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Autumn 2011 Contents Editor’s letter What’s inside Well here it is…


our first edition of the new First Eleven senior schools issue.


I am thrilled to be able to bring you a more grown-up magazine dedicated to helping you and your teenage children get to grips with the education issues they will be facing. We will answer the questions they


ask at home; which exams to take, where to apply to university, shall I take a gap year and for how long, and of course that ultimate question, what will I do when I grow up? Growing up is fun, it’s cool, but


it is also a little scary now that it is not that far away. With this in mind, we have asked experts, writers and academics to advise you on choosing the right university, paying the fees, managing UCAS forms and preparing for that all-important transition from comfortable public school to the big wide world with all its choices, pressures and challenges. We have ideas on how to keep a teenager’s car insurance down, and to help your children drive more safely. We have pondered the investment value of buying or renting university digs. And we asked Raffaella Barker for some advice on a teen skiing holiday you know they will get out of bed for. Plus, Anthony Seldon recalls his halcyon days among Oxford’s glorious spires.


NEWS 5 News


A round up of school, gap, university and career news


COMMENT 13 Head View


CAREERS 45 So You Want to Be a…


47 Leading Lights


Vivienne Durham on managing teenage girls


15 Pupil View 21 Why A*s Win


Etonian Louis Metcalfe raised £200,000 for Leukaemia research


Professor Ranald Michie explains why he is asking for the A* grade


23 Naked Ambition


SCHOOLS 16 Ahead of Exams


Sir Alan Steer on fostering drive


Oundle’s head of Careers Carolyn Gent on Law


An architect, a Montessori teacher, a conservationist and an estate agent on how they got there


FINANCE 51 How do you do it?


55 Give us Credit


Invest your way to private school, says James Rainbow


Ed Flack on controllng credit cards


HEALTH 56 Starving for Perfection


Schools and universities are tackling anorexia head on, says


Charlotte Phillips gives us the heads up on the latest examinations


24 Grown-up Schools 26 Going for Gold


GAP 29 Mind the Gap


31 Arty Breaks


Changing places by Patricia Carswell


John Goodbody on why independent schools will win at the Olympics


Thea Jourdan 61 E20 works with PSHE 62 Agony Aunt 65 Paranoid Parent


EastEnders helps students talk, says BBC education producer Sarah Miller


Victoria Lambert has the answers It’s a conversation parents dread…


LIFE 66 More than just a Jolly?


Tracy Cook on the school trip


The Leap’s Alice Baines debates the pros and cons of a mini break


Gap advice for creative students by Sara McDonnell


UNIVERSITIES 35 Six of the Best


71 The White Stuff 74 Young Drivers


James Wardrobe fills out your UCAS form


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EDITORIAL Editor Annabel Heseltine Deputy Editor Claudia Dudman Editorial Assistant Natalie Milner Designer Sofia Bakhsh


ADVERTISING Senior Account Director Joanna Macpherson Sales Executives Andy Mabbitt, Freddy Halliday, Henry Davis Group Advertising Manager Justin Geale Deputy Managing Director Steve Ross


Janet Murray, Mark Kopenski and Professor AC Grayling consider a changing arena


78 Dig It 80 Parent’s Page


A skiing holiday with teens can be fun, says Raffaella Barker


Emily Jenkinson asks how can parents help their children drive more safely


Buy or rent, asks Anna Tyzack


Where we talk to you and you talk to us


83 University Memories Anthony Seldon on Oxford


PUBLISHING Publishing Director Sarah Arthur Commercial Director Vicki Gavin Publisher & Managing Director Paul Dobson Marketing Manager Will Delmont Subscriptions Francesca Lessons Production allpointsmedia www.allpointsmedia.co.uk Printed in England by Wyndeham Heron, Essex Copyright CNP Ltd 2011. All rights reserved. Text and pictures are copyright restricted and must not be reproduced without permission from the publisher. ISSN: 1756-7173


The information contained in First Eleven has been published in good faith and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. All liability for loss, negligence or damage caused by reliance on the information contained within this publication is hereby excluded.


DISTRIBUTION First Eleven is read by 250,000 parents of children in private education. One Senior Schools issue and two Junior schools issues will be published termly and distributed by UK and international independent schools to their parents


Cover: Students in their final year at St Paul’s Girls’ School


Photographer Hugo Burnand Assisted by Radu Brebene


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