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End of term news letter of the Godolphin and Latymer School

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Summer 2013 – Issue 24

The newest member of the Tigerlilies is old dolphin Elizabeth Banes, fourth from right

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Contents Dolphins across the pond

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PE

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Geography

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History of Art

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Modern Foreign Languages

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Debating

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Development News

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William Sieghart Lecture on Middle East

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Rowing

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Dolphins across the pond We are definitely making our mark at higher education institutions on the other side of the Atlantic! Currently we have 37 ex-students studying at US colleges, including 17 girls at Ivy League colleges, and a further six at Canadian universities. Most popular in the US are Brown and Georgetown (there are five girls at each), and all of our six current Canadian undergraduates are at McGill University. The appeal of studying in North America is equally apparent in the current UVI: 13 girls have applied to 31 different US colleges spanning from East Coast (Brown) via Mid-West (Chicago) to West Coast (UCLA). A further six (plus one summer 2012 leaver) have applied to Canadian universities ranging from UBC in Vancouver to McGill in Montreal.

With this level of interest it is vital that we are up-todate and knowledgeable about admission processes and requirements. Mrs Kaiser, our Head of Higher Education and Careers, has been on two college tours in the past three years and has visited 25 North American institutions. In a somewhat marathon trip in July 2012, she visited 13 US colleges and two Canadian universities, travelling from Montreal as far south as U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her reports and photographs from both trips are available to girls on the Higher Education & Careers VLE pages. But visits are not just one-way; we had a very busy Autumn Term with talks and presentations by Admissions Directors from 22 US colleges and Admissions Officers from four Canadian universities. These included G&L hosting the main London Open Evening events for Yale, Princeton, and Duke, Georgetown, U of Pennsylvania & Stanford.

Mrs Kaiser expertly advises girls about their US applications through group meetings and individual advice appointments during the LVI and UVI years. These cover everything from timing and choice of SATs through to giving feedback on college essays. The support does not stop when the applications have been submitted, she is also available to advise on what to do if waitlisted when final decisions come through at the end of March. In fact, she is always there when girls have a query or need someone to help with a problem. Mrs Kaiser also writes or finalises all School Recommendations and trains the teaching staff who are writing the Teacher References. For Canadian applicants the process is simpler as usually no School Recommendations are required, but the same level of advice and support is given for these applicants.

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Redpath Library, McGill

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FREE AND LOYAL ART THOU So why are US colleges so popular? Let’s hear from some of our recent leavers. Sophia Johnston, 2011 leaver, current Sophomore (2nd year) at Dartmouth College. “Although I can’t quite put my finger on it, there is something magical about Dartmouth. The ‘Big Weekends’ each term – Homecoming during the Fall, Winter Carnival during the Winter, and Green Key during the Spring – encapsulate this sense of school spirit and demonstrate the value students and alumni place upon the tight-knit campus community and perpetuating their experiences … A key Homecoming tradition involves the construction of a huge bonfire in the center of campus that is lit on the Friday evening following a parade of alumni, student athletes, organizations and Freshmen through town the night before the football game. Freshmen design and assemble the giant wooden bonfire structure and, after the bonfire has been lit, the tradition states that they must run the same number of laps as their expected graduation year. So I ran 15, as 2015 was overly ambitious. The atmosphere around the bonfire is electric, with inter-class rivalry, heckling, and Dartmouth pride being the defining features.”

Sophia and Nicola, G&L 2009 leaver, at the Homecoming Bonfire (extracted from Sophia’s blog as an EducationUSA Ambassador for the Fulbright Commission, read more at www.fulbright.org.uk/news-events/uk-student-blogs)

Camilla Boyer, 2009 leaver, Senior (4th year) at Stanford “This summer I was working at Morgan Stanley in New York, and Stanford were so useful in helping me find that. There is a website that has all of the Stanford alumni, and you type in the geography that you want and the company, and it comes up with all the alumni that now work in that company. And you just email them and then have this whole network that you can use. That’s so great, and it’s been so valuable; now I’m looking for jobs again it could not be more helpful. They also have industry specific groups at Stanford – I’m in the Finance group for students who are particularly interested in going in to banking.You can apply for one of those groups and then they will help you as well.” Elizabeth Banes, 2012 leaver, Freshman (1st year) at Princeton “I felt very well prepared for the challenges of college life from my experiences at Godolphin. First of all, having done the IB, I was much more prepared than many of my peers in terms of being able to balance academic work (in each semester, you have four or five courses at Princeton) and manage time. Here we are challenged to make our own unique contribution to the academic world and so the IB’s emphasis on thinking independently definitely made it a lot less intimidating when I first started classes. In general, I think Godolphin was great preparation because I had become accustomed to working in a challenging and busy atmosphere where people were very motivated … I felt very supported throughout the entire process through group and individual meetings. I knew there are people who were monitoring my application process and who were supporting me throughout. I am very thankful to Ms Kaiser for everything and was particularly grateful for her help on my application essays.” After a football game (Princeton beat Yale, so Elizabeth and friends were vey happy!)

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Dolphins across the pond Joanna de Boer, 2012 leaver, Freshman at NYU “I had always intended to apply to the US as I attended an American system school for most of my academic career. Furthermore, both of my siblings attended, and loved, US universities … I would tell prospective applicants to make sure to get started early on SAT prep and not underestimate how alien the style of work is. I would also urge them to focus on distinctive and passionately cultivated extra-curriculars; even if they only do one, they should pursue it to an extra-ordinary level. American colleges expect good grades as the bare minimum and so look for what else you will offer them as a part of their community.”

Amelie Johansson, 2012 leaver, Freshman at Duke “Deciding to study in the US has definitely been one of the best decisions of my academic career. I have loved being able to vary my class interests across different disciplines while still having the time and support to decide major/ minor/certificate possibilities. This is one of the integral advantages of studying in the US. Although I thought I knew what I was interested in at Godolphin, my academic interests have undoubtedly been shaped by being exposed to many more class choices and required courses. For example I took a Philosophy discussion class, a Geology introduction course, an intensive culture immersion Spanish class, a fitness core training PE class and a course focused on developing an academic writing style.”

The Duke Class of 2016 (Amelie is in there somewhere!)

Daniela Raffel Torrebiarte, 2010 leaver, Sophomore student at Princeton “I just wanted to try something new. It was something that I had written off in the past and during my gap year I suddenly thought : why not, I'll regret it if I don't try; and luckily it worked out alright in the end! … The teachers/ lecturers really care about the undergraduates. They aren't just there to conduct their own research and teach on the side, they actually are interested in what you have to say about the subject and how it's being taught. The fact that it is taught is also an important one, we aren't talked at and then have to go and learn the material ourselves, we are actually taught things in class … I think the advice Mrs Kaiser gave was pretty spot on, and all the help she gave me with my essays was probably above and beyond what any other guidance counsellor would do.”

Blair Arch, Princeton

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Princeton Tigerlilies visit G&L Princeton’s renowned female a cappella group, the Tigerlilies, gave a performance in the Bishop Centre on March 20th. Some members of the LVI who are planning to apply to the US had the opportunity to meet the group before the show and ask them about life at Princeton. We were especially delighted to host this event as the newest member of the Tigerlilies is Elizabeth Banes. The group really demonstrated the breadth of their repertoire and their skilled arrangements. They kept the audience thoroughly entertained with songs ranging through rock - Desperado, gospel - Operator, musical theatre - I Dreamed a Dream, to a really lively version of Proud Mary as their final number. It was thrilling and inspiring for the girls to hear such wonderful voices, and we hope that they will visit us again when they are next touring in the UK.

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Drama The School Play, Alice was performed in the Bishop Centre over three sell-out nights. Directed by Miss Lorys, the production centred on a contemporary re-telling of the traditional Alice in Wonderland, and involved over 40 girls in performing and technical roles. The performances were outstanding, with girls from all year groups performing to an impressively high standard. Praise must also be given to the superb leadership of Stage Manager and Technical Theatre Captain, Emily Ratsma. The colourful costume and set designs were executed with skill, with the entire Bishop Centre being transformed into “Wonderland�. Congratulations to Miss Lorys and her cast and crew for a spectacular production.

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This term also saw The LV Comedy Revue – the first time we have produced a comedy show of this nature at school. Written by the LV cast under the watchful eye of director and editor, Ms Adams, the show involved sketches, standup and musical comedy, which included satire, slapstick, character and observational comedy. With direction and comedy training from Ms Adams and “School of Comedy”, the LV cast learned how to write for comedy, and over several weeks honed their improvisation skills through workshops and rehearsals. The final outcome was a witty, hilarious and extremely memorable show. Congratulations to all involved in this superb production.

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PE Godolphin Cross Country Team qualifies for National Finals Cricket Godolphin has once again had a phenomenal start to their season with the U12s becoming London schools champions, and both the U13 and U15 regaining their county champion status and moving onto the regional finals next term. Some of the U13 team were also members of the winning team who represented Hammersmith and Fulham at the youth games in early March. Cross country The junior team has had amazing success over the term from gaining places in the London team for the English Schools Cross Country Championships national finals (India and Kosana Weir) to running the mini marathon to gain a place on the borough’s team. The intermediate team has also experienced success with Izzy Dye and Maddie Turner also making the London team for the English Schools Cross Country Championships national finals. This is our best season to date and we are really looking forward to the athletics season with these outstanding athletes.

Quality Mark Award The School has become one of only five schools in the UK to be awarded a Quality Mark Award (with distinction) for Physical Education and Sport from the Association for Physical Education (afPE). Endorsed by the Department for Education, the afPE Quality Mark is the benchmark and industry standard for high quality. The afPE undertook a thorough learning and teaching review and evaluation of Physical Education and Sport at Godolphin and Latymer which included interviews with pupils and staff and a lesson observation.

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Geography The Geography department took 44 Lower Fifth to Margam Field Centre in South Wales over five days in early March. The trip included a survey of environmental changes in Cardiff, a transect across some of the largest sand dunes in Europe and a day spent getting wet in the river Ogwen! The weather was uncharacteristically dry and bright which made the trip all the more enjoyable. This is the first time Godolphin and Latymer has visited Margam Field Centre and it was fantastic – it is an environmentally sustainable centre, built on stilts salvaged from an old oil rig, nestled within the wetlands and forests of Margam Country Park and overlooking the industrial landscape of Port Talbot. The perfect environment for geography fieldwork.

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History of Art It was the usual busy Spring Term for Art History students with visits, competitions, lectures and the weekly Splat sessions. Lizzie Atanassova from LVI represented Godolphin in the national ARTiculation competition speaking for 10 minutes on Ensor’s ‘Self Portrait with Masks’ and gaining a Commendation Prize. A group visited the finals in Cambridge and were privileged to get a taste of university with respected feminist art historian Griselda Pollock’s lecture on Challenging Art History of the Past /Challenges in Art History for the Present. LVI have also explored the new furniture galleries at the Victoria & Albert.

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While UVI were finally persuaded that Duchamp really had replaced Picasso as the most influential artist for the second half of the twentieth century after seeing and discussing the infamous ‘Fountain’/urinal initiated in 1917 and its impact on Neo-Dadaists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. The shift from harmony to the fractured post-war culture was mirrored in Cage’s music and the girls' first memorable experience of a modern dance performance at the Barbican’s ‘The Bride and the Bachelors’. Most students admitted they preferred the colour, dynamism and distinctive style of Lichtenstein at Tate Modern.

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Modern Foreign Languages The Flying Theatre Company "¡Viva España!" production UIII and LIV Spanish beginners thoroughly enjoyed a special Valentine's Day treat of theatrical comedy involving singing, dancing, acrobatics and juggling, all in Spanish! Spanish Debating Competition Flora Scorer, Justine Ryan, Amelia Short and Margarida HortaOsorio, all LVI IB & AS, competed in the first round of the Regional Spanish Debating Competition at Hampton School, debating whether women should be allowed to be Bishops, whether Spanish PM Rajoy should resign, and whether space exploration is a waste of money – all very tough topics, but the judges praised their high level of language!

EWE Valencia Flora Scorer & Oona Farchy, both LVI IB, spent an amazing week working at the Mas Camerena School in Valencia, living with two young teachers and playing, reading and generally assisting with their year 5 and 6 classes. They loved interacting with the children and learnt a great deal about Spanish life, culture and education.

UIII French Competition: Linguatrivia: All UIII girls studying French will have the exciting opportunity to take part in a National French quiz competition on French language and culture on Friday 22nd March in their French lesson! We hope we'll have lots of winners! Good luck to all of them - Bonne chance!

Canning House Essay Competition Commendation Georgia Kandunias, UVI IB, wrote a highly original essay positing that Garcia Márquez's fictional world of Macondo gives the international community both warnings and lessons about how to deal with contemporary social and economic problems. She received a special Commendation, meaning that her essay was in the top 10 of entries from across the UK!

German Study Day On the 26th of January, 6 girls studying German in the Sixth Form participated in a German activity day at St. Paul’s Girls School. The day consisted of a range of activities to prepare for both AS and A2 exams, such as writing, grammar, vocabulary and literature classes, and even an insight into studying German at degree level. A wide range of students and teachers from schools across London took part and were organised into several groups, which meant that it was easy to meet new people who also study German and take a look at the different exam boards and the structure of the papers. The lessons both cemented and improved our knowledge of vocabulary, which was based on topics that are studied at A-Level, grammar, speaking and writing confidently, and the talk, given by representatives of King’s College University, engaged us with a background into German culture and an interesting view on literal translation from German to English, and also what the experience of learning German at university would be like. Overall the day was stimulating and enjoyable and really encouraged us to be confident in our linguistic abilities! Ashlyn O’Riordan LVI 10

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Moscow Exchange in London The Language and Cultural exchange with our partner school in Moscow has been running since 1989. Every year our school hosts a group of Russian girls in February and our return visit is in December. This year six LV students opened their homes to their Russian exchange partners for a ten day visit. As soon as the girls arrived they became members of their Godolphin families who looked after them very well. Every morning was spent in school going to lessons with their exchange partners. The Russian girls had a guided tour round the school, watched the LV play and even took part in the Maths Challenge together with their exchange partners! During their exchange visit they did a lot of sightseeing going to the National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Museum of London, the Globe theatre and Tate Modern. On the last evening there was a Farewell party for all the participants and their parents. The Russian girls showed off their excellent command of English by singing and reciting poems in English. It was a great success! This exchange visit gave Russian girls a wonderful opportunity to learn a great deal more about British life, culture and education. It was an unforgettable experience for all of them.

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Debating Senior Debating Final The Senior Debating Final took place in the Hall on Tuesday 19th March. This year for the first time it was a part of Science Week. The motion was 'This house would make the study of science in the sixth form compulsory', proposed by Ellie Mobed and Issy Snape, opposed by Susannah Hardwick and Kiki Hausdorff. The floor vote was evenly split, but the judge, Mrs Jacky Greenwood of Sacred Heart High School, awarded the debate to Issy and Ellie.

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They were presented with the Elizabeth Crane Debating Shield by Mr David Crane. The Shield is given in memory of Elizabeth, who died in 1997 soon after taking her A-Levels at Godolphin; Dr Stevens gave a tribute to her before the debate. The final was the culmination of the year's senior debating, which has seen twice weekly debates since September.

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Development News Annual Giving Programme 2012/13 This year, in addition to bursaries, donations to the Annual Giving Programme will fund important improvements in both the Science department and the Art and Design department. Funds raised through Annual Giving in 2013 will help support the school’s science laboratory modernisation programme and the purchase of new SLR cameras. Modern Science Laboratories All of our pupils study three Science subjects from UIII, and we have seen a steady rise in the number of girls choosing to study Science at university. We wish to build on this momentum and make the study of Science increasingly attractive to the girls. To do this we need to provide stateof-the-art facilities to challenge and inspire them, including laboratories more conducive to group work and modern teaching techniques. Photography Equipment Photography is extremely popular at Godolphin and Latymer. It forms an essential part of the Art and Design curriculum across all years, including GCSE, A-level and IB examined levels of study. It also is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award skill. We would like to purchase 20 state-of-the-art SLR cameras and two large-format digital cameras. The new cameras will enable the girls to capture high definition photographic images, and will give them the opportunity to learn a wider variety of processing techniques. Bursary Support We are committed to ensuring a Godolphin and Latymer education is available to girls of intellectual promise from all backgrounds, regardless of financial circumstances. We presently support 54 girls through means tested bursaries. We are working to broaden access to the school through our Bursary Scheme. Information on how to give is contained in the Annual Giving brochure which can be found on the school’s website. Donations can be made online or by printing off the gift form and returning to us. All donations are gratefully received.

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P.D. James Lecture On 5th March, we welcomed over two hundred and fifty guests to the Bishop Centre for a lecture by celebrated novelist P.D. James, who spoke about her latest book Death Comes to Pemberley. Inspired by the works of Jane Austen, Baroness James masterfully re-created the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story; and it has a happy ending. “Of course it had to have a happy ending”, she reassured her audience. At the age of 92, Baroness James shows no signs of slowing down. She said that once the busy period following the launch of her new book is over, she would focus on the new plot that was forming in her mind. She admitted that she now has to think a little harder for the ‘right words’, but she had no plans to put down her pen. After the lecture, guests joined Baroness James for a reception in the Hall where she signed copies of her book. The event was part of Godolphin and Latymer’s Public Lecture Series, raising over £3,500 for the Bursary Fund.

Year Reps Reception The Old Dolphins’ Association hosted its annual reception for Year Reps on 19th March. The Year Reps who attended represented classes spanning six decades, and each serves as a vital link between her classmates, the ODA Executive Committee and the school. The event marked the launch of the new ODA Year Reps Handbook, and included a tour of the delightful Crufts-inspired Lower School Art Exhibition.

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William Sieghart Lecture on Middle East In February 2013, a group of A-Level History and Politics students were given the opportunity to attend a lecture given by Godolphin parent William Sieghart on the Middle Eastern Peace Process, hosted by the Current Affairs Society. The stimulating and thought-provoking lecture centred on understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict, followed by a round table discussion of the topic. The issue of the Israel-Palestine conflict is one of deep-seated political, historical and religious complexities which diplomats and academics alike have been struggling to overcome for decades. The opportunity to hear about the subject from an inside expert offered us valuable insight into what commentators have recognised as one of the biggest obstacles to peace in the Middle East. William Sieghart is a founder and Chairman of ‘Forward Thinking’, an organisation which seeks to foster the Middle East peace process through grassroots campaigns and creating dialogue between leaders of the religious and secular worlds. Recent examples of their work, which Mr Sieghart discussed during the lecture, include speaking at conferences to international leaders, meeting public officials such as Israeli parliamentarians and writing analytical articles for international press on topics such as the importance of pluralism and the effects of grassroots campaigns. Over the course of the fascinating lecture, Mr Sieghart explained the origins of the conflict, showing how it has developed over time and how the role of the international community has affected the situation. He also offered his unique perspective on the steps which should be taken in order that peace is restored to the region. The lecture, as well as the discussion which followed, provided food for thought on this challenging and topical issue. We whole-heartedly thank Mr Sieghart for what was an enjoyable and engaging lunchtime. Claudia Hyde and Molly Delaney UVI

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Rowing The Boat Club has recently competed at two national rowing races. On Thursday 7 March, G&LBC entered a J15 VIII and a J16 VIII in the Schools’ Head of the River Race. This race follows the University Boat Race course in reverse, 4.2 miles starting at Chiswick and finishing at Putney. It was a cold and grey day and the girls performed valiantly. The J15s finished 8th in the country, and did very well considering a late substitution for illness had to be made on the morning of the race. The J16s finished a commendable 7th, but in doing so finished in front of SPGS and four Championship level VIIIs of older girls. On Friday 8 March, the J14 squad travelled to Dorney to compete in

the National Junior Sculling Head Race, two lengths of the Olympic course over 3600 metres. It was a miserable and wet day, and the Upper Fourths showed good toughness in dealing with the awful conditions. The J14 Octuple raced well and were happy with their first official race. The J14 Quad also gained valuable experience on all that racing entails - skill, endurance, tactics and dealing with race marshalls! Overall, these races marked an important point in our build up to the busy part of the racing calendar, and the National Schools’ Regatta at Nottingham at the end of May. On Saturday 10 March, two of our J16 squad combined with KCS in a composite crew to race at the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race. WEHORR is the largest women’s race in the world, with 320 VIIIs racing the Tideway course. Caris and Claudia helped the crew to a commendable 102 place overall, moving up 107 places from their start position, and racing against Olympian level athletes from all over Europe.

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Library Electronic Resources

1 The Library has recently complemented its existing electronic resources with two exciting new developments. It is now possible to download eBooks to read on your Android or IOS device, and there is also a handy Library Link app (pictures attached) that enables you to see and use Library services on the go, such as renewing your loans. The Library has an ever increasing collection of eBooks, provided through the platforms of VLeBooks, Dawson Era, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. All eBooks can be viewed within school without having to login, and can be accessed from home using login credentials. VLeBooks has its own reading app for IOS or Android, to which eBooks can be downloaded. Instructions on how to use these new services have been emailed to all girls and staff. These new services, when added to the excellent collection of printed books and magazines, DVDs, audiobooks and subscription databases, help make the Library an outstanding information resource for students and staff.

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10 Reasons to Study the IB • It is an internationally recognised and valued qualification • IB students have been most successful at getting into the top universities in the UK and elsewhere (research paper by HESA on our website) • IB courses are interesting and they use a variety of assessment methods • IB students have two years to develop their skills, since there are no public exams in the LVI

• The IB Extended Essay provides an excellent foundation for future undergraduate work, teaching you how to write and present a formal piece of research • The IB Theory of Knowledge course helps to develop great critical skills

• Studying the IB keeps students literate, numerate, multi-lingual and analytical – all qualities sought by future employers • In IB Mathematics, there is a course for everyone, so you can study the level of Mathematics that is right for you, with confidence

• IB Literature is different from the GCSE course. You will study some exciting texts from other languages as well as Shakespeare and other classical texts

• The IB Diploma has been described as ‘a first class ticket to the world’ - why not embark on this journey!

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