1. Please be warned our standards are higher than ordinary schools.
    Access to our Exam Programmes is by ability, not age, and not based on reports from elsewhere. We assess all new students and where necessary provide help to repair or extend their skills, so as to enter the Exam Programme.

    -0 We prepare students for the IGCSE exams by Edexcel.
    IGCSE is considered a better exam than ordinary GCSEs. It is fully recognised internationally as a key qualification for colleges and universities, professional or skill training.
    -0 IGCSE (and GCSE) is the General Certificate level of exams in the UK system. To enter university you need to also take Advanced Certificate exams as well (A Levels).
    Both IGCSE/ GCSE and A Levels are two year courses, so the complete set for university entrance is four years study.
    We do not offer A Levels as part of the main school but we can sometimes help with tutoring by our teachers at A Level, using our familiar resources.
    -0 You can take IGCSEs almost anywhere in the world.
    However please note our main study programme does not suit North America because our classes are live, discuusion based, in the UK timezone. The difference in timezones would mean American residents going to school before dawn!
    We help you book to take the exams at a centre near you.
    The student does the exams in the normal way, in an exam room, but on a computer.

    -0 Students can join us any time during the year that we have a place available.
    But we do keep the school small so as to stay personally aware of individual needs. So there is sometimes a waiting list.
    -0 Exams can be taken in January or May each year.
    History and Geography are only available in May.
    Our Exam Programme books the student to do just one or two exams after three terms of studies. This is a fully normal exam session, which gives the student vital experience before they go on to take a larger number of subjects to complete their Exam Programme.
    Occasionally the exam result is not as good as hoped. Normally this acts a useful wake up call! and a retake is booked at the following session when the other subjects are taken to completion.
    -0 The full Exam Programme requires five terms study.
    Certain subjects can be taken in less time but only where the student is a strong worker , as shown in their homework record, so all work is sent in on time with good quality standards.
    Previous IGCSE / or GCSE study gives a major advantages of advanced study skills, and much easier progress.
    Exam boards have different requirements so the student will have prepared different books or topics to ours. Even another school working for Edexcel exams will have selected different options, or done them in a different order. We are very sorry for this as we know it is very frustrating for transfer students to face delay. We did not design this system!
    Please do not be taken in by promises elsewhere to cram exam studies into short periods. It only ends in unhappiness, low grades and disappointment.

    -0 Our Exam Programme offers these subjects:

    Required: English and Maths;
    We recommend the third subject be a Science.
    Biology. Physics. **Chemistry.
    Geography. History. Literature.
    *French. *Spanish.

    Subjects marked with asterisks involve some extra cost on top of our standard fees.
    * These subjects (French and Spanish) need topup tutorials in the last stage of exam preparation. This is because many students take the class without doing the exam.
    ** These subjects (Chemistry) are provided entirely by tutorials outside the weekly Timetable. This is because the Timetable only has so many hours, and these subjects do not usually interest many students.

    -0 The Three types of Exam Programmes.
    We offer a great deal of flexibility in three programmes:

    Standard: 5 subjects including English, Maths, and normally a science option.
    Restricted: less than 5 subjects depending on ability but English and Maths are desirable.
    Advanced: more than 5 subjects. The recommended limit is 8.
    It is much better to get high grades in 5, 6, 7 or 8 subjects than a bundle of rubbish grades by attempting a longer list. There are also health issues to consider. No exam results are worth acute depression, suicide, or broken physical health long term.

    Which programme a student can do is decided on ability as proven in their homework records. Exams are not about hopeful plans but about hard evidence of ability. The exam room accepts no explanations: either you know the answer and can set it out properly, or you do not.
    -0 The crucial aim of exam studies is to gain grades A* - C.
    Good Universities and employers are not interested in anything less.
    The next grade down, a D, is just about acceptable, providing it is balanced by other very good grades. An E grade is a bare pass. It is useful for a student who has struggled against severe difficulty to take an exam at all, as a sign they did pass it.
    It is far better to gain high grades in fewer subjects than get low grades by taking more subjects which spreads effort too thinly.
    We typically achieve good grades at exams of the desired A* - C, with a few Ds.

    All decisions about exam studies are agreed three ways between the student, their supervising parent/s, and the Heads of School.
    Where there has been low achievement in the past it has been because our advice was ignored. For this reason we reserve the right to withdraw support from a student who insists on going against our expert recommendations. Since making this rule it has not been necessary to do it.
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