Student Case Histories
(most recent case histories from 2015-2016 at the top)
Matthew chose MPW as he believed this would be a good school to raise his grades after a disappointing first year of AS in his previous college.
I have definitely made the right decision to come to MPW - my grades have gone from averaging Es to straight As. Teaching at MPW is much more personal and I felt like talking to teachers. They are very good and give you lots of support if you do not understand something.
My most memorable lesson at MPW is my last Chemistry lesson – we were doing the screaming jelly babies experiment, they glowed and screamed and it was great fun!
I was given a lot of help with my university application. My Personal Tutor took me through the UCAS process step by step. We went through my Personal Statement many times to make sure it was completely perfect. I am very excited about my firm choice.
Having achieved A level grades of AAA in Maths, Chemistry and Physics, Matthew has secured a place to read Chemistry at Warwick.
Glen joined MPW Cambridge to improve his academic performance in A level Biology in pursuit of a career in Medicine. Glen comments:
I learnt about MPW Cambridge through testimonials of other students who were in a similar situation to mine. My experience at MPW has been continuously reassuring. The teaching style at MPW has suited my learning capabilities; it is very relaxing but also very thorough.
Originally, I thought that weekly Timed Assignments would be adding more pressure and burden to an already busy week. However, it turned to be beneficial and the pressure has helped me to appreciate and learn the skills required to excel in my exams. Weekly tests helped me to focus more on my ability to apply knowledge and to strengthen my time-management skills.
I appreciate the level of care that individual students at MPW get. I was fortunate to have a very thorough Biology tutor who taught the material in different ways and always went a step further to explain and clarify things. Also, getting the recognition from my subject and personal tutors was important and I now feel more confident about my abilities.
Having secured an A* in A level Biology, Glen is now progressing to study Medicine at Liverpool University.
Having joined MPW Cambridge straight after his GCSEs, Nick is in no doubt about the help he received at MPW in achieving his goal:
In general, I have found the whole experience of MPW Cambridge to be exceptional. I truly believe that without the support, expertise and pure commitment of my tutors and personal tutor I would not have been able to secure an offer at my first choice university. Coming from a background of rocky academic achievement the environment of MPW Cambridge and the unique relationship that is fostered between students and tutors has allowed me to reach my potential and to progress onto higher education. One of the best parts of the teaching at MPW is simply how passionate you can feel that tutors are about their subjects. Further to this, my personal tutor in particular has been there to guide and assist me every step of the way in applying for university and organising revision when I have needed it. The college completely changed my perspective on education to a much more positive outlook and helped me to really appreciate the learning opportunity. Overall, I cannot thank the tutors of the college enough for helping me to become one step closer to my dream profession.
Having secured A level grades ABC in Sociology, Russian and Psychology, Nick has secured a place to read Paramedic Science at Birmingham City University.
Having completed his AS exams at a different school, Gabriel joined MPW Cambridge for a two-year A level programme. At MPW, he decided to re-take his AS and later progressed to A2:
As a dyslexic student who initially got CCEE for my AS, I was convinced that I could not achieve any higher. My time at MPW proved me wrong. Initially I was reluctant to move from my local school in York to a college so far away from home, my parents, and friends. Furthermore, the thought of having weekly assessments on top of homework overwhelmed me. However, with the kind and expert support from my teachers and personal tutor I quickly realised that it was perfectly possible to achieve better grades with the right revision techniques and resources provided by MPW. At the end of my first year I was overjoyed to find that many hours of hard work and renewed revision techniques had resulted in me achieving three A's in my subjects. I wanted to continue at A2 as I knew it would greatly improve my university prospects and encourage me to work even harder. After two fantastic years at MPW I can emphatically say that going to MPW was the best decision I ever made.
Having secured AAA in Philosophy, English Literature and Psychology, Gabriel is now progressing to read Philosophy at Nottingham University.
MPW Cambridge was recommended to Holly by her friends and staff at her previous college. Holly comments on her experience of MPW and one-year A level course in Chemistry:
The staff are all very supportive and I have been given a lot of help in areas that I needed. I had weekly sessions with my Personal Tutor to make sure that I was on top of my work and studying and revising in the most efficient way possible. The support I was given has been invaluable in the way I have settled in at MPW and my enjoyment of my time here.
The quality of teaching I have encountered has been excellent. My chemistry teacher has covered everything at a very good speed and in a good depth. The study packs we worked through have all the detail you need for the exams and the lessons help you understand everything you are required to learn. I think that my exams have been very well prepared for.
Having achieved A level grade A in Chemistry, Holly is now progressing to study Clinical Sciences at Bradford.
Having moved from the US for one year, Brandon came to MPW Cambridge to complete an intensive one-year A level course and apply for an undergraduate degree in Linguistics.
I expected MPW to be a rigorous college that would prepare me well for university and help me to achieve good marks on my A Level. I believe that the college has accomplished this completely. The staff at MPW have been incredibly kind and supportive, and their level of academic expertise has been immeasurably helpful in furthering my academic career. I have seen my understanding of classical literature, my comprehension of spoken Spanish, and my knowledge of how language and society interact all skyrocket during my studies here.
I had a fantastic PT to work with, who was with me every step of the way during my university application process, and I will be eternally grateful for that guidance, especially in a country in which I have never lived before.I think my most memorable experience at MPW would be meeting my now best friend who has completely changed my outlook on life and the world. I would not be the person that I am today if it weren't for her, and I owe MPW for bringing us together.
Having achieved A level grades of A*AA in Spanish Language, classical Civilization and English Language, Brandon is now progressing to read Linguistics at Edinburgh University.
After witnessing her sister’s success at MPW Cambridge, Ayesha decided to join the college to achieve the best grades she could and secure a place to read Law at the university of her choice.
I really love the multicultural aspect of MPW and the fact that you can meet people from different cultures and make friends with people from different places.
The staff at MPW have been very friendly and approachable. I was comfortable coming to them with a question whenever I needed to.
I really liked small class sizes at MPW because this allowed my teachers to have 1: 1 time with me, making my learning experience more interactive. Small class sizes have helped me to develop my thought processes and learn more about the way I learn.
My teachers and my Personal Tutor have encouraged me to perform to the best of my abilities and I believe I wouldn’t have achieved everything I have achieved without their help and support.
Having achieved A level grades of AAB in Geography, Classical Civilization and English Literature, Ayesha is now progressing to study Law at York.
Tahani left her previous school in the middle of her French baccalaureate and joined MPW Cambridge on a rigorous one-year A level course in Government & Politics, History and Philosophy.
I had no GCSEs (except for English literature) and my Brevet, and so many schools in Cambridge refused to take me as a student for A levels. I decided to go to MPW, not only because it offered me a one-year A level course in the subjects that I wanted, but also because while offering structure and guidance, MPW also encourages amicability between students and staff, and independence on our part.
First thing I noticed when I visited MPW was the atmosphere - people were laughing, there were little classes of eight maximum and the teachers knew their students. The manner of teaching at MPW was much better for me in that it encourages thinking for yourself. I needed support but enough space that I could understand things on my own.The guidance I received from my Personal Tutor was amazing. He clarified and explained each course and gave me a lot of reading material and guidance on how to make a good application. In the end I made the choice to study something completely different from what I had originally planned - a choice I could not have made alone.
Having achieved A level grades of ABB in French, History and Philosophy, and A in Russian AS, Tahani is now progressing to read Law at SOAS, University of London.
Completely new to UK A levels, Anna has greatly enjoyed her studies at MPW Cambridge. Comparing her studies in Poland and MPW Cambridge Anna shares her experience:
I must admit that at first I was a little worried. My main concern was not only the language barrier, but also how to cope with the new environment and teaching methods. Just the first few days at MPW were enough to convince me that this is the best learning environment that can ever be provided for a student. There is nothing more encouraging for my independent learning than my teachers’ involvement and attention they pay for each individual student in class.
The brightest memory I’ll take with me is International Evening at MPW – I enjoyed Chinese calligraphy and international quizzes.
What I enjoyed most in my lessons is the way we discussed problems in class and the fact that even the silliest question will be answered. Moreover, I was taught not only the subject specification, but also how to learn properly, revise efficiently and target exam questions which was undoubtedly very helpful.
I am sure, that without the support from my Personal Tutor my UCAS application would not be as successful as it was. As an international student I have never came across UCAS, Personal Statement, university interview preparation. I was fortunate to be selected for an interview with Cambridge University – I will never forget this experience.
In my previous school in Poland I have never been the strongest student, but always an average one. At MPW I was able to achieve the best grades I possibly could and secure a place at my firm choice.
Having achieved A level grades of AAA in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, Anna is now progressing to study Genetics at KCL.
Marco joined MPW Cambridge on an International Foundation Programme (IFP). Having come to terms with his poor exam results, Marco realised during his gap year that he needed a change in his academic environment.
International Foundation Programme at MPW was a huge opportunity, not only as I could discover new subjects but it also made me realise thanks to the teachers that my natural forte was in essay based subjects, rather than numerical ones.
Coming to MPW at the age of 20 was rather a difficult decision, however MPW gave me what I was looking for - a nurtured approach to teaching and individualistic tutor sessions. Thanks to thoroughLooking back at my previous academic experience I never experienced a teacher who believed in me and who would push me towards my goals, apart from my parents. At MPW it was the first time I felt that the teachers believed in me, despite sometimes some poor Timed Assignment results they still pushed and encouraged me. MPW has definitely given me the second chance that I needed and prepared me for my next step with confidence.
weekly Timed Assignments my confidence in writing and exam technique has grown
greatly. I was more than ready for the real exams.
Having achieved a Merit, Marco is now progressing to study International Development at KCL.
Kriztee joined MPW for an 18- month A level programme which she completed with great success.
I can say that MPW Cambridge has allowed me to thrive academically. I could always rely on my Personal Tutor who was very supportive. Small classes and personalised teaching have helped to identify my academic strengths and weakness.
At MPW teachers respect you and treat you as an individual. They encouraged me to perform to the best of my abilities and to not be afraid to express my opinion. My lessons were fun and I particularly enjoyed class discussions which have helped to build my confidence.
There is a good mix of UK and international students. The college atmosphere is very friendly and students here are open-minded. The whole experience and life skills I gained at MPW are fantastic.
Having achieved A level grades of A*AA in Economics, Politics and Mathematics, Kriztee has secured a place to read Accounting and Finance at Warwick University.
Emily joined MPW Cambridge for a one-year GCSE course and she is in no doubt that she couldn't have found a better school:
Being taught IB in international schools abroad my whole life, I was completely unfamiliar with the GCSE curriculum. When my family moved to the UK for good, no schools in Cambridge were willing to offer one-year GCSE courses. I've always been driven in terms of working hard at school, however I was completely terrified of taking an intensive one-year GCSE course because I didn't know what to expect. My family and I were thrilled after finding out about MPW. The teachers are absolutely amazing here as they give so much individual support - something that I have never really had in my previous schools. Small class sizes and all the individual attention has definitely been beneficial to a large extent. MPW has definitely met my expectations. I've met amazing friends and great teachers – my GCSE year turned out to be a great experience.
Having achieved GCSE grades of A*AAAAAAC in Spanish, English Language, English Literature, Biology, History, Geography, Indonesian and Maths, Emily has progressed to do her A levels at Hills Road Sixth College in Cambridge.
Having moved from the US forone year, Tyler joined MPW Cambridge to complete one-year GCSEs. Tyler shares his experience:
One-year GCSEs at MPW Cambridge is really an eye-opening experience, because it does push you, it is hard but it is something that with determination is very reachable and very possible. Regardless of the student’s ability, one-year GCSEs are one of those things that with a little bit of hard work and perseverance is something anyone can get through. Teachers have given me a lot of extra work and help with subjects I had trouble understanding, which was very helpful because sometimes it is hard to motivate yourself to practise outside. My teachers took every step to ensure I was putting in the work all the time. The atmosphere at MPW Cambridge is very friendly and open – it is more like a family than a school. With excellent personal tutor and teacher support students of different nationalities and walks of life feel very welcome.
Having secured five GCSE grades of A*ABBB in Physics, Chinese, Economics, Psychology, English Language, and a grade A at AS Maths, Tyler has moved back to the US to complete his High Scool.
Michael joined MPW Cambridge for a one-year GCSE course and achieved excellent results. Michael comments:
I have really enjoyed my one-year GCSE course and studying at MPW has brought out the best in me. I settled in very quickly and loved the whole Cambridge scene. The teachers have given me the confidence to succeed in areas where I previously believed I couldn’t. Relationships with teachers are far more personal than I have ever experienced, and individual care and support are important areas where I believe MPW excels, not to mention the extremely high standards of teaching. Guidance on exam technique has been really helpful in preparing for my GCSEs. I have made lots of great friends and we have had fun times together on college trips, with some really funny and unforgettable moments! I cannot thank my Personal Tutor enough and all the teachers for the great experience that MPW has given me. It was nail biting opening my GCSE results envelope but I am over the moon with my grades!!
Having achieved A*A*AAAAAB in Biology, French, Maths, English Language, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Studies and Latin, Michael has progressed to do the first year of his A levels at MPW Cambridge.
Lucy joined MPW Cambridge after a disappointing A2 year at her previous school, where she didn’t achieve the grades she needed to apply for Medicine. Lucy says:
I felt MPW was the best choice for me to be able to try and accomplish the grades which I thought I was capable of. I have found MPW to be a great experience; the small classes really helped me gain confidence in my subjects, so that I was able to approach the summer exams with a much more ‘can do’ attitude. On top of this having weekly timed assessments, that although felt endless at the time, really helped focus my revision and improve my revision techniques for the summer exams. It has been an incredibly busy year, but it definitely feels like all the hard work has paid off, having managed to secure an offer from Liverpool to study Medicine!
Overall grades of AAA in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics have allowed Lucy to achieve her ambition of advancing to the University of Liverpool to study Medicine.
Amy joined MPW Cambridge for one year to retake her A levels and improve on the grades she had previously achieved. Amy says:
I had high expectations of MPW when I first joined, but looking back over my time at MPW I was not expecting that my year would have been how it turned out. Coming to MPW and studying with people retaking has really helped, I have found that working with other people that are so driven to achieve their goal grades has really improved my work ethic. All of the teachers, especially my personal tutor, have been amazing and very motivational. Having such small classes has also really helped because I have been able to really identify the topics that have held me back and been able to tackle them right away. The weekly timed assignments were equally as helpful because it has meant that my revision for my summer exams has been continuous since the start of the year. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at MPW and have made some great friends.
Having exceeded her conditional offer with grades of A*AA in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, Amy is now heading to the University of Manchester to read Biomedical Sciences.
Conrad joined MPW Cambridge to retake his A levels with a view to securing a university place that fully reflected his academic ambitions. He says:
Missing out on university last year made me realise how much I really wanted it. I came to MPW motivated and ready to work harder than before. I remember starting this year and feeling like it’s going to be a very long one. However, now I have nearly finished my exams and it has actually flown past! I found the structure of my teaching really good. The timed assignments on a weekly basis allowed me to learn and practise new material regularly. I enjoyed the informal school atmosphere and I had a very good relationship with my personal tutor who gave me great advice throughout the year. My whole MPW experience has been awesome ─ it has set me up for my future and I have made some great friends.
Having achieved A level grades of AAB in Geography, Mathematics and English Literature, Conrad is now heading to The University of Nottingham to read Geography.
Lewis joined MPW Cambridge to re-start a two-year A level programme with a view to achieving the grades needed to pursue a specialist university course in mining. Lewis says:
Having an excellent personal tutor during my time at MPW was extremely helpful, especially during my UCAS application when I needed help with both my personal statement and gaining relevant work experience. Weekly timed assignments and the structuring of lessons were effective as they helped me to practise and build up confidence for the exams. I also found that the small class sizes and the friendly atmosphere at MPW enabled me to better interact with my teachers, which made learning material so much easier than in my previous school.
With overall grades of A*BB in Physics, Maths and Geography, Lewis has realised his dream of going to Exeter University to read Mining Engineering.
Sebastian came to MPW Cambridge from one of the UK’s top boarding schools to retake his A levels. He didn't get the grades he wanted in his previous school due to his lack of motivation. He says:
I came to MPW in search of a second chance to redeem myself and get to where I expected to be in terms of university. What stood out straight away is how helpful and nice everyone is and how easy it is to go to teachers if you have any issues. MPW Cambridge has a very welcoming environment. This school gives you freedom to perform as you like and, coming from a very strict boarding environment, it was a very good change for me, which has also improved my studies as a whole. The small classes are very helpful as the teachers can focus on individual students more. The TA system is very useful as it means you learn on a weekly basis and get used to the examination style. By the end of the year I felt I was very comfortable in doing exams due to the all the practice I had had, which greatly reduced my exam nerves. Due to a lack of effort at my old school, I was classed as a lesser student and I was convinced to aim lower. But MPW, along with my own will, brought my confidence and self-belief back and made me want to aim for some of the better universities in the country. What MPW has taught me, is that I can get the best out of myself, and if I continue doing this I know I will be exactly where I want to be after university as well.
Having achieved A level grades of AB in Geography and Physics, Sebastian is heading off to read Business Studies at City University London.
Zahan’s goal at MPW Cambridge was to achieve a good set of GCSE grades in a single year. Zahan says:
The school vibe was fantastic! My GCSE lessons were fun and never boring. Small class sizes helped me to get the attention I needed while the teachers knew each student’s strengths and weaknesses. My teachers were all extremely helpful in expanding the subject even beyond the classroom walls and motivating us do the best in our exams. MPW Cambridge was very successful in supporting me with my GCSEs. I’ve made lifetime friends and each day at school was a new adventure.
Having achieved A*A*A*A* AAA in his GCSE subjects (English, Maths, Economics, History, Geography, English Literature and Science) Zahan is going to continue with Maths, Economics, History and Politics at Bedford School.
Andrew joined MPW Cambridge as a one-year A level student. He sought to significantly improve his previous sixth-form experience as well as his university entry prospects.
I was expecting MPW to be hard work and to require a lot of my spare time to be dedicated to revision and study. However, my MPW Personal Tutor also encouraged me to start going to bed earlier, something I had never thought would be important in helping me to improve my grades! Having a Personal Tutor to discuss ANYTHING with, from my UCAS application to organising my life in general, really did make life at the college more streamlined and in general less stressful. Similarly, the weekly Timed Assignments got me into the habit of revising early and were the main reason why I started preparing for my summer exams so far in advance.
With overall A level grades of A*AA in English Language & Literature, Law, and Biology, Andrew has now achieved his ambition of reading a degree in Law (LLB) at the University of York.
Over her two years of studying A levels at MPW Cambridge, Julia is in no doubt about the help she received in achieving her goals.
The teachers really helped me overcome any difficulties I came across; they always seemed willing to offer support be it inside or outside of the classroom. I could safely say my teachers inspired me to work hard and aim for the best, sometimes simply by being passionate about what they do. The college environment is also very friendly and I hope I'll be able to keep in contact with many of the lovely people I met!
Julia has secured a place at King's College London to read International Relations, courtesy of her impressive A*AABB grades in A level Portuguese, French, History, Government & Politics and Classical Civilisation.
Akmaral came to MPW as a two-year A level student without having previously studied or lived outside of her own country - Kazakhstan.
International students have many aspects to think about, such as accommodation and guardians, but MPW surprised me by having a highly organised and supportive administration. Also, because most MPW Cambridge students are local, as an ‘international’ student, I found this very useful in both improving my English and in giving me a taste of a genuinely ‘English’ college. Studying in small groups has also made it easier for me to participate in discussions and build my confidence.
Having achieved A level grades of A*A*A* in Economics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, Akmaral is now progressing to read Mathematics and Statistics at University College London.
After completing high school in her native Sweden, Hermine undertook a programme of one-year A levels at MPW in order to further her chosen area of studies in Mathematics at a suitably prestigious university.
Being an international student, I did not know what was required of me in order to achieve this. However, MPW helped me understand the system every step of the way and made a hard and stressful application process manageable. This gave me a chance to focus on my studies instead of spending my time worrying about UCAS and my Personal Statement. In class, MPW allows students who are motivated to work ahead and comes up with new methods and plans to stimulate them, but they are also there when times are tougher. The moment a student seems to be falling behind, the teachers take notice and help them back on their feet. And, due to the small classes and frequent meetings with Personal Tutors, no problems or worries go unnoticed.
Overall grades of A*A*A in A level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics have allowed Hermine to achieve her ambition of reading Mathematics at the top University of Lund in Sweden.
Charlotte came to MPW Cambridge looking to improve on her existing A Level grades in order to fulfil her ambition of reading Veterinary Medicine at university.
My initial expectations of MPW were of a high standard of teaching and personal attention. However, these expectations have been exceeded as the teaching style suited me perfectly and the time and care expended on helping me has been exceptional. In particular, I had not expected the amount of support that I received during the UCAS application process, not only in advice on my personal statement but also with several practice interviews. MPW has given me the best chance possible of achieving my aspiration, for which I will always remain grateful.
With overall grades of AA in A level Chemistry and Psychology, Charlotte will now take up an undergraduate place at the Royal Veterinary College.
Anastasia now admits to having been initially daunted by the challenge she had taken on by transferring her studies from high school in Belarus to two-year A levels at MPW Cambridge.
Honestly, I could not imagine when I joined MPW that, due to language and adaptation barriers, I would achieve top grades in my first A-level exam sittings. This view changed completely after only a few weeks in the college’s supportive and motivational environment; with teachers who aimed at finding a personal touch with each student and with my Personal Tutor who made my adjustment to the UK education system not only an easy step in my life but, more importantly, an enjoyable one. Furthermore, the friendly environment among tutors and students has helped me to combine my academic and social lives.
Anastasia has secured a place to read Economics at University College London by achieving A*A*A* grades in A level Business Studies, Economics and Mathematics.
After having, in her own words, “exceeded my expectations” at GCSE, Grace stayed on to start A levels at her previous school but soon realised that “it was not the right fit for me socially or academically”, leading her to switch to MPW Cambridge early in Year 12.
At MPW, instead, the small classes were perfect for me personally as I was able to get individual attention on topics that I found difficult. And, while the weekly Timed Assignments may have seemed boring at first, once we started to get closer to exams it was easy to see how effective they were in making sure we knew each topic and in relieving the stress when the exams started as we were used to the right procedures. Finally, you are able to develop an effective relationship with your Personal Tutor, who ensures that you stay on track and get the best results possible.
Building on overall grades of ABB in A level Religious Studies, Business Studies and Psychology, Grace will be working with her MPW Personal Tutor on a university application at the start of her gap year.
Despite arriving with a strong academic and mathematical background in particular, Cynthia has found the organisation and working ethos of MPW Cambridge invaluable in getting the most out of her two-year A level studies.
Compared to what I was used to back in China, I believe that in my time at MPW I have above all learnt to think more independently both in my studies and in general. For example, my timetable allows me to have my own time between lessons in which to revise what I have learnt. And the weekly Timed Assignments are very important in motivating me to do this revision. I have also benefitted from the small classes at MPW; and both my teachers and classmates have helped me overcome any problems I have encountered. Above all, my subject teachers and Personal Tutor have been very patient and helpful in supporting my studies and university application.
Having achieved an outstanding set of A level results (A*A*A*A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Economics), Cynthia will now be reading Economics at University College London.
Looking to build on her previous sixth form experience through a programme of one-year A levels at MPW, Flora views her experience at the college as wholly positive.
My MPW experience has been great. I hadn't expected to meet many people as the college was smaller than what I had been used to and I was going to be here for only a year; however, I've now made many life-long friends! My Personal Tutor and teachers were incredible. The small classes meant you get so much individual attention so, if I didn’t understand something, the teachers were always willing to help. The teaching methods were so thorough, helping me gain such great overall knowledge and understanding that I was able to cover subjects such as Business Studies in just one year.
Having secured A level grades of A*A in Geography and Business Studies, Flora will now be reading Management Sciences at Loughborough University.
Charlotte came to MPW Cambridge as a one-year A level student, frustrated that she had not achieved her potential at her first sixth-form experience and secured entry to a top Law degree.
My previous school experience was not good: the teaching was inconsistent, little attention was paid to essay practice and, rather than being supported more, I was made to feel that any underachievement was ‘my fault’. At MPW Cambridge, instead, everyone is incredibly engaged: my subject tutors were very knowledgeable, caring and professional; and the support I got from my Personal Tutor on UCAS was invaluable. But, for me, one of the most important aspects of MPW would be the Timed Assignment which gave me so much essay practice and feedback. By the time I came to sit my exams, I felt very well prepared.
With overall A level grades of A*A*B in English Literature, History and French, Charlotte secured a place at the University of Exeter to read English Literature.
Kate joined MPW Cambridge as a one-year A level student in order to improve on the overall grades she had previously achieved at a top UK public school and to aim at a top engineering university placement.
I would definitely say that I have been able to focus more on my A levels this year. Small classes have definitely helped and I have found that Timed Assignments were excellent exam practice. In addition, I wasn’t expecting such a social environment at MPW! I really think that a change of scene has been one of the biggest helps to my studies. It wasn’t a chore to do A levels at MPW, I have really enjoyed my time here and met some lovely people.
Having achieved A level grades of AAAB in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics, Kate won a place to read Architectural & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath.
Harry joined MPW Cambridge as a one-year A level student and looking to improve on what she felt were disappointing results at her previous school.
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t choose to attend MPW Cambridge! My sister had been here and had such a fantastic experience both educationally and socially that my parents were very keen for me to do likewise. At my previous school, I felt that I wasn’t encouraged to achieve. My confidence whilst I have been studying at MPW has rocketed due to the insight and encouragement provided by the teaching staff here. I left my last school after nine years not feeling any sadness to be moving on; I feel very differently about my year at MPW.
Having acheived overall A level grades of AAA in Chemistry, Fine Art and Mathematics, Harry has been assessing her university options, with MPW’s continued support, as part of a gap year.
Having just completed AS levels, Jazz joined MPW Cambridge for a one year course of A2/A levels, aiming at reading Medicine at university.
I knew that I needed to change tack in my A levels if I was going to get the grades that I’d need to be a medic and I found that MPW Cambridge both gave me the best advice from the start and was flexible in adapting the timetable to my needs. The quality of teaching was brilliant and the fact that we were in such small classes meant that we got so much more personal attention and feedback from each tutor.
With overall A level grades of A*AA achieved in Chemistry, Biology and History, Jazz is now reading Medicine at King's College London.
Georgie came to MPW Cambridge for a series of September to January short unit retake courses, aiming to secure the grades that would help her achieve her goal of becoming a vet.
If I am honest, part of me felt that I had previously done as well as I could in A level terms; what I owe to MPW Cambridge, therefore, is that I came to believe that I could do better there. In all my subjects, my tutors not only taught me in a much more intuitive way, but they also pushed me further whenever I felt I had hit my ceiling. And the level of support was amazing: it went way beyond just simply teaching the subject in the classroom. My History teacher, for example, would set and mark any additional work I did, as well as giving me detailed guidance and notes beyond what he was already giving me in class. At all stages, I felt that I, rather than just the subject, was being taught.
Having secured overall A level grades of A*AA in History (including 100% marks in her two exams), Biology and Chemistry, Georgie realised her dream of reading Veterinary Science, at the University of Liverpool.
Simon joined MPW Cambridge as a two-year A level student after a successful but incomplete high school career in China and was motivated by the dream of reading Engineering at Oxbridge.
I had dreamt about studying at one of the very best of universities in the UK (and the world!) since a young age but I do not really think I had a plan before I came to MPW Cambridge. Of course I have found the academic organisation at MPW very beneficial: because there are few students in a class, you can actually speak with your tutor (this is impossible in China!) and the Timed Assignments give you a short-term revision target. But it would have been impossible in my view for me to get a place at the University of Cambridge without all the guidance and help I have been given at MPW.
Simon is now reading Chemical Engineering (via Natural Sciences) at St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, thanks to overall A level grades of A*A*A*A* in Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.
Rachael joined MPW Cambridge as a one-year A level student. She had already achieved very high A level grades in humanistic subjects at her Belfast based school, but came to MPW for courses better suited to her veterinary ambitions.
Before finishing her previous A levels in History, English Literature, Latin and Russian, Rachael remembers:
I had realised that, much as I enjoyed them, I couldn’t see myself taking any of these subjects to university level. Rather, I have always had a love of animals as well as an attraction towards applied sciences, so I planned towards a Veterinary Science degree with further A levels in Biology and Chemistry in a sixth form setting perhaps better suited to these subjects. This brought me to Cambridge and MPW in particular: this was also important because I perceived the need to be away from home and my previous convent school setting as the first steps towards the independent life I’d lead at university – but that was also a bit scary! I knew I’d need help and this came in the form of the support that MPW provided. I couldn’t have asked for more: great teachers, a helpful Personal Tutor and a far wider range of friends – good friends – than I could have otherwise had.
Rachael went on to read Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol, courtesy of the overall A*A* grades she achieved in one-year A level courses at MPW.
Amy joined MPW Cambridge as a one-year A level student after having radically reassessed her university and professional goals. She had been attending a Foundation course at Leeds College of Arts, but decided to revisit A levels in order in pursue her dream of a career in midwifery.
Having decided to change my career path, I needed to attain A levels in new subjects in order to pursue this. MPW not only provided an intensive year which enabled me to take both the AS and A2 level exams, but were also very flexible in meeting my needs. Above all, I received real support from teachers who were all very enthusiastic as well as knowledgeable in their subjects and from my Personal Tutor who helped me complete my UCAS application and supported me in my studies. I have also made some good friends at MPW – we had a lot of laughs, which is important when doing such a full on course!
With overall A level grades of A*B in Biology and Geography, Amy has now secured her place to read Midwifery at King's College London.
Ed joined MPW Cambridge as a two-year A level student. He had been out of formal education for a number of years and only approached MPW in order to pursue his dream of reading Law at a top UK university.
My experience at MPW Cambridge was a wholly positive one. In comparison to my previous schooling, MPW is streets ahead, especially in terms of the classes which are always small and prevent any student wishing to drift along unnoticed. I was also amazed by the unilateral support I received from every person in the college, from my Personal Tutor, to teachers who never even taught me, to the administrative staff who were all brilliant. Significantly, my attitude to learning was changed and that influenced my enjoyment, but that should not detract from the outstanding education offered by MPW. Critical in this, I would probably highlight the teaching standards which have been uniformly outstanding. I have yet to meet an MPW tutor who is anything but fantastic. My fondest personal memory is of the people I studied with – they were all amazing students and really supportive and encouraging in helping me get back into education.
With A level grades of A*AA achieved in English Literature, History and Law, Ed won a place to read Law at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Nawaf joined MPW Cambridge as a two-year A level student, aiming for a top university placement. He had previously enjoyed a successful academic track record in Saudi Arabia.
MPW was my first A level schooling experience and was also significant in being my first outside my country. What it signified, in my view, was a personalised teaching atmosphere which hadn’t previously been available to me. Small classes, Personal Tutors, personalised and steady assessment, as well as an informal class atmosphere gave me a taste of what to expect in university tutorials. The two irreplaceable factors in my MPW Cambridge experience were Timed Assignments, which tested my learning regularly, and the Personal Tutor system, which aided me most in choosing what I truly wanted to study at university. I will forever cherish the friendships I made at MPW.
Nawaf went on to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Durham University, courtesy of overall AAA grades in A level English Literature, History and Philosophy.
Bianca joined MPW Cambridge as a two year A level student, after a less successful AS-level experience at her previous college.
I had coasted through GCSEs and then seriously underestimated how demanding A level studies would be. My AS-levels at my old college were a wash out. No-one told me what to do, especially when I wasn’t pulling my weight, and that led to me becoming more and more disillusioned with the idea of A levels, let alone university. Nonetheless, with my family’s support, I was not prepared to give up on my dream of a future career in the medical field. MPW Cambridge saved that for me – I know that sounds dramatic but I couldn’t put it any other way! The accountability through Personal Tutors, weekly Timed Assignments and above all the passion of the subject tutors turned things around for me.
Bianca’s excellent A level outcomes of A*A*A* in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics secured her a place to read Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London.
Sid joined MPW Cambridge as a two-year A level student after having started AS-level study in the sixth form of a top UK grammar school.
The main contrast at MPW Cambridge to what I had been used to before was a real focus towards exam results as well as a high level of individual attention not always available in a larger school. It was an opportunity to excel academically without the distractions that I’d had before I joined MPW. The personal and subject tutors knew exactly how to get the best out of my and other students’ abilities. I met a wide variety of people, whilst learning to work and live independently for the first time. I am convinced that these experiences served me well for life as an undergraduate. All in all, I have fond memories of going to a great college in a great location in Cambridge.
Having achieved A level grades of AAA in Economics, History and Mathematics, Sid won a place to read Mathematics with Economics at the University of Sussex.
Sam joined MPW Cambridge as a student for one-year GCSEs followed by two-year A levels.
Sam had already studied in international settings before arriving at MPW Cambridge:
I had even gone to a Mandarin speaking school in China at one point! However, I was probably a bit obsessed with the idea of going to a stereotypical British public school as a boarder and, to be honest, it has taken me until now to fully appreciate that coming to MPW has been for the best. In getting fab GCSE grades and an overall IELTS score of 7.0 in my first year at MPW, I really enjoyed my English classes and they gave me the confidence to feel that I could compete academically with British students as an equal. When it came to A levels, things had worked out so well at MPW that I thought why change? The teaching environment was so good, with the small classes and very expert but also friendly tutors, that I really hoped university tutorials would be just as good!
With overall A*AAA grades in A level Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, Sam went on to read Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol.
Sophia joined MPW Cambridge as a two-year A level student. She had already begun AS-levels elsewhere but redefined her course choices at MPW in line with her ambitious university goals.
The problem was that, after starting these courses at my previous school, I had realised that they would not give me the best possible academic foundation to apply for top university courses. Unfortunately, my previous school was not very flexible about allowing me to change my programme of studies. After having been treated so inflexibly before, I was impressed by how open-mindedly but also seriously MPW engaged in my initial course planning. And it did not end there because my Personal Tutor worked so much with me throughout my two years, not only on my UCAS and Oxbridge applications, but also on ensuring my courses balanced out well.
Sophia’s outstanding A level results (which included A*A*A*AA grades in A level Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Business Studies, Economics and Government and Politics) won her a place to read Economics at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.
Matt joined MPW Cambridge as a one-year A level student, having rethought his university goals.
I had originally aimed at reading Medicine at university, but I came to doubt my prior scientific goals. I realised that History had always been a passion for me. In a small class environment at MPW Cambridge, with other students who really wanted to do well and a fantastic tutor to guide us, I was soon on the way to capitalising on this passion. Achieving an A* grade in History and improving my Biology to an A grade so as to secure my target university course, MPW for me felt like a real pre-university experience, even a test for what was to come – nothing could have stood me in better stead!
Matt won a place to read History at the University of York after securing A level grades of A*A in History and Biology at MPW.
Steve joined MPW Cambridge as a one-year A level student after an unsuccessful AS-level year at his previous school.
I simply didn’t work at my previous school and, to be honest, I didn’t work that hard at GCSE but still got good results. You can’t do that at A level! Having achieved poor AS-level grades at my old school, I transferred to MPW Cambridge looking to turn over a new leaf, although I did so by progressing directly into Year 13. On completing my courses at MPW, I felt that the college really worked for me, with the small classes and the incredible work ethic. All the staff are focused on getting you to the next stage and all the students on the one-year courses want to do well.
After securing A level grades of AAA in History, Physics and Psychology at MPW, Steve proceeded to read Law with Criminology at the University of Manchester.
Jessie joined MPW Cambridge as a two-year A level student, after a successful school career in China, with the dream of reading a degree in Economics at a top UK university.
I had no real idea or in-depth understanding of what Economics was – we had never studied it in China! Fortunately though, from the first moment that I was put in touch with MPW Cambridge, I was provided with detailed but understandable information that could make me surer about my choices; this really helped me make a good start to my A level studies. Once I started at MPW, I still felt challenged by some of the English used in Maths and Physics, although that was even tougher in Economics. Therefore, the support I received in my ESOL lessons at MPW was so important – it not only helped me achieve an IELTS score that would satisfy all my target universities’ entry requirements, but also gave me the skills and confidence to participate more fully in my other, A level subjects as well as in life outside college.
Jessie’s outstanding A level (A*A*A*A in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Economics) and IELTS results won her a place to read Economics at University College London.
Alex joined MPW Cambridge as a one-year GCSE student. On completing his GCSEs successfully, he advanced into our sixth form for two-year A levels.
After getting such good GCSE grades at MPW Cambridge, staying on for two-year A levels was a real no brainer! I hadn’t had anything like a bad experience at my previous school, but neither had I gelled as well with other students and tutors as I did in that first year at MPW. Equally importantly, MPW’s GCSE students were in no way made to feel different from those doing A levels. The positive expectations definitely benefited me at GCSE and made me really look forward to A levels, even if I was not totally sure which direction I wanted to take my studies in. However, my Personal Tutor has been a tremendous help throughout and other staff, including some inspirational teachers, have also helped me find my niche. With continued support from MPW, I am sure that I will land on my feet!
Having achieved A level grades of A*A*A in English Literature, Film Studies and Classical Civilisation, Alex is currently being supported by MPW Cambridge in his application to study Film/TV Studies at university.
Flora joined MPW Cambridge as a two-year A level student after a successful school career in her native China.
Flora’s impressive A level results of A*A*A*A* in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Accounting won her a place to read Mathematics at Imperial College London.
It is easy to say that I had fantastic teachers, a really caring Personal Tutor and that I was so happy to come out with very high grades; however, everyone who helped me at MPW did that because they thought it was their job and they were very passionate about their jobs. While I was pretty sure that I would get onto a great university course, what I never expected to treasure was the memory of living with all these wonderful people and taking away many real friendships. I had previously expected that any social life would damage my academic progress, but I found that these new friends of all nationalities and I helped each other to study better. I could not imagine that happening anywhere other than at MPW.