Second go at university for my eldest daughter

I cannot begin to imagine the feelings one has to deal with when facing starting again at a university one year on from having started elsewhere only to have subsequently dropped out. When the first university was Keele, and the second is Imperial College, the feelings must be even more strange. There cannot be many students who have chosen to have gone to Keele in the first instance, dropped out and then manage to gain a seat in one of the top universities in the country.Zoë took the decision Read more […]

Youngest daughter goes to uni

Leaving home for Hull university Alexandra, our youngest child, left home for University in Hull at the back-end of September. She was heading into the unknown, not least in so far as accommodation arrangements were not confirmed because of going through clearing and she was simply advised that she would meet potential landlords and would probably move in on that day. Gulp. We had to get there by 10.30 to ensure we met the landlords. The car was filled on the Friday, and we headed off early Read more […]

A level results day

Last year, Zoë did not worry that much about her A level results as she had chosen to go to Keele Univesity to study Geology and their requirements were, well, not that challenging. Alexandra had rather more at stake to fill her place at Lancaster for Theatre Studies, so she was very worried on results day. I was not a good Father, and was still at work down in Swansea awaiting the text message. When the message came through with bad new late in the morning, I was clearly upset. Immediately Read more […]

Am I undereducated?

I find myself in an odd position. My wife has just started an Access course at a local college with the objective of starting at University on an undergraduate physiotherapy course the following year, at the same time as our older daughter is scheduled to go to University (unless she gets cold feet, or decided to take a year out) and a year ahead of the younger daughter (who has just started her A levels at another local college). I have no formal education planned for my future. Many of my colleagues Read more […]

Guiding a child’s education

It is always hard to know whether or not you have done the right thing for your kids. Around eight years ago we moved from Caterham in Surrey to my home town in Shropshire. There were a number of reasons for doing this, not least being quality of life, but the main two were: * get to know my parents before they passed away * have the same good school opportunities that I did Sadly, both my parents have passed away, but not before the kids got to know they reasonably well, especially my mother Read more […]

Double grade 5 whammy

What a musical genius my youngest daughter (15) is. She recently took grade 5 exams in both piano and classical guitar. This was whilst rehearsing for her latest theatre production with the Musical Theatre Academy and preparing for GCSE exams. As the curriculum for Grade 5 was about to change significantly. it was important for her to pass as she would not have been able to take the exam again in short order. She would effectively had to go back to the beginning and start with a new curriculum. Read more […]