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    Hi,

    I'm in my AS year of sixth form and my education has been solely at state schools/colleges, and I'm among people who are also aspiring to go onto study at Oxbridge. I myself aim for another Russel Group.

    I couldn't recommend any schools near you, however don't limit your searching to grammar and top state schools. Cambridge and Oxford are both open to allowing state students to attend as long as they exhibit the qaulities that they're looking for, which can develop at any form of establishment. Cambridge care more about A Level results and the person as a whole rather than their high school education. Oxford, incase you ever decide this is a better place, do look at GCSE results and only tend to accept A* achievers.

    So where should you go to get the best GCSE/A Level results? My answer is simply to visit the places of education and decide what suits your DD's style of learning the best. I've known people in state education come out with better results than those in private/grammar, so the name of the high school doesn't really matter.

    I picked my college compared to my other option because I liked the environment better and felt more relaxed, therefore I knew I'd do better here. Take her to a variety of schools you approve of and ask her if she likes the feel of the place. Once you find a place like that there shouldn't be much stopping her from reaching her potential. Relaxed = better academic outcome.

    I feel that private schools push students to achieve, and I know some thrive by leading themselves and doing some self encouragement and some need encouragement to do well by others. So really, it's based on your DD's personality and attitude to learning.

    Just remember not to push her. Her true academic potential won't be clear until GCSEs, and she might not end up being Cambridge potential no matter how hard you encourage.

    Hope this helped.
 
 
 
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