Parent Comments

(most recent comments from 2016/2017 at the top)

"As a family we are just about coming off cloud nine... I have no idea how W did so well but he and us are totally totally ecstatic! His grades are beyond our wildest dreams! We can't thank you enough for your great teaching but also your pastoral help which really helped him through some of the dark days of his exams. You buoyed him up and it helped him a lot. Moving him to MPW in his final year was a brave act for both him and for us but you helped that transition no end and for that we are eternally grateful!" - Mother of a year 13 transfer student

"You really should be bursting with pride! K has really done well and I am so happy for him. As you know, there were a few periods of inconsistencies with K. But he stepped up when he needed to and he had the absolute support of MPW. You were there to encourage... and to read the riot act and sound the alarm bell when needed. Even though you make it look almost effortless, I am so aware of how much you must put into your work and you really must know that you make the difference in so many lives. You help to set the pace and path for so many young lives. Thank you so much. A massive "thank you" to MPW and the entire staff for leaving no stone unturned in its drive to impact positively in the lives of so many amazing individuals who need all the support, guidance, understanding and excellent academic programme that you offer in a seamless fashion." - Mother of a two-year A level student 

"Thank you to you and the school for all you did for Sam. You agreed to take him on when he was having a very difficult time. He was demotivated and demoralised. He really enjoyed his year at MPW and was supported and encouraged which allowed him to rekindle his interest in learning which had all but gone when he came to you. So a huge and heartfelt thank you for that. I genuinely believe had Sam not gone to MPW and turned things around the way he did then he would have been lost to education at least for the foreseeable future which would have been a great pity as he is a bright boy." - Mother of a one-year A level student

"With regard to Tom's time at MPW I would just like to say that the college made a huge difference in his whole attitude towards learning and achieving. What had previously been a negative experience became a very positive one, he really appreciated being so supported and understood, treated as an adult who was there to be helped in every way possible to achieve their goal. He felt as though he was amongst people who were on his side working together with him. His concerns or weaknesses were always addressed and listened to. John Southworth was the first person we came across at MPW at our interview and right from the outset you felt he had Tom's best interest at heart, he later became Tom's Director of Studies and of course more recently Head of the college. I had the utmost faith in him from the beginning and Tom had enormous respect for his approach to the students including himself. One other member of staff I would like to mention is Erica Stillwell who was there to help Tom with his dyslexia. Tom and I can’t thank her enough for all her tremendous support and encouragement, Tom always spoke so highly of her and greatly appreciated all that she did to help him including apparently being the best scribe he had ever had!" - Mother of a two-year A level student


"I am so proud of G [...] I have to say that both the support she has had from yourself and John has been second to none and this has been a tremendous help for her. I have been so impressed with MPW both academically and pastorally and only wish I had known about MPW when G was making a decision about Sixth Form." - Mother of a one-year A level student

"I just wanted to write to you to say a huge thank you for helping B get into Exeter University. Having discovered that whilst doing very well in two of her A levels last year, Chemistry was a disaster and she was distraught at the thought of not being able to go to University. An old friend had been to MPW many years ago, and we suggested B take a Philosophy A Level at MPW rather than retakes. This required her to live independently in London (we are overseas) which was at times lonely for her, but the staff at MPW were amazing at understanding that not only was she having to rebuild her academic confidence, but they put a great amount of effort in supporting her whilst living alone in a big city at just 18 years old. We shall always be hugely grateful for this. Thank you so very much again for helping B realise her dream!" Mother of a one-year A level student

“MPW is a rare educational establishment for fostering a culture where everyone and anyone is accepted whoever they are regardless of background, nationality, skin colour, gender or any other of the factors that so often lead to prejudice, isolation and bullying. Our daughter is the happiest she has been at any school. And also unlike any other school we have come across, the staff are all extremely responsive to students and their parents and do everything within their power to help. H has yet to take her final exams, but she is making good academic progress so we are confident that she will be successful in achieving the grades she needs for university." - Mother of a two-year A level student

"I have been meaning to write to you for a long time to thank you and thank MPW for all the support you gave our son throughout the last year of his A'Levels. D had no confidence left when he came to you from his previous school and we can't thank you enough for having helped him in such a caring manner to build up again his strengths to achieve all his academic and personal goals. As you know D is now studying at University College Dublin - he loves it there - and he could not have accomplished this without the support from all his teachers and mentors at MPW. MPW is an excellent caring college that caters for individual needs. Your whole approach to successful education is refreshing and inspiring. We recommend you to all our friends!" - Mother of an AS transfer student

"Yours is a fantastic institution and not only are the teaching staff outstanding - so too are the administrators. I will always believe that one of the best things that happened to my son was to attend MPW this last year. It has been a privilege for him to have attended the college." - Father of a one-year A level student

"We are extremely grateful for the fantastic teaching and support N received from MPW during the last year which completely saved her academic career and allowed her to reach her potential. When we met with you last year we were extremely concerned about her future but the last year has transformed her prospects. Please pass on our thanks to your teaching staff without whom she would not have been able to achieve her results. The quality of the teaching faculty and the focused approach in each subject was the difference between success and failure and we were extremely impressed by the college’s approach. It goes without saying that we will strongly recommend you and our only regret is that we did not discover MPW earlier!" Father of a year 12 transfer student 

"As you can imagine, we are absolutely thrilled with S's A level results and so relieved that she has made it to St Andrew’s to read English. We wanted to thank you so much for all your help, kindness and understanding over the last year. S has always said that level of teaching at MPW is exceptional. Please pass on our grateful thanks to all the staff that have helped her." Parents of a one-year A level student

"This is a note to thank you both for supporting H. It has been a really terrific year for him. From this time last year when he felt rather disconsolate and wondering which direction he really wanted to take, I have seen him blossom. He loved coming to MPW. He enjoyed everything about it. With all best wishes to you all for the next consignment of students and many thanks for making this year so full of highly productive and enjoyable learning. He is now full of enthusiasm for Edinburgh, armed with so many varied strings to his bow." Mother of a one-year A level student 

“I cannot find the words to express how very very grateful I am for what you and your staff have done for V this year. Your support, encouragement and guidance have proved absolutely invaluable, and they have given him a confidence and happiness that I have not seen at any time during his academic career.” Mother of a one-year GCSE student

"Thank you so much for everything... Thank you too for supervising K's personal statement all those months ago, and all the support between then and now.  We would wholeheartedly recommend MPW to everyone taking A Levels - far better than boarding school with too many distractions, and K is hugely relieved, big smile on his face all day.  
Please thank the Principal and all the teachers too … much credit to the three of them to take him from CDU to AAA in barely a year - what a feat!!!" Mother of a one-year A level retake student

"I would like to thank you for all your support. It has been such a pleasure to get to know you and you have been so great to H. You gave me such peace of mind. I always felt he was in great hands. I also would like to say a big thank you to his teachers. Without them H would not feel as confident as he is now. His level of confidence and maturity is completely different thanks to you and his wonderful teachers. Thank you so much for believing in him." Mother of a GCSE student

"I am so grateful for your helping P during her exams. She (we) were very nervous about how she would cope on the day. But, when she got home she said that you were right there to help her ... In all sincerity, she was praising you and said she could not have made it through the day without your support. How can her father and I ever thank you enough?" Mother of a two-year A level student

"I just wanted to let you know that this year has been a total success for K at MPW. K did always struggle at school before and never enjoyed the education system to the point that university wasn't an option for her. Now, she absolutely adores going to college, she is confident, working all the time and she wants to go to university. She even said to me a week ago that she didn't want the year to end as she will miss school life. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and the rest of MPW team for making K's year a great one." Mother of a one-year A level student

"We just wanted to let you know how thrilled we are with J's results. They exceeded all our expectations and we can't believe what a difference her year at MPW has made. Thank you for all of your help and support. We would also like to send on our thanks to all of J's Maths teachers. To improve her grade so much in a year is fantastic and she certainly found the MPW method of teaching really suited her. J has also loved her Gap Year experiences, doing her ski season and travelling around SE Asia. It is wonderful that she was able to do these and still achieve such wonderful grades. What a difference a year can make!" Mother of a split-year short retake student

"I wanted to write to you [the Principal], Sarah and all of your colleagues who were instrumental in C's very successful year at MPW. Leaving aside, at least for the moment, the very significant improvement in her academic results ... it was clear to those of us who watched her that she grew as a person while she was at MPW and matured into a sucessful young adult with the confidence to move seamlessly to university... We can honestly say that we've never seen her happier than over her year with you." Father of a one-year A level student

"I wanted to write to personally thank you for supporting M with her studies over the last year. As you may know M was accepted at Kings College London to read English Language and Communications. My wife and I are very proud of her achievement. Whilst M put in genuine effort, your tuition and support was absolutely key. Not only did you provide expert guidance in the subject content but you made lessons enjoyable, fun and hugely interesting. This combination together with the excellent rapport and relationship you built with M, played a significant part in her success. My wife and I are also pleased that M's academic and social confidence improved vastly during her time at MPW. She now has a far greater belief in her own abilities - something that will, no doubt, hold her in good stead as she moves through university." Father of a one-year A level student

"When we came to see you back in September you were confident that you could help S increase her grades in just a term. I was less confident I have to say but so delighted to have been proved wrong! ... More than that though was the change I saw in S over the few months she came to MPW. She was more enthusiastic about her teachers, about how much she was being taught that she had never learned before and importantly, how to tackle revision and exams. Her confidence has soared as well as her ability to cope with the type of learning environment she will encounter at university. All I can say is that if I had known about MPW earlier I would have sent her to you for her whole 6th form!" Parent of a short retake student

"Following disappointing A level results, J was still determined to get into Medical School. We were recommended MPW for the high quality of its teaching and the personal support from staff to give her the best chance to realise her ambitions. Intensive teaching, continuous assessment of the learning and accessible staff have enabled J to get her grades with a new offer for Med School this autumn." Parent of a one-year A level student

"Thank you so very much for helping E with her re-sit A levels. We were all delighted with her A grades and her university offers. You were always incredibly kind to E and very supportive to me when I had concerns. E enjoyed her term at MPW and made lots of new friends. She could not have achieved these great results without your help" Parent of a short retake student

"We wish we had known about MPW sooner. You've made C so welcome and you really know your stuff, particularly C's Director of Studies who has such a depth of wisdom." Parents of a one-year A level student

“I am so delighted to write and to offer my heartfelt thanks to you for all that you did for my daughter when she was admitted to MPW last year. The day we met you at the college were both so devastated and helpless but you so warmly welcomed us and with your encouragement together with the assistance from her teachers she is now going to university in September to read Law after her brilliant results.”  Parents of a one-year A level student

“Last week was one of the happiest weeks my family can remember. As you know, W is going to read Economics at his chosen university and I am sure this is in no small part due to the guidance you and MPW have given him over the past couple of years.”Parents of a two-year A level student

“She really loves it. She can’t believe how friendly all the students are. Yesterday some of them took her down to the Common Room and introduced her to lots of their friends. She has reported back that the students are much more serious about their work and that also the tutors are teaching at much greater depth. She appreciates how helpful the Economics and French tutors are- and really likes them as people.” Parent of a two-year A level student

“We will always be extremely grateful for what you and the rest of the staff at MPW have done for N. More than achieving academically, you gave him back drive and ambition to get more out of life.” Parents of a two-year A level student

“My first impression of how much efficiency, care and individual attention you paid to my daughter’s needs and wishes was confirmed and enhanced throughout the entire year she spent with you. It was not an easy year, going back to school when all her friends were either at university or doing a gap year. She had her ups and downs but her teachers never let her slip. They were firm, encouraging and caring. Most importantly, she came to realise that all teaching is only an offer but that it is HER responsibility to embrace and process what is given to her. It was learning for life!” Parents of a one-year A level student

“J just came to me to say how happy he is at MPW ... that the teachers are great. He is committed to working hard and learning from the study skills seminars. What is also interesting is that so many friends and family members have commented positively on how J seems so happy, comfortable and like his old self. Thank you. To create and work hard at an academic environment where students are happy, settled and thriving as individuals is a huge achievement.” Parents of a GCSE student

“D has enjoyed his time at the college and speaks very highly of the standard of teaching. I am extremely grateful for the support and advice you have given us over the year. Maths is not his strongest subject but even if he doesn’t achieve his goal, he has learned something more valuable at MPW - the study habit and how to take control of his own learning.” Parents of a one-year A level student

“Just a quick note to let you know how happy S is at MPW. He always tells me about the good and interesting meetings with you, the great teaching at MPW and the real support he is getting from the school. I am delighted to see a happy and very engaged boy.” Parents of a GCSE student

“Many thanks for shepherding V through the years at MPW. We are very grateful that his ability to learn has been re-established and curiosity re awakened. That is thanks to the excellent tuition from MPW.” Parents of a two-year A level student

“I would like to thank you for supporting M throughout the year. I am grateful to all at MPW for giving her another chance to achieve her best. Without the inspirational teaching, and almost as important, the belief in her capability which gave her battered confidence a much needed boost, I don’t know where we would be right now. As it is she has a very credible university place secured and the chance of her ‘dream’ university after next week’s results. She leaves MPW a much more confident and well rounded individual than she entered last September and for that, I thank you and all her teachers most profoundly.” Parents of a one-year A level student

“In my experience there is much talk in schools of working with parents and team efforts and so on, but you really do embrace this ideal and you make it straightforward and delightful and always impressively professional – and successful!  You have also managed a remarkable team of talented teachers around her, and we are great fans of each of them.” Parent of a two-year A level student

“So happy with B and the way he is working and achieving good results.  Finally he is doing it for himself and I can’t keep him away from his books now, even at weekends.  MPW has been the best thing to happen for B’s education and he is really responding to you all.” Parent of a two-year A level student

“Obviously we are very pleased with C’s results and above all so is he.  He is a completely different person walking on cloud 9 with his confidence totally restored.  He often mentions how much he is going to miss MPW, how good the teaching was and how much he learnt while he was there.  We are so grateful” Parent of a one-year A level retake student

“A momentous day for me and C as she comes to the end of her secondary education.  Thank you for all your support and encouragement to both me and C over the past two years.  You have gone beyond your responsibilities in supporting C in equipping her with study techniques, career advice and pastoral counselling.  I am very grateful to you, the long hours that you have spent in keeping C on track and the time you have spent with me to ensure that we are aligned in our approach.  It has been a pleasure.” Parent of a two-year A level student