The best start in life

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 July 2009 | UPDATED: 08:56 21 February 2013

Bedstone College Bedstone is a non-selective independent school yet has retained a 100 per cent pass rate at A-level for the last four years. It features well in both national and local league tables; enjoying an enviable...

Bedstone College
Bedstone is a non-selective independent school yet has retained a 100 per cent pass rate at A-level for the last four years. It features well in both national and local league tables; enjoying an enviable reputation for sporting, musical, and artistic achievements and also boasts an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities including the Arctic club with its biennial expeditions to North Iceland or East Greenland. For a school of 300 pupils that is no mean achievement.
An extensive transport fleet provides a network of free bus routes from Leominster, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Bishops Castle and Llandrindod Wells and the college is looking to introduce a new route from Chirbury starting this September.
Many children who join Bedstone have done so because their parents feel that the individual strengths of their children have got lost in their current school; that the challenges and opportunities for fulfilling their child's unique talents do not exist, or that they wish for greater pastoral support and guidance for their children.
If you recognise these feelings then you may wish to visit Bedstone's Open Day on Saturday, 11th October. Just turn up between 10am and 4pm and see why so many other parents select Bedstone for their child's education.
Bedstone College, Bucknell, Shropshire, SY7 0BG, tel: 01547 530303.

Moreton Hall School

With its high academic standards and a warm family atmosphere, Moreton develops the all-round potential of every student: girls aged three to 18 and boys aged three to eight.
Accommodation is outstanding including two new Sixth Form boarding houses with en suite bathrooms, rivalling the best university rooms. Students have ample opportunity to mix with the world outside school in a vibrant programme of lectures, expeditions, social activities with boys' schools, curricular and leisure trips (including a new eight week exchange programme for Year Nine girls to Australia), while our Community Service scheme encourages all students to help in the local community. Most students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.
Our professionally equipped recording studio and radio station, RK1, are also open to participation by every pupil, and Sixth Formers can meet the world of real business in the award-winning scheme, Moreton Enterprises, as directors and staff of the different, successful business ventures.
Specialist ICT provision, a Special Needs Unit, Mandarin Chinese and accelerated Oxford and Cambridge tuition groups are all important features in ensuring academic stimulation and success for all girls.
As well as outstanding drama and music facilities, sport is also a major focus. Lacrosse and hockey are played on the numerous grass pitches and new all-weather surface. Other sports include netball, tennis (14 courts in summer), badminton, volley ball, swimming in the school's new indoor pool, golf on our own nine-hole golf course, soccer, cricket, sailing and horse riding at local stables. Daily transport is available across Shropshire, Cheshire and into Wales.
Scholarships and bursaries are available each year.

Moreton Hall, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3EW, tel: 01691 773671

Oswestry School

Oswestry School, an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for ages four to 18, holds its Senior School (ages nine to 18) Open Morning on Saturday, 4th October from 9.30am to 12pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to look around the school on a typical working day.
Our high quality teaching and small class sizes enable each pupil to realise his or her academic potential. Equally significantly, pupils acquire skills, confidence and leadership qualities through participating in a broad range of extra-curricular activities and taking on a variety of responsibilities. As our motto says: "We learn not for school but for life".
For day pupils, the school offers an extensive bus service from many surrounding areas, including Shrewsbury, Ellesmere, Baschurch, Wrexham, Overton, Chester, Llangollen, Newtown and Welshpool. Boarding arrangements are flexible, with weekly boarding an increasingly popular option. For younger children, our newly established Oswestry School PrepCare enables us to offer day nursery provision for children from six weeks to four-years-old.
We build on our foundation of six centuries of academic excellence and continue to be forward-looking as we advance into the 21st Century. Please visit the school's website for more information regarding our ethos and values. Why not pay us a personal visit? You will be made most welcome.
Oswestry School, Upper Brook Street, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2ST, tel: 01691 655711

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Caption: Lorraine Evans, Willowgate Travel.

Walford and North Shropshire College

Walford and North Shropshire College has been working with Willowgate Travel in Oswestry, booking study tours and trips for students for the past few years. A very exciting partnership has recently developed. From the first day of the new academic year, Willowgate Travel will be operating from the Atrium area of the Oswestry Campus of Walford and North Shropshire College. The travel agency is currently under construction and will be opening its doors on September 8.
Travel and Tourism is a very popular course area in the college and this new facility will be an excellent addition for students to gain valuable work experience in a real travel agency on campus. Staff will also benefit from being able to book great holidays without the hassle of even leaving their workplace.
Lorraine Evans who owns Willowgate Travel said: "I'm really looking forward to the move; I feel having a travel agency at the college will make all the difference to the staff and students. I have really enjoyed working with local schools and colleges, taking students on work experience in the past and I feel I can build on this with helping students studying for Tourism related qualifications at the college. I feel the move will provide a good future for me, the business and the college."
Existing clients and new customers will be able to access the travel agency during college opening hours which will include evenings when part-time courses are running. People can call in, telephone 01691 661199 or email to find out more about great holiday deals.
If you are interested in studying Travel and Tourism at Walford and North Shropshire College, it is not too late to apply for this September. Apply on line at or telephone 01691 688080 for an application form or for more information.

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