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Art History Trip: Florence

The spring trip to Florence, the cradle of the renaissance, is always eagerly anticipated and this year was no exception. Once the mocks were finished we were all ready to see what we have been studying in situ.

MPW tutor features in History documentary

In January 2014, I was approached by a film-maker who was working on a documentary on Anglo-Russian rivalry in Central Asia during the 19th Century, otherwise known as ‘the Great Game’. He wanted as a ‘talking head’ a British historian who could speak on the subject.

Dinosaur or Phoenix? Is the gap year becoming extinct or rising from the ashes?

Around 230,000 young adults will take time out this year. James Barton, Director of Recruitment at MPW London, explores the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.

Introducing our new College Counsellor

MPW has introduced a new Counselling Service this Spring Term. Our new College Counsellor is Jemima Marriott. Click here to read her summary of the service.

GCSE trip to the Roman Baths

In December, the History department took the IGCSE and the Year 10 History classes on a trip to Bath to see the Roman bath complex and the museum. The students particularly enjoyed talking to the characters who were in costume. These were based on real people who lived and worked at Aquae Sulis 2000 years ago and whose lives were reconstructed from the evidence found at the site. The evidence reveals a diverse and multi-cultural society with people from all over the empire.

MPW tutor wins exciting research opportunity!

As well as teaching A2 Geology at MPW, our tutor Martin Suttle is working towards a PhD in planetary science at Imperial College London. Martin was recently given the fantastic opportunity to use specialist facilities at a lab in Germany to analyse his data.

High-Profile Campaign Saves Art History

In mid-October, we reported that AQA (the only exam board to offer Art History) would not be reforming the qualification, effectively meaning that by 2018 it would be extinct. Following a passionate campaign by outraged members of the art world, the government reneged on its decision and confirmed that it will remain available to students.

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

Over the half term in October, we embarked on a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in the South Downs. There were four girls taking part in this trip. Initially, we were driven to the top of one of the hills and asked to find our campsite, carrying our large rucksacks all the way. Luckily, we were accompanied by one of the senior assessors, Richard. When we were climbing up hills, the wind was getting wild and it was difficult for us to climb. We made it finally, and stood on the top to enjoy the lush view (we couldn’t help taking pictures).

A level Art History does not make the cut in the new reform

AQA, the only exam board in the UK to offer History of Art A level, announced in October 2016 that they would not be reforming the qualification. In effect this meant that by 2018, when the full phase of the reform is complete, students would no longer have the option to study Art History before undergraduate level.

Writing a personal statement | The five-paragraph principle

James Barton, Director of Admissions at MPW London gives some advice on writing a memorable personal statement using the five-paragraph principle.

Media Coverage

Daz Hale interviews MPW students live on the radio on A level results day

Source: Radio BBC WM    16th August 2018

MPW college celebrates bumper year of A level results - including record offers to study Medicine

Source: Birmingham Mail    16th August 2018

Exam Crunch: Easter Revision courses have never been so popular

Source: Essential Surrey    24th March 2017

New exams boost demand for 2017 Easter Revision

Source: CIFE, the Sixth-form Experts   26th February 2017

Making The Grade

Source: School Report     Spring Term 2017

Retakes: Cram in an extra exam or two

Source: The Sunday Times    21st August 2016

Easter Revision Courses for Surrey and London

Source: Essential Surrey    28th January 2016

From D to delight

Source: The Sunday Times     16th August 2015

Time for a new vision of revision?

Source: The Telegraph      24th January 2015

It pays to be top of the swots

Source: The Sunday Times      9th March 2014

Kick start the revision process: Easter A-level courses aren't just for pupils with poor grades

Source: Independent      7th March 2012

Could Easter revision courses give A-level results a boost?

Source: Independent      22nd October 2011

Top 10 ways to revise this Easter

Source: Independent      10th March 2009