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The college is fully co-educational and prepares students for GCSE, A level and entrance for Oxbridge, medical school and dental school. There are fewer than 10 students in a class and a college roll of 240 students. The current Principal is Mark Shingleton who has been in post since 2009 and the Vice Principals are Adam Cross and James Bourne.

The college has an enviable record in helping students attend dental and medical schools. It has for the last several years won the CIFE Value Added Award for most improved student academic performance and won prizes for outstanding performances in the areas of mathematics, social science and humanities.


  • Day school only cost: £6,660 per term
  • Needs based aid: Offered
  • Merit scholarschips: Offered

School size and facilties

Facilities at MPW Birmingham

A full range of modern resources and facilities support the college's programmes of teaching and learning. The college benefits from excellent science laboratories, two IT suites and most classrooms are equipped for screen based learning.  Classroom facilities are designed to make the most of  teaching model of fewer than 10 students per group – seminar configurations and tutor presentations via whiteboard, interactive whiteboard or group discussion.

The Study Centre maintains a comprehensive selection of academic support materials and university prospectuses. There are networked multimedia computers in the Information Technology suites, offering broadband Internet access, scanning and colour printing. Computers are also available throughout the day in the Study Centre.

The student common room provides drinks and snacks and is an area of relaxation for students and also offers access to networked computers. The common room hosts an electronic message board updating students on key developments and reinforces our commitment to an open and communicative community.


MPW London is a member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and is inspected by the ISI. In its most recent inspection, MPW London was awarded the highest grade, Excellent, across all inspection categories.  MPW Birmingham and MPW Cambridge are registered as independent schools with the Department for Education and are inspected by Ofsted. The highest grade, Outstanding, was awarded to MPW Birmingham and MPW Cambridge across all five of Ofsted’s key assessment areas in their most recent inspections.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Day School: 120 120 240

Director Details

  • Rolling or fixed admission ? Rolling

Year Of Foundation


About the school

  • Long description:

    MPW is one of the country's best known independent sixth-form college groups with colleges in London, Birmingham and Cambridge

    MPW has been welcoming international students for more than 15 years. With around 150 spaces for new international students available each year across the Group, MPW has a vibrant international community that benefits from interacting with the predominantly British student body. This provides an ideal learning environment for our international students to establish the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

    Strategically located in London, Birmingham and Cambridge with close proximity to prestigious university campuses, each MPW college offers a unique campus environment and student life, yet employs a common teaching methodology to help our international students achieve high academic standards and gain entry

  • Dorm facilities:

    International students can choose to be accommodated in supervised student residences, studios and multiple occupancy flats, or with host families carefully selected by the college.


  • Dress code: Casual

Social life & attractions


Students enjoy a range of extra-curricular activities enabling them to develop their intellectual, sporting and cultural interests. Students also take part in an annual Model United Nations conference furthering their ability to speak in public, carry out analytical and critical thinking and build up a better understanding of current affairs.

Football team which trains weekly and plays matches against other colleges. In addition to football, students play a host of other sports including badminton, basketball and cricket. An annual basketball match takes place between staff and students. A running club meets weekly with staff and students participating.

Students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award and contribute to the College magazine emphasising the strong sense of community which exists at MPW Birmingham.

An annual art exhibition is held at the College in which the work of students is celebrated.

Away from organised activities, students benefit from the location of MPW with easy access to Birmingham’s excellent museums, galleries and cultural events.

Why Should You Choose this School?

At each MPW college in 2017 the most commonly achieved (modal) A level grade was A/A* and over a third of examination entries were at this level. This trend has been consistent across the full MPW Group since 2015, in London since 2009 and in Cambridge since 2008. The colleges are also very successful in terms of value-add, which measures the distance travelled by students at A level relative to where they were at GCSE, and in their improvement of retake student grades, as reported by the Times and Sunday Time

Academic life

  • What we offer ?

    Birmingham - A Level, GCSE, Retakes & Transfers at the end of Year 12

    At MPW offers the following courses for full-time students:

    • A level, taken over one or two years
    • GCSE
    • Retakes, for both A level and GCSE
    • Transfers at the end of Year 12


    For students at other schools and colleges:

    Easter Revision

    Supplementary Tuition, 1:1 twilight, Saturday morning or holiday sessions for students at other schools.

    For  term-time courses, there is a maximum of nine students in each class. The small class sizes ensure each student receives the individual attention he or she needs. A high proportion of subject tutors are qualified to Masters or Doctorate level and many are examiners for the A level and GCSE subjects that they teach.

    In class, great emphasis is placed on the demands of the specification and on examination technique.  Progress and performance  are measured by regularly testing via Timed Assignments and mock examinations.

    The College also provides a programme of support for full-time students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, working-memory problems and processing speed problems. Each student can receive weekly input and assistance from our Director of Teaching and Learning.

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Mander Portman Woodward, Birmingham, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Mander Portman Woodward, Birmingham, UK | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

The Birmingham college is located in Edgbaston, not far from the University of Birmingham, and was opened in 1980. 


17-18 Greenfield Crescent , Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom, Postcode - B15 3AU
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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