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 Post subject: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:59 pm 
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I was thinking of sending my dd to St helens and was wondering if anyone knows how many Oxbridge students they had the year ending July 2014?? Thanks :D


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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:46 pm 
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Are you hoping she will get a job at Pilkington's?


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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:46 pm 
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Welcome to the forum.
What part of the country are you in?
I can move the post to the relevant section, but I'm not sure where St Helen's is!

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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:51 pm 
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Sorry, it's St. Helens in Northwood in North west london


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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:56 pm 
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I'll move this to the Independent section .

(Hope that's the right St Helen's?)


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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:01 pm 
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Have you tried the website?

http://www.sthn.co.uk/sixth-form/exam-r ... ions-2013/


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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:05 pm 
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I went to the open day yesterday and asked the head that question. Well, I didn't specify that time period; I think I may have phrased it as "each year", but given that's the most recent window, I assume her answer (3 pupils) refers to it.

She admitted that the number wasn't high enough and that she intended to make a concerted effort to raise it (including getting more students to apply in the first place).

For what it's worth, my wife and I toured the whole school and liked it a great deal - the facilities were good, the teaching seemed of a high standard, the atmosphere was really lovely and the girls all seemed extremely friendly with each other. The only problem from our point of view is that the journey isn't great from where we live.


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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
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Surely applying to the best university for the student and the course they want to study is a more important measure?

Oxbridge is not the best for everything nor is it best for everyone with the grades to go there.


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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:22 pm 
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Agreed. Though it is a useful metric to consider, among others, when looking at a school's academic performance.

Just like, on the other end of the scale, when my local secondary got a pupil into Oxford it was on the front page of the local news and there was much excitement - not a ringing endorsement for the school in my eyes.


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 Post subject: Re: St. Helens !!!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:58 pm 
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Guest55 wrote:
Surely applying to the best university for the student and the course they want to study is a more important measure?

Oxbridge is not the best for everything nor is it best for everyone with the grades to go there.


Definitely. DS1 managed 5As at AS and possibly his school was hoping that he might boost their Oxbridge stats, but neither Oxford nor Cambridge offers the course that he wants to do. Southampton, Warwick, Birmingham, York and UEA do, so those are the ones he is applying for. Looking at the St.Helen's leavers' destinations, okay, only a few go off to O or C each year, but the others seem to choose some very interesting courses at some perfectly respectable universities - Birmingham being particularly popular.

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