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Boosting University Success

A headline from last week – ‘Mini dissertations help thousands of pupils boost their university chances’.

Newspapers last week said that universities were extolling the virtues of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), where students have to write a mini dissertation or carry out detailed research to produce an artefact on a subject of their choosing. Sixth formers jostle to get into top universities and this qualification helps them to stand out from the others. Examiners also found that these essays are invaluable to students to prepare for university study as they allow them to debate complex issues, organise notes as well as helping them understand the intricacies of plagiarism. EPQs, worth half an A level, are increasingly popular with top university such as Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Leeds all of which actually lower their A level grade requirements if students attain a good EPQ grade.

The papers stated that not all schools offer this qualification and, if they do, often only a handful of students undertake it as it requires a great deal of input from the staff and in large establishments there are not enough staff to manage the workload. Here at HOHS, all of our current Year 12s are taking EPQ and our Year 13s completed this qualification last year. In the past this qualification has helped our students to attain the university places of their choice.

Our Year 13 applied for university last term, way ahead of the January 15th deadline. They all have several offers of places already. Well done to our Year 13 girls and their Sixth Form tutors!


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Year 13 gearing up for university

Our Year 13 students now all have university offers under their belts – and will have to decide which are their top choices for next year! From animation to psychology, and from London to USA and Canada, their chosen paths are exciting and diverse. Alongside their subject studies the girls are working with Mrs Grove on ways to prepare for university life. Covering such issues as budgeting and finance, accommodation options and more, these sessions aim to help make the transition from school to independent living as smooth as possible.

 


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The future looks bright for our Year 13 girls!

Our Year 13 pupils, some of whom are pictured below, all sent their university applications in well before the January UCAS deadline, thanks to guidance and encouragement from Mrs Grove, Mrs Collin and Mr Crump – and the offers have been rolling in!

All the girls have had at least one offer or interview invitation so far, with almost a quarter already holding offers from all five of their university choices.

This is fantastic news and the Sixth Form is buzzing as new offers appear. Well done to the girls for working hard on their personal statements and preparing their application forms so promptly last term.

The girls’ chosen courses are in subject areas as diverse as ever and include geography, interior architecture and design, theatrical make-up, chemistry, business and marketing.

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Sixth Form Information Evening

This is a reminder that Year 11 girls and their parents are invited to come along to our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight, from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

The evening provides the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss A Level options with our subject teachers, as well as learn more about life in the Sixth Form, our enrichment programme and extra-curricular opportunities and how we assist girls with their university applications. Further information will also be available about our Sixth Form scholarships that take place in November 2015.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Calling next year’s Sixth Formers!

Our Sixth Form Information Evening, which takes place this evening, from 6.30pm – 8.00pm, is not just for our current Year 11 pupils – we warmly welcome new girls, too. If you have friends at other schools who are thinking of changing schools for A Level, please do invite them to come and see how HOHS can benefit them.

We are very proud of our track record for helping every one of our girls to achieve the results they need for their first choice university, year on year. The girls also benefit  from our excellent extracurricular programme, designed to help them develop their confidence and abilities for a successful future.

 

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Sixth Form Information Evening

Year 11 girls and their parents are invited to come along to our Sixth Form Information Evening on Monday 29th September 2014, from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

The evening provides the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss A Level options with our subject teachers, as well as learn more about life in the Sixth Form, our enrichment programme and extra-curricular opportunities and how we assist girls with their university applications.

Further information will also be available about our Sixth Form scholarships that take place in November 2014.

We look forward to seeing you there. HOHS2014-166HOHS2014-487HOHS2014-196HOHS2014-542

 

 


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University offers are already flooding in!

ukAll of the Year 13 university applications were completed and sent off well in advance of the closing date of January 15th. Within days the offers started to flood in.

To date all students have had offers or invitations to interviews and some have heard from all five of their university choices. This is fantastic news and the Sixth Form is really buzzing with excitement as new offers appear daily. So far no-one has had a rejection, quite something in this competitive market.

Well done to the girls for working hard on their personal statements and for preparing their application forms so promptly.

Mrs Grove