Twitter Wall

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20/04/21

Safeguarding Alert - Viral Rumour - Safer Schools - Useful information for parents and carers https://t.co/1ZicvIcArf

20/04/21

Huge congratulations, Assal! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1383693284820742148

18/04/21

Retweetd From Newman Catholic Coll

Our amazing volunteers Moussa & Antonio have given up their holiday time to run the Foodbank. Today they were helped by Tilly from & Issy from https://t.co/IbuL8eOf45

12/04/21

Retweetd From KRSCP

If you're a young person in Kingston & Richmond, then this website's for you - visit https://t.co/KOpzapMCe7 for info on local activities, podcasts, emotional health and more!

12/04/21

Retweetd From KRSCP

The pandemic has impacted us all; you or someone you know may be experiencing difficulties. Support is available. and have put together helpful directories on where to access help across a range of issues including mental health https://t.co/uRX4KrrZdB

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1381551539412668420

12/04/21

Retweetd From AfCLocalOfferKingstonRichmond

Short breaks provide disabled children and young people with fun, enjoyment and a chance to be with friends while their parents and carers get a break from caring. Help us plan what Short Break we offer from April 2022 https://t.co/ubGR0eiStK https://t.co/3MuNGPg2I1

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1379831604424675340

07/04/21

Retweetd From AchievingForChildren

Aged 11-19 and live/go to school in Richmond? Want to do something about climate change? Our Youth Council has a new fund for projects to tackle climate change. Find out how to apply for up to £1500: https://t.co/istyz4ydH1 https://t.co/wbWzzsZrNf

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1378386647449010179

03/04/21

Retweetd From YouthOutLoud

Soon it's exam time. It can be stressful but remember to look after yourself. If you need help, please contact or check for more mental health services on https://t.co/b6Mugyxist https://t.co/tqggEY9tSJ

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1377009855404314629

30/03/21

Retweetd From Lepra

During we'd like to thank some of our amazing Surrey schools for their fundraising starting with your support helps us change lives and https://t.co/y1N07Z9u0G

29/03/21

Deputy Headteacher, Waldegrave School, Richmond upon Thames https://t.co/wltPXJeewg

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1374065407775100933

22/03/21

Retweetd From Gill Hines

Raising brave young women - avoiding the confidence gap *https://t.co/XefAVfnZuy* An online workshop for parents of girls 10-14 years old with parenting consultant and author Gill Hines. https://t.co/R7tqzu5Smi

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1373260088048283648

20/03/21

Retweetd From AchievingForChildren

Live in RBWM? FUEL: Feed Ur Everyday Lives: taking place over Easter, summer & Christmas holidays. Will offer a range of fun & enjoyable activities & food to children aged 5-16 years who are eligible for free school meals. https://t.co/rdc2aIY1Sn https://t.co/pCzmFQftWA

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1372972863800676362

19/03/21

Students have been encouraged to to celebrate superhero mufti photos to follow! https://t.co/Nlwm5xVdj8

19/03/21

Retweetd From WRStirling

Great to see Bushy Park Girls CC's flyer on newsletter https://t.co/m0GYbDw3nG All girls & women in Teddington, the Hamptons, Twickenham who want to play or try cricket, come down & play! Training Monday nights https://t.co/gMrcbvJuG7

18/03/21

Thanks for highlighting it to us, Michelle! (We miss you too)

18/03/21

Retweetd From Michelle Leung

I participated in this when I was in Year 13 - had no chance of winning but still had loads of fun! Might be of interest to any biologists/artists at Waldegrave? (also, I miss school😢)

17/03/21

Retweetd From NSPCC

Instagram's latest update corrects a dangerous design decision that should never have been allowed. However, much more must be done - the platform's plans to introduce end-to-end encryption would allow offenders to target children on the site unchecked. https://t.co/pzcldEdiMh

http://www.twitter.com/waldegravesch/status/1371528820986105859

15/03/21

Students celebrated working together again with some acrostic poems in PDC today. https://t.co/4oVFIX5bwA

12/03/21

Thank you very much! It’s been such a pleasure to reconnect with our wonderful students in person 😊 https://t.co/ERxKHLuQwx

Choosing My A Levels

When you are thinking about which A Level subjects to choose there are a range of factors you may wish to consider: Which subjects do you enjoy? Which subjects do you do best in? What would you like to study at university? What kind of career would you like?  You may even have thought about questions like:  Which university would you like to study at? Which course would you like to apply for?

If you know what you want to do, for example a career in medicine, it is easier.  Research the universities that offer the subject, look at the entrance requirements for the courses that interest you and make your choice accordingly.  However, most 15 and 16 year-olds are uncertain...you feel the need to keep your options open. That is why we at Waldegrave will be encouraging you to consider taking at least two facilitating subjects like maths, English literature, physics, biology, chemistry, geography, history or languages. 

The Russell Group and Oxbridge

The prestigious Russell Group of universities published a guide called "Informed Choices" which explains in detail which A Levels they are looking for. To view the guide, please click here.  Universities in the Russell Group are often referred to as competitive universities or top universities.  If you know you want to apply for a competitive university course you should check to make sure that the subject combination you have chosen would be acceptable. More Russell Group information

What else do I need to think about?

It is important to recognise that there are many excellent universities with wonderful reputations and highly respected and sometimes specialist courses (i.e. Bournemouth is considered the best for Digital Media) that you might want to explore.  These universities often have direct links with the employment sector and have courses that are feeding into the industries and employment streams of the future.  In these cases universities are looking for a passion and enthusiasm for the subject and an indication that you can cope with academic study at undergraduate level.  These courses are more likely to be interested in your overall UCAS point score (which is the way you add up your total ‘points’ for both AS and A2 rather than the grades).

Which subjects go well together?

Remember that breadth of subjects is valued, and therefore subjects with a significant curriculum overlap might be avoided (i.e. economics and business studies or sociology and psychology). However there are subjects and careers, perhaps the Arts, where closely related subjects like Art, photography, media and fashion, or drama, music, dance and English literature might be seen as really attractive for specific careers or degree choices. So you need to be clear about what you want! You need to be sure there is coherence in the subjects you have chosen.  Mixing media, maths and chemistry might be perfect if you would like to develop a career in science journalism?

For anyone who's still unsure about their future career I would always advise a mixture of A Levels. A passion for a non-degree related subject is highly valued by admission tutors. It shows you are a well rounded candidate.

Some Top Tips

  • Choose subjects which interest you and can hold your attention for at least two years... and possibly a lifetime!
  • Research your next steps and career choices. Do your subjects link well?
  • Research your university choices and entrance requirements carefully.
  • Consider what being a ‘top’ university means to you.
  • Try to be broad and balanced in your choices and keep your options open.
  • If you are unsure, call the admissions office of the universities you might consider and ask for feedback on your A Levels choices and their grade entry requirements.
  • Remember getting a higher grade in a subject you love may open more doors in the future than a lower grade in a subject you tried your best in but just couldn’t sustain for two years. Choose carefully which A Levels you can achieve!