Radley College: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Radley College: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Price Range ₤ 30,000 - 40,000 per annum

Introduction

Radley College in Abingdon is a UK boarding school. Radley College in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England is an independent boarding school for boys. It was founded in 1847 by the Reverend William Sewell, fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, to provide a public school education on the principles of the Church of England. Its agreeable and well-equipped buildings lie in a beautiful 800-acre estate, close to Abingdon and Oxford.

Between the ages of 13 and 18 boys are at Radley for the majority of their time, and it is our aim to see that they are happy, fulfilled and that they develop their individual talents.

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Website: http://www.radley.org.uk

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 30 900 GBP

About the school

Long description:

Sixth Form
The educational course at Radley is designed to teach boys the value of hard work and an intelligent management of time. We aim for breadth in a boy’s academic programme, we try to ensure intellectual stimulus both inside and outside the curriculum, and we seek to achieve an easy command of, and familiarity with, Information Technology. We also endeavour to train Sixth Formers in the ability to research and synthesise for themselves, to learn independently. Beyond that we hope to awaken in Radleians an appreciation of literature and the arts so that they can gain real pleasure from pursuing these interests in their adult lives. When a Radleian leaves the Sixth Form, it is expected that he will have those attributes necessary both to command a worthwhile place in Higher Education and – beyond that – to compete effectively in the market place for jobs in the 21st century.
 
 
We have debated at length the merits of competing sixth form programmes. Uppermost in our minds has been the question ‘what is best for Radleians?’ We concluded that the International Baccalaureate had many virtues, but would not suit at least a third of Radleians, the less academically able and specialist scientists, and, in any case, we have been deeply suspicious of the level of prescription involved. We have been very interested in the bold new Cambridge Pre-U courses developed by Cambridge International Examinations, but we feel that they are novel and untried, and we want to assess their acceptability to universities and indeed the way in which candidates are examined and assessed, before we commit ourselves. A few departments have trialed Pre-U papers with particular sets. Above all, our major concern with the Pre-U is that it is primarily a 3 subject exam, and we have predicated our Sixth Form on the breadth achievable in a 4 A level programme.   
 
A Levels
 
In 2000 these were restructured by the government:
  • a new Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level (for 17 plus) was developed, with 3 units of assessment (2 units from 2008), at a standard students can be expected to achieve in one year of full time study after GCSE. It is worth 50% of a full A level, and is recognised as a discrete exam by UCAS. The modules are examined in ways more akin to GCSE (fewer essays in the Arts subjects, for example) and there are coursework units in some subjects.
  • an A level consists of these AS modules, and 3 (soon to be 2) more modules, called A2. There is a synoptic module, at the end, drawing all of the A level skills together.
  • A* grades were introduced in 2010. These are difficult to achieve – a candidate has to attain 90% in his A2 papers to qualify. In the 2011 A levels 23% of papers sat by Radleians were graded A*.

Exam Results 2012

Exam Results 2012

Radley's results at both A Level and GCSE have been outstanding. The achievement is all the greater in a year when, at a national level, the much debated issue of 'grade inflation' was finally addressed.

At A Level, 92.41% of results were graded A* to B. A record number of boys (76) collected 3 A/A*s or more. This means that the vast majority of boys gained entry to their preferred university course.

Our GCSE/IGCSE results were similarly impressive, with 90.5% of grades at A*/A. This was a rise of 4.55% compared with the previous year. Many individual performances were quite exceptional, with 19 boys gaining 10 A*s or more. There was a good number of instances where boys far surpassed their grade predictions.

Despite the increased rigour of IGCSEs, which are now sat in many subjects, it seems that boys and their teachers have risen to the stimulating challenge in a profoundly impressive way. It is also notable that while the national share of A* grades fell by 0.5%, to 7.3%, we saw Radley's total rise from an already impressive 43.13% in 2011, to 57% this year. This was an enormous leap and I am very proud of what the boys have achieved.

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