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Welcome to Mander Portman Woodward (MPW), one of the UK’s leading names in fifth and sixth-form education.

Founded in 1973, our three colleges are strategically located in close proximity to leading universities in London, Birmingham and Cambridge. We offer a distinctive alternative to traditional schools, with an approach defined by an outstanding level of individual support. Our classes are taught in small, Oxbridge-style groups, with a maximum of nine students in A level classes.

We place a strong focus on exam preparation and extensive support throughout the university application process. You can choose from a broad curriculum with A levels offered in over 40 subjects, GCSEs and prestigious university foundation programmes, including our new UAL endorsed Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Consistently outstanding results mean that our students progress to some of the best universities in the UK – over the past three years, two-thirds of UK university placements were at Russell Group, University of London or specialist universities.

A diverse, friendly community, with a majority of British students, provides an ideal learning environment for you to establish the vital language and cultural skills needed to succeed at university and beyond. Outside of the classroom, we offer a range of desirable accommodation options, including full boarding in London at the newly refurbished Queen’s Gate House.


Why join MPW Colleges?

Small Class Sizes One-One Attention Examination Practice Enrichment Programme 


MPW offers numerous learning opportunities. Our courses range from GCSE, A level to the International Foundation Programme. Many students also come to us to help improve their grades with our One-to-One tuition, Retakes and Easter revision courses.

Classroom facilities are designed to make the most of our teaching model of fewer than 10 students per group – seminar configurations and tutor presentations via whiteboard, interactive whiteboard or group discussion.

Each of our colleges has a student common room or internet cafe providing a more relaxed environment for both study and leisure and is equipped with computers for student use.

Student life

Our students enjoy a range of extra-curricular activities enabling them to develop their intellectual, sporting and cultural interests. Getting involved in a college related activity is a great way to make friends, develop and demonstrate your skills and interests and help you stand out from the crowd when you apply to university.

"I first came to Cambridge with no friends and acquaintances, but the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of MPW immediately made me feel at home. Over the two years of my studies, I received tremendous support and care from both my teachers and my classmates."


Grades achieved at MPW: A*A*A*A* Progressed to: UCL (Economics)

"My one-year A level course at MPW was fruitful to say the least. The college did a remarkable job of creating an enjoyable yet intense and culturally diverse learning environment. Diminutive class sizes accompanied by field-leading tutors allowed for a more student-focused academic milieu. For me personally, it made the development of everlasting personal and professional relationships seem almost effortless. I was able to meet and acquire knowledge from individuals that stem from different walks of life, which I believe massively augmented my skillset and overall versatility. "


Grades achieved at MPW: A*A*A* Progressed to: Warwick University (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)

"My teachers and Personal Tutor were an immense support and rapidly diminished my feelings of doubt. They didn’t set boundaries as to how much I was likely to achieve, believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself and, as a result helped me achieve my full potential"


Grades achieved at MPW: A*A* (Improved from grades CC) Progressed to: Durham University (Psychology)

"With the help of friendly, supportive and professional staff in MPW, I enhanced my academic skills and got offers from the most prestigious universities. I want to thank my Personal Tutor, an incredible person who helped me throughout my journey.” Ulan achieved A*A*A in Economics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. He is now reading Accounting and Finance at Warwick University."


Grades achieved at MPW: A*A*A* Progressed to: Warwick University (Accounting & Finance)

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