4th October 2019 - Education

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Why it pays to invest in education FOR the best prospects in life for your children it pays to invest – and parents need to do their homework if looking to independent schools. Once the primary aim was purely academic excellence with a path to the Oxbridge universities, albeit often with a solid grounding in sports too – just think of the Boat Race. But the route has broad- ened considerably with spe- cialist teaching staff in a wide variety of subjects and a di- verse and inspiring range of activities and trips to nurture self-confidence, aspiration and help develop each child’s personality. The road begins with pre- and prep schools and conti- nuity through to GCSE with options of day and boarding education. The key areas to look for are Science, Technology, Engineer- ing and Mathematics (STEM), arts, sport and life skills and to see how the schools compare for results and awards. School trips take on a whole newmeaning with internation- al links that can bring expedi- tions as well as volunteer pro- jects at home and abroad that develop community involve- ment for a confidence-boost- ing rounded personal devel- opment. To check out the independ- ent schools’ official ratings, the government-approved Inde- pendent Schools Inspectorate (www.isi.net) is monitored by Ofsted on behalf of the De- partment for Education. Your child might be gifted with a particular talent, such as in music, drama, craft or sport, that can be developed and honed to world class distinc- tion – just look at local schools’ alumni such as Matt Aldridge who became a rowing world championship medallist. Looking further afield, it was a passion for arts and crafts developed at an independent school that saw Queen’s neph- ew David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, former- ly titled Viscount Linley as Princess Margaret’s son and known professionally as Da- vid Linley, become a world-re- nowned furniture maker and chairman of auction house Christie’s UK. But you don’t need to be a royal to carve out a first class future, and, if funding is an issue, students in higher ed- ucation can apply for money directly from their university or college in the form of bursa- ries, scholarships and awards on top of any other student fi- nance. Unlike university loans you don’t have to pay this money back. Each university or college has their own rules about bursaries, scholarships and awards, for example who qualifies, how much you can get and how to apply. Bursaries are like grants and don’t have to be paid back. You get your bursary directly from your university or college. For details see www.gov.uk/extra- money-pay-university

Ballard School INVESTING IN EDUCATION

A t Ballard we invest in our pupils, providing a ‘holistic curriculum’ for them. As an independent school we are in- credibly lucky to have the time to get to know each child. From the beginning of their Ballard journey we seek out each child’s spark, and help them shine. Judged ‘excellent & outstanding’ (ISI & OFSTED), we have an inspirational teaching staff who ‘go the extra mile’(parent), all within our first-class facilities. Opportunities for pupils at Bal- lard are exceptional. By offering a diverse array of over 120 weekly activities we really do engender our children’s curiosity. Wheth- er it’s: solving fiendish puzzles or saving the planet; Celtic Harps or mixed rugby-training - every day inspires. “We have rarely encountered as well regarded a co-curricular offer- ing.” (Independent Research) Ballard’s focus on critical think- ing realises the potential of each child from an early age. Dance, Forest School, Languages, Music and Sports specialists all add to the excitement of our Early Years. From Year 3 we provide specialist arts, DT, IT and Science teachers too. By Year 6 our pupils are taught

Senaca Learning uses smart learning algorithms to help pupils remember topics more effectively. Our weekly Drop Everything & Read sessions, combined with our Reading Cloud and Accelerated Reader software have propelled our pupils further into the wonder- ful world of books. “With your help and encourage- ment, he is now keen to read, he even read the whole Horrid Henry book last night and is excited to read more! This is a huge turning point for him as he was very hesi- tant about attempting to read any books, so thank you!” (Year 4 Parent) “I like how it is really easy to ac- cess and how it is nice to read the books but also recap and learn through the quiz.” “It think it’s a great thing because it makes me want to read more quickly so I can grow my flower higher”. (Year 4 pupils)

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”

W.B.Yeats

by specialists throughout. At Ballard we invest in and em- brace innovative initiatives and programmes, helping us become the Independent Day School of choice in the local area. These in- clude: • Thinking Hard - encouraging pupils to get involved, listen and debate. • Votes For School – encourag- ing debate and broadening our pupils mindset, pushing them to challenge themselves and each other on a current affairs topic each week. • Future-Basing - a structured way of thinking that makes it easier for pupils to define their goals by a specific deadline and helps them make it happen.

“Ballard has transformed my children all in all it’s been brilliant. We have had great value from the school” (Parent)

We are currently inviting exceptional pupils toapply for scholarships into Year 3 and Year 7 for September 2020. To find out more please email registrar@ballardschool.co.uk or call 01425 626900.

Arnewood School Sixth Form

H ere at The Arnewood Sixth Form we will guide you through a rich and varied curriculum that offers outstanding outcomes for students of all abilities.

The Sixth Form has a strong sense of community and spirit, making it a great place to study. We pride ourselves on our strong pastoral support and this knowledge of each and every student underpins one of the most exciting times of their ed- ucation. The Sixth Form allows students to study in a support- ive environment where success is an integral part of our culture. The Sixth Form provides be- spoke careers guidance, as we know students can follow path- ways into higher education, ap- prenticeships or employment with training following their sixth form studies. One to one men- toring, an employability project, life skills and a tutorial package form some of the ways that we support you on the journey. With over 90% of students going to their first choice university in The Arnewood Sixth Forn OPEN EVENING Tuesday 15th October 6.30pm - 8.30pm

2019, we have a proven track record of students progressing onto higher education. Our Sixth Form students are hardworking, but they also have fun. They will make friends that can last a lifetime and will be en- couraged to fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions. If you would like to find out more about The Arnewood School Sixth Form, we have an Open Evening, on Tuesday 15th Octo- ber from 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Along- side this, there is an opportunity for students that do not current- ly study at The Arnewood School to experience a Taster Day on Wednesday 20th November; you can book a place on our school website. Arnewood stu- dents will have their taster day later in the year on Wednesday 4th December.

“Excellent & Outstanding” (ISI & OFSTED)

OVER 90% OF STUDENTS GOING TO THEIR FIRST CHOICE UNIVERSITY

SIXTH FORM RATED AS ‘OUTSTANDING’

Ballard School Ltd exists for the education of children. Registered Charity No. 307328 01425 626900 ballardschool.co.uk Fernhill Lane, NewMilton BH25 5SU “You are not just a number...” (Parent) Award-Winning Co-Educational Day School for ages 2-16, serving Hampshire & Dorset Inviting applications from exceptional pupils for our Scholarship Programme into Year 3 & 7

‘THE QUALITY OF TEACHING IS EXCELLENT’ - OFSTED 2018

Gore Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6RS T: 01425 625408 E: enquiries@arnewood.hants.sch.uk www.arnewood.hants.sch.uk/sixth-form

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