MPW Cambridge

Leading independent fifth- and sixth-form college offering a wide range of A Level & GCSE subjects in a friendly, successful and thriving environment in the heart of Cambridge. The goal at MPW is to equip students with the academic and personal skills they need to advance to the next stage of their education.

C Principal (Markus)


from Markus Bernhardt, Principal

Welcome to our successful, unique and thriving community.

As one of the UK's leading independent sixth form colleges, we pride ourselves on a positive environment, inspirational staff and small class sizes - an environment where students are supported and motivated, and enjoy working hard.

We provide bespoke academic programmes, tailored to each student’s individual goals and circumstances, covering a wide range of GCSE and A level options.

At GCSE, we have students with us for both Years 10 and 11, whilst others come just for Year 11, either to complete GCSEs or repeat them. Similarly, we have students studying A levels conventionally over two years or intensively over one year. The one-year course is ideal for students who transfer to MPW at the end of lower sixth or want to reinvent themselves by studying new subjects after successfully completing two years elsewhere. 

We also have a short course for those retaking, and it is even possible to combine courses of different durations. With 30 subjects to choose from at A level and 19 at GCSE, and no restrictions on combinations, making the impossible possible is indeed central to curriculum delivery here.

A degree of informality outside the classroom is balanced by an intensive teaching approach within the classroom. There is no school uniform and everyone addresses each other on first name terms. However, students must embrace being taught intensively and rigorously in small classes and tested regularly. We guarantee no more than 9 students per class, and throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms weekly tests under exam conditions and across all subjects feature in the timetables of A level students. As a non-selective college, we employ highly qualified teachers and specialist support staff to stretch and challenge the most able, as well as to support and nurture where necessary. Every teacher at the college shares the common objective of helping our students to succeed and, when necessary, going the extra mile to do so. In addition, many of our teachers are examiners or write textbooks for the subjects that they teach, providing our students with a real insight into what the examination boards are looking for.

Each of our students has a Personal Tutor. Personal Tutors guide, support and motivate the students they are responsible for. This involves monitoring a student’s academic progress and general wellbeing throughout their studies at the college, tracking weekly test, mock exam and public exam results, liaising with subject tutors and maintaining an open and constructive dialogue with parents and guardians.

Personal Tutors are also instrumental in helping their tutees apply for the next stage of their education, be this GCSE students applying for sixth form places at MPW or elsewhere, or A level students applying for university.  Our team has considerable knowledge and experience of assisting students to apply for a range of degree courses, both in the UK and abroad.

The goal at MPW is to equip students with the academic and personal skills they need to advance to the next stage of their education. Indeed, we are immensely proud of the results that our tried and tested systems produce. The Results & Destinations pages on this website show that the most commonly achieved grade at A level is Grade A*/A and at least 70% of all A level exams result in Grades A*-B. These statistics are impressive by anyone’s standards and they enable students to progress to top-ranking universities and competitive degree courses. Our GCSE results are also impressive, with students consistently outperforming the national average Grade A*-C pass rate by a wide margin.

MPW Cambridge is a wonderful and dedicated community, a college where we are proud and passionate about what we do. While this welcome can merely offer you a small glimpse of life here, we would look forward to you getting in touch and to learn more about the opportunities we can provide.


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