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20/05/22

Retweetd From YoungMinds

Give yourself permission to take breaks during revision. It’s normal to feel worried about exams. But it’s so important to look after yourself. Here are some tips for managing stress. https://t.co/vmW3qUmcQf

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17/05/22

Y8 students attended the 'Kids in IT' day in Feltham. They used technology to draw shapes, working out how to adjust the 'buggy' to improve accuracy. As well as a dragons den style competition to come up with new ideas for Apps https://t.co/cvls76U5PF

16/05/22

Sixth Form Academic Mentor, Waldegrave School, Richmond upon Thames https://t.co/MrOw7Li4Re

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16/05/22

Over 180 Y9s enjoyed their Bronze DofE preparations with Aim High Expeditions learning a variety of skills including map reading, route planning, setting up stoves and tents, and learning what to pack in their rucksacks. https://t.co/mhbyAQGu0x

16/05/22

Best of luck to all our Y11s who start their GCSEs today. Don’t forget your teachers are here if you need any support over the next few weeks. Stay focused but make sure you take time out to relax too!

13/05/22

Teacher of Mathematics, Waldegrave School, Richmond upon Thames https://t.co/0Da6RjnZJQ

13/05/22

Y12 has finished a packed Careers week culminating in a Public Sector event with speakers from the Home and Foreign Offices, NHS, Met Police, Environment and Work & Pensions Offices and TFL. Thank you to all those who gave up their time to impart their wisdom.

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13/05/22

Retweetd From AfCLocalOfferKingstonRichmond

Next week re are running two "in person" workshops to talk about SEND independent advice and information services for families in Kingston and Richmond. Please come and join us https://t.co/E4EVveVu94 https://t.co/Dc9E5IdO1D

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11/05/22

Retweetd From Anna Freud NCCF

We all need people in our lives we can turn to when we’re struggling. Being around supportive people you trust can really help your mental health. This is 1 of the strategies we're highlighting this 👉https://t.co/6F20y73bZ3 https://t.co/Hq31pIIvDJ

10/05/22

Teacher of PE, Waldegrave School, Twickenham https://t.co/RcOvtBDV2i

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10/05/22

Retweetd From Anna Freud NCCF

This , we're sharing resources to tackle feelings of . We're often kinder to others than we are to ourselves, but being kind to yourself is important for your wellbeing. This is 1 of 94 self-care strategies👉 https://t.co/6F20y73bZ3 https://t.co/siZdsWzZHh

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10/05/22

Thanks to everyone who helped out at our Sixth Form Apprenticeship Day. Students gained valuable insights & are excited about the opportunities open to them. https://t.co/uzN9Hj210F

09/05/22

Come and support our at the Spring Fling Party on Friday 20 May. Tickets via ParentPay £5 now! Entertainment by THE JAM FACTORY and supporting acts who will rock the school with a 'heady fusion of rock, pop & blues.' Door and bar open at 7pm, bands around 7.30.

09/05/22

Y7 has been hard at work fundraising for including sponsored silences, extra household chores & weeding. As a thank you, students enjoyed a Zumba dance class on Friday afternoon which they all thoroughly enjoyed! There is still time to donate: https://t.co/Fz8yTQ199g

06/05/22

Head of PE, Waldegrave School, Twickenham https://t.co/DD8fPh4tx2

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06/05/22

Retweetd From Knights Basketball

🏀🥈NATIONAL RUNNERS-UP 🥈🏀 U16 Girls Head Coach Isaac Omirin Read the full weekend round-up by Richmond Knights founder James Merchant Live link in bio or below ⬇️ https://t.co/yTcfuy0nZI Graphic Design Brandeer https://t.co/Glaq7TaPIY

05/05/22

Retweetd From Sarah ButtonStephens

Very proud to have launched our appeal. With an education, girls will be fearless, successful, happy…girls will be whatever they want to be. Donate to the appeal now and the UK government will double all donations: https://t.co/Iqwnmy9Jyv

05/05/22

Teaching Assistant (Permanent), Waldegrave School, Twickenham https://t.co/RLXPhWkQvp

05/05/22

Head of PDC (Personal Development Curriculum), Waldegrave School, Twickenham https://t.co/qdlAdYqYJi

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!