The emergence of online schools as credible alternatives to bricks-and-mortar has meant more options for course retakes and more flexible learning – many online schools offer a range of teaching, from single subjects through to the full curriculum.
InterHigh: The UK’s longest-established online school offers the opportunity to take single subject courses in GCSE and A level. Unusually here you can join in Year 13 for your final year of A levels which would suit those retaking and there’s massive flexibility in terms of time scales.
Pearson: The new online-school-on-the-block currently only offers A level education, but single subject take up is possible. Pearson is a massive global educational leader and the school, having just launched just two months ago, has room for more pupils.
BRICKS AND MORTAR
Oxford Sixth Form College
Oxford Sixth Form College: Bang in the heart of Oxford, it takes students from 15-19 years via September and January intakes, it also offers GSCE courses to returning expat kids, or those who need schooling in a hurry. Retakes are is £3,050 per subject per term. For the full flexible price list read here.
Oxford Spires Academy based in East Oxford is not somewhere I’ve personally reviewed but I do know that it offers 1 year resits for GSCE Maths and English so it might be worth your consideration.
There’s also Cherwell College (graded ”Good” by Ofsted in 2017) which offers revision and summer courses, as well as retakes.
GOOD SIXTH FORM OPTIONS
If the grades were good enough but the school failed miserably, think about moving your child for Sixth Form. Aside from the grammar schools that proliferate in Buckinghamshire and top state Sixth Forms like Lord Williams School in Thame, Burford School and The Cherwell in Oxford, this is where independent schools can really shine, with one-to-one attention and incredible facilities. Head to the Muddy Best Schools Guide where you can search out all our most recent school reviews and filter via county, sex, day/boarding and Sixth form.
If your child blanches at the idea of retakes or a change of school, can we gently suggest (whisper it) a change of direction? With student debt, dodgy Uni experiences and Gen Zers say a firm ‘no’ to slogging their guts out like we did to get on the ladder, Apprenticeship have become a viable and smart option. Case in point – we appointed Izzy, our first apprentice editorial assistant on Muddy this year, and she’s absolutely storming it and getting the type of hands-on experience a graduate can only dream of. Just head to the government Apprenticeships website.
No, not you! (though I think you need to go on a long, expensive holiday to process the last 18 months of home schooling – there, you have Muddy’s blessing). Did you know your own mind and career aspirations when you were 16 or 18 – or in my case *cringe* 24? It might well be that sparkling A-Level results are not required for the corner of the job market where your child will thrive. Careers Collective is a group of experienced, independent careers consultants who offer coaching, online and face-to-face workshops and downloadable guidance to help steer children (and graduates) towards a happy and productive working life. Sounds like something we should all be aiming for, don’t you think?