Here is a selection of useful educational links, including schools, tuition agencies and exam boards.
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Types of school
The terminology for schools in the UK can be quite confusing, so here’s a quick guide.
- Private schools charge fees and are not run by the Government, although they have to follow certain rules. They are also known as independent schools, and the most famous ones such as Eton and Harrow are- confusingly – known as public schools
- Grammar schools are state schools and don’t charge fees, but they are academically selective and have a very good reputation. There are only 164 of them left.
- Comprehensive schools make up the vast majority of free state schools and generally have the worst reputation, but there are exceptions.
- Faith schools have to follow the national curriculum, but they can choose what they teach in religious studies and may have different admissions criteria and staffing policies to other state schools, although anyone can apply for a place.
- Free schools are Government-funded but aren’t run by the local council, which means they have more control over staffing and curriculum. However, they’re ‘all-ability’ schools, so they can’t use academic selection processes like grammar schools.
- Academies are state schools that are funded by the Government but run by an academy trust, a charity that controls how funds are spent and how the school is managed.
- City technology colleges are independent schools in urban areas that are free for pupils to attend. They’re owned and funded by businesses as well as the Government and specialise in practical and technical skills.
- Special schools are schools for children aged 11 and over with special educational needs. They can specialise in one of four areas: communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health, or sensory and physical needs. Within each area, they can go further, for instance by catering specifically for children with autism or visual impairments.
The Independent Schools Council has a searchable database of private schools here, but I’ve listed the major ones in the Greater London area and elsewhere.
Charterhouse Square School
City of London Freemen’s School
City of London School
City of London School for Girls
Francis Holland School
Garden House School
Godolphin & Latymer School
Guildford High School
The Harrodian School
Ibstock Place School
James Allen’s Girls’ School
King’s College School
Kingston Grammar School
Lady Eleanor Holles School
Latymer Upper School
Marymount International School London
Mill Hill School
North Bridge House School
North London Collegiate School
Notting Hill and Ealing High School
Palmers Green High School
Putney High School
Queen’s College, London
Royal Grammar School
South Hampstead High School
St Benedict’s School
St Dunstan’s College
St James Independent Schools
St Paul’s Girls’ School
St Paul’s Juniors
St Paul’s School
Surbiton High School
Sylvia Young Theatre School
The Harrodian School
The Latymer School
University College School
Westminster Under School
Wimbledon High School
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
The King’s School Canterbury
The Manchester Grammar School
The Perse School
St Edward’s Oxford
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AQA Year 11 Guide to GCSE Writing Section
BBC Bitesize – Writing to persuade, argue and advise
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DFE English Curriculum
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Spark Notes – The Canterbury Tales
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Standards Schmandards – Readability Index Calculator
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Times tables questions
Wiki Answers – Diagonals of a Polygon
Wikipedia – Trigonometry
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Aztec Sailing – Theory Class
British Offshore Sailing School – RYA Day Skipper Syllabus – Tidal
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LNAT Practice Tests
Minerva Tutors TV
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School Entrance Tests
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