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School Type: Colleges

Bruce College

Located in Cork City Centre, Bruce College is one of Ireland’s most successful private independent schools teaching 5th Years, 6th Years and Repeat Leaving Certificate students.

Cork is the second largest English-speaking city in the European Union. It is projected to be the fastest growing city in the country. It is also undergoing rapid transformation and is host to the largest regeneration project in Ireland.

Bruce College is a proud Cork institution. Our reputation is based on hard work and commitment to excellence in a positive and structured learning environment.

 

The staff at Bruce College are highly experienced and passionate about helping young people achieve their full potential. Our highly experienced team of teachers is a key tenet of our success, among whom are past examiners and textbook authors.

Our students have a myriad of reasons for attending Bruce College but are consistent in their ambitions to achieve and be successful. We are a top university feeder school. Whilst students mainly progress to University College Cork, they also successfully gain access to universities in the USA, UK and mainland Europe.

We look forward to our new journey with the Dukes Education family and are excited about the future.

 

About
Bruce College

One of the best-known schools in the Munster region, Bruce College is a co-educational school founded in 1990 by Liam O’Hora and currently provides senior cycle tuition and exam preparation courses in 26 Leaving Certificate subjects to over 270 full-time students and many thousands of part time students annually.

 

 

 

16-18
16-18
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16-18
Bruce College
Audley House, St Patrick's Hill, Cork, Ireland
   
Bruce College

 

 

The Institute of Education

The Institute of Education was founded in 1969 by Raymond Kearns and was established to provide exceptional maths tuition to Leaving Certificate students. Today The Institute is Ireland’s most successful private school with over 1,500 full-time students.  We also offer par-time and short courses for students attending other schools, over 7,000 students attend these courses every year.

 

Our school offers a unique learning environment. We provide a focused, flexible, and complete educational experience for our students that extends beyond academic achievement. Our school provides an environment where students can maximise their academic capabilities while also developing the confidence and maturity to thrive as they progress to their chosen universities and future careers.

Our school values are simple; Excellence, Respect, Independence, and Ambition.  These values underpin every aspect of our school.  As principal of The Institute of Education, my focus is on the students and their journey. The students are at the heart of every decision and my door is always open to the students, our teachers, and the school community. I am immensely proud of our students, the teaching team, and our support staff who working together make our school exceptional.

In 2023 we joined the Dukes Education family. We are proud to be a part of Dukes Education, a collection of truly outstanding schools with whom we share a passion for exceptional education.  Being part of the Dukes family will enrich the lives of our students, teachers, and our wider school community.

I look forward to welcoming you to our school.

 

Yvonne O’Toole

About
The Institute of Education

Over 50 Years of Excellence in Education

The Institute of Education is Ireland’s best known and most successful private school.  Located in Dublin, the school occupies an iconic campus in heart of historical Georgian Dublin. Our city campus offers a bright, contemporary, vibrant, and stimulating environment in which to learn.

Our students study for the Leaving Certificate exams; a State examination that is a recognised pathway to top universities in Ireland and throughout the world. Thousands of our school alumni have progressed to Ireland’s best universities to study the most prestigious of courses. Our students also progress to the top universities in the UK, Europe, and the US. Students have the flexibility to choose from a huge combination of subjects for the Leaving Certificate that best fits their strengths, interests, and University progression.

Excellence is in the DNA of our school; we never compromise on the quality of our tuition, and we encourage our students not to compromise on their ambitions. With a clear focus on results and exam success, we foster a can-do culture and provide additional tuition where required to support students. We ensure our students are equipped to achieve their absolute potential. The school has a team of Guidance and Career Counsellors supporting students as they select the appropriate universities and courses for further study. The school also provides a full programme of extracurricular activities, to ensure that students develop both academically and personally.

The Institute of Education is a unique learning environment. We ensure that all our students receive the very highest standards of tuition and are fully prepared for the world of the 21st Century.

12 - 18 YEARS
12- 18
Ages
12-18
79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, Ireland

The Institute of Education

79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, Ireland

15 - 18 YEARS

St Andrew’s College

– Welcome note from the Principal

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you, officially, to St Andrew’s College Cambridge. The past few years have been very exciting at St Andrew’s. Every year we broaden our horizons, building on our foundations of academic excellence and a wide and varied extra-curricular programme.

However, we do not plan to rest on our success. Instead, we want to ensure we achieve the goal of becoming the best college possible for each and every one of our students. Some people will say it’s impossible to truly be the best. But we like to think that we have the right idea of how to confront what those naysayers believe.

We prefer to adopt “a healthy disregard for the impossible.” Embracing that thought process will allow opportunities for our students to excel during their time at St. Andrew’s.

 

The college is a wonderfully energetic place and home to students from nations across the world. It is a lively environment where students are motivated to pursue their academic and personal goals through a range of subjects and extra-curricular activities. I am looking forward to welcoming you to our St. Andrew’s community someday soon.”

About
St Andrew’s College

St Andrew’s College Cambridge has been offering both UK and international students the opportunity to study in central Cambridge for over 40 years. The college prides itself on its small size and dedicated teachers who are committed to helping students achieve their personal and academic goals. St. Andrew’s has a family-like atmosphere, with many long-standing members of staff who have served the college for over a decade, helping and supporting students in every aspect of their studies.

 

A broad range of courses is available at St Andrew’s, including Pre-A-level, GCSEs, and A-levels. The college also offers 11 university foundation courses including Architecture, Engineering, and Business. Foundation students have an excellent track record, with 100% of students going on to university study.

 

St Andrew’s offers UK and international students an outstanding education as well as an engaging extra-curricular programme and high-quality accommodation.

Accommodation at St Andrew's

Students live in small boarding houses with 8-18 students in single or double rooms. Every boarding house is overseen by a live-in House Manager, who lives at the residence 52 weeks a year, ensuring all students are safe, cared for, and supervised.

What students can expect from St Andrew’s and what St Andrew’s expects from each student

The college asks all students to do very simple but extremely important things during their time at St Andrew’s. If they do these things, not only will they be successful and improve themselves, the college also will continue to be a place that the whole community can be very proud of.

Be Kind

The expectation is not just of being tolerant of others in the college community, but to truly accept all with kindness.  “To the world you are one person, but to one person you are the world.”

Finding Passion

Whether it is Engineering, Architecture, Law, or Maths, at St Andrew’s we make sure students have the opportunity to find their passion through the classes, clubs, and sports available, and are always invited to start new ones.

Commit to Excellence

In order to succeed, students must commit to:

 

  • Participate in the clubs, sports, and/or activities that are available
  • Earn at least six participation and progress points per term
  • Attend all IELTS classes (if applicable) to ensure they can enhance their learning and fulfil their potential,
  • Demonstrate good citizenship
  • Maintain a 95% attendance rate
  • Complete their chosen course with an acceptable grade to go to their chosen university

St Andrew's is a co-educational boarding school in the heart of Cambridge
15 - 18
Ages
15 - 18
St Andrew's College
89 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AW

St Andrew’s College

89 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AW

“The school management is very approachable. Students’ welfare is very important and managers go the extra mile to ensure that [students] achieve [their goals].”

Ofsted Report, 2018
14-19 YEARS

Cardiff Sixth Form College

– A letter from the Principal

“Cardiff Sixth Form College is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. Academic achievement, university placement, and skills for future career success are core elements of our provision. Developing critical, creative learners who can collaborate and communicate well, leads to the education of individuals fit for the future.

Founded as a small, private tutorial college in 2004, Cardiff Sixth Form College has quickly grown into the leading academic A-level school in the UK…”

Staff are experts; students are motivated and together; the results are inspiring. University placements are wide ranging and impressive, both in the UK and internationally.

In 2017, Cardiff Sixth Form College became a part of the Dukes Education family. We are proud to be a part of this family, contributing to and gaining from our relationship with the diverse range of other college family members, as well as the exceptional university preparation offered through Oxbridge Applications and A-List UK.”

About
Cardiff Sixth Form College

Cardiff Sixth Form College was founded in 2004 as a small, private tutorial college focusing on academic achievements. It has gained a name for itself as the Top Independent School in the UK, after catapulting to the top of the league tables in 2010, a position it has almost exclusively occupied ever since.

 

Its unique, ‘East-meets-West’ approach to education has developed from a careful study of the most successful teaching philosophies worldwide. The college integrates the rigour and discipline prized in Eastern education with the value placed on individual creativity and intellectual curiosity in the West.

 

The outcome of this global approach is not only unparalleled results but a student body that goes on to win places at a clutch of the most prestigious universities in the world. 100% of students achieve A*-B and 94% A*-A.

Best private A-level college in the UK

Cardiff Sixth Form College has won the accolade of being placed at the top of the Education Advisers’ league tables for the eighth consecutive year, in two categories: Top Private Co-educational Boarding School, and Top Independent Sixth Form College.

Cardiff has also topped the independent schools league tables, published by The Sunday Telegraph and The Times, more often than any other school in the UK.

Cardiff Sixth Form College welcomes GCSE and A-Level students.
14-19
Ages
14-19
CARDIFF SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
1-3 Trinity Court, 21-27 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AA
14-19
CARDIFF SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
89 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1AW

Cardiff Sixth Form College

21-27 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AA, UK

Cardiff Sixth Form College

89 Regent St, Cambridge

“The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievements is excellent. Students receive an extremely good education in accordance with their objectives and the college’s aims…arrangements for the health, safety and welfare of students are excellent…the effectiveness of governance, leadership and management is excellent.”

ISI Inspection Report, 2016
15-18 YEARS

Earlscliffe

– A letter from the Principal

“Welcome to Earlscliffe, to Folkestone, and indeed, to England!

My wife Julie and I founded the school in 2012 and it has grown steadily ever since. We retain that family atmosphere, with about 110 sixth form boarders living in our Houses which form an ‘in-town campus’ a short walk from the sea and still less than an hour from central London by train.

We are an international community of over 30 nationalities, with students aiming for top UK university entry…

Most take A-levels, but we also offer a pre A-level course, a Diploma in Business & Management, and a Foundation Year.

The average number of students in any class is eight; each A-level subject is allocated 30% more teaching time than you ordinarily find in most schools and each student is monitored closely through our weekly TRaC™ testing. We offer a full range of subjects.

We encourage students to see new things as opportunities rather than threats and invite them to participate in our Model United Nations, Singing Club, Public Speaking Society, UNESCO Club, Community Service projects, and sports teams to name but a few, as they develop into fulfilled and highly-skilled adults making meaningful contributions to global society.

An Earlscliffe education is ‘personalised’. Please come and see for yourselves!”

About
Earlscliffe

A gold standard education and university preparation for 15 to 19 year olds.

Earlscliffe offers the best of English education: A-levels, the one year GCSE (“International Transition Year”), the Business Diploma and the University Foundation Year.

We pride ourselves on a friendly, inclusive student body with diverse cultures, talents and interests. Our students enjoy an enriched learning experience in a home-from-home environment that gives them a significant advantage when applying to university.

We embrace traditional English values, balanced by an international, open-minded perspective.

Now visit Why Earlscliffe for more information.

Earlscliffe Summer and Easter

Earlscliffe also runs Summer and Easter programmes in term-time holidays. These holiday programmes offer both serious study and fun activities. Students enjoy engaging academic study combined with exciting social activities and excursions that make for an unforgettable experience.

During their stay, students live on the Earlscliffe campus, a collection of recently renovated Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

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Table tennis at Earlscliffe's summer school
Table tennis at Earlscliffe's summer school
Earlscliffe accepts students for A-levels and a pre A-level course.
15-18
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15-18
EARLSCLIFFE
29 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2NB

Earlscliffe

29 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2NB, UK

“Unusual does not mean impossible. Sometimes, someone who believes in you is the hardest thing to find, and all you need. Thank you!”

Earlscliffe alumnus, winner of full scholarship to Stanford University
13-18 YEARS

Hampstead Fine Arts College

– A letter from the Principal

“I am delighted to introduce you to Hampstead Fine Arts College, founded in 1978 for the study of the Arts and Humanities. Our aim has always been to instil a love of learning in students of all ages and to help students achieve entry into outstanding higher education establishments.

Our ethos is rooted in the belief that, with the right encouragement, students flourish both academically and creatively. All subjects are taught with expertise and enthusiasm by tutors who have a genuine love of their subject…”

Students are fortunate to be taught by many who, as well as being highly experienced educators, are often distinguished musicians, artists, filmmakers, writers and actors. The informal nature of relationships between staff and students strengthens high expectations and encourages a rigorous approach to work.

The college is a unique bridge between school and university, a place that encourages self-discipline and self-motivation. On leaving, our students graduate to top universities and leading Art, Design, Music and Performing Arts Colleges in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.”

About
Hampstead Fine Arts College

The school is located in a charming part of Belsize Park, with the main site situated in a secluded courtyard, originally a Victorian dairy, away from the bustle of the street.

 

The spirit of creativity and close, personal teaching remain hallmarks of the school’s atmosphere. Teaching staff are committed to helping students identify their own unique way of contributing something special to the wider world. Most students join the college because they are seeking a school that will allow them freedom of expression and remove some of the restrictions of traditional independent alternatives. Students wear no uniform, and are taught primarily in round-table formats, reminiscent of university seminars rather than traditional classrooms. Despite this, there are high expectations for behaviour and performance. The Good Schools Guide quotes a parent who summarises it well, “What we like about the college… is the industrious informality. They take the job seriously, but don’t wear it too formally.”

 

Virtually all students leaving the senior school go on to higher education at a range of universities and Art, Music, and Drama schools. Typical destinations include the University of Oxford, King’s College London, Central St. Martin’s, and Edinburgh, to name a few.

Fine Arts College recently opened its lower school for younger students.
13-15
Ages
16-18
Ages
13-16
LOWER SCHOOL
24 Lambolle Place, London, NW3 4PG
16-19
UPPER SCHOOL
Centre Studios, 41 - 43 England's Lane, London, NW3 4YD

Hampstead Fine Arts College

Lambolle Place, London, UK

Hampstead Fine Arts College

41-43 England's Lane, London NW3 4YD, UK

A haven of culture, creativity and kindness amidst the tumult of north London selective schools.

The Good Schools Guide