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15 August, 2019

It’s almost that time of year again, and as the 22nd August draws nearer we thought it might be helpful to consider some of the key points that might come up on results day.

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14 August, 2019

With the clock ticking down to 15th August we thought it might be helpful to put together a brief results day guide so that you can be prepared for all eventualities. We understand that results day can sometimes be confusing and stressful, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any advice either before, on, or after the 15th.    Before Results Day Make sure you have your UCAS track login and personal information ready.

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25 June, 2019

Maybe you’ve just finished your GCSEs and have decided to enter the brave new world of Philosophy at A Level. It might feel both exciting and a little daunting to be beginning a brand-new subject in Year 12, rather than continuing one, such as Physics or English, that you’ve studied for some years.

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19 June, 2019

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) is one of the most popular, and best-known, courses that you can read at Oxford. It has been offered since 1921, and it’s rooted in the view that it’s helpful to approach problems in society from the perspectives of several complementary disciplines and frameworks.

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12 June, 2019

Structure of the course Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) at Cambridge is a three-year BA Hons degree in politics, international relations, social anthropology and sociology. Although students can focus on one of these areas from the start, HSPS is also the broadest and most flexible political and/or social science degree at Oxbridge.

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30 May, 2019

An increasing number of independent schools have recently put pre-tests in place, which has caused a flurry of panic among parents and children alike. These tests are usually online and taken when a student is in Year 6 and/or 7. Students who perform well are then offered a conditional place, subject to passing their Common Entrance in Year 8. The test provides a standardised measure of attainment, potential and capability. It takes approximately 2.

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17 May, 2019

11+ and 13+ interviews for UK independent schools can be a daunting prospect. The best and easiest way to approach these is remembering that the purpose of the interview is for the interviewer to learn more about you. They are not designed to catch you out and there are rarely right or wrong answers. Below is some advice which we hope will help to both prepare and relax you ahead of any upcoming interviews.

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9 May, 2019

Coaching4Careers deliver coaching for businesses, universities, schools, charities and committees in the UK and internationally. Their experienced consultants help people at all levels to identify their strengths, so that they can build a career based on their natural talents and passions. They also help schools and their students with career planning, including getting the most from work experience assignments. Find out more here.

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9 May, 2019

Coaching4Careers deliver coaching for businesses, universities, schools, charities and committees in the UK and internationally. Their experienced consultants help people at all levels to identify their strengths, so that they can build a career based on their natural talents and passions. They also help schools and their students with career planning, including getting the most from work experience assignments. Find out more here.

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26 April, 2019

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. It is therefore important to ensure the process is as stress free and as positive an experience as possible.

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24 April, 2019

Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson and senior tutor Jon Gale discuss UK Engineering Degrees.

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17 April, 2019

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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17 April, 2019

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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17 April, 2019

Josh Davis and Alex Burston from ESM Prep share their thoughts on applying to US Universities. ESM Prep is an educational services firm that provides personalized strategic college counseling, academic mentorship, and SAT/ACT test preparation. Based in the US they also have an office in London.

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28 March, 2019

The National Admissions Test for Law, or LNAT, can seem like a formidable hurdle for many students applying to read law at university; this is particularly the case when one considers the historically low average scores (usually around 50%) and the fact that many students do not know what to expect.

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28 February, 2019

This article, by Keystone Founder, Will Orr-Ewing, was originally published in Absolutely Education magazine. I have run a tutoring company at the crucible of the 11+ scene for the last 11 years, and have seen first-hand how hundreds of families approach the 11+. Here I answer some questions often put to me by parents, teachers, tutors and others connected to the sector. Do parents need to hire a tutor? No.

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19 February, 2019

The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) is a form of assessment used to measure aptitude in critical thinking and problem solving. The TSA can be a requirement for gaining entry to top universities (including Oxford, Cambridge and UCL), as well as a handful of independent schools, who produce their own modified version of the exam (sometimes called a Critical Thinking test) for 16+. These exams test a variety of skills, which help prepare you for higher learning.

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14 February, 2019

This guide is for anyone applying to sit Classics or any combination involving Classics at the University of Oxford. In the sections below you can find out if you need to sit the test and how you go about doing that. There is also some advice on how best to prepare for the test and how important the test will be to your application to study at Oxford.

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8 February, 2019

What is the MAT? The Maths Admissions Test (MAT) is the admissions test used by Oxford for degrees in Mathematics. If you’re applying for a Maths or Computer Science degree at Oxford or a Maths degree at Imperial College London, you must sit the MAT just after beginning year 13 in late October/early November.

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7 February, 2019

During this panel discussion we talk through the key considerations when selecting a school for your child to move on to. The seminar is led by Keystone's Founder, Will Orr-Ewing who is joined by Director of Education, Ed Richardson as well as Dee Francken, an experienced Education Consultant. During the discussion we look to answer your questions on assessing which prep school or senior school is most suitable for your child.

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In the press

Knight Frank
Ed Richardson
Times Educational Supplement
The West Journal