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Nottingham High School

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Waverley Mount Nottingham Nottinghamshire NG7 4ED United Kingdom
PK to Sixth Form
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Academically, the school is fantastic, and renowned in the area for being so. The caliber of the teachers is on the whole excellent, and the class sizes are sufficiently small to feel personal and interactive. The full range of respected subjects is offered (and those considered 'mickey-mouse', e.g. Business Studies, are not), including declining subjects such as Latin. Indeed, it is possible (as I did) to take lessons in Ancient Greek in lunch period, in order to take the GCSE, and it is also now a timetabled subject at A-level. Examination follows the traditional pattern of GCSEs in year 11 (usually 10 of them), AS and A levels in sixth form. I had to take STEP papers for my offer to Cambridge University, and was given one-to-one lunch time lessons with one of the Cambridge-educated maths teachers, which helped hugely. 8 Lessons of 35 minutes per day, 6 of these free periods in sixth form.

College Counseling

Students are encouraged to start researching Universities at the start of year 12, and the....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Students applying at age 11 take an entrance test, with papers on maths, english and....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The school is in a dubious area - essentially the red light district of Nottingham. I never experienced any problems while on my way to and from school though, and you really should not consider this a problem. The school is a 10 minute walk or 2 minute tram journey (there is a tram stop directly outside the school) from the very centre of Nottingham, and as such is perfect in the later years (year 11 onwards), where one is allowed to leave the school grounds at breaktime, and go into town and be spoilt for choice as....

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