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Independent school eyes move to A-level teaching

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

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YOUNGSTERS in Burton and South Derbyshire looking to undertake A-levels could soon have a new option to chose from as an independent school revealed it was looking at moving into higher education.

Manor House School, based in South Street, Ashby, currently caters for pupils from four to 16 years old, but school chiefs have revealed they are looking at plans to bring in the qualification so pupils can continue their education up to university.

The move to alter the school’s focus comes on the back of new owner Sandip Taank who is keen to develop the school further.

At a meeting with staff and parents, Mr Taank outlined his initial plans for the school, including re-equipping some areas so pupils are fully prepared to meet the demands of an increasingly technological world.

Head teacher Ann Scrine said: “We’re looking forward to being part of this very inspiring opportunity for the school.

Mr Taank said: “We are now embarking on a journey with long-term plans involving the introduction of A-levels.”

A spokesman for the school said: “Manor House School is an independent day school in Leicestershire, for boys and girls aged four to 16 years.

“The school assesses pupils both on their academic performance and their ability to fit into the school’s close-knit community.

“GCSE results are consistently above the national average.

“Two free taster days are offered to all prospective pupils.

“During this time, they take part in lessons and school activities, and are assessed on their suitability for a place at the school.

“Class sizes are limited to no more than 20 pupils, to ensure that all children receive the individual attention, help and guidance they need to succeed.

“Pupils are encouraged to fulfil their academic potential but also to develop other valuable skills and qualities, as part of their personal development.

“The school offers a varied programme of extra curricular activities, in which sport, music and drama feature prominently.”

Visit www.manorhouseashby.co.uk for more details.

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