Where ambitious students learn to thrive
Zoom into the heart of the English countryside, and you will discover Concorde College – a safe and vibrant 80-acre boarding school with enough joy for everyone. Ranked 2nd in the Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ league tables and among the top five in the UK, according to Best Schools, this renowned institution is home to an international community of like-minded learners. While growing happily in harmony, they acquire a high-quality education that embodies results, rigor, classroom learning, and productive challenge. Throughout, they receive unwavering support.
It all starts in Form 3, where students bring together all the components of a strong foundation: global outlook, skills to succeed in the UK exam system, and general academic development. Although demanding, the curriculum is rich and varied, allowing learners to discover and pursue their diverse interests while gaining grounding in a wide range of subjects.
As Rachel Coward, Principal of Concord Elementary School, says, “The Elementary School experience at Concord College is the solid foundation on which our students build themselves into the dynamic learners and thoughtful, articulate young people we are extremely proud. From the 3rd year, their experiences are intended to enable them to work together in an academically ambitious and supportive way.
Form 4 and 5 students take GCSEs, while Form 6.2 students prepare for A-level exams. Each program is refined and complemented by the school’s super-curriculum, which includes subject clinics, teacher-run clubs, student-run societies, review sessions, etc. Every meeting exudes the zeal and achievement of champions.
“The positive attitude of our students can be seen in many of the academically oriented clubs and societies,” confirms Vice-Principal Tom Lawrence. “These happen outside of class and are usually entirely student-led. They allow students to have in-depth discussions on topics that interest them and give them the opportunity to question and debate.
A perfect example was earlier this term when sixth graders successfully organized and conducted their Model United Nations (MUN) competition. Their school-wide event caught the attention of students of all age groups – all of whom were more than eager to join in.. Some 6.2 members have even served as United Nations organizers and officials.
Such examples of collaboration are common at Concord. “Bringing together bright young minds from around the world allows them to share and grow together and rather like magic, they seem to make each other smarter,” says Lawrence. “There is a benefit in sharing experiences in different education systems, exchanging ideas and learning from cultures and the many successes of their friends. This creates an atmosphere of scholarly and creative energy that inspires excitement, learning, and success.
These positive traits can be developed in a variety of ways – it’s a fact that Concord understands best, evident in its emphasis on satisfying curiosity and achieving personal ambitions. Thanks to the dynamic Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), students are able to plan, manage and carry out independent research.
Natural-born analysts take the dissertation route, participating in library research to support the production of a 6,000-word written analysis. Those looking to get their hands dirty complete an investigation by taking measurements and collecting data in Concord’s research lab – one of 21 superbly equipped labs at the school. Students more fascinated by practical outcomes such as architectural models or engineering designs complete an artifact. Meanwhile, budding visionaries choose the performance route that often culminates in a musical concert, drama production, or poetry recital.
“The program pushes students beyond the limits of subject specifications and allows them to focus on a topic that really interests them,” says Lawrence. “Most importantly, students gain independent study skills, which will be of immense benefit to them as they progress through college.”
With such rapid progress comes a need for support. Fortunately, Concorde benefits from an exceptional pastoral care. The College promotes a caring, supportive and stimulating environment for the development of its students. All achievements are celebrated, opinions are respected and cultures are embraced. Most importantly, safety and well-being come first. When students have a concern they need to voice, there is always a faculty member to listen and uplift them. This is precisely the level of attention that a multinational student body deserves. Concord is currently home to 42 nationalities.
With a well-rounded and well-rounded education, it’s no wonder bright and ambitious learners from near and far choose Concord. Those currently in school thrive on a beautiful campus, as proud members of a truly international community. Once they graduate, they can expect to achieve results that will open doors to prestigious universities and lucrative careers, just like the graduates who came before them. In 2021, the school’s Form 5 pupils achieved their best ever GCSE results with over 93% of grades awarded from seven to nine (the national average is 29%). Meanwhile, 6.2 students achieved the most impressive grades with 76% of grades A to A* and 94% to A*/A.
These early achievements ensure learners take their first steps into adulthood with the confidence to take on the world. After all, with a rallying community like Concord’s behind you, anything is possible. Click here for more information on admissions and you’ll be well on your way to experiencing connectivity for yourself.
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