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St Joseph’s College

Craigs Road Dumfries DG1 4UU

“At St Joseph’s College, learning is about much more than simply imparting knowledge. We believe that it’s vital to provide individual support for every student.”

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Qualifying Round: Scotland East 2015/16

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Ursuline High School

Crescent Road London SW20 8HA

“Ursuline High School, Wimbledon is a voluntary-aided, comprehensive high school for Roman Catholic girls from 11-18. Under the Trusteeship of the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. The school has moved through several phases during its history, from a small private school, to a grammar school and on to become the successful comprehensive school it is today.  Ursuline High School, Wimbledon was founded from Forest Gate in 1892 when four nuns came to establish a tiny school in a private house in Worple Road. In the beginning there were three pupils, now there are 1360.”

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Qualifying Round: Merton 2015/16

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The Marlborough CofE School

Shipton Road Woodstock Oxfordshire OX20 1LP

“The Marlborough C of E School is a mixed comprehensive for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. Our school has strong links with our local community and, as a Church of England school, we are involved with local churches and other faith groups. As a specialist school in Business and Enterprise, and Humanities, we have developed links with local businesses, industry and universities which create a wide range of extra opportunities for our students and the community.”

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Bluecoat Academy

Aspley Lane Aspley Nottingham NG8 5GY

“Our mission is to help children to understand and believe in themselves, respect and care for others and to develop a wide understanding of faith, the world around them and their place within it.”

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Connell Sixth Form College

301 Alan Turing Way Manchester M11 3BS

“Connell is an integral member of the Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET), a partnership of North West schools committed to raising aspirations and driving up standards through a diverse education. As a BFET member, our college aims to create an environment where students can flourish as they progress through education into adulthood.”

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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Centre Square Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ

“mima has positioned itself nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for exhibiting and collecting modern and contemporary art, garnering national and international acclaim and putting Middlesbrough on the map. mima has had nearly 1 million visits since it opened on January 27, 2007. This includes over 50,000 people who have engaged in educational events. Exhibitions have combined major shows by acclaimed artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Edmund de Waal, Anish Kapoor and David Lynch along with group and themed shows.”

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The Lighthouse

11 Mitchell Lane Glasgow G1 3NU

“The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off the Style Mile. The Lighthouse acts as a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland and promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events. Formerly housing The Glasgow Herald, The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is the perfect place to begin a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow.”

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Tony Koutsoumbos set up Debating London in 2009 because he believes a great debate means not just hearing both sides of the argument, but both sides of the argument hearing each other. Debating London is also a hub for gifted speakers who want to give back to the community. Our debate trainers run workshops for inner-city Academies in London and last year five of us traveled to Rwanda to work with an advocacy charity named iDebate Rwanda.

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation

1st Floor Artillery House 11-19 Artillery Row London 020 7340 0550 SW1P 1RT

“The CIOT is the leading body in the UK for taxation professionals dealing with all aspects of taxation. Our primary purpose is to promote education in taxation. One of our key aims is to achieve a more efficient and less complex tax system for all. Our comments and recommendations on tax issues are made solely in order to achieve this aim; we are an entirely apolitical organisation.”

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“We provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.”

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Speakers’ Corner Trust promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship as a means of stimulating civil society in the UK and supporting its development in emerging democracies.

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The British Science Association believes that scientific issues that affect us all, like the Ebola outbreak and antibiotic resistance, should be debated by everyone, not just scientists. As part of British Science Week 2015, we held and supported a range of debates on key policy issues across the UK, with local journalists, policy makers, academics and key opinion-formers.

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All Saints Roman Catholic School

Mill Mount York YO24 1BJ

“All Saints is a Catholic School guided by the teachings, traditions, spirituality and sacraments of the Catholic Church and committed to Christian Gospel values. We look to Christ for leadership and inspiration and our school community is characterised by his example of love and service.”

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Qualifying Round: North Yorkshire 2015/16

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Framwellgate School

Newton Drive Durham Co. Durham DH1 5BQ

“Every day,  Framwellgate School Durham’s goal of ‘turning potential into performance’ means that students are given opportunities to explore their interests, extend their understanding and demonstrate their talents. By doing so, they learn to value education and develop important life skills. As individuals, we expect students to appreciate that learning takes commitment and self-discipline. As members of the school we expect them to respect others and make positive contributions to their community.”

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Clevedon School

Valley Road Clevedon Somerset

“We are a co-educational, 11-18 vertically integrated comprehensive school and we offer an aspirational learning environment in the Swiss Valley of Clevedon. Indeed, our high aspirations are evidenced in the national recognition we have been awarded for the most improved exam results between 2007 and 2010. Clevedon School puts students at the centre of everything we do. This is a school that embraces all our students have to offer and provides them with the opportunities and responsibility to drive school improvement forward.”

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Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School

Sandon Road Grantham Lincolnshire NG31 9AU

“At Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School, we pride ourselves not only on our results but on the rounded and accomplished young women who graduate each year. We have a consistent record of academic excellence at the highest levels achieved in an environment that encourages our pupils to grow and mature into capable, confident adults.”

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The Community College Whitstable

Bellevue Road Whitstable Kent CT5 1PX

“The Community College Whitstable prides itself on its Strive for Excellence drive in all aspects of College life.  Students are adamant that they are safe and well cared for at College and enjoy their learning in a highly stimulating and exciting environment.  Highly skilled, motivated and well rewarded staff strive to ensure they are up to date with educational practice and prepare active and engaging learning opportunities for all students.  Parental support and involvement in their children’s learning is ever increasing and is exceptional in many families.  Governors continue to play a pivotal role in the College’s strategic direction and monitoring of all aspects of College life.  We are a learning community where everyone matters and feels valued.”

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Bishop Stopford School

Headlands Kettering Northamptonshire NN15 6BJ

“Bishop Stopford School is a forward thinking and high achieving learning community, with strong roots and long-standing traditions. We seek to provide an outstanding education and encourage all - no matter what their starting points - to achieve as highly as they can. In August 2011, we converted to Academy status and we are excited to capitalise on the freedoms which this status brings.”

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Bay House School & Sixth Form

Gomer Lane Alverstoke Gosport Hampshire PO12 2QP

“Bay House School has a rich history, which can be traced back to 1838! Alexander Baring, who later became Lord Ashburton, built the house that now forms part of the school as his summer residence. The architect of the house also designed the arch on Constitutional Hill. In 1870, a naval college was established at Bay House, which became known as Ashburton House. Prince Alfred Ernest, Duke of Edinburgh, who was Queen Victoria’s second son, attended the academy. He stayed at Alverbank House while he was studying there. In 1892, Col. Francis Sloane-Stanley, a close friend of the Prince of Wales - who was later to become King Edward VII - took over the house. In 1943 the house was sold to Gosport Borough Council, and the 17 acres of parkland were donated to the people of the borough. This marked an important period in the house’s history, as it was a base for the Royal Engineers during the war. Following the war, the house became Gosport County Grammar School. The school was renamed Bay House School in 1972. It has developed significantly since this time, including introducing a Sixth Form to the Gosport area. We are incredibly proud of the school’s history and the progress that it has made over recent years.”

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Hymers College

Hymers Avenue Hull HU3 1LW

“In the Senior School, we place emphasis on independence and social responsibility, encouraging self-motivation and self-confidence. Specialist staff provide careers education and individual advice throughout the senior years. All members of Year 11 take part in work experience after taking their GCSEs. Through interviews with our own careers staff and visiting advisers from the Careers service, pupils are encouraged to think about their future. An important annual event is the Careers Convention at which senior representatives from the professions, commerce and the Services are present. In addition the school holds mock interview evenings with the help of senior local business people which provides pupils with valuable interview experience.”

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Spalding High School

Stonegate Spalding Lincolnshire PE11 2PJ

“The sense of community is strong at the High School; you will notice that the School has a special “feel” as soon as you walk through the door.  We are a forward thinking and progressive school with an outward looking curriculum and a rich and diverse extra-curricular programme.  Our commitment to developing the whole person prepares students well for the challenges and opportunities that they will face in the rapidly changing world in which they live. We value tradition and traditional values but not for the sake of it.”

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Abbotsfield School for Boys

Clifton Gardens Hillingdon Middlesex UB10 0EX

“he school offers a supportive but disciplined atmosphere and ensures that every boy develops to his full potential. The wide and varying curriculum we offer helps pupils of all abilities, cultures and backgrounds to taste success and achievement. Our sixth form offers a broad curriculum, high standards of achievement and a wide range of enrichment activities.”

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Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Heath Road Bebington Merseyside CH63 3AF

“We have been a Grammar School educating girls aged 11-19 since 1931 and now have just over 1,000 pupils, 300 of them in the sixth form. In August 2011 we became an Academy. Our most recent OFSTED report (January 2008) judged us to be an outstanding school in all areas.”

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Thomas Aveling School

Arethusa Road Rochester Kent ME1 2UW

“he Thomas Aveling School is an 11-19 co-educational non-selective secondary school, serving our community in Rochester. The school is a converter academy (having gained this status in September 2011) previously being a Technology College and Training School. For us, a truly successful education means being the very best that you can be and we are proud of every pupil’s achievements and progress throughout their school years.”

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The Nobel School

Mobbsbury Way Stevenage Hertfordshire SG2 0HS

“At Nobel we care about everyone in our community and believe that by emphasising the importance of good behaviour and attendance and through high quality teaching and learning, we can all achieve to the very best of our ability. Whether in the classroom, through enrichment activities or in preparing future citizens, we will work tirelessly to ensure that every student is supported and stretched to reach their full potential.  In short, we believe in ‘Excellence in Everything’”

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The Swaminarayan School

260 Brentfield Road London NW10 8HE

“The Swaminarayan School continues to inspire pupils to rise above the mediocre and realise the great potential that is inherent in every pupil we accept into the school. We believe in children who score 100%. But we also believe that those who score 53% can succeed in life. We believe in parents who worry; also in teachers who prepare till midnight. We believe in excellence in everything, but not that excellence alone is everything. We believe in going beyond. We believe in miracles, and that education can make them happen.”

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Kingsthorpe College

Boughton Green Road Northampton Northamptonshire NN2 7HR

“Staff choose to work at Kingsthorpe College because we share the same dream; we want to make a difference to all our students and their families. Our main focus is on each child and creating magic moments for them, but we also want to get to know our community and our parents as everyone, regardless of their age, needs to be made to feel special and important. When you can make people feel better about themselves it has a ripple effect. If people don’t feel it is possible to do better, we will not make a difference however hard we try. Our young people and their families believe that learning is relevant to them and has something worthwhile to offer. They feel in control of their lives, confident in themselves, their community and their future.”

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Coopers School

Hawkwood Lane Chislehurst Kent BR7 5PS

“Coopers is a warm, welcoming and friendly School where all students are happy learners. Your child is the most important person to you and to our School. My mission as Principal is to take Coopers from being a good to an outstanding school. We are very proud of our latest Ofsted Report which shows that we can achieve this. When the School was last inspected in January 2014, the inspectors said that ‘Coopers is a well led school within which a well-planned curriculum and good teaching lead to very high standards and very good examination results, in the top 20% of the country.’”

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University College School

Frognal Hampstead London NW3 6XH

“The School’s commitment to fostering independence of mind, together with our long-standing belief in tolerance and respect for the individual, combine with high-quality academic teaching and excellent specialist facilities to produce a Sixth Form education that is stimulating, enjoyable, and successful.”

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Benton Park School

Harrogate Road Rawdon Leeds LS19 6LX Tel:

“We have high standards and expectations of our students and good behaviour makes a positive contribution to learning. Alongside this we have a highly qualified team of teaching and support staff that are continuously working to improve the experience for our students. At Benton Park School our students are our greatest asset. The schools efforts are focused on providing the very best opportunities for their all round development. We both feel extremely privileged to be leading the school and look forward to working with all students and parents to ensure even greater success in the future.”

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Hornsea School & Language College

Eastgate Hornsea HU18 1DW

“At Hornsea School & Language College we are committed to providing the highest possible standard of education for all students of all abilities. We are actively working to broaden horizons and promote a caring and challenging learning culture to foster a genuine love for learning. We have a very talented team of staff who, at all times, constantly strive to ensure that children realise their full potential. We value parental involvement and encourage you to contact us at any time to discuss any concerns or to celebrate success.”

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St. Peter’s RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Stroud Road Gloucester GL4 0DD

“Our mission is to provide a rigorous and broad education within the context of a Christian environment. An understanding of the Roman Catholic faith, in line with the Gospel message, underpins the whole work of the school.”

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Qualifying Round: Cheltenham 2015/16

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Wolfreton School & Sixth Form College

South Ella Way Kirk Ella East Yorkshire HU10 7LU

“We value high standards and aspirations and we aim to support students in achieving their best in academic, sporting, linguistic and artistic interests. We are proud that the majority of our students leave our Sixth Form to continue their education at a university of their choice.”

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Redland High School for Girls

Redland Court Bristol BS6 7EF Avon

“Founded in 1882, Redland High School has been providing exceptional education for girls for over 130 years, and continues to be one of the top independent girls’ schools in the South West. The School is housed in an imposing 18th century Queen Anne mansion in Bristol but behind this historic facade the outstanding achievement is supported with all the modern facilities one would expect in a school dedicated to educating girls for tomorrow’s world.”

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Cronton Sixth Form College

Cronton Lane Widnes Cheshire WA8 5WA

“Ensuring that every student reaches their full potential is at the heart of everything we do and our results and high grades are testament to the outstanding work of our students and staff. In summer 2014 we celebrated exceptional A level results with a 99.2% pass rate and 80% high grades, and 100% vocational pass rate with 72% triple distinctions and distinction star grades. In addition, an independent ALPs (Advanced Level Performance System) study of added value ranks the college as ‘excellent’.”

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Yarm School

The Friarage Yarm Stockton-on-Tees Co. Durham TS15 9EJ

“Although a young school, Yarm School embraces many of the traditions and features found in the best independent schools. Founded by a group of parents, the School has always greatly valued close liaison with its families, seeking to bring out the best in each individual child. It offers small classes, taught by very well qualified teachers who are passionate about their subjects. It believes strongly in high quality pastoral care and in the value of extra-curricular activity.”

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Hill House School

6th Avenue Auckley Doncaster South Yorkshire DN9 3GG

“Hill House School is an independent day school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 18, with small classes and approximately 600 pupils.We achieve the top GCSE results in the district, and sports achievements at national levels, with many distinctions in other areas. We pride ourselves in being able to bring out the potential in all our children. I hope very much to be able to welcome you to our school so that you can appreciate at first hand its remarkable family atmosphere.”

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Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College

205 Dyke Road Hove East Sussex BN3 6EG

“The college has its origins in the Brighton Proprietary Grammar and Commercial School, founded in July 1859 at Lancaster House, Grand Parade. The school continued as the Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School. It opened on its present site in 1913. In 1914, not long after it opened, the school was requisitioned for use as a military hospital. The current sixth form college was formed in 1975 following reorganisation of secondary education in East Sussex. There are two sixth form colleges (BHASVIC and Varndean College) in Brighton and Hove. BHASVIC draws nearly 40% of its students from East and West Sussex, the remainder living in Brighton and Hove.”

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Beverley Joint 6th

Norwood Beverley East Yorkshire HU17 9EX

“Beverley High School and Beverley Grammar School established the Joint Sixth Form over thirty years ago and since then we have provided high quality post-16 education to thousands of young people. We are proud of the academic traditions of the Joint Sixth Form and of the successes of our sixth form students. The Beverley Joint Sixth frequently achieves the best A Level results in the area. Our students secure places at a wide range of universities and go on to pursue very successful careers.”

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Meden School

Burns Lane Warsop Mansfield Nottinghamshire NG20 0QN

“We are committed to academic excellence and many features on the following pages will reflect that excellence. At Meden, we are ambitious for our students and keen to ensure that they are thriving in a vibrant academic environment which provides pace, challenge and support. We place an emphasis on the development of skills alongside knowledge so that our students become active and independent learners, prepared for both further education and for their place in an increasingly global society.”

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Montsaye Academy

Greening Road Rothwell NN14 6BB

“Montsaye Academy is a vibrant and active school community where learning and achievement, in their widest sense, are viewed as the core purpose of our work. It is also a caring and supportive environment in which children can become adults, unafraid to make mistakes, flexible enough to overcome obstacles and ambitious enough to be extraordinary not average.”

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Penguin

80 Strand London WC2R 0RL

“Penguin Books is a British publisher. It was founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane and V. K. Krishna Menon (Indian secretary of UK), and Allen’s brothers, Richard and John, though Allen was the dominant figure in the company. John died in service in 1942 and Richard later sold his share to Allen before the company went public in 1961 as a line of publishers The Bodley Head, only becoming a separate company the following year. Penguin revolutionised publishing in the 1930s through its inexpensive paperbacks, sold through Woolworths and other high street stores for sixpence. Penguin’s success demonstrated that large audiences existed for serious books. Penguin also had a significant impact on public debate in Britain, through its books on politics, the arts, and science. Penguin Books is now an imprint of the worldwide Penguin Random House, formed in 2013 by the merger of the two publishers.”

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Greggs

Greggs plc, Arcadia House Balliol Park Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE12 8EW

“Today, Greggs has over 1,600 shops. And, although we’re a national business, we’re rooted in our local communities. That means, as well as our national range, we also enjoy selling much loved regional specialities. We still bake our delicious bread every day in our own regional bakeries. Our bakers are meticulous and they understand that baking a great loaf is all about precision, timing and experience. Quality is a priority and the people with the friendly faces you see behind the counter at Greggs, expertly make our tasty sandwiches in store every day, using our own fresh bread. And our legendary delicious golden sausage rolls and pasties are all baked on the premises in small amounts, throughout the day, for maximum freshness. Greggs is constantly growing but each and every shop stays true to its origins and remains as good as it was the day it opened. Our food is made with high quality, wholesome ingredients. Our daily fresh sandwiches and freshly baked savouries ensure that we deliver an ‘Always Fresh. Always Tasty’ experience to our customers.”

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Financial Times

Number One Southwark Bridge London SE1 9HL

“The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 744,000. FT’s digital subscriptions surpassed print circulation in 2012 and now account for 70% total circulation. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving almost half of total traffic. FT.com is now used by two thirds of the world’s top 50 business schools.”

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Time Out London

4th Floor 125 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8AD

“Founded in 1968, Time Out has become the authority on entertainment, events, and everything that’s happening in the most exciting cities in the world. Reaching more than 39 million people, in 89 cities, in 38 countries every month, through a range of different media channels, Time Out is providing its readers with everything they need to know to make the most of their cites.

Cities can be amazing places: Time Out is here to guide you through them, help you share the best bits, and enable you to do more of what you love…as well as tempting you to try something a little different.

The Time Out Card allows you to make the most of London for less. Access to an exclusive events programme, including private dining, gigs and much more. Deals on cocktails, champagne and wine in some of the city’s best bars. Discounts on dining at over 450 restaurants across London. Discounts at over 75 musicals and plays. Invitations to free pre-release film screenings. Invitations to free Theatre shows. Savings at cultural venues, museums, galleries and attractions. 10% off Time Out Daily Offers – Every day for the whole year. And a free digital subscription to Time Out.

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The London Oratory School

Seagrave Road London SW6 1RX

“Founded in 1863 by the Fathers of the Oratory, The London Oratory School is one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic state-funded boys’ schools. Girls are admitted into the sixth form. Importantly, in partnership with parents, the School aims through a Christ-centred curriculum, to develop young men and women of faith, good character, strong intellect and generous spirit, who will be able to move confidently into the world and who will use their talents and gifts to lead and serve others. Our four tenets of scholarly attainment, spiritual awareness, personal growth and service remain at the core of day-to-day activities.”

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Wimbledon BookFest

The Old Post Office 1 Compton Road London SW19 7QA

“Bookfest is a charity with large volunteer input. It was founded in 2006 by Fiona Razvi and Tony Kane, and has grown from 1,000 visitors to over 15,000 with 7,000 school children enjoying the festival last year. Any money raised is ploughed back into its education work with Merton schools and the development of the festival. Central to BookFest is the desire to bring literature to the heart of the community and the community to the heart of literature.”

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National Library of Scotland

George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EW

“The National Library of Scotland is the world’s leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. We are a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance.”

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Index on Censorship

92-94 Tooley Street London SE1 2TH

“Index on Censorship promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression. The inspiration of poet Stephen Spender, Index was founded in 1972 to publish the untold stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain and beyond. Through its award-winning magazine, online journalism and though campaigning and advocacy, Index today fights for free speech around the world, challenging censorship whenever and wherever it occurs.”

“Index on Censorship magazine, available through Sage in many university libraries, has a 43-year archive of articles about freedom of expression around the world, including the anti apartheid movement, coverage of the dictatorships in South America and censorship of writers by the Soviet Union.” Buy a digital subscription here

Index on Censorship is available in most universities libraries via Sage or can be downloaded on iTunes.

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Oxford Ice Rink

Oxford Ice Rink Oxpens Road Oxford OX1 1RX

“The rink offers fun for all ages and abilities, from general skating, disco, family and mother & toddler sessions to skate training and ice hockey. Facilities include the rink, meeting rooms, party rooms and The Terrace Cafe with free Wi-fi.

Our ice rink is right in the heart of Oxford, just a 10 minute walk from Oxford City centre and railway station.

This ice rink which was refurbished in 2012 is brought to you by Oxford City Council, in partnership with Fusion, a highly experienced sports and active leisure services provider. As a registered charity, Fusion continually reinvest to improve and develop what’s on offer in your community.

Come and enjoy a great day on the ice.

We offer a varied timetable with time allocated for the public, skate training and ice hockey. The rink is also home to the National League Ice Hockey Team the Oxford City Stars.”

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Exciting Game

123 London Road Oxford OX3 9HZ

“If you would like an unusual, exciting hour while you are staying in Oxford, you must visit us and we will guarantee you an hour of unique excitement. Family program, excursion with friends or team building? Whatever you wish!

You have 60 minutes to solve the mystery, to accomplish the mission and find your way out of the room that has been set up as a crime scene. Each and every small detail and object in the room is part of the game. But everything what you need is coded and hidden. It is important to inspect every detail. Do not overlook anything!

But watch out! The room also contain hidden traps that may deceive you.

You don’t need anything else, but your capability or surveillance, your logic and teamwork.”

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National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum Coventry Road Solihull West Midlands B92 0EJ

“The West Midlands is a truly the spiritual home of British motorcycle manufacturing with Birmingham being responsible for Norton, BSA and Ariel and Coventry for Triumph, Rudge-Whitworth and Francis-Barnett. The National Motorcycle Museum is home to over 850 loving restored machines, the largest collection in the world.”

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Off the Fence Theatre Company creates and tours engaging and contemporary theatre. Their latest production Girls with Balls by Alison Dunne will be performed at Curve Theatre, Leicester on 1 & 2 May as part of Curve’s Inside Out festival.  After these performances Girls with Balls will be developed further to tour the UK in 2016. Off the Fence are also working with writer Azma Dar to develop Stranger in the Kitchen for a UK tour in 2016/17.

Off the Fence Theatre Company created and now run Upstairs at the Western, Leicester’s first pub theatre. Two seasons of brave, engaging and inspiring theatre, comedy and spoken word are programmed over two seasons every year.

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Dance City

Dance City Temple Street Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4BR

“Dance City is a vibrant and friendly place where people come together to take part, enjoy, experience and talk about dance; where professional and aspiring dancers meet, learn and train; somewhere to watch world class dance performances and somewhere for all to come along and get involved in dance. People come to Dance City to socialise, learn new skills, keep fit and active, train professionally and find out more about dance. This all takes place under one roof, in our purpose-built dance-house, in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Established for over 20 years Dance City is the North East’s leading development organisation for dance, which exists to lead and support a thriving dance ecology in the region. We present a regular programme of dance performances from contemporary to ballet, world to breakdance bringing leading North East, British and International dance to Newcastle. We also commission original new works, which premiere in our theatre.”

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The Capsule Building, The Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University

The Capsule Building The Porter School of Environmental Studies Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel

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Shepherd Neame

The Faversham Brewery 17 Court Street Faversham Kent ME13 7AX

“At Shepherd Neame brewing is both an ancient and a modern art. Our beer’s main ingredient is still the same water that we used in 1698. But some of the systems we employ could only be products of the 21st century. Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer - and while 1698 is the Brewery’s official founding date, there is clear evidence that its heritage pre-dates even this period. It is currently a successful, award-winning business.”

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Sage Gateshead

St Mary's Square Gateshead Quays Gateshead NE8 2JR

“Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.

Our inclusive approach enables all our performance, learning and participation programmes to be constantly inspired and supported by each other.

The Sage Gateshead building is a North East landmark, known for its perfect acoustics, architecture and live music.’

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Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

City Library & Arts Centre Fawcett Street Sunderland SR1 1RE

“Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art presents changing exhibitions of new work by artists from around the world, bringing new art to new audiences.

It offers opportunities to emerging and established artists to present work at critical points in their careers and audiences the chance to see the stars of tomorrow today.”

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Much Ado Books

8 West Street Alfriston East Sussex BN26 5UX

“Much Ado Books is an award-winning independent bookshop situated in Alfriston, East Sussex.

Named Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2007 by the British Book Industry Awards, just three years after opening, we continue to offer excellent service as well as a tempting choice of books.

We try to stock a range of new and old books by and about the Bloomsbury Group of artists and authors, which included Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant and Maynard Keynes among its members; Charleston, the group’s East Sussex home, is just a few miles away.

In December 2012 The Guardian named us one of the top indy shops in the country – we were emmensely flattered!”

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The People’s Theatre

Stephenson Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5QF

“The premier amateur theatre company in the North of England and one of the largest and oldest established in the country.

We stage up to 12 productions a year in our own theatre’s newly refurbished 500 seat main auditorium and a further 3 in our 90 seat studio.

Every show we do is produced entirely by our own members - on stage, backstage and front of house.

We have always taken great pride in working to professional standards. Indeed, many of our members have gone on to be actors, technicians and set designers in the professional theatre.

Being a genuine community theatre places us in the unique position of being able to offer to people from all walks of life the experience of participating in any aspect of theatre: from costume design to publicity, or just to sit in the audience and enjoy the show!”

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The Melange Chocolate Shop and Cafe

184 Bellenden Road Peckham London SE15 4BW

“Melange Chocolate Shop & Café is based in Peckham and was created in 2008 by Isabelle, an artisan chocolatier. We infuse spices, herbs, fruit, flowers, seeds, tea & coffee into first grade belgian chocolate to create unuasual chocolate bars and unique flavour combinations.”

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Kettle’s Yard

Castle St. Cambridge. CB3 0AQ

“Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery next door that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. We host a variety of workshops, talks and events for all ages to extend the understanding and enjoyment of the collection and exhibitions at Kettle’s Yard. Music has been a part of Kettle’s Yard from the beginning. You can listen to some of the best musicians around in the beautiful setting of the house at Kettle’s Yard through our Student Lunchtime, New Music and Chamber concert series.”

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Fudge Kitchen

11 Kings Parade Cambridge CB2 1SJ

“At Fudge Kitchen we’ve been hand-crafting our original special recipe fudge for over 30 years using traditional methods and a lot of love. You’ll find our fudge devilishly different. Made with whipping cream instead of butter it’s smooth, soft, creamy and delicious.”

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Harry Specters

59 Sunderlands Avenue Sawston Cambridge CB22 3JU

“Harry Specters is a Cambridge based craft chocolate company with a value: “Great Product Great Cause”. Since starting out two years ago, they have won 4 awards for their great products, including a three star gold Great Taste Award also known as the ‘Oscar’ of the fine food industry. Harry Specters’ ‘Great Cause’ is providing employment, training and work experience opportunities to young people with autism. 60% of their profits go toward improving lives of people with autism. They also won two awards for their ‘Great Cause’ last year. These awards mean that a company can be a business and yet work for a social cause that brings a positive change to people’s lives.”

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Manchester Jazz Festival

Suite 5 4th Floor Manchester Lancashire M2 2BE

“In 2014 mjf had in excess of 60,000 attenders visiting the Festival Pavilion site in Albert Square alone, with hundreds more listeners at the various concerts throughout the festival. In 2015 we will be celebrating the 20th Manchester jazz festival.”

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People’s History Museum

Left Bank Manchester Lancashire M3 3ER

“People’s History Museum in Manchester reopened in March 2010 after a £12.5m redevelopment project. The museum, under the strap-line ‘There have always been ideas worth fighting for’ examines the story of how ordinary working people have joined together to improve their lives, most crucially in the struggle for democracy.”

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“The Day is daily digital news written for the whole family to understand. Get to grips with the issues behind the news and debate the questions in the headlines. You’ll have full access to our site with over 3,500 articles and features linked to curriculum subjects and news topics: brilliant for homework and research, and the perfect way to keep on top of what’s going on in the world.”

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“Cambridge Through The Eyes Of A Foodie

Imagine strolling through Cambridge passed colleges which look like they are made out of sugar in the bright sunlight, wandering through quaint passages set around the historic Market Place, getting your culture kick at interesting museums and art galleries or spreading out your picnic in one of the many parks or commons. English food is often labelled as uninteresting and bland, but nothing is less true! The local food scene is peppered with interesting flavours from locally sourced produce and brewed ales, delicious food influenced by immigrants and exploring the world many years ago. Join us on one of our Cambridge Food Tours to discover the fantastic local food! We start in the historic centre of Cambridge and move to areas, which many people never get to see. The Cambridge Food Tour has an intimate knowledge of Cambridge, it’s food suppliers and the restaurants, bars, cafes and market vendors that present their fare. Cambridge really is a food lover’s heaven. Join us on one of our Cambridge Food tours and taste and experience Cambridge in a different light!”

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Mattioli Woods plc

MW House 1 Penman Way, Grove Park Leicester Leicestershire LE19 1SY

“We are one of the UK’s leading providers of wealth management and employee benefit services, advising over 6,000 clients with assets under management, administration and advice in excess of £5 billion. By building long-term client relationships, our aim is to provide trusted advice, high service standards and personalised delivery. We provide integrated services for individuals, embracing pension consultancy, with a strong specialism in self-invested personal pension schemes and small self-administered pension schemes; personal investment and estate planning. For corporate clients, we provide a comprehensive range of employee benefits services. The key difference between Mattioli Woods and many of our larger competitors is our hands-on, tailored approach to financial advice. There is a genuine focus on providing the highest level of personal advice and maintaining close relationships with all clients, which has led to high levels of satisfaction, retention and referrals.”

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The Marlowe Theatre

The Marlowe Theatre The Friars Canterbury Kent CT1 2AS

The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury is one of the country’s leading regional theatres, hosting the best in musical theatre, comedy, music, drama and new writing.

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Kent County Cricket Club

Old Dover Road Canterbury CT1 3NZ

“In 1847 The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence made history and became home to one of England’s best known cricket clubs - Kent County Cricket Club. The ground is also one of the regions foremost conference and events venues with a fantastic selection of suites available for hire for all kinds of corporate and private occasions. The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence has a capacity of 15,000 and since it’s foundation in 1847, four One Day International matches have been played there increasing its profile as a cricket venue.”

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Waldegrave Road Strawberry Hill London TW1 4SX

St Mary’s has a long and distinguished history and a very modern outlook. We are a strong and welcoming community of students and staff and are committed to the highest standards in teaching across the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses we offer. In addition, we have a vibrant research culture and environment. The campus is steeped in history, being set in the grounds of the original Strawberry Hill House, a world famous example of the Gothic Revival style.The leafy, self-contained campus also includes modern and well-resourced teaching blocks, accommodation, a Learning Resources Centre and sport facilities.

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Canterbury Christ Church University

North Holmes Road Canterbury Kent CT1 1QU

“For more than 50 years, Canterbury Christ Church University has been a big part of the Kent community, providing education which makes a real and positive difference to people’s lives.”

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Institute of Directors

116 Pall Mall London SW1Y 5ED

“At the Institute of Directors, we have been supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903. As the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders, we are dedicated to supporting our members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.”

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Barbican

Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS

“The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events.”

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The Kings of Wessex Academy

Station Road Cheddar Somerset BS27 3AQ

“s one of the leading schools in the South West, The Kings of Wessex Academy strives to provide a first class education for all. We have high expectations of our students and work hard to provide the opportunities and support needed to enable them to reach their full potential. In 2014, 88% of students in Year 11 achieved five or more A*-C grades, which compares very favourably with the national average of 68%. In addition, the percentage of students achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths was 72%. 2014 also saw an A Level pass rate of 99.4%, and over a third of all the A Level grades awarded were the top grades of A and A*.”

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Redruth School

Tolgus Vean Redruth Cornwall TR15 1TA

“Redruth School is first and foremost a local school, taking pupils from its surrounding primary schools and from all of its communities – nurturing them, showing them what they can achieve and giving them the tools to go out and take on the world. Every year our students do just that – some go on to higher education and some go into employment, some stay in Cornwall and others go away – but whatever path they choose, we hope that the school has helped them to develop their talents to the full and that they’ll leave with good memories of their time here.”

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UCAS

Rosehill New Barn Lane Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ

UCAS’ aim is to help learners make informed choices that are right for them; guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the entire higher education application process. UCAS processes over 2.5 million applications every year, for some 650,000 prospective students across the UK and beyond; helping them gain access to more than 370 UK and EU universities and colleges. UCAS also run several specialist application services – UCAS Teacher Training, UKPASS (UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service) and UCAS Conservatoires. Another important area is carrying out research, consultancy and advisory work for schools, colleges, careers services, professional bodies and commercial businesses. Data collation is an important part of our work, allowing us to provide advice, insights and statistics to our partners and stakeholders.

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Bradley Stoke Community School

Fiddlers Wood Lane Bradley Stoke South Gloucestershire BS32 9BS

“We are proud of our innovative teaching methods and dynamic curriculum which are designed to meet the needs and reflect the individual aspirations of our students.  We aspire to maintain our forward-thinking approach to learning, complemented by a sense of tradition and academic rigour.  We strive to balance this energetic approach to developing life-long learners with consistently high expectations about behaviour, appearance, mutual and self-respect”

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Bentham Main Lecture Theatre University College London

Bentham House 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens London WC1H 0EG

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Alleyn’s School

Townley Road London SE22 8SU

“Alleyn’s is one of the country’s leading HMC co-educational day schools, committed to achieving academic excellence within an ethos of strong pastoral care and a vibrant co-curriculum. This fully holistic approach to education aims to support and nurture every individual pupil, enabling each to fulfil his or her own potential while making lasting friendships and enjoying life to the full.”

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Sir William Perkin’s School

Guildford Road Chertsey Surrey KT16 9BN

“Our Vision here at Sir William Perkins’s School is to build confidence, integrity and excellence in a caring, innovative and happy community so that each girl leaves having been given the best possible chance of achieving her full potential, taking with her sound values, a breadth of skills and knowledge, and ready to take on the world!”

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Farringtons School

Perry Street Chislehurst Kent BR7 6LR

“One of Kent’s leading independent co-educational day and boarding schools, Farringtons offers high standards of academic teaching, a wide variety of extra-curricular pursuits and excellent pastoral care within a caring and supportive Christian environment. The School provides a balanced academic, sporting and social curriculum that encourages each pupil to fulfil his or her own potential and become a confident, responsible and successful member of society. We recognise that each child is an individual and we aim to promote the development of all-round talents, whether academic, creative or sporting, so that our pupils leave us well-equipped to deal with the challenges of higher education and beyond.”

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Qualifying Round: Kensington & Chelsea 2014/15

DEBATE: Libraries

Qualifying Round: Kensington & Chelsea 2014/15

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Regional Final: London Inner 2014/15

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Regional Final: London Inner 2014/15

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Harris Academy Beckenham

Manor Way Beckenham BR3 3SJ

“We are now in our fourth year of conversion to a sponsored academy, and we are going from strength to strength! As you can see from our website, our ethos of Scientific Enterprise is having a significant impact on the learning experiences our students are being introduced to and is contributing to the enrichment curriculum within and beyond the classroom>”

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King’s College London Mathematics School

80 Kennington Road London SE11 6NJ

“King’s College London Mathematics School has just opened its doors to its first cohort of students. We are proud that the Secretary of State for Education, Nicola Morgan MP, officially opened the school on 22 September 2014. We aim to increase substantially the pool of high attaining and well trained young mathematicians in this country. We will do this first by recruiting intensively among young people with mathematical curiosity who currently have limited access to high quality sixth form provision, and second by providing them with a curriculum which will offer challenge, creativity and excitement.”

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Qualifying Round: Hackney 2014/15

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David Game College

69 Notting Hill Gate London W11 3JS

“Established in 1974, David Game is an independent college that aims to promote the joy of knowledge and learning while simultaneously maintaining the sharpest possible focus on the demands of the public examinations.  Our founder David Game insists on the teaching of traditional skills and on students understanding the importance of giving attention to detail.  We have an excellent track record of turning around previously under performing students who benefit from the small classes, close monitoring system and exam-focused approach.  The College closely tracks the examination board specifications to ensure that tutors are following the current model and options and to see that all aspects of the syllabus are covered.  Homework is set regularly and students improve their examination technique through regular timed tests.”

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Salesian College Farnborough

119 Reading Road Farnborough Hampshire GU14 6PA

“As an independent Catholic grammar school for boys aged from 11 to 16 years with a Co-educational Sixth Form, our aim is to send a young person out into the world who is confident, comfortable with themselves and all those round them, a good Christian, an honest citizen, a decent person and well-equipped to take their place in and make a significant contribution to society. Students from other denominations and faiths are welcomed and play a full part in the life of the College.”

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Qualifying Round: Camden 2014/15

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Boston College

Skirbeck Road Boston Lincolnshire PE21 6JF

“Every year, the College welcomes some 8,000 students through its doors. About 1,500 of these study with us full-time, up to 200 are International students from across the globe and 200 more are studying at a Higher Education level.  Our part-time students vary from school leavers and apprentices to adult learners and degree students. You can study courses with us during the day or evening, in Boston or Spalding or even in your workplace.”

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Qualifying Round: Cambridgeshire 2014/15

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ARK 6th Form

The Ridge St. Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex TN37 7PS

“ARK 6th Form East Sussex is a joint 6th form for students from ARK William Parker and Helenswood Academies, with students joining from other local schools. ARK 6th Form East Sussex has a long and proud tradition of achieving A level success for students from across Hastings and Rother. In the summer of 2014 students at ARK 6th Form East Sussex achieved a 98.4% pass rate – this follows their 98% pass rate in both 2013 and 2012. Best of all, the proportion of students achieving the sought-after A* grade rose to 45.5%, up from 30% last year.”

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The Crest Academies

Crest Road London NW2 7SN

“We believe that good schools bring out the best in every individual child in their care. We aim to work with every child as an individual, to address their unique needs, to nurture their talents and to develop their personal ambitions. We ensure that every student is known, valued and understood. We have many responsibilities for the young people in our care, the greatest of which is ensuring that each student graduating from The Crest Academies has opportunities and choices for their own future. We offer unique provision. Parents who have both boys and girls can send their children to us, knowing that they will receive the same quality of teaching and be exposed to the same values. Nevertheless, boys and girls are educated separately. Research shows that schools that provide single-sex education have some powerful advantages over those that have mixed-gender teaching. In addition, we know that our local community supports single-sex education and we aim to be a school at the heart of our local area.”

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Qualifying Round: Hounslow 2014/15

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King Solomon Academy

Penfold Street London NW1 6RX

“Our goal is to provide all pupils who attend KSA with the choice at 18 years of age to go on to university and begin a successful career. We are creating not only a school, but a community of pupils, parents and teachers brought together by their shared dedication to doing whatever it takes to achieve success.”

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Evelyn Grace Academy

255 Shakespeare Road London SE24 0QN

“We opened in 2008 and moved into our award-winning building on Shakespeare Road in 2010. The academy offers a rigorous curriculum and a broad enrichment programme and our staff work tirelessly to support and nurture our students’ talents. We believe that all our students can achieve excellence and that they deserve the very best teachers and resources to reach their potential. Our caring environment values achievement and we insist on tolerance and mutual respect.”

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