London - GCSE & IGCSE Courses
Here you can read about taking your GCSEs at MPW London. You can also see which subjects we currently offer at GCSE or IGCSE.
GCSE course structure
We run full-time courses over two years for students joining in Year 10 or over one year for students transferring to us at Year 11. Students come to MPW for GCSE courses primarily because of our average of six students per class and absolute guarantee of fewer than 10. There can be other reasons too, e.g. that we are co-ed, that we don’t have school uniform etc, but it’s when pupils really need the extra personal attention that they can get in our small classes and via our outstanding pastoral support system that we can offer the most help.
As a GCSE pupil at MPW, you’ll feel that we’re less like a school than your old school, but you won’t have as much freedom as our A level students. For example, if you’re under 16 at the beginning of the school year, we provide a much closer level of supervision in between lessons and you will have timetabled library sessions during which you can complete some of your homework. There is compulsory and one optional Sport session per week and a compulsory study skills and PSHE programme.
Director of Studies
At GCSE the relationship between the student and the Director of Studies is a particularly important one. Students need access to someone with a detailed overview of their strengths and weaknesses and the demands placed upon them by their various subjects. Meetings take place fortnightly and every second meeting is followed up with a brief report to parents. A GCSE parents’ evening is held each January. In general, the Director of Studies is the main point of contact for parents and is always available to discuss any concerns.
We believe in providing you with a range of subjects that is broad. You can’t avoid all the subjects that you don’t like in the same way that the A level students can. You’re going to find that Maths, English, some Science, some Art/Music/Drama, a language, some IT and a Humanities subject are compulsory. Within that constraint, we’re as flexible as we can be in fitting in with your particular likes and strengths. If you’re over 16, we have much more flexibility.