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Higher fees no Barr to success.

MANY people thought that the much-hyped rise in tuition fees might put many young people off going to university.

Yet the vast majority of students at Barr Beacon School applied and were accepted on to courses as varied as media production and medicine.

The school is inviting all students currently in Year 11 to visit on Thursday November 24 to see what is on offer - an academic experience under the tutelage of brilliant teachers and care, guidance and support rated "outstanding" in this year's OFTSED inspection. Assistant head teacher David Lowbridge said: "It's our job to remove any barriers which might threaten the aspirations of our students. Our sixth formers realise that the best chance of getting a well-paid, secure job is to go to university, and we will support you in that ambition every step of the way.

"It is the belief of everyone at Barr Beacon that anyone who wants to go to university, whatever their background, can get there, regardless of what the some people say.

"We work closely with some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick and Birmingham. They tell us what they want to read on the application forms and we tell you."

As for the recent news stories about universities changing their entry requirements, David Lowbridge is not concerned.

"We have always favoured traditional academic and carefully-selected vocational qualifications over those which are easier to achieve and make us look good in the league tables," he added.

At the open evening head teacher Dame Maureen Brennan will explain what makes her sixth form successful. She said: "Better grades mean a better chance of getting in. It really is that straightforward. And, as long as they're prepared to work with us, our students get the grades."

With a 99 per cent pass rate, including 72 per cent at grades A*-C and a UCAS average points score per entry of 86, Barr Beacon is deservedly proud of last year's examination success. This year will be even better.
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Date:Nov 17, 2011
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