MPW Birmingham

Leading independent sixth-form college offering a comprehensive range of A Level and GCSE courses giving students the flexibility to choose subjects that interest them the most. We strive to inspire and motivate our students to transform their academic aspirations into reality.

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from Mark Shingleton, Principal

MPW Birmingham is a special place to study because it helps inspire and motivate its students to achieve outstanding things. As a UK’s leading independent sixth-form college, MPW offers a wide range of A level and GCSE courses giving students the flexibility to take subjects that interest them the most. We pride ourselves in bringing out the best in the students we work with.  Our goal is to develop the confidence, maturity, knowledge and skills in all of our students, seeing them as individuals with their own unique talents. Visitors to the College instantly pick up on our friendly and inclusive atmosphere. We endeavour to create a learning culture in which our students feel valued and enjoy working hard. We have high expectations and provide an academically disciplined College in which to learn.

We have a distinct approach to education with small classes of no more than eight students. We place a great emphasis upon perfecting examination technique and our weekly Timed Assignments enable students to practise their written answers under timed conditions. Many of our tutors are public examiners providing them with a real insight into what the examination boards are looking for. We understand the importance of helping our students focus on examination preparation in addition to cultivating academic expertise. Our well qualified teachers are very committed to helping students achieve success. Our lessons are supportive and purposeful with teachers stretching students to help them achieve their objectives.

Each student works closely with a Personal Tutor who provides a high level of personal care and develops a unique Educational Progress Plan enabling students to reflect more about their progress. We provide a wealth of expertise not just academically but also in terms of career and university support and do all that we can to ensure that every one of our students reaches their potential. Our students are encouraged to set goals and aim high. Very often our students achieve results which they did not think were possible. Our mission is very much about getting staff and students to go that extra mile and achieve special things.

We have extremely high expectations regarding attendance, punctuality and work completion.  When students leave MPW Birmingham they do so with well-grounded study skills and the self-discipline needed to thrive at university.

We help develop our students socially. Our enrichment programme is the most extensive it has ever been with opportunities in sport, debating, Model United Nations, community projects and Duke of Edinburgh amongst some of the activities on offer.

Academic success is brought about by hard work but we also believe that students are most likely to obtain success if they feel happy and supported and have a voice which can be heard. We believe in an open community in which parents, staff and students work closely together.

We are proud of our College and passionate about what we do; we hope that you will want to visit us and learn more about the wonderful opportunities we can provide.

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