Case Study of Ami
Ami had been home-schooled in Japan by highly academic parents who believed in her & sought out Newbury Hall for its homely environment where she could continue to excel but experience teachers with a wider range of expertise than her own parents’ narrow specialisms. A studious young girl across all subjects but who was unsure where her true passions lay, she took a range of IGCSEs under our guidance to keep her options open, and then atypically combined maths, physics & philosophy at A-level and enjoyed all three equally. We were able to advise her, much to her surprise, that the UK university system allows her to combine these even at very high levels, & she is now currently completing her MSci in combined honours physics & philosophy at Bristol university & still regularly visits us three years later.
Case Study of Srey and Machi
Srey and Machi both arrived in January. Srey had begun a two-year IGCSE programme at another school in September but was finding the language, social & cultural expectations to be too high in the unfamiliar UK culture at a larger school so far from home. Our fast-track IGCSEs gave her a chance to restart academically, while our family atmosphere & the opportunity to be honest with her teachers about her academic concerns meant that she thrived. Machi had finished school in Korea in December, but her new school didn’t start until September so she decided to join us for an introduction to UK boarding life, intensive IELTS & some pre-IGCSE taster lessons in maths & the sciences. She also took some medical English lessons in preparation for her future career choice as a surgeon.
Case Study of David
David was academically bright & highly sociable, but had grown bored through lack of challenge at his school. His parents sent him to us for personal attention & a reformulation of his academic trajectory to improve his English, to take tasters in a variety of subjects, & to try to relight a spark of love for learning in general. When his mother visited to pick him up at the end of his stay, she cried openly to see her son such a changed man: enthusiastic about school and thinking independently, pushing himself onwards with newly acquired study skills & self-discipline, enjoying discussing academic & cultural issues with his teachers & most importantly looking fresh-facedly forward to his next academic year back in Germany. He had not intended to take an exam on arrival, but was soon inspired to set himself the challenge of an IELTS exam to focus his efforts & take concrete evidence of his progress & new attitude back home; he improved from a band 4 to a band 7 in a few short months with us & along with it his self-confidence skyrocketed.