, fine art and textiles, with students recently achieving The Good Schools Guide award for the best A level grades in the UK. Dance and Drama departments also enjoy splendid facilities, enabling them to exude a real ‘wow’ factor in everything they do. The school boasts a modern, well-equipped Music block and purpose-built Recital Hall,

coupled with the magnificent backdrop of Ely Cathedral, the perfect setting for concerts and performances. In the Ely Cathedral Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs, we offer both girls and boys intensive musical and academic training. Boarding is at the heart of the school’s community, providing a happy and secure environment for boarders from eight to 18. Offering a flexible option for busy, working parents, King’s Ely provides young people with friends, excellent facilities in picturesque boarding houses and opportunities beyond the classroom, all without the daily commute.

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We know that choosing the right school for your loved ones can seem confusing and daunting. Let us remove the mystery and show you how we can unlock your child’s potential. To visit our open events or make an individual appointment, please email felicityblake@kingsely.org or call 01353 660702. For further information, visit www.kingsely.org.

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Schools

DIRECTORY BASSINGBOURN VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: A small, supportive academy which places 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.bassingbournvillagecollege.com BOTTISHAM VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-18 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 BRANDESTON HALL Age range: 2-13 Description: An independent C of E prep school in Suffolk for boys and girls, set in beautiful surroundings. Takes boarders. Address: Brandeston, Suffolk IP13 7AH Tel: 01728 685331 www.framcollege.co.uk CAMBOURNE VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: Cambridgeshire’s newest secondary offers modern facilities and an environment to encourage and inspire.

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Address: Sheepfold Lane, Cambourne CB23 6FR Tel: 01954 284000 www.cambournevc.org

possible for all its pupils. Address: West Street, Comberton CB23 7DU Tel: 01223 262503 www.combertonvc.org

CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Age range: 3-16 Description: An independent school enabling children to learn within an international environment. Address: Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 8DW Tel: 01223 416938 www.cambridgeinternationalschool.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

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 and prepare students from the wider world. Address: Courtney Way, CB4 2EE Tel: 01223 442400 www.castleschool.info CHESTERTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: A long-established, multicultural community college aiming to instill a love of learning in every pupil and provide a broad education for all. Address: Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY Tel: 01223 712150 www.chestertoncc.net COMBERTON VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-18 Description: A village-based academy committed to providing the best education

DAME BRADBURY’S SCHOOL Age range: 3-11 Description: An independent C of E school in Saffron Walden for boys and girls. Address: Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden CB10 2AL Tel: 01799 522348 www.damebradburys.com 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 Age range: 13-18 Description: An independent college in Suffolk for boys and girls, set in beautiful surroundings. Takes boarders. Address: College Road, Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13 9EY Tel: 01728 723789 www.framcollege.co.uk

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GRANTA SCHOOL Age range: 2-19 Description: One of Cambridgeshire’s six special schools, focusing on pupils’ individual needs through offering a personalised curriculum. Address: Cambridge Road, Linton CB21 4NN Tel: 01223 896890 www.granta.cambs.sch.uk

KING’S COLLEGE SCHOOL Age range: 4-13 Description: A leading independent day and boarding school for boys and girls, just a brisk walk away from King’s College. Ideal for musically gifted children. Address: West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DN Tel: 01223 365814 www.kcs.cambs.sch.uk

HERITAGE SCHOOL Age range: 4-12 Description: An independent day school for boys and girls in Cambridge. With small class sizes, school trips and a focus on more than just good exam results. Address: 19 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE Tel: 01223 350615 www.heritageschool.org.uk

KING’S ELY Age range: 3-18 Description: A co-ed day and boarding school in the cathedral city of Ely. One of the oldest schools in the world, it offers a nursery, reception class, junior and senior school, plus an international school Address: Barton Street, Ely CB7 4DB Tel: 01353 660700 www.kingsely.org

HIGHFIELD SCHOOL ELY Age range: 2-19 Description: Offering a vibrant learning community for children with special educational needs. Situated on the edge of Ely, it has an excellent reputation and places are 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 secondary school with sixth form dating from 1939, 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

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: An academically strong school with a supportive, community atmosphere. Address: The Moor, Melbourn, Hertfordshire SG8 6EF Tel: 01763 223400 www.mvc.org.uk

KIMBOLTON SCHOOL Age range: 4-18 Description: An HMC co-ed school for boys and girls on the borders of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Boarding starts at 11. Address: Kimbolton, Huntingdon PE28 0EA Tel: 01480 860505 www.kimbolton.cambs.sch.uk

NORTH CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY Age range: 11-18 Description: Following the values of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, this innovative community school has a house system, to ensure every child is known and valued, and puts strong emphasis on science, sport and the arts. Address: Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JF Tel: 01223 508742 www.northcambridgeacademy.org

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

PARKSIDE FEDERATION ACADEMIES Age range: 11-18 Description: The two secondary schools, Coleridge Community College and Parkside Community College, are relatively small to offer education on a ‘human scale’. Address: Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH; Radegund Road, Cambridge CB1 3RJ Tel: 01223 712600; 712300 www.parksidefederation.org.uk

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SANCTON WOOD SCHOOL Age range: 3-16 Description: An independent girls and boys school, housed in a beautiful building, with a focus on small class sizes. Address: 2 St Paul’s Road, CB1 2EZ Tel: 01223 471703 www.sanctonwood.co.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, highstandard curriculum, the college is well known for its sport and arts. Address: Sand Street, Soham CB7 5AA Tel: 01353 724100 www.sohamvc.org ST BEDE’S Age range: 11-16 Description: An inter-church school and the only Christian secondary school in Cambridgeshire. Judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013. Address: Birdwood Road, CB1 3TD Tel: 01223 568816 www.st-bedes.org.uk STEINER SCHOOL Age range: 3-11 Description: An independent school based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner, that

individuals discover a love of learning to last a lifetime, with a focus on creativity. Address: Hinton Road, Fulbourn CB21 5DZ Tel: 01223 822727 www.cambridge-steiner-school.co.uk SWAVESEY VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: One of the top non-selective state schools in the country, with an Ofsted report of Outstanding. Address: Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey CB24 4RS Tel: 01954 230366 www.swaveseyvc.co.uk THE COUNTY SCHOOL Age range: 11-16 Description: Aiming to build confidence through achievement, the school helps all students fulfil their potential and readies each student for post-16 learning. Address: Ascham Road, Cambridge CB4 2BD (also Wisbech & Huntingdon) Tel: 01223 712908 www.thecountyschool.cambs.sch.uk THE HARBOUR SCHOOL Age range: 5-17 Description: A residential and day school for boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Set in wooded grounds, with a residential block and sports facilities. Address: Station Road, Wilburton CB6 3RR Tel: 01353 740229 www.harbour.cambs.sch.uk THE LEYS Age range: 11-18

Description: An independent school for boys and girls. Takes boarders. Address: Cambridge CB2 7AD Tel: 01223 508904 www.theleys.net THE NETHERHALL SCHOOL Age range: 11-18 Description: A thriving co-educational school, serving Cambridge and beyond for 140 years. Creating a stimulating, ambitious environment for pupils to bring out the best in themselves. Address: Queen Ediths Way, Cambridge CB1 8NN Tel: 01223 242931 www.netherhall.org TRINITY SCHOOL Age range: 11-16 Description: Following the merger of three local learner centres, Trinity School opened in 2012 to offer a comprehensive education for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The ethos is: belong, grow and achieve. Address: 2 Algores Way, Wisbech PE13 2TQ Tel: 01945 583235 www.trinity.cambs.sch.uk WITCHFORD VILLAGE COLLEGE Age range: 11-16 Description: A secondary academy school with a sports focus, comprising modern buildings, including sports halls and specialist rooms for drama and music. Address: Manor Road, Witchford CB6 2JA Tel: 01353 662053 www.witchfordvc.co.uk

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DIRECTORY ABBEY COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE Age range: Not specified Description: An independent sixth form college that offers a stimulating environment in which staff and students work together to achieve academic success. Address: 17 Station Road, CB1 2JB Tel: 01223 578280 www.abbeycambridge.co.uk BELLERBYS COLLEGE Age range: Not specified Description: An experienced international college, helping students achieve their potential and access some of the top universities. Set over two campuses. Address: Queens Campus, Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LU Tel: 0800 6345522 www.bellerbys.com CAMBRIDGE CENTRE FOR SIXTH FORM STUDIES (CCSS) Age range: 15-21 Description: Centrally located college offering GCSE 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 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, Wisbech and King’s Lynn. Address: Landbeach Road, Milton CB24 6DB Tel: 01223 860701 www.cwa.ac.uk HILLS ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE Age range: 16-19 Description: This esteemed local sixth form college offers a range of AS and A level courses together with an extensive and varied programme of enrichment and extra-curricular activities for around 2000 students. Address: Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE Tel: 01223 247251 www.hrsfc.ac.uk

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LONG ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE Age range: 16-19 Description: A high-quality 16+ education institution dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in a caring environment. Long Road specialises in the provision of A level, GCSE and vocational programmes for 16-19 year old full-time students. Address: Long Road, Cambridge CB2 8PX Tel: 01223 507400 www.longroad.ac.uk

PARKSIDE SIXTH Age range: Not specified Description: Parkside Sixth has campuses around the city centre and offers courses in business and management, health and social care, performing arts, sports, coaching and fitness, as well as the International Baccalaureate. Address: The Eden Centre, 47 City Road, Cambridge CB1 1DP Tel: 01223 310118 www.parksidesixth.org.uk ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE Age range: 16-19 Description: A co-ed independent sixth form college with boarding and day places. A level, GCSE and university foundation courses offered. Address: 89 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AW Tel: 01223 358073 www.standrewscambridge.co.uk

MANDER PORTMAN WOODWARD (MPW) Age range: Not specified Description: MPW Cambridge is a friendly, independent college offering A levels and GCSE courses and specialising in providing bespoke and flexible timetables geared to individual circumstances. Address: 3-4 Brookside, CB2 1JE Tel: 01223 350158 www.mpw.co.uk/Cambridge

UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE Age range: 14-19 Description: The UTC Cambridge is a specialist Science college for 14-19 year olds, supported by world-class partners. It will open in September 2014 and provide a dynamic and inspirational curriculum, closely aligned to the needs of the local and national labour market, in biomedical and environmental science and technology. Address: c/o The Deakin Learning Centre, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road Cambridge CB2 0QQ Tel: 01223 969004 utccambridge.co.uk

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uch is the range and richness of adult education in our area that trying to summarise the courses on offer is harder than herding cats (one of the few subjects yet to be introduced). Run by experts in their fields and ranging from the purely cerebral to the truly hands-on, the courses’ breadth, innovation and flexibility is a source of huge pride to providers such as Madingley Hall, Hills Road, CRC (Cambridge Regional College) and Anglia Ruskin University. More importantly, courses are a hit with locals whose appetite for self-improvement continued unabated even when the economy was at its most bedraggled. For example, Madingley Hall reports a 45% increase in enrolments on part-time creditbearing courses in 2013-2014 compared with the previous year, while numbers attending short weekly courses have risen by almost a fifth. While chart-topping subjects vary from place to place, artistic temperaments are well catered for everywhere. Budding writers in particular are spoiled for choice,

with courses that can be as short and sweet as a novella or, in the case of a Master’s degree at Madingley Hall, more of a multivolume undertaking. Those preferring to live their inspiration in 3D can opt for popular pottery and jewellery-making at Cambridge Regional College, while the creative cornucopia that is the Hills Road’s summer school, running between 21-25 July (with extra ceramics sessions the following week), can’t fail to tempt with a range that includes everything from book illustration to portraiture and Indian head massage. But there’s an altogether more practical dimension to adult education, particularly when it comes to help for newcomers to our area. After completing a plumbing, painting or tiling courses at CRC (plastering and bricklaying will be on the menu from September) followed by Hills Road’s tenweek Interior Design course starting in May, there will be scarcely a DIY task that new homeowners can’t tackle. Throw in one of CRC’s bicycle maintenance courses and you can even guarantee that you’ll never miss a class because of a puncture on the way.

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Courses can also provide a way of gaining insights into the area, whether scientific, cultural or historic. Amongst such delights are Madingley Hall’s weekly offerings, ‘Humps and bumps, houses and hedges’ (January-February 2015), linking clues in a local landscape to life in medieval times, and ‘Telling tales: interpreting museum collections’ (April-May 2015), which provides a glimpse behind the scenes at five different Cambridge institutions. While the pursuit of intellectual, creative and practical goals is something to be welcomed, opting for a course, particularly for newcomers to the area, can also provide a shortcut to that most basic of needs – getting to know the locals, as well as the locality. Some courses, such as wine appreciation (at Hills Road from 12 May), have an obvious built-in socialising dimension. Others such as dressmaking (Hills Road from 7 May and CRC) are notable for stitching friendships as well as seams together. “The courses are very friendly and sociable and it’s always good to see how

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“The courses are very friendly and sociable and it’s always good to see how close the class becomes” close the class becomes – and the fun and sense of achievement they have in creating something special,” says Lizzy McCaughan at CRC. So enjoyable is the experience that some students go on to study full-time. And whether you opt for a familiar sounding course, such as building a family tree (Hills

Road) or something rather more esoteric, like ‘Bees, flies and flowers: the ecology of pollination and why it matters’ (a short course at Madingley Hall that drew in beekeepers like nectar), you’re guaranteed amazing insights, inspirational teaching and, for newcomers, a built-in route to getting to know the locals and starting to feel at home.

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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 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

HILLS ROAD Description: A well-regarded centre of learning in Cambridge, offering classes in recreational, academic and vocational subjects. Classes include arts, languages, tech subjects and hobbies. Check site for details on enrolment sessions. Address: Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge CB2 8PE Tel: 01223 247251 www.hillsroadadulteducation.co.uk

OPEN UNIVERSITY Description: Get back into education at the Open University, 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 www3.open.ac.uk 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

ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY Description: Offering continued professional development courses in health, education, social care, science and technology. Full and part-time. Check website for details on open days Address: East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT Tel: 01245 686868 www.anglia.ac.uk ALLIANCE FRANCAIS Description: Group classes, private classes, conversation classes and more, designed to help your knowledge of the French language. Check site for details on enrolment. Address: 60 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1LA Tel: 01223 561854 www.alliance-cam.co.uk LA DANTE 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 SPANISH AMIGOS Description: Specialising in teaching everyday Spanish, Spanish Amigos in Cambridge was set up by Lory Peresson. Address: St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0WS Tel: 07882 404064 www.spanishamigos.co.uk

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