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Bedstone college

Address: Bedstone College Bucknell Shropshire SY7 0BG

Description Bedstone college

  • Established: in 1948
  • Location: Bedston Village, Shropshire, UK
  • Age of students: from 11 to 18 years
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: full day or full board
  • Language learning: English.

Located three hours from London, Bedstone College gives its pupils an excellent opportunity to study and live far from the bustle of the big city. Accepting students of all religions and denominations for studying, its main goal is the establishment of a student's holistic personality that harmoniously combines a high level of academic knowledge and cultural education with self-confidence.

The school consistently ranks among the top ten in all of Shropshire, often second in the regional rankings based on the results of the GCSE exams.

Bedstone College is a full-service educational institution where students can start studying from the age of four (while students from other countries can become part of the school only when they reach eleven).

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Bedstone college

Program name
Date
Age
Cost
Annual
14-16
from 24 800 £ / year

  GCSE

  • Age of students: 14-16 years

Studying under the GCSE program at Bedstone College is implemented for two categories of students:

  • Students who have demonstrated the highest academic performance can study up to eleven subjects inclusive;
  • Students with an average level of grades form their schedule of 6-8 disciplines.

The GCSE program provides for two types of subjects - compulsory and those that students choose independently on an individual basis. Absolutely all students learn English, mathematics and at least one foreign European language. The choice offered disciplines such as:

  • English literature;
  • Spanish, German, French;
  • Tourism;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Design;
  • Communication technology;
  • Natural cycle sciences: biology, chemistry, physics;
  • Geography;
  • History;
  • Theater skills;
  • Art;
  • Music;
  • Sport.

In most cases, studying in the GCSE program, students study 5 subjects.

Since the school is quite small, an individual approach is not a formal statement, but a factual reality: every six weeks the teachers monitor the students' academic progress in detail, and then discuss successes and difficulties with all students in a confidential conversation with one another.

At the final stage of the course, all students become acquainted with the activities of the Career Department, and also automatically, together with their parents, become members of an independent organization that helps students to decide on their future profession. On the basis of the psychometric test, the recommendations of the teachers and the tutor, the students are determined with the subjects to be studied in high school.  

Annual
16-18
from 24 800 £ / year

  A-level

  • Age of students: 16-18 years

To ensure students have the opportunity to study the disciplines they like, Bedstone College offers teenagers a choice of about twenty A-level subjects. All classes are held in mini groups of six people, which allows teachers to support and inspire each student to work, maximizing their potential. This approach gives impressive results - 9 out of 10 graduates successfully enter the universities of their dreams.

Academic load is balanced in such a way that young people can gradually feel more responsibility for organizing their own learning process, are not afraid of freedom of choice, make effective decisions and are able to constantly maintain a high level of self-motivation to study. The emphasis on such features of education for high school students is based on the fact that these qualities of personality will help the students of the Bedstone school to take all the best during the upcoming university years.

The A-level course provides several forms of the educational process, among them:

  • Classroom lessons;
  • Field studies;
  • Sports, academic and cultural trips around the UK and beyond.

Since the program is fully focused on the successful entry and effective studying of students in universities, in addition to academic classes, it also includes the so-called career support for students. Within its framework, vocational guidance and organization of practical interviews with potential employers and universities are conducted. This allows students to make a final decision regarding their future work, being well informed about its main intricacies.  

Accommodation, housing and food

For about half of their students, Bedstone College provides full-time education. There are four residences on the premises:

  • 2 for boys;
  • 2 for girls.

The tutor and his family also live in each of these buildings. Each student, without exception, as well as his parents, can turn to the tutors at any time to solve his question. All residences on the first floors are equipped with rest rooms, where teenagers can socialize, watch TV, play board games.

The format of the guesthouse provides a full balanced diet, which is provided daily by the school canteen.

Events Bedstone college

In educational institutions, they are concerned that students can develop all facets of their abilities and talents, so they have the opportunity to practice many types of sports and receive additional education in the field of art and music. For example, students can study:

  • Horse riding;
  • Gymnastics;
  • Dancing;
  • Musical literacy.

The school has 6 sports teams, ranking in regional and national tournaments:

  • Football;
  • Volleyball;
  • Basketball;
  • Netball;
  • Cricket;
  • Field hockey.

Trying to maintain a balance between classes in classrooms, preparation for them and rest, teachers together with tutors constantly organize outdoor activities: walking or cycling, competitions, open master classes in photography.

For students living at Bedstone College residences, small excursions and trips are often organized on weekends.

Advantages

  • The school is regularly monitored by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Commission, which guarantees the highest quality academic education.
  • A small total number of students (about 200) makes it possible to create a family atmosphere in the institution and truly introduce an individual approach to the needs, weaknesses and strengths of each student in the learning process.
  • As a result of state inspections, the school regularly receives the highest marks for the level and quality of teaching, working with parents, the level of education and development of students, as well as for the conditions of study, care for students and safety.
  • The school participates in the Herzog Edinburgh Award program, in which students can engage in charity and social projects.
  • Year after year, graduates demonstrate excellent results during the GCSE exams : from 67% to 84% of adolescents on average receive grades A to C for each of the five subjects.

Equipment Bedstone college

In addition to residences for students and academic buildings on the school are located:

  • Research laboratories;
  • Art studio;
  • Sports complex with a swimming pool and gym;
  • Playgrounds for sports.

All equipment in the educational institution meets modern requirements and quality standards, as evidenced by satisfactory estimates of the state commission inspecting independent private schools.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

  The school year at Bedstone College consists of trimesters:

  • Autumn (September 3 - December 6);
  • Winter (January 7 - April 5);
  • Spring (April 29 - July 6).

In addition to tuition fees, parents need to consider additional expenses:

  • Registration fee;
  • Bank deposit;
  • Payment of examination testing;
  • Contribution to the development of the school;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Visa fees;
  • Excursions, trips, events;
  • Additional extracurricular lessons.  

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

To enroll in an educational institution at Bedstone College, you must provide a complete set of documents, pass tests in English and mathematics. For students who want to study under the A-level program, you must have English at IELTS 5.0 level .

Since the school does not position itself as an institution for the education of selected students, but is proud to accept all students and is able to reveal the talents of each student, the administration does not provide for additional exams.

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