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    (Original post by Mesopotamian.)
    Got accepted into Harris Westminster 3 years ago. Enrolled there and then rejected them 2 days later. Best decision I ever made 👍
    May I ask why you left there?
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    (Original post by Mesopotamian.)
    Got accepted into Harris Westminster 3 years ago. Enrolled there and then rejected them 2 days later. Best decision I ever made 👍
    Why was it the best decision you ever made? Did one of your friends go there and have a terrible experience or something?
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    (Original post by beccabuf)
    My score was 451 x
    Congrats - I got 421! I think you should definitely ask about the pastoral care available to students during your interview. It's imperative that they have a policy for it.
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    (Original post by ebada hassan)
    does anyone know how long the interviews are?? letter says one hour slots but website says 15 minutes?? im nervous :/
    I have a feeling that overall we’ll be in the sixth form for an hour, so that includes principal talk and interview together is an hour and interview around 15 minutes x
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    I'm hoping that the reviews were exaggerated; I did notice that it only came from about three people. Just cos three people had a bad experience doesn't mean everyone will, right?
    i think most students can cope with it, for things like saturday school i already have one from 9 - 12 and it’s fine. but i’d rather a first hand experience - i have an interview on sat. good luck~
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    I'm hoping that the reviews were exaggerated; I did notice that it only came from about three people. Just cos three people had a bad experience doesn't mean everyone will, right?
    That is true but still good to take those views into consideration. Especially as it is such a pivotal time in our lives and a bad decision could really screw things up. Plus it will mean you have to sacrifice your Saturdays and for a lot of us, wake up quite early and personally, I would want the trade off to be worthwhile.
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    (Original post by Xephyrr_)
    i think most students can cope with it, for things like saturday school i already have one from 9 - 12 and it’s fine. but i’d rather a first hand experience - i have an interview on sat. good luck~
    Oh, Saturday? Maybe I'll see you there - what subject are you being interviewed in?
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    (Original post by Ihatelife2)
    That is true but still good to take those views into consideration. Especially as it is such a pivotal time in our lives and a bad decision could really screw things up. Plus it will mean you have to sacrifice your Saturdays and for a lot of us, wake up quite early and personally, I would want the trade off to be worthwhile.
    I feel you bro - for the hours we're gonna have to wake up; for the journeys we're gonna have to make; this school had better be worth it!
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    Oh, Saturday? Maybe I'll see you there - what subject are you being interviewed in?
    i initially chose physics so i can waffle on about space but i ended up asking admissions to switch it to philosophy since i have more to talk about. when i got my letter it still said physics so i email and i’m going to call tomorrow to double check if they can change it for realsies
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    Congrats - I got 421! I think you should definitely ask about the pastoral care available to students during your interview. It's imperative that they have a policy for it.
    Well done on your score as well x I’m definitely going to ask. It’s very important x I’ll post on here as to what they say in the interview
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    (Original post by beccabuf)
    Well done on your score as well x I’m definitely going to ask. It’s very important x I’ll post on here as to what they say in the interview
    And I shall do likewise
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    (Original post by beccabuf)
    Well done on your score as well x I’m definitely going to ask. It’s very important x I’ll post on here as to what they say in the interview
    Do you(or anyone else) know how many people were given interviews? I think there are 312 places. The school did look rather small and I wonder if it can support over 500 students without getting too congested.
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    (Original post by Xephyrr_)
    i initially chose physics so i can waffle on about space but i ended up asking admissions to switch it to philosophy since i have more to talk about. when i got my letter it still said physics so i email and i’m going to call tomorrow to double check if they can change it for realsies
    OK! I'm doing Politics - it's a great opportunity for me to talk about how capitalism and socialism has affected our lives in modern-day England... (and maybe I'll add in some Donald Trump as well)
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    I feel you bro - for the hours we're gonna have to wake up; for the journeys we're gonna have to make; this school had better be worth it!
    PREACH!
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    (Original post by beccabuf)
    May I ask why you left there?
    1. They have Saturday school which is entirely unnecessary even if you are aiming for top grades
    2. They force you to do 4 A Levels and won't let you drop any unless you get to the point where you're on Us the entire time - this happened to someone I know. And the worst thing is they don't do AS grades so you have nothing to show for your efforts
    3. They do the hardest exam boards for no real purpose. At the end of the day, you want to get the best grades. I understand you may want to challenge yourself, but you can do that without risking your grades. (And who on earth does course work for maths???)
    4. You don't have to go to HW to get 3/4 A*. I abondoned it and chose a normal state school over it. I left coming in the top 1% in terms of A Level results. Some people say that going to HW makes your uni application more 'impressive' but this isn't true - they accept students based on the individual, not their school.

    Basically, I had a feeling that I would fail if I went there and I think I was right. I took physics as one of my options but it was honestly the hardest thing I've ever had to endure with to date. I managed to scrape an A in AS and then dropped it. If I had gone to HW, I would not have been able to drop it and would have gotten a rubbish A Level result with nothing to prove that A in the year before - it also could have affected my other results.

    Obviously, everyone is different so you could end up thriving and loving it. But it's something to bear in mind - especially considering this is coming from someone who was besotted with HW right up until results day
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    (Original post by Ihatelife2)
    Do you(or anyone else) know how many people were given interviews? I think there are 312 places. The school did look rather small and I wonder if it can support over 500 students without getting too congested.
    See my previous post
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    (Original post by Ihatelife2)
    Do you(or anyone else) know how many people were given interviews? I think there are 312 places. The school did look rather small and I wonder if it can support over 500 students without getting too congested.
    I have no idea honestly x I read somewhere about there being about 700 students for the interviews
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    (Original post by HisMajesty_Kwabz)
    And I shall do likewise
    Do you think that they may try and sugarcoat it in the interview and play it down a bit? Schools nowadays are kinda run like businesses. I don't think they would tell the truth. There should still be students around at the time, so it could be better to ask a student in the school.
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    (Original post by Mesopotamian.)
    1. They have Saturday school which is entirely unnecessary even if you are aiming for top grades
    2. They force you to do 4 A Levels and won't let you drop any unless you get to the point where you're on Us the entire time - this happened to someone I know. And the worst thing is they don't do AS grades so you have nothing to show for your efforts
    3. They do the hardest exam boards for no real purpose. At the end of the day, you want to get the best grades. I understand you may want to challenge yourself, but you can do that without risking your grades. (And who on earth does course work for maths???)
    4. You don't have to go to HW to get 3/4 A*. I abondoned it and chose a normal state school over it. I left coming in the top 1% in terms of A Level results. Some people say that going to HW makes your uni application more 'impressive' but this isn't true - they accept students based on the individual, not their school.

    Basically, I had a feeling that I would fail if I went there and I think I was right. I took physics as one of my options but it was honestly the hardest thing I've ever had to endure with to date. I managed to scrape an A in AS and then dropped it. If I had gone to HW, I would not have been able to drop it and would have gotten a rubbish A Level result with nothing to prove that A in the year before - it also could have affected my other results.

    Obviously, everyone is different so you could end up thriving and loving it. But it's something to bear in mind - especially considering this is coming from someone who was besotted with HW right up until results day
    You know Mr. Handscombe said to me on the open evening that they might scrap Saturday school? Hopefully they do
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    (Original post by beccabuf)
    I have no idea honestly x I read somewhere about there being about 700 students for the interviews
    Welp! That does not sound good for me. I need to really do well in that interview and I wish you all the best of luck.
 
 
 
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