Abbey DLD Colleges
Alpha Plus Guardians
St Swithun’s School
St. Mary’s School Cambridge
The UK has an international reputation for the quality of its education system. Qualifications offered by British schools, colleges and universities are recognised globally as hallmarks of excellence and distinction. The benefits of studying in the UK reach far beyond qualifications and certificates, however. English is the international language of business and becoming fluent is one of the most important skills any ambitious student can develop.
Studying at an Abbey DLD College can provide you with an unrivalled opportunity to gain entry to some of the best universities in the UK, improve your English and make the best start to your career. Many hundreds of international students come to the UK every year to study with us, because they are ambitious and they want to succeed.
Join us on an exciting journey in which we will support you, challenge you and encourage you to realise your personal and professional ambitions.
Each of our three colleges in Cambridge, Manchester and London offers a tailored education designed to launch students on a successful and prosperous future, including entry to the UK’s most prestigious universities.
Our courses include GCSEs (from 14 years), A Levels in over 30 subjects and international Foundation Programmes (from 17 years).
We work with students to help them gain entry to their chosen university and position students to take on the world of employment with the first class reputation of Abbey DLD Colleges behind them.
Why chose us?
Our tailored teaching in small class sizes, our personal care and our support throughout the University application process leads our students to strong exam results and top University offers. In 2016, 52% of our international students achieved A*-A grades in their A levels leading to top universities and programmes of study.
Skills To Succeed In Your Career
Learning how to think critically, analyse astutely and present effectively will prepare you for success in a competitive world. We will help you find your preferred learning style and tailor our teaching through one-to-one tutor groups and supervised self-study programmes. We develop independent learners today for career success tomorrow.
Outstanding Facilities In World Class Locations
The location of our three colleges in Cambridge, London and Manchester is designed to offer a superior cultural experience in close proximity to the world’s best Universities and global businesses .Abbey DLD facilities and premises offer huge advantages, whichever college you choose. We have over 500 en-suite boarding rooms many located on the college site with state of the art facilities, 24 hour security and live-in house parents as well as high speed internet access. An experienced network of vetted host families for students preferring a family setting.
Abbey College Cambridge
The College opened in 1994 and its success has seen it grow and expand culminating a move in 2016 to new, purpose-built premises. Abbey College Cambridge students come from a variety of international backgrounds and most progress to the top Universities in the UK, including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial and the London School of Economics (LSE).
Abbey College Cambridge has forged strong links with Cambridge University and offers students visits to the University’s colleges and departments with potential internships at the University laboratories. Our 2016 A level results continue to reflect the college as one of the very best independent colleges in the UK. In 2016, 29% of all our A level results were awarded A*, and our A*-A pass rate was 60%.
Our college has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all areas of our teaching and boarding provision. To help even more students achieve their ambitions our college is located on a truly outstanding modern campus in Central Cambridge.
Our new campus has been designed by our staff and purpose built to perfectly fit the learning and boarding needs of our students. Our campus includes:
Abbey College Manchester
Abbey College Manchester has been providing A Level and GCSE education since 1990. The College has three major faculties: Sciences & Mathematics, Arts & Humanities and Languages & International Studies. It offers over 40 A Level courses and excellent International Foundation Programmes. Popular courses include: Science, Engineering,
Photography and Art and also the Medical Pathway Foundation Programme offering direct entry to University of Central Lancashire Academic English is also a popular choice.
Our contemporary building boasts superb facilities including:
DLD College London
Our oldest College was established in 1931, moving in 2015 to brand new, purpose built facilities in the centre of London, looking over the River Thames, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. With bright, state of the art teaching facilities and secure, on-site student accommodation, all in the centre of the amazing, historic and vibrant city of London, DLD College London is a unique college campus. Students come from Britain and all over the world to study our wide range of subjects.
Our London college offers stand out facilities including:
Offering Young People a Home from Home
Alpha Plus was one of the first organisations to have been accredited by AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of international Students), the professional body which regulates guardianship standards. We established the company over fifteen years ago when we realised that a number of children from overseas pursuing their education in the UK had nowhere comfortable and safe to stay during half-term breaks or long weekends when their schools might be closed. After Richard’s retirement from headship, we gradually expanded the organisation’s operation from its original base in East Anglia to cover students attending more than fifty schools and colleges in most parts of England.
Each of our students is matched up with a host family living close to his or her school. We visit the homes of our host families in advance so that we can be sure that we will select the right environment – safe, stimulating and happy – for each child in our care.
As guardians, we act as the central point of contact between the students’ own families, their schools and their hosts, and we coordinate arrangements for their homestays and their transport – for example, by organising taxis, obtaining tickets and, where necessary, applying for visas.
As one of the longest established guardianship providers in the UK, we have recently been reinspected by AEGIS. We were delighted that once again the inspectors’ judgements were highly complimentary and fully endorsed our philosophy and practice.
Thanks to our experience in schools, we can offer support and advice on a broad range of educational topics. We like to think that the parents of the young people we help to look after trust us to act as their representatives in all matters to do with their children’s happiness and welfare from their earliest days in school in this country until they embark on their university career.
Richard and Jane Youdale
Keystone Tutors has established itself as a leading provider of one-to-one tutoring and guidance to students who are looking to join top UK schools, universities or following the UK curriculum. Keystone is based in London, Hong Kong and Singapore, advising on all aspects of school and university entrance and their tutors are able to provide bespoke one-to-one support to students around the world via an interactive learning platform. Keystone’s professional group of tutors have an outstanding track record of delivering rigorous academic support and work with pupils ahead of competitive entrance tests or UK curriculum exams (including iGCSE, A-Levels, IB and Pre-U).
Come and meet Keystone Tutors at BESSA 2019!
Malvern College pupils are bright and enthusiastic all-rounders and we very much welcome pupils with spirit, energy and a sense of purpose. We are a co-educational boarding school for pupils aged 13-18 and 76% of our 650 pupils full board. This makes us extremely popular with expatriate and overseas families for whom a full programme of weekend activities is important. The pupils eat in their houses and this fosters a welcoming family atmosphere. The College is noted for its warmth and friendliness.
We seek to maintain the most important traditions, but are innovative and forward looking. Pupils of all abilities flourish academically and our ‘value added’ makes us of one the leading independent schools in the country. In the Sixth Form, pupils have the option to choose A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB), with 50% of pupils choosing each course of study. A comprehensive co-curricular timetable encourages the development of the all-rounder. This is a school that produces strong, well rounded pupils who exhibit confidence, integrity and consideration for others.
We benefit from beautiful rural and safe surroundings on the lower slopes of the Malvern Hills and yet we are only 1 hour South of Birmingham airport. The small town of Great Malvern is a 10 minute walk so close enough for amenities (including a direct rail link to London), but far enough away not to be a distraction. We also provide a coach service to London Heathrow and London Paddington.
Facts and Figures
Norwich School is a co-educational, independent day school for pupils aged 7-18. The school is one of the oldest schools in the UK, with nearly 1,000 years of history, and is located within the Cathedral Close in the centre of Norwich. The cathedral is used by pupils each day for morning assembly, as well as many other events during the academic year.
Academically, the school is one of the highest performing independent schools in the UK; it is the highest achieving school in Norfolk and Suffolk, measured by A*/A at A-level and GCSE, and was ranked 58th nationally in The Times A-Level league table 2016. The school was also placed 14th in the national ‘Destination of Independent School Leavers’ table in the Times School Guide 2016. In 2016, 85% of our pupils achieved A*-B at A-Level and 74% of our Sixth Form pupils leaving the school gained entry to their first choice university.
The school owns a large purpose-built sports complex, tennis courts and two large sports grounds. All pupils take regular exercise and gain experience of team games as well as individual events, and the school competes against other schools in 21 different sports. The school also has a strong reputation for its range and achievement in music; over half of pupils take music lessons and there are 47 music groups, including choirs, orchestras and bands. The school encourages pupils to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities in order to broaden their horizons and we offer a full schedule of clubs and societies. In addition to this, all Sixth Formers are heavily involved in our extensive Community Service programme, which sees pupils opting into a variety of voluntary placements, including working for international and local charities, care homes and local history projects.
Our international offering is for academically gifted entrants into our Sixth-Form. Joining us in Year 12 (at age 16), our international pupils live with local British host families and are therefore able to become fully immersed in the English language and culture. Our international pupils are allocated specific international tutors and take part in a coherent programme of English language support in addition to their academic subjects. Entry is very competitive: we expect levels of English to be high and applicants must undergo assessments and an interview to move through the application process.
Radley College is a full boarding school for 690 boys aged 13-18, set on a beautiful 800-acre estate, just three miles from Oxford. It was founded in 1847 by the Reverend William Sewell, fellow of Exeter College.
We believe strongly in the pursuit of excellence both inside the classroom and out, and on encouraging boys to develop their talents and discover new interests. As an unashamedly full boarding environment, Radley defines itself by its caring community where all, staff and boys alike, are passionate about what they do, and are dedicated to it.
A Radley education is about academic ambition, learning to live with others and preparation for the world beyond its gates. Above all, it is about the core values that will underpin success in all its forms throughout a Radleian’s life: as leaders, citizens and human beings.
Name of Head: John Moule (The Warden)
For more information, please see the website www.radley.org.uk
If you are interested in sending your son to Radley, please contact the Admissions department on email@example.com, telephone +44 (0)1235 543 174
Rugby School pupils flourish in a supportive community, both spiritually and socially aware, that challenges learners, develops resilience and encourages intellectual risk-taking. We teach tolerance and respect with as much dedication as academic subjects, because at Rugby, the whole person is the whole point. Much copied but never bettered, Rugby initiated the ‘House’ system 200 years ago resulting in a genuine and uncompromised care plan which supports every single student. Girls and boys enjoy a proper ‘home from home’ experience here.
As one of the top academic schools in Britain, teaching and learning is at the core of what we do. Pupils at Rugby have the benefit of fantastic educational facilities and highly qualified staff. They learn what is needed to prepare fully for public examinations but, more than that, they develop a love of learning which stays with them long after they have left the School. We set high expectations of pupils not only in terms of their work ethic but also in terms of their intellectual ambition. Pupils aim high and our record of university success is proof of this.
Rugby boasts one of the most vibrant school alumni networks in the UK with the Rugbeian Society organising more than 50 events each year and actively supporting Rugbeians past and present through initiatives such as the Rugbeian Business Network which works with the School’s Careers Department to assist in identifying jobs and work placements.
Famous alumni are authors, poets, actors, playwrights including: Lewis Carroll, Rupert Brooke, Neville Chamberlain, Anthony Horowitz, Robert Hardy, Will Butler-Adams, Isabel Wolff and Polly Stenham. Not forgetting William Webb Ellis, inventor of the game of rugby football.
Facts & Figures
Name of Head: Peter Green (since 2014)
Admissions Office: 1 Barby Road, Rugby CV22 5DW
Telephone: (+44) 1788 556274
Number of pupils: 640 boarders, 160 day students. No flexi boarding. 430 boys and 370 girls (from Year 9 (13+) to Year 13)
Sedbergh School and Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School
Sedbergh School, Station Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5HG
Tel: +44 (0) 15396 20535
Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2SG
Tel: +44 (0) 15242 79200
Type of School: Co-educational, independent
Religion: Anglican. All faiths welcome.
Age range: 13-18 years (Prep: 4-13 years)
Number of pupils : 453 Boys, 320 Girls (Prep: 200)
Number of boarders: 620 (Prep: 70)
International pupils: 115 (Prep: 15)
Teacher:pupil ratio: 1:8
Annual boarding fees: £21,000 to £32,625 per annum
Established in 1525, Sedbergh is one of the few remaining full boarding schools in the UK and 98% of pupils board in one of our 9 Boarding Houses (3 girls’ 6 boys’). Pupils benefit from exceptional pastoral care and the opportunity for everyone to achieve their potential whether their talents are academic, sporting or artistic. Each pupil has a dedicated tutor who is responsible for their academic and pastoral development. Highly unusually these days, Sedbergh retains the traditional in-house dining providing a family-style atmosphere.
At weekends, because there are no flexi or weekly boarders and no fixed exeats, virtually all pupils are on campus. Pupils keep just as busy as during the week with Saturday morning lessons, sport, drama, music, debates, and everyone participates in one of the various social events on Saturday evenings.
Located in the stunning and very safe surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Sedbergh School provides plenty of opportunities for extra-curricular activities and adventure. Sedbergh is widely recognised as one of the leading sport schools in the UK and offers 35 sports including sailing, rugby, tennis, hockey, cricket, netball, athletics, cross country, fives, football, squash, swimming, mountain biking, horse riding, fell walking and climbing. The Wilson Run is a much-anticipated annual event with an illustrious history that has been raced over almost the same route since its beginnings in 1881.
Music is also a very important part of life at Sedbergh and the School has three orchestras, five choirs, a swing band, brass band, and numerous ensembles. Many Sedbergh pupils are represented in national orchestras and choirs. Theatre productions are also held regularly throughout the year and every year each House performs an Entertainment programme for the School community.
In addition to providing an outstanding academic education, Sedbergh also prepares its pupils for life. Good manners and respect are enforced during the ‘family style’ meal times and throughout the School day, and the co-educational and multi-national mix of pupils contributes an important social dimension to all pupils’ education, providing the opportunity for pupils to learn and practise rules of etiquette, obtain social graces and develop a natural, pleasant confidence in a variety of social settings. Community service, charity work and fundraising are also recognised as important parts of the School’s extra-curricular activities.
Sedbergh offers A Levels, i-GCSEs and GCSEs in an extensive range of disciplines. With nearly 100% pass rates at A Level, i-GCSE and GCSE each year, Sedbergh pupils are expected to enter leading British and international Universities. Academic results over the last few years are available at http://www.sedberghschool.org/senior/Explore-Sedbergh/Academics/Academic-Results
Casterton Sedbergh Preparatory School:
There is no rush to grow up here. Foundations are laid for nurturing the resilience our children need as young adults and the tenacity essential for achieving high standards. Our around the clock personal care, breadth of opportunity and depth of involvement is what sets us apart. Above all, we nurture a sense of success in each and every one of our pupils.
We are excited by the curiosity and thirst for learning that each child, regardless of their academic ability, naturally displays. We work hard to allow each child the time to question and develop their thoughts independently, leading to fresh discoveries in an innovative learning environment.
Learning both inside and outside the classroom is essential to a child’s education. The setting of the Prep School offers an inspiring backdrop for budding young artists, and an extended classroom to give vivid life to subjects such as Geography, Geology and Natural History. All pupils are encouraged to express themselves musically and achieve a high standard of musicianship, whatever their ability. Music is accessible to all, yet there is also expert provision, tuition and extension work for those who are musically talented and exceptionally gifted
In addition to more than 20 sports, pupils have immediate access to numerous outdoor pursuits, including sailing, fell walking, climbing, horse riding and ghyll scrambling. They also help care for our school chickens, goats and rabbits in the School farm and our Secret Garden where boys and girls consult with the School Chef about growing vegetables and herbs.
We also host academic societies, poetry readings and debating competitions as well as English Speaking Board examinations to further expand pupils’ curiosity and confidence. The recently introduced ballet and jazz dance lessons are very popular, as are clubs for those interested in chess, archaeology and conservation.
Facilities include a new Design and Manufacturing Department, an Equestrian Centre, 7 Science specific laboratories, flood lit astro and tennis courts, a theatre, a heated pool, and an iMAC and iPad suite.
Applications: Applications are welcome all year round however application at least one year before the intended date of entry is strongly recommended to avoid any disappointment. Current School reports and a Personal Statement are invited in the first instance, followed by our own entry papers in Maths and English/EAL. Visits are most welcome at any stage of the process and can be arranged on most days during term time.
English as an Additional Language: available at additional charge. Usually held in small groups, the number of lessons is tailored to suit each individual.
Closest airport: Manchester (90 minute drive). The School arranges airport transfers for school holidays and half terms.
Sedbergh International Summer School
Sedbergh School runs its very own international summer school throughout July and August. This exclusive course is designed for boys and girls aged 8-12 (Juniors) and 13-16 (Seniors). For English lessons, students are divided into Junior and Senior classes, which ensures that they receive the correct level of English tuition for their age and ability. In keeping with the ‘boarding school taster’ experience and our wish to develop independence, teamwork and leadership skills in our students, all meals, lessons and activities are taken together. Sports, excursions and evening entertainment are also combined, allowing students to spend time with new friends.
Students live in single-sex boarding houses under the care of an experienced Houseparent who acts in loco parentis and is responsible for the development and welfare of each student. All International Summer School staff are employed directly by Sedbergh School which helps students to settle quickly and to help them achieve their full potential during their stay.
The course is small and friendly, and the village location offers a stunning and very safe location for an exciting summer. Each day is structured to give a true taste of boarding school life. With 22 hours of English lessons each week and student numbers restricted to 20% of any one language, opportunities are maximised to improve English language skills very quickly. Class sizes are small and a variety of teaching styles is used, including group language activities to ensure that students are engaged and learning effectively.
All students experience history first-hand during excursions to some of Europe’s oldest cultural centres and enjoy thrilling outdoor activities in beautiful British countryside. Through practical projects, educational trips and an exciting range of extra-curricular activities, students gain valuable skills, make lifelong friends and take away unforgettable memories.
Further information can be found at: http://iss.sedberghschool.org/
Sevenoaks (founded in 1432) is a co-educational day and boarding school for students aged 11 to 18. Just half an hour from Central London and Gatwick International Airport, our superb 100-acre campus is in the Kent countryside. Academic excellence is delivered by a broad, balanced programme of study and exciting teaching. Strengthened by wise pastoral care and the inclusive influences of the International Baccalaureate, Sevenoaks students work hard to satisfy their natural curiosity and extend themselves far above and beyond the core curriculum.
Sevenoaks is one of the best schools in the UK, providing an outstanding modern education. Known for curriculum innovation, it is one of the world’s leading IB schools, and has developed its own middle school curriculum, which is UCAS supported. Over half of students attend one of the UK’s top ten universities, with approximately 20% receiving offers from Oxford and Cambridge annually. Around 15% opt to study at leading international institutions in the US and Canada.
Sevenoaks students have access to world-class facilities for co-curricular pursuits, including sport, music, drama and art, a huge range of clubs and societies, and a well-established community service programme.
We offer a British education within a cosmopolitan melting pot of, with around 20% of the student body coming from outside the UK. Our boarding community is kind and welcoming, and with seven distinctive and comfortable boarding houses, life is fun, friendly and busy. Our students hugely enjoy their years of boarding at Sevenoaks.
Pastoral care is consistently excellent across the school, enabling friendships between all members of a peer group to flourish, which we believe contributes to the particularly happy atmosphere at Sevenoaks.
Facts & Figures
Name of Acting Head: Miss Theresa Homewood; from 2020, Mr Jesse Elzinga
Address: High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1HU
Telephone of admissions: +44 1732 467703
Number of students: 1125 in total. Boys 564; Girls 561. Boarding 365; Day 760
Age range: 11 to 18 years
Fee range: Day pupils – £8,097 to £9,195 per term. Boarding pupils – £12,930 to £14,028 per term.
St Swithun’s is an ‘appropriately academic’ school which means that we celebrate intellectual curiosity and the life of the mind, but not to the exclusion of all else. We expect our pupils to develop individual passions and through them to acquire a range of skills and characteristics. These characteristics will include a willingness to take risks, to question and to debate, and to persevere in the face of difficulty. In the words of Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” If a girl can immediately excel at everything we ask of her, we as educators must set the bar higher.
We want all girls to learn about life beyond the school gates, to appreciate the rich variety of our world, to develop an understanding of compassion and to value justice. We encourage all pupils to become involved in fundraising and community work. They should appreciate how their decisions and their actions can affect those around them.
St Swithun’s was founded by Anna Bramston, daughter of the Dean of Winchester, and Christian values underpin our approach to education. We provide a civilised and caring environment in which all girls and staff are valued for their individual gifts and encouraged to develop a sense of spirituality and of kindness. We believe that kindness and tolerance are at the heart of any fully functioning community.
In 2019 U6 girls at St Swithun’s again earned successful A-level results. 86% of A levels were graded A* to B against a national backdrop of a decline in top grades to the lowest level since 2007. 44% of girls achieved AAA or higher and 59% AAB or better. 2019 leavers have earned places at a wide range of top universities, including Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter, Edinburgh, King’s College London, Liverpool, LSE, Nottingham, Queen Mary London, St Andrews, Southampton, UCL, Warwick and York to study a remarkably diverse set of degree courses, including architecture, ancient history, art history, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, economics and management, education with psychology, engineering design, English literature, English and modern languages, French and Russian, geography, German, history, international relations, law, marine biology, management, medicine, music, natural sciences, physics and philosophy, psychology, social policy and politics, sociology, Spanish, sustainable development and veterinary science.
At GCSE, 30% of entries achieved the top grade 9 and 60.2% were graded 9/8/A* compared to the national averages of 4.5% and 11.2% respectively. Several pupils achieved straight grade 9s.
The school’s aims are as follows:
To prepare girls for public examinations and higher education in a stimulating and scholarly environment in which the girls develop intellectual curiosity, independence of mind and the ability to take responsibility for their own learning. They are encouraged to achieve their personal best.
To provide a happy, safe and supportive community based on Christian values in which all girls are given the space to develop their spirituality and are encouraged to understand and celebrate difference, and to be kind to others.
To provide a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom so that girls can discover individual passions and develop a range of characteristics such as resilience, initiative, creativity, perseverance, self-confidence, the ability to work in a team and to honour one’s commitments. To encourage habits to ensure good physical and mental health both at school and in the future such as exercise, healthy eating and the art of relaxation.
Beyond the school gates
To teach the girls compassion, an understanding of the wider world and their role in it, a sense of duty and a desire for justice.
Looking towards the future
To provide high-quality higher education and careers advice and a supportive old girls network.
Keeping in touch
To communicate in a timely and constructive fashion with parents and other members of the St Swithun’s family in order to develop relationships conducive to offering the best possible education.
By the time a girl leaves St Swithun’s she will be well-educated, courageous, compassionate, committed and self-confident with a love of learning, a moral compass and a sense of humour.
To find out more about St Swithuns School, please visit our website: www.stswithuns.com
An independent girls’ day and boarding school, we educate students from age four to 18, in the heart of the academically and culturally vibrant city of Cambridge.
Ours is no ordinary school. Opening doors to creativity, to self-development, to new friendships and to nurturing new talents, we offer our students an extraordinary environment of love and joy in which they can develop their individual personalities, flourish academically and discover their passions. Our educational provision continues to be tailored for girls and our independence allows us to incorporate the best combination of traditional and modern teaching and learning approaches, to be a strong and welcoming school which achieves ‘excellence in every possible area of educational provision’, according to our latest Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report.
‘Once a St Mary’s girl, always a St Mary’s girl’ – come and see for yourself why our students are so proud to be part of the St Mary’s School, Cambridge tradition.
Tonbridge School is one of the leading boys’ boarding schools in the country and highly respected internationally. It aims to provide a caring and enlightened environment in which the talents of each individual flourish. We encourage boys to be creative, tolerant and to strive for academic, sporting and cultural excellence. Respect for tradition and an openness to innovation are equally valued.
The school occupies 150 acres on the edge of the town of Tonbridge. It lies one hour from Heathrow airport and 40 minutes from London. An extensive and continuous building programme has ensured academic, cultural, sporting and domestic facilities of an exceptionally high standard. In 2016 the state of the art Smythe Library was completed and March 2019 saw the launch of the new £20m Barton Science Centre. Combined with outstanding Design, Technology and Engineering facilities, this makes Tonbridge one of the foremost schools for STEM subjects in the UK. These facilities operate alongside the E.M. Forster Theatre, a £10m Sports Centre and the newly refurbished Big School Gallery Space which places the Arts at the very centre of school life.
Examination results are consistently outstanding. In 2018 nearly two thirds of all grades were either A*, A or their Pre-U equivalent, and the ‘average’ set of results for a Tonbridge leaver in 2018 was A*AA. Boys recorded an outstanding set of GCSE grades in 2018, achieving 91 per cent A* / A grades or equivalent, the school’s second highest performance on record. The average award for a Tonbridge boy at GCSE is 7 A*s and 3 As, and in 2018, 65 boys were each awarded at least nine A*s or equivalent, a record for the school. Tonbridge typically sees 20 per cent of the Upper Sixth heading for Oxbridge. Some leavers choose to study at leading universities worldwide and Tonbridge now has a member of staff dedicated to US applications.
A well-established house system at the heart of the school fosters a strong sense of belonging and the supportive environment in which our pupils flourish. Tonbridgians should, then, enter into the adult world with the knowledge and self-belief to fulfil their own potential and to become leaders in their chosen field. Equally, we hope to foster a life-long empathy for the needs and views of others; in the words of the great novelist and Old Tonbridgian E.M. Forster: ‘Only Connect’.
Facts and Figures
Name of Master: James Priory (since 2018)
Address: High Street, Tonbridge TN9 1JP
Telephone and Email for admissions: +44 (0) 1732 304297, firstname.lastname@example.org
Age Range: 13-18 years old
Number of students: 780 Boys (60% Boarding; 40% Day)
Fee Range: Day £10,114; Boarding £13,482 per term
Uppingham School has approximately 790 13-18 year-old boys and girls, and is well known for its outstanding facilities, academic and musical excellence, the breadth and depth of the co-curricular programme and superb pastoral care. It is one of the very few real boarding schools left.
There are fifteen Boarding Houses; nine for boys (aged 13-18), five for girls (aged 13-18) and one for Sixth Form girls only. The pupils eat all their meals in their Houses and the Housemasters and Housemistresses who run the Houses look after what is in very real terms an extended family. Each boy and girl is assigned a tutor, and all members of teaching staff are attached to one of the Houses. Each house also has a Pastoral Matron. The pastoral aspect of life at Uppingham is taken very seriously.
The School is a seven-day a week boarding school with a wide range of extra-curricular activities. There is a long tradition of exceptional musical achievement, with three music schools, the newest of which is equipped with cutting edge music technology, the School’s reputation in this field is pre-eminent.; the School was also among the pioneers of Art, Design and Technology education, with the recently refurbished Leonardo Centre providing an inspiring environment for ADT. There is a fully-equipped 300-seat theatre, along with a drama studio and workshops that are run by the pupils under the direction of a Director of Drama.
At the western end of the town is the School’s ‘second heart’ – known as the Western Quad. Recent developments have been focused on this area and it has been regenerated into a coherent and inspiring environment. The campus houses the magnificent new Science Centre which is based around a landscaped open space, creating the Western Quad itself, and has 17 laboratories (including an environmental studies lab and outdoor classroom, and a project room), a lecture theatre, departmental offices and meeting rooms. The centre also has a second library and second buttery to draw non-scientists into the building. The impressive Sports Centre houses a large six-court sports hall, six-lane 25m swimming pool, 50 station fitness studio, gymnasium, squash courts and dance studios. The School also has magnificent games fields and playing surfaces (natural and synthetic).
On average 99% of leavers proceed to degree courses, including Oxbridge. In 2018 more than 55.1% of all A-Levels were graded A* or A and 71.2% of all GCSEs were graded A* or A.
Geographically Uppingham School is situated in a beautiful market town, on the A47 between Peterborough and Leicester. It lies midway between the A1 and M1 and is served by Oakham, Corby, Kettering, Leicester and Peterborough railway stations (Kettering is just 50 minutes from London by train), and by Stansted, Luton, Birmingham and East Midlands airports.
A world leader in girls’ boarding education and a place where academic excellence, empathy and integrity thrive.
Ranked as the UK’s top boarding school (Sunday Times, Parent Power), Wycombe Abbey is a world-class establishment which strives to provide high academic achievement with a holistic and rewarding educational experience. Results are consistently impressive: 95% A*-B and 80% A*-A at A level and 97.5% A*-A at GCSE in 2018/19. Our leavers go on to study subjects as diverse as Architecture, Aeronautics, Neuroscience and Linguistics at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, while Medicine, Law and Science/Engineering courses remain among the most popular. An increasing number of girls are gaining places at the best liberal arts colleges and Ivy League universities in the US, such as Harvard, Yale, Duke, Brown, Stanford, Columbia, MIT and Pomona, amongst others. Curiosity, innovation and academic risk-taking are encouraged and every pupil is given the opportunity to develop her passions.
Our diverse co-curricular programme aims to imbue in every girl the skills required to succeed, including creativity, emotional intelligence, teamwork and leadership. The girls enjoy outstanding facilities. There is a rich and varied programme of activities throughout the week, including music, drama, dance and outdoor education as well as an extensive range of other pursuits, such as Model United Nations, solar-powered motorsport racing and even bee-keeping. These opportunities help girls to develop the confidence and skills they will require to be successful and happy in the demanding and ever-expanding global workplace, preparing them to be successful leaders – of themselves and others.
Wycombe Abbey offers a modern approach to boarding in the wonderful surroundings of 170 acres of parkland with quick and easy access to London and its international airports. Over the next decade, we are investing in new facilities that will transform our magnificent grounds for the benefit of every pupil at Wycombe Abbey.
The next ten years will see the renewal of all our boarding accommodation, the refurbishment of the main Abbey Building and a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) centre. This process began with the building of two superb new boarding houses which opened in September 2017.
At the heart of the School’s success is a total commitment to the development of good, caring human beings through proactive and personalised pastoral care. Everyone at Wycombe Abbey is part of a happy and close-knit full boarding community where each girl can grow as an individual and form deep and lasting friendships.
Facts & Figures
Address: Abbey Way, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 1PE
Head: Mrs Jo Duncan MA, PGCE
Admissions: Mrs Sophie Langdale
Contact: +441494 897008; email@example.com
Student Body: 637 girls aged 11-18. Boarding 572, Day 65
Entry points: 11+; 13+ and 16+
Fees: boarding £40,350 per annum; day £30,270 per annum
Location: 30 minutes from Heathrow Airport by car; 25 minutes by train from Marylebone, London