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    Hi,

    We have lived in france for 2.5yrs and we are returning next year. My son will be 16 and he hopes to start in college in Sept 2010. As we have no experience on how to choose a college or he has not had any help from a school careers officer we are trying to find out the best path to take for his future education. These are the courses he would like to take in A level, we have put 4 down, do you take more? or less? We are really out of touch with all of this and i have spent the last 5hrs googling and am really no better off :mad:

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Computer Systems Technology
    Mathematics
    French
    Digital Arts
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    Best college in the manchester area is Holy Cross in Bury, which ranks as the 8th State college in the country.

    theres always Manchester or Bury Grammar, and I hear Cardinal Langleys 6th form is very good.

    In Manchester Centre there is The Manchester College, though I don't think its too brilliant.

    You'll flourish wherever you are I'm sure.
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    Thanks, how did you find out about it rating 8th? have you a link to how colleges are performing?
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    I have found the league tables and have now narrowed it down to 3 colleges, Sir John Deanes, Xavarian and Loreto

    Now to choose which one????:eek:
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    Altrincham grammar
    Manchester Grammar
    Sale grammar
    St Ambrose

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/h...l/358_5404.stm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7827223.stm
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    My cousin goes to Loreto; it's pretty decent (apparently), but bear in mind it's not in the best of areas, and it takes the piss for him to get there on the bus, so you should probably consider how close the colleges are to where you're living
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    Thanks!

    anyone know anything about Sir John Deanes?
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    I would suggest looking at what courses the colleges offer.

    Audenshaw School isn't strictly in Manchester as it falls under the area of Tameside but it is only a short bus ride to the city centre. It has a mixed sixth form which is very well regarded [it was the top comprehensive in the country for A Level results in 2008 for example] with quite strict requirements on entry. However, they offer Computer Science, Maths and French but not Digital Arts so obviously that wouldn't be ideal for your son.

    Manchester College offer some good design based courses I think so they may offer Computer System Technology and Digital Arts.

    I'd recommend looking at where you will be living and the distance of the colleges from you and, as I mentioned, the courses they offer. It might also be worth considering the type of environment your son will prefer - a strict, school like environment or somewhere with more freedom etc.
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    (Original post by ella2)
    I have found the league tables and have now narrowed it down to 3 colleges, Sir John Deanes, Xavarian and Loreto

    Now to choose which one????:eek:
    My brother went to Xavarian and I know people who went to Loreto. I don't have any personal experience of those colleges as I went to a college in Preston but have heard good things about them

    Visited Xavarian once. It was nice, thats all i can say :p:
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    He has decided on Sir John Deanes or Loreto, and i have contacted them today and they are sending an application pack.

    Now to decide on courses, he has chosen French, Maths and Graphic Design. Why do some people choose 3 A levels and others 4??? His goal is to attend uni to do digital media?
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    (Original post by ella2)
    Hi,

    Find a good college in manchester
    Go out of manchester and move down south?
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    (Original post by ella2)
    He has decided on Sir John Deanes or Loreto, and i have contacted them today and they are sending an application pack.

    Now to decide on courses, he has chosen French, Maths and Graphic Design. Why do some people choose 3 A levels and others 4??? His goal is to attend uni to do digital media?
    Unis are getting very competitive, I suggest him to do 4
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    Loreto, Xaverian, Manchester Academy/Grammar (or whatever it's called)?? :dontknow:
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    Manchester Academy?
    You must be joking. Try stretford grammar, it's not bad, I went there after doing a brief stink in manchester academy.

    I'm assuming you're talking about mgs, so it's manchester grammar. Best boys school is alty boys and agsb. loretto isnt bad, many of my frieds go there (mostly asian)
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    If you want the best results at A level a sixth form would prbably be best (personal experience) I would recommend Altrincham boys or if you can afford it Manchester Grammar school.
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    yh manchester grammar is one of the best independent in country however it is quite expensive but if you are not looking for an independent school altrincham grammar for boys is one of the best. Also I hear st ambrose isnt so bad so that s really it for south manchester.
    Hope it helps .
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    Sir John Deane's is an amazing college. Go there myself and it really is good. High standards and good support from teachers. I believe it is one of the top 10 in the country amazing facilities-tennis courts,astro turf thing, right on the river so canoeing an option (and v. popular!!), swimming pool, brand new £28 million building etc. It really is pristine! Go there, not too far from manchester, just less than an hour on the train!
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    Where did he end up going?
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    any suggestions for Oldham Sixth Form college????

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