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7 August, 2018

Before results day Results day can be chaotic and the better prepared you are the less stressful you will find it. Hopefully you will receive the necessary grades for your firm and/or insurance choice but is definitely worth being prepared and having a plan B just in case. University courses that have spaces available are listed on the UCAS Clearing course search which is already live and will be updated regularly throughout August.

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5 July, 2018

Preparing for the HAT All candidates for Oxford degree courses involving History must sit the History Aptitude Test (HAT).  Students can often feel a little uneasy about the test at first, because its format has changed over time, and it is very different from A-level exams.  To help make the test a less daunting prospect, I have created an introductory guide to what it entails and how best to prepare.

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10 June, 2018

What did the old exams look like? This year’s (2018) examinations consisted of a paper based English and Maths examination. What will the new exam look like in 2019? At the moment, nobody knows definitively. The consortium have said that the exams will be as follows in their statement: “a one-hour long bespoke cognitive ability test including reasoning and Maths.

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25 April, 2018

During this panel discussion we share our insights into the 7+ and 8+ admissions process to UK independent schools. Keystone's founder, Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and Christine Leslie. Christine has had a career spanning over thirty years in education, including twenty years as a headmistress of co-ed, girls’ and boys’ preparatory schools.

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16 April, 2018

In this panel discussion on Applying to UK University, Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and former Westminster School Head of Sixth Form, David Hargreaves.

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16 April, 2018

In this panel discussion on Applying for Oxbridge, Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and former Westminster School Head of Sixth Form, David Hargreaves.

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16 April, 2018

Matt Demmer and John Roberts from New York based Advantage Testing (the pre-eminent experts in preparing for US universities) share their insights into applying to US universities from the UK.

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28 March, 2018

Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson and senior tutor Jon Gale discuss their top tips for effective revision.

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12 March, 2018

Ed Richardson (Keystone's Director of Education) talks to David Hargreaves (former head of Sixth Form at Westminster School) about deciding which A Levels to study. David has over thirty years experience advising students on A Level choices and university entrance.

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8 February, 2018

Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and Grace Moody-Stuart, Director of the Good Schools Guide consultancy. They discuss how parents can approach selecting the right school for their child.

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6 February, 2018

Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing and Director of Education Ed Richardson share their insights into applying to university in the UK as an international student. If you are looking for support with your university application then take a look at  Keystone's University Preparation Programme.

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11 January, 2018

Keystone's founder, Will Orr-Ewing, and Director of Education, Ed Richardson, share their insights on tackling entrance interviews for independent schools.

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14 December, 2017

If I were to ask whether all of you have been interviewed before, some of you might say that you haven’t and that you are finding the prospect of having an interview at a senior school rather alarming.

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30 November, 2017

George Orwell is famous first for novels such as Animal Farm and 1984, but he also wrote a number of brilliant and insightful essays. His written English is clean and unambiguous, and therein lies the beauty. In his essay “Politics and the English Language”, Orwell writes that “the great enemy of clear language is insincerity” and communicates 6 rules to help keep your writing clear and concise.

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22 November, 2017

Rory Maybery, Keystone Professional Tutor and English graduate from Lincoln College, Oxford discusses his interview with Keystone founder, Will Orr-Ewing. Rory shares his experiences of the final month of preparation before his interview. He talks about the benefits of practice interviews; what to read ahead of your interview; as well as how to approach the interview process itself.

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20 October, 2017

Many UK independent schools now ask prospective students from overseas to sit the UKiset test as part of their entry process. Most schools use it to assess a student’s level of English, before asking you to sit their own entry papers, but some schools offer places based solely on the UKiset results and school reports. We have outlined the structure of the test below as well as some tips on preparation.

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19 October, 2017

Almost every UK independent school sets 16+ exams for students hoping to gain entry into their sixth-form (year 12). Additionally, schools request previous school reports and predicted GCSE grades. Students are usually offered a conditional place, subject to the school’s minimum GCSE requirements. Most schools do not have a very big sixth-form intake and places are limited, with a high application to place rate.

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12 October, 2017

We have worked closely with Stephanie Cheah at Waypoints for a number of years and all the more so since establishing Keystone’s office in Singapore in March. Waypoints offer UK boarding schools consulting to families in Singapore and organises the British Education and Schools Show in Asia, which runs for the second time later this month.  Keystone’s team attended and spoke at BESSA in 2016 and we are delighted to have been asked to return for the 2017 event.

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14 September, 2017

Diana Stewart-Brown, head of Keystone’s Singapore office, considers why overseas parents are attracted to UK independent schools. A few parents have recently questioned the merits of UK boarding schools in comparison to international and local schools in Singapore. Why, they ask, is British education seen as the ‘gold-standard’ across the world, especially while Singapore tops the global education rankings.

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8 September, 2017

Whilst Keystone does not encourage piling too much pressure on to yourself or your child, it is important to recognise the importance of the 11+ exams. For most children, it is their first ‘proper’ exam and can have a significant impact on at least the next seven years of their lives. As a rule of thumb, Keystone recommends one year of proper preparation for the test although in some circumstances it may be prudent to start a little earlier.

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In the press

Ed Richardson
Times Educational Supplement
The West Journal