Im currently in my second year of a BTEC national diploma in performing arts, and im trying to gather as much information on as many different higer education placements as possible. firstly, are there any weston students out there studying a HND or a degree in performing arts that could advise me in any way about weston? any good/bad points about it? your experiences? i would really appreciate anyone who has any information that they think may help me to either post it here, or possibly email me at my hotmail address, which is firstname.lastname@example.org i have read a few reviews on other UNI's on here, and i find the opinions really,really helpful. i think the best kind of information you can get about UNI's and colleges is from the actual students themselfs! i attend Somerset College of Arts and Technology (SCAT) in Taunton, Somerset so if anyone is thinking of going there to study, then please feel free to email me or leave me a message here and ill be pleased to give you any information you may need! thanx! PS. i havent commented on the questions because i have never been to weston, i only saw them when they viseted my college, so it would be unfair for me to comment! lol
I know from experience that studying for exams causes a tremendous amount of stress. I am in my second and final year at college and I can tell you that college life, as much as it may seem a doodle before you go there, it is not all plain sailing. My course (GNVQ) was assesed progressively over the two years through huge amounts of assignments and very few exams, which I suppose gave me an advantage from other people studying the tradtitional 'A' Level, and although I was doing an 'A' Level alongside I still had the added advantage of knowing how well I was doing in my primary subject. Some people go into sixth form colleges thinking that they are just a natural progression from GCSE's. This is NOT true. 'A' Levels require very accurate analylitical skills, and if as I was, you are planning to do English,you will need advanced grammatical and techinical skills. My only critisism is there is no coursework requirement and so your final grade is based on exam results. Of course I cannot give my tutors enough credit for the tremendous support they have given me over the past two years and although stressful college is definately one of the most beneficial decisions I have made.
PRIVATE EDUCATION Both my children have attended an independent school since they were both two and a half. They attend a school within the Bristol area; the school takes children from two and a half in the nursery, right through to six form. The reason we chose to send our children to private school was because of the facilities and class sizes, not allowing anymore than twenty in a class. In fact we didn’t chose to send our children here, I would like to say we could never afford the fees, but I have the most wonderful parents ever, and they actually started looking for school when I was pregnant for Aaron, which I didn’t know, until he was two, and then my dad actually told me that he had put Aaron’s name down for this school. Dad looked at many school, and sent off for perspective for about six schools, but at the time this was the best school in the Bristol area. You get the perspective for the school, by phoning and asking them to send it out to you, this tell you everything you need to know about that school. Why we felt this was the best school, well like I have said, they can start at two and a half and go straight through to senior school, so no need to change school at eleven, and although you always get new children into the school, most of the children have attended the school since pre prep, which is the infants. The lower school is on one side of the road, and the upper school is on the other. The facilities and opportunities for the children are wonderful. There is so much choice of things to learn, within the school day, and also lunch times, and after school. Their school day starts at eight thirty, although there is always a teacher on duty from eight fifteen, when you can then leave your children, this is ideal for those parents who need to get to work, the school day finishes at four o’clock, although there is aftercare for the pre-prep, which is supervised until five thirty,
and for the juniors there is prep, where the children can do their homework before they come home, and there is always a teacher to help them. The senior school finishes at three thirty, this is because younger children can take in so much more than the older ones hence them doing a longer day. The children start their school day with assembly every morning, apart from Tuesdays when they go to chapel, the chapel is situated within the upper school, but all the children attend even the nursery pupils. Alana is now in pre-prep two, which is the second year of infants, she is doing really well, there are only twelve children in her class, and obviously this is where the advantage of private education comes in, they have two teacher in her class, enabling them to give a lot more attention to each child. Up to pre-prep three, the children are all kept together in one class with the same teacher. They are taught the main subjects, English, Math’s, but also French, music, speech and drama, which I have found, gives them a lot of confidence, and they also do P.E twice a week. Aaron is now in the first year of juniors, and I must admit, he finds school a little harder than Alana. At the age of six it was thought that Aaron may be dyslexic, now this isn’t normally found out until a child is seven, and often older, although the school has tested Aaron for dyslexia and the results came back that he wasn’t, it nice to know that the school are very aware of children with disabilities, and also cater for them, they have a learning support teacher, and the children are taught and given all the help and support they need individually. From juniors they are encouraged to be responsible for their own things; this includes the children having all their own pencils, books, ECT which yes we have to buy. From seven, the first year of juniors, the children are streamed, the brighter children in one class, and the children that find it a bit
harder in another, this allows the more confident children to work forward without being held back, and the children who may be a bit slower, to work at a pace they feel a bit more comfortable with. The system in the juniors is different from the pre-prep, the children now have different teachers, for different subject, which they also have to move classrooms for, this is to get them ready for senior school. The lessons also becomes more varied which still include your important subjects but also, French, rR.S religious studies, F.P, which is where the children sit in a group and discuss the things they like or dislike, or if they have any problems with other children, or they feel uncomfortable with any of the teachers, drama, history, science, I.T, art, geography, D.T design technology, P.E twice a week, and also games twice a week. P.E is inside where they do many different things, whether it be on the aporators or ball skills, games is all the outdoor lessons, this includes rugby, this is the school strong point, they also do hockey, and in the summer they do cricket. There are also music lesson that you can pay extra for, they cover all the instruments you could possible imagine from drums to recorders, but they also do lunch time clubs, and after school clubs that are free, and they also have the opportunity to go to school on a Saturday to do a sports morning, which include rugby, hockey and football, and the girls do hockey, net ball and rugby if they wish. All the children wear school uniform, so nobody is different from anybody else, the children are taught to be courteous at all times, and respect their elders, which show when you enter the school, if a child is coming through a door and your about to walk in they always hold the door open and allow you to walk in first, this is taught from nursery age. The school is very hot on bullying, yes bullying goes on like in any other school, and my son was bullied when he was six, but it was s
topped straight away. All the children are treated equally, and no children who attend a private school aren’t snobby, which I always thought, they are just your normal child, the parents are very polite, we stand in the play ground chatting, waiting for our children like any other parent. The teachers are very approachable, and are willing to see you anytime; the headmaster is amazing he knows every single Childs name that goes to the school. What I want to say is though, no matter where your child goes to school, they will only do what they can, just because you sent them to a private school doesn’t mean that they are going to turn out to be geniuses, there are some excellent state school out there, Iknow I attended two, my infant school, and my senior school, and no I didn’t want to go to a private school, because I thought it would be full of snobs, well I can tell you now how wrong I was. I know not everybody can afford to send their children to private school, but did you know once a year all private school have an open day, where you can enter your children into their entrance exam, and there are always scholarships up for grabs, a scholarship is where the school fund your Childs school fees, either all of it, or half of it, enabling children from all walks of life to a private education, unfortunately scholarships are only awarded to really clever children, but if you would like your child to do the entrance exam, all you have to do is phone the school and put you Childs name down, and it doesn’t mean because your child has done the entrance exam, that they have to attend the school after. All entrance exams are held on a Saturday so there is no need for your child to miss any school from doing this, and if you don’t try you wont know. I think there are some really good state school out there, and children will only do what they can, and children will be children, and if it wasn’t for my parents
, my children would also go to a state school, and be just as happy as they are now.