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No call here for the gentle narratives of the Cambridge Latin Course, this was old school, verb learning, Kennedy’s Latin Primer territory – and the boys were loving it. Pretty impressive, especially since many of them only started to learn Latin when they arrived at MCS. Sixth pupils undertake a personal research project known as Waynflete Studies – a bit like the EPQ but with extra added Oxford ...

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MCS combines a superb and consistent academic record with outstanding pastoral care and numerous opportunities for a wide variety of extra-curricular activities in sport, music, art and drama. The dynamic staff are renowned for their commitment to helping pupils achieve success both in and out of the classroom. Emphatically a day school, with no Saturday school, MCS recognises its partnership with the family and is eager to maximise the formative influences of home life.

As an academically selective independent school, MCS retains its privileged position at the heart of one of Europes most beautiful cities and one of the worlds leading universities. It also has the good fortune of being able to share the facilities and resources of the university campus and city around it.

The introduction of girls to the Sixth Form has seen applications to join the school at 16 double.
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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Master

Since 2016, Helen Pike MA (40s). Previously head of South Hampstead High. Born in Preston, state educated and was first in her family to go to university. After studying modern history at Christ Church, Oxford she looked set for an academic career, but teaching claimed her for its own while she was on a masters scholarship at Ann Arbor, University of Michigan. After a short stint lecturing at the University of Warwick she went first to Westminster School where she taught history, thence to City of London Boys (dep head of sixth form), St Paul’s where she was head of politics, and RGS Guildford (deputy head). That’s a high-octane progression through some of the country’s most academically demanding schools.

Credits ‘inspirational’ history and English A level teachers at her sixth form...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Learning Support at Magdalen College School is designed to ensure the full inclusion of boys in the learning process so that no boy is prevented from achieving his full potential in any sphere of school life because of a learning difficulty, personal or medical problem. However, there is no specialist Learning Support centre and pupils assisted tend to have mild forms of dyslexia etc.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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