US University Applications: Make the most of the Summer

US University Applications: Make the most of the Summer

For those students considering undergraduate study in the USA there are a number of things you should consider doing during the Summer holidays to increase your chances of getting accepted to the best universities and to minimise any disruption to your A’level/ IB preparation. ● Universities are interested in your A’level/ IB grades and predictions […]

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Common Entrance Results Day is Fast Approaching.

Having just read the impressive list of senior school scholarships achieved by Aysgarth, our local prep school, it reminded me that the coming days will see a buzz of excitement amongst prep school leavers, with news of Common Entrance results for most, leading to a confirmed place at their chosen senior school. Sighs of relief […]

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A few useful tips on Gap year planning and staying safe.

So, the A Level or IB results have arrived and you’ve finally left school! The university place or application is deferred for a year and the world awaits. However, it can be a bit over-whelming to suddenly be faced with an open-ended future and planning a Gap year, which is both enriching and constructive. For […]

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Top 10 check-points for parents when visiting a potential school

Years of visiting schools with parents, as well as talking to school admissions teams about applications from our client families, have led us to conclude that the tips below amount to the most important aspects for parents to cover in a visit to a school. There are lots of other areas which you will cover […]

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Keep Calm and Carry on Listening

  This week sees the start of the new term and for many that means some last-minute revision sessions for crucial exams. Whether its Common Entrance, GCSE, A level or IB, for many the next few weeks could define the next stage of their education career. As parents who only want the best for your […]

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Students can leave university TOTALLY DEBT FREE

Are you thinking of applying for a US university? The United States is famous for having some of the best colleges and universities in the world, and a superior higher-education system. Yet, this education comes at a high price tag. The average yearly cost is $32,231 (£20,847) for private institutions. For public/ state universities, it […]

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FAQs From International Parents Considering British Boarding School For Their Child – Part 2

Here’s the second part of our blog on UK education questions on schools from international parents. What is Common Entrance or the CE exam? Common Entrance, often shortened to CE, is the collective name for the examinations taken at age 11 or 13 for entry into independent senior or public school. Examinations are taken by […]

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FAQs from international parents considering a British Boarding School for their child

Our team have put together some of the frequently asked questions international parents in this two piece blog piece.  What Is A Pre-Boarding Preparation Course? International applicants to UK based British boarding schools are required to have an adequate level of both spoken and written English to enable them to access all the elements of […]

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Schools with Sails

If your child is passionate about or has talent in a particular sport or activity, then it’s important to find a school that nurtures their ability and provides opportunity.  We are fortunate in the UK to have many brilliant schools with huge outreach of activities.  We’ve recently been working with an expat family who were […]

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Singing the praises of prep schools!

The moving school at age 11 or 13 debate. Before becoming an education consultant 14 years ago, I worked for 13 years as both a teacher and housemistress in independent day and boarding schools. I hope you will feel this gives me a fairly balanced, independent view when it comes to advising parents on choosing […]

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Resilience-are we molly-coddling our young people too much?

At this time of year, when many teenagers are facing important mock exams, I seem to be using the words ‘show some resilience and determination’ quite a bit during mentoring sessions. Bolstering their confidence with praise for achieving goals, for sticking to their study timetable, for meeting effort and attainment grade targets in school reports, […]

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Observations on British and Japanese Cultural differences – encouraging tolerance and mutual respect

After working closely with our Japanese partner office and their client families for nearly 15 years, gaining an understanding of our cultural differences is something I have truly found fascinating. As the world gets increasingly smaller business-wise, how cultures interact and learning to show tolerance for one another, becomes of increasing importance for a peaceful […]

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GCSE options – a few tips on how to make the right choices

At this point in the Spring Term, many year 9 students are thinking about subject choices for GCSE study over the next two years. Until this point, the curriculum has been about breadth and experiencing lots of subjects, to identify areas of strength and interest. However, this is the first point in a child’s education […]

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Preparing For Sixth Form – Choosing IB or A Levels?

A Levels tend to be universally understood by both parents and students alike when it comes to considering subject choices for sixth form study. However, some schools also offer IB or, to give it its proper name, the International Baccalaureate Diploma. This lesser known international qualification has merits which are well worth considering for certain […]

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Preparing for sixth form – choosing the right subjects for A Level

Sixth form study is such a huge jump from GCSE, choosing subjects to study for A Level can be quite a dilemma. With recent changes to the syllabus and assessment format of A Levels to a linear system, this decision is perhaps trickier than ever. Here are a few tips on how to start. Choose […]

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What Makes an ‘Excellent’ School?

Congratulations to Worth School on being classed as ‘excellent’ in your recent ISI inspection. No mean feat and the outcome of significant dedication and hard work across the entire school community. Reading the summary report from the inspectors led me to ponder, in the eyes of a parent, what makes an ‘excellent’ school? In my […]

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Why Consider A School In The North

Catherine Stoker is our resident Yorkshire Consultant, specialising in school advice to UK and international families. Since my move north nearly two years ago, one of the real pleasures of my job has been visiting some of the fantastic boarding and day schools that are located across this stunning area of the country. As I […]

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Tips for Preparing for Boarding

Take advantage of the opportunity, if available, for your child to flexi-board at their current school, perhaps instead of getting a babysitter on a Friday night a few times each term. This will get your child gradually used to the idea of boarding and that it can be fun. Ensure you attend the new parent […]

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STUDY SKILLS – ENCOURAGING BEST PRACTICE

The way your child studies, can have a huge impact on their motivation to learn, their self-esteem and ultimately on their educational outcomes. Study skills are a critical ingredient for achieving higher exam grades and academic success. They can also prove beneficial for life-long learning. Generally any skill which increases a child’s ability to study […]

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SIXTH FORM A LEVEL SUBJECTS: HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?

As we get closer to GCSE exam time for year 11 students the question has probably already been raised: what subjects should my child study in Sixth Form? It’s an important question – these are their last years before University and what they choose now will help guide the course of their adult lives. What you study at […]

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Homework Help for a reluctant child

If you have a child who’s reluctant to do their homework, it puts stress on precious family time.   Grownups realise that homework can aid a child’s understanding of their classwork whilst helping them develop self-discipline and independent learning skills – but try explaining that to a tired and frustrated ten-year-old!  These tips should make homework time a little easier: •             Get it over […]

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Top Tips for Aspiring Lawyers from Hedges Law

Thanks to Hedges Law for these great tips for anyone looking to pursue a career in law. 1. BE DEDICATED. If you are an aspiring lawyer, be prepared for some seriously tough competition ahead. The supply of prospective solicitors and barristers vastly outweighs the demand for training contracts and pupillages respectively. This is not to […]

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School Open Days

It’s that time of year when many schools and colleges throw open their doors and welcome families in to explore the facilities and meet the teaching staff. Whilst it’s important to remember these events are marketing days for schools, the opportunity to visit the school and gage its atmosphere is a vital part of the […]

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