What do you think of this school with no exams?

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    The Acorn school is a fee paying school, and has no GCSEs or A Levels but many pupils have gone on to university without any of these:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8401133.stm

    Students have been offered / studied at universities such as: Canterbury University, University of East London, Queens university Belfast, University of the West of England, University of Exeter: http://www.theacornschool.com/about/alumni/

    "According to Whiting, about 20 of the 70 or so students who've gone on to university graduated with firsts and almost everyone else was awarded a 2.1."

    http://www.theguardian.com/education...ithout-alevels

    Here are some of the Acorn school'a alumni: http://www.theacornschool.com/about/alumni/

    What is your view?
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    The Acorn school is a fee paying school, and has no GCSEs or A Levels but many pupils have gone on to university without any of these:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8401133.stm

    Students have been offered / studied at universities such as: Canterbury University, University of East London, Queens university Belfast, University of the West of England, University of Exeter: http://www.theacornschool.com/about/alumni/

    "According to Whiting, about 20 of the 70 or so students who've gone on to university graduated with firsts and almost everyone else was awarded a 2.1."

    http://www.theguardian.com/education...ithout-alevels

    Here are some of the Acorn school'a alumni: http://www.theacornschool.com/about/alumni/

    What is your view?
    I think that looks like a really interesting system, it's certainly going to be good for the students' well-being. I'm very glad that doing away with exams completely seems to have worked to some extent for these students although I'm not sure this is something you could replicate on a larger scale because I don't think university admissions departments would have the time to process a larger number of reports and/or portfolios. There is a place for university entrance exams/school leaver exams but I definitely think it's good that this school is trying to break away from the dreadful culture of over-testing in this country.
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