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GCSE results are in: could independent education be the next step?

20 August 2015

After receiving their GCSE results, many young people will transfer from state funded to independent schools believing it will help them achieve greater success, but what are the benefits?

GCSE results are seen as a strong indicator of a young person’s academic potential by employers, colleges, schools and universities. Whether a young person performed better or worse than expected, 18% of young people will continue learning at an independent school, compared with 7% pre 16. This increase demonstrates that families who had not previously considered fee-paying schools for their children understand the benefits of doing so for their final two years of compulsory education.

Perhaps the main reason is that independent schools usually achieve better results. The latest A-level results revealed last week that they achieved nearly 30% of all A* grades, and were particularly strong in maths, sciences and modern foreign languages. In physics, 18.3% of candidates were from fee-paying schools, yet accounted for 34% of all A* grades.

The better results may be due to smaller classes, meaning teachers spend more time with each student. Independent schools are more flexible in how they deliver lessons, allowing learning to be tailored to individual student’s needs. Many are modelled on the top universities, helping young prepare for higher education, especially if they board. They often offer university application preparation programmes and enrichment programmes, which go beyond the core curriculum, helping young people reach their full potential.

It is likely that the changes to A-levels, including the scrapping of modular learning and a greater emphasis on exams, will attract more parents to consider fee-paying schools as an option for their children. However, finding the right school, especially for families who have no experience of independent schools, can be daunting. Gabbitas Education Consultants has been helping parents since 1873. Gabbitas has strong relationships with the best schools in the country, and their expert advisers help parents find the right ones for their children, and then guide them through the application process. 

Ian Hunt, Managing Director of Gabbitas, said: “With competition for top university places fiercer than ever, more parents are looking to independent schools to help their children achieve the grades they need. Many young people, and their families, will be reconsidering their options having received their GCSE results. A fee-paying school may be the best option, and our advisers can help find the right one.”

To contact Gabbitas email info@gabbitas.co.uk or call 020 7734 0161.


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