I'm obviously nearing the end of my time at high school and I'm now faced with a choice: which college to choose! I have been offered places at 5 colleges, but out of those I can't choose between three: Wymondham High, Wymondham College and Springwood High School.
I've made a list of pros and cons for each school but I'm still struggling to choose. Out of these schools, I know that Wymondham High generally gets the best grades, but Wymondham College looks best on a CV. Springwood, however, offers a lot of opportunities, especially with extra-curricula activities. Moreover, no-one I know will be going to Springwood because it's quite a while away from my high school, which for me is a good thing! However, my mum is pushing for me to take up a place at either of the Wymondham schools as these are both closer and better academically, but I feel like I would be out of place at these schools: I have a feeling everyone would be smarter than me. This is because although I am an A/A* student, I really have to push myself to achieve these high grades. Furthermore, I don't like the idea of wearing a suit everyday, which is a requirement at Wymondham High and Wymondham College. Also, my older sister went to Wymondham High and didn't do very well; she ended up dropping 3 of the 4 A-Levels she picked and she often finds herself stressed out by the people she calls 'friends'.
Finally, distance is a problem. Most of my school will be going off to City College Norwich, which is about 30 miles from where we currently go to school. Springwood is 30 miles in the opposite direction, making it just as far as a school as accessible as CCN, but my only way of transport is the ONE bus there and back - if I miss it, I'm done for! The Wymondham Schools are about a 20 minute drive from my home, so if I miss the bus my mum will offer me a lift. This is another reason my mum is pushing me to go to Wymondham.
If anyone has any advice or even goes/know anyone who goes (or went) to any of these two schools I would be very grateful to hear it!
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- 12-03-2013 23:30
- 13-03-2013 10:38
I don't have any personal experience with those colleges, but I will say in terms of travel, there only being one bus a day is not a problem- where I live there is only one bus to and from college and it takes us an hour to get in, so long as you plan well for the first couple of weeks, you'll get used to it really quickly and it won't be a problem.
I wouldn't worry about your sisters issues with her friends- you might run in completely different circles and make completely different friends- she might just have been unlucky enough to have fallen in with a particularly stressful group.
In the end I'd say choose the college you're most comfortable at- don't worry about what looks better on a CV. If you want to do well in your A levels, then ultimately its down to you, not where you study. Maybe going to a school where you think everyone is smarter than you (I'm sure they're not, really!) will push you harder to achieve the top grades?
Also, wearing a suit- is it really going to be a big issue if you get the best grades?