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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:08 am 
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Hi All,
Appreciate your thoughts on the below please;

If a talented boy works on the same way and gets a same good A/L results from below 3 schools
(1) Langley Grammar school (Same kid, same A/L results)
(2) Tiffin School (Same kid, same A/L results)
(3) QE boys school (Same kid, same A/L results)

Do you think better university is given to the above boy depending on which school he studied?
same question on the other way, when university selection, do you think the studied school also consider?

Thank you
Anne


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:12 am 
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It depends on the boy, not the school. It is not what school he goes to but what he gets out of the school. Given that choice I would choose QE boys depending on how easy the journey would be. DG


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:48 am 
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I think the only time it may make a very slight difference is if he managed to get the same A/L results at a failing school or something like that.

regarding the list, visit them all see which one you dd is happiest with, and forget about league table positions as the position, especially where the differences in score a small, probably has little reflection on the teaching quality at those schools.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:18 pm 
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Agree you should chose where you fell your DS will be happiest and which suits him. As if bright and happy he will do well in any of those schools


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:27 pm 
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Bear in mind that many universities operate an informal system of positive discrimination towards those from less traditionally academic schools. It is clearly harder to get 5 A*s at A Level from a failing comp than from Eton! So going to a 'top' school (eg QE) might actually work against a child 'guaranteed' top marks wherever he goes.

BUT this assumes your child will actually get identical results from each school, which which is unlikely to be the case. So advice above to pick the school that best suits your child is wise. Different schools have different strengths and your ds will perform best at the one that suits him and his interests and learning style.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:30 am 
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I think a lot will depend on what they are applying to study at university and the reputation the school has among universities of giving accurate references rather than blanket good ones.
Some universities apply positive discrimination towards those from standard comprehensives compared to independent schools. I think the grammars and partially selective schools are in a gray area regarding this. I don't think there would be much to compare the 3 you mention. It is more what they have done in addition to just getting A levels that will count if trying for a competitive course such as medicine, and that will be just to get to interview! Although a long time ago, when i applied to do medicine I was told not to bother applying to UCL or Royal Free as no one from my school had ever got in. ( a top 10 independent) I went ahead and applied to Royal free and the interview experience was horrific. Exceedingly prejudiced against private education.
The most important thing is, whatever school you child goes to, that they take all opportunities offered to them and do more than just work.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:40 am 
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Mgnmum wrote:
Although a long time ago, when i applied to do medicine I was told not to bother applying to UCL or Royal Free as no one from my school had ever got in. ( a top 10 independent) I went ahead and applied to Royal free and the interview experience was horrific. Exceedingly prejudiced against private education.
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I got places at UCL and Royal Free (but it may have been even longer ago :wink: ) - the interviews were fine and hardly mentioned my school. At UCL there was a very wide range of med students from comprehensives to well known indies - didn't seem to make much difference. There may well have been a certain political bias at UCL but they didn't seem to let it influence the who they made offers to.


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