Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Top 20 UK schools for the #sport of #rugby

Parents often ask which schools have strong coaching in the sport of rugby, when considering their future senior school choices for boys.

Here are some ideas below (according to the Daily Mail Trophy Merit Table).

However, parents should bear in mind that rugby should only be one element of choosing the right school and most senior schools for boys offer the sport of rugby at a good level, offering opportunities to take part in a comprehensive fixture list. 

Academic level, subject strengths, ethos. location, boarding vs. day, strength of boarding, co-ed vs. single sex, to name just a few which are also important factors to take into account.

More details on school rugby in the Daily Mail Trophy via this link

Some might find the history of rugby interesting when Webb Ellis, a pupil at Rugby School, first picked up the ball and ran with it during a match.


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School Name
School Sport Website
Wellington College

Sedbergh School
Kirkham Grammar School

Monmouth School

Epsom College

Bromsgrove School

Abingdon School

The Grammar School at Leeds

Dulwich College

Reed’s School

Stowe School

Stamford School

The King’s School Macclesfield

Kingswood School

Sherborne School

Hymers College

Lymm High School

Trinity School, Croydon

Royal Grammar School Newcastle

Royal Grammar School High Wycombe

Monday, 16 March 2015

#Parents, are you up to speed on the A level reforms from Sept 2015?

Here are a few tips from our new Director of Consultancy Services, Brian McGee

You will no doubt have read in the press recently about changes taking place to A level reforms starting in September 2015. These changes are taking place over the course of the next three years and can be very confusing for parents.

The reformed A levels have been brought in as part of a proposed drive to raise standards, the idea being that the modular approach of recent years has made A levels easier, leading to grade inflation and a decline in our young people's skills compared to international comparisons. The result is a move towards less coursework and more terminal examinations at the end of two years of study. The AS level will disappear in its current form, with students studying three subjects for A level over two years and just one supplementary AS level in the first year, which will not be examined at A level standard.

The process of these changes has been staged, depending on how quickly the examination boards and Ofqual can ratify the new specifications along the lines of the new more stringent standards. Therefore some subjects will be introduced in September 2015 (English subjects, biology, chemistry, physics and social science subjects) with others following in 2016 (geography, modern languages, arts subjects, PE and RS). Mathematics has been delayed until 2017 because the complicated range of options made it too much of a rush. Many other smaller subjects will disappear altogether by 2017.

Many parents, and indeed schools, have been waiting for further guidance with regard to how the changes will be implemented during this transitional phase, with students beginning courses in September 2015 being offered a mix of the current and the new specifications. What does this mean for AS choices? And what does it mean for university entry in September 2017? The answer is still somewhat unclear. The University of Cambridge, which has relied very heavily on the AS results in recent years as the best indicator of future undergraduate performance, has come out strongly in favour of continuing to study 4 AS levels as a requirement for entry (see Other universities are advising schools that they will accept a range of combinations during the process of change.

As parents, the best advice is to contact your son's or daughter's school and to ask them about their plans for implementing the changes. There is very little they can do except to reassure you that the universities are fully aware of the changes and if necessary a call to one or two university admissions departments might serve to reassure you about A level choices and their implications for applications to particular courses. For more information visit the link below

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