• Nurturing the University Transition
    Nurturing the University Transition

    The move to university represents a major life change with all of the excitement, but also some of the worry, that change brings about. As you prepare to make that move, your A Level exams just around the corner and UCAS offers in mind, getting the grades is your main focus (and rightly so). Your grades become your passport to university, to a new way of learning and living, and to future career opportunities.

    This move, however, is about more than just the brown envelope in your hand on results day. It may be the first time you have lived away from home, dealing with the challenges that life throws up without your usual support network. With it will come a new set of opportunities: meeting and living with new people; making new friends; joining new clubs; and experiencing new ways of learning. It’s important, therefore, to think about using other skills that will prepare you for university life, to cope with new pressures and thrive in a different, academically challenging environment.

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  • Avoiding the School Place Race
    Avoiding the School Place Race

    The new year marks a fresh frenzy of parents desperately trying to secure a place at the best school for their children, waiting in anticipation for state Secondary offer letters out 1st March and Primary offers out 18th April.

    In the UK we have become obsessed in securing a top state school place and the most popular schools have applicants of 10 or more for every available place. Parents are doing whatever it takes to get their children into their school of choice and at this time of year parents are riddled with anxiety, when did it become so competitive? I remember, like most parents, going to the nearby local school. Now it seems, the only foolproof method of guaranteeing a place is to move just a few feet away from the school! It is well-worth finding out your schools previous catchment area as certain factors can effect this distance every year, such as high birth rates and sibling intakes.

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