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My Personal Tutor, Frankie Frangeskou, was a pleasure to meet. It was apparent from the first call that I was in the hands of a professional. Frankie is my go-to. He has helped me tremendously with my UCAS application, giving his expertise and helping with every aspect of my personal statement. The once-a-week tutorial sessions with Frankie cover the entire spectrum of my needs: my wellbeing, my college progress and my university application. I am never on my own.
As one of the UK’s leading independent fifth and sixth-form colleges, we pride ourselves on having created an environment where students enjoy working hard. This year, our environment has taken on a different form. Student and staff safety is always a priority and government guidelines have been adhered to rigorously as an absolute minimum with one-way systems and social distancing in place to name but two measures. However, teaching and learning remain of utmost importance. We have seamlessly adapted to the demands of today’s world of education with face-to-face, online and blended classes. This ensures that those students who are yet unable to be with us here in Cambridge receive the highest standard of teaching and learning virtually, but alongside their peers in the physical classroom.
James – one of our lower sixth students – has continued to show dedication to his voluntary work, and to the embodiment of the MPW spirit, by building strong links in the community, sharing knowledge and empowering others.
Applying for Veterinary Medicine can be a very daunting and stressful period and now, as I apply at the age of 23, I wish I had received more guidance as a teenager at school. After completing a Zoology degree, I decided that I would return to my ambition of studying Veterinary Medicine, which for many universities required me to have an A level in Chemistry. I therefore enrolled at MPW on their one-year Chemistry course and, although I was nervous at first, the staff quickly put my worries to rest. Thanks to the great teaching of Michael, not only am I succeeding in Chemistry, but I am also enjoying the classes. I find the weekly Timed Assignments (weekly examinations) really helpful for revising topics and consolidating my knowledge.
As students at MPW, we are encouraged to independently research our own enrichment activities, building upon subject specific knowledge as well as life skills such as communication and time management skills, essential for life at university. I was very excited when I sourced and applied to participate in The Young Doctor Programme at UCL. There were a series of fascinating lectures and activities focusing on scenarios that doctors might face, applying to Medical School and even how virtual reality is being used to train aspiring medics.
I was lucky enough to be selected to speak at the largest ever Cambridge Schools Conference in Bali, Indonesia, to talk about what makes good learning, how teachers can get the best from their students through meaningful feedback and how teachers can use and improve on the impact that feedback has on further assessments. The conference was attended by 435 delegates, from 271 different schools, with over 37 different countries represented. It was AMAZING!