• The Thorny Issue of Tutoring
    The Thorny Issue of Tutoring

    Articles in the press have been lamenting the pressures put upon children by excessive tutoring for 11+ entrance examinations to private schools.

    This is a really challenging issue for parents as the pressure to provide your children with the best possible life opportunities by getting them into the ‘best’ school and pushing them to achieve the ‘best’ grades in public examinations seems relentless. Social pressures and the dinner party circuit can lead parents to believe that tutoring is something that every set of parents is paying for, on top of their school fees, in order to ensure that their son or daughter can compete on a level playing field.

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  • Here Come The Girls…
    Here Come The Girls…

    Richard Cairns, Head of Brighton College, East Sussex, recently claimed that “girls in single sex schools are at a huge disadvantage. Despite their clutch of A*s and degrees they can’t meaningfully converse and communicate with male colleagues”.

    He’s worried that girls need to be in a class with boys if they are to learn to socialise with them and hold their own with boys in university and the world of work. Kindness is “something much more common to schools that educate both boys and girls”, he asserts.

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  • Smaller Catchment; Big Choices
    Smaller Catchment; Big Choices

    Like once comfy woolly jumpers accidentally sent through a hot wash, the catchment areas for the best primary schools have been shrinking at a disconcertingly rapid rate.

    As National Offer Day approaches on 18th April 2016, newspapers publish with gleeful relish ever more dramatic stories of catchment areas which have shrunk to a handful of city streets.

    In 2015, ‘The Telegraph’ ran a live ‘As it happened’ blog giving the allocation of primary places to half a million infants coverage akin to that afforded to the Football Transfer Deadline Day, helpfully reminding already anxious parents that ‘experts are warning of a “crisis” in primary school places.’ Frequently quoted as the most dramatic example of the squeeze on admissions for top state Junior Schools is that of the sought after Fox Primary School in Kensington and Chelsea. The school, which numbers Darcey Bussell and Nathaniel Parker amongst its famous alumnae, last year took most of its intake from within a 300m radius of the school’s entrance. So competitive is the entry that parents are expected to send copies of Land Registry documents to prove ownership of their home when they make their application.

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  • Why Choose an Independent Education?
    Why Choose an Independent Education?

    Finding the right school for your child is so important, it should be an environment where he or she can be happy, learn and thrive.

    Class size is one factor to consider; it is proven that children learn faster in small class sizes. In fact, they are one of the main reasons why you send your child to an independent school, a class of 20 children is ideal. Immediately pupils are placed in a situation where they have to engage and interact with each other and with their teacher, they are surrounded with attention and encouragement, creating an excellent climate for learning.

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  • Successfully Steering Boys into University
    Successfully Steering Boys into University

    Last year, after the A-level results and University applications process was completed, UCAS issued a warning that weak demand for higher education among men was becoming more of a pressing issue than under-representation of youngsters from poor homes, with girls being a third more likely to enter university.

    The same complaints have been heard this year.

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