Mander Portman Woodward - London
90-92 Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5AB
020 7835 1355
|Principal||Mr John Southworth|
|Date Appointed||August 2016|
|Co-ed Age Range||14-19|
|Number of pupils||724|
|Day fees per annum||£9,075 - £9,833|
|Average Class Size||6|
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MPW London was founded in 1973 by three Cambridge graduates. The academic experience for students is modelled on the Oxford and Cambridge tutorial, with lessons being more relaxed and informal than those of a typical school, but also intellectually stimulating and demanding. MPW's mission is to help our students develop their confidence, maturity, knowledge and skills, turning their academic aspirations into reality.
Through our bespoke lessons, we aim to make working hard good fun and equip our alumni with the independence and aptitudes they need for success at university and beyond. With fewer than 10 students in any class, and an average student:teacher ratio more like 6:1, lessons are intensive but rewarding with plenty of opportunity for individual attention and personalised learning. Over 40 subjects are offered at A level and 25 at GCSE.
Our academic programme aims not only to enable students to achieve their best in GCSE and A level examinations but also to prepare them for life at university and beyond. We prepare students for a range of universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, University of the Arts, and competitive degree specialisms such as Medicine or Law. Each year, over 70% of our graduates head to top tier universities and our modal A level grade is consistently A/A*. We are especially proud of this given that our admissions policy is academically non-selective; MPW's 'value-add' (the distance travelled by students at A level relative to where they were at GCSE) is exceptional.
As well as expert tuition, students benefit from pastoral care, mentoring and university advice provided by a team of Directors of Studies. A student's Director of Studies provides detailed counsel on university entrance and support for submitting the application, from personal statement critique to organising tutoring for entrance tests or mock interviews. The role of a Director of Studies only begins at UCAS and additional, day-to-day, support is provided to all students throughout their studies. "They have put themselves out to be helpful" said one parent to the Good Schools Guide.
Parents are invited to the college regularly to discuss progress with their child's Director of Studies and also for events such as our Art Show, Principal's lecture series or UCAS Week, where we provide advice on university applications. We also run a number of ad-hoc parental seminars throughout the year on relevant topics, such as 'how to support a teenager through exam stress'.
An extensive extra-curricular programme caters for all tastes, from sports - rugby and football are the most popular - to creative arts, language lessons, guitar lessons, drama, journalism, chess club and everything in between. The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is available to all students and year 10 complete the Bronze award together over the course of the year.
MPW is academically rigorous but socially relaxed and the college prides itself on maintaining a relatively informal, personalised and supportive atmosphere, allowing our students to develop the independence and responsibility that they will need in the future. Our focus on equipping students with the skills they need for life encourages success across a wide range of disciplines. Recent alumni include Harry Stebbings, Europe's youngest ever venture capitalist ("I would not be who I am without MPW") and Tom Charman, CEO of KOMPAS ("nothing could have prepared me better for the role that I play today").