Bales College: An Old and Respected London Institution
(PRBuzz.com) May 29, 2012 -- Bales College was established in 1966 and is still among the most respected of London's independent co-educational colleges. If you're looking for a lively and highly regarded atmosphere where your child can excel, then you may want to pay a visit to the college's beautiful campus in central west London. Bales College is open to all students, regardless of background. The college is divided into two age groups. Younger students attend Lower School while older students attend the Sixth Form College and Independent School.
Most students at Bales start out in Lower School during Year 7. Students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 are welcome to transfer to Bales and get started as well, if there are openings. Other students may start out at Bales in Year 12 at the Sixth Form College and Independent School. In order to qualify, students must meet all exam entrance requirements. Students who get started in Year 12 will complete their AS level examinations after the end of their first year and their GCE Advanced Level exams at the end of the second year. Sometimes students enroll at Bales for a year in order to work up their A-Level grades; this can allow them to be more competitive for college admissions boards and get into the university of their choice.
While there are fees for attending Bales, the school does offer scholarships each year for junior school admissions. These scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic success. A meeting between the parents and student and the Principal of Bales may also be involved in granting a scholarship, as well as an examination. Busaries are available as well.
Students may attend Bales on a day basis only, or they may take advantage of the school's boarding accommodations. Some families choose full boarding while others choose weekly boarding (the student stays at Bales during the week and goes home for the weekends). Boys and girls may live together in the Old Vicarage Boarding House or girls may opt to stay in the girls-only East Cottage Boarding House. Meals are provided seven days a week and student kitchens are available for snacking. Bales offers two sports sessions a week so that students can lead active and athletic lives.
Interested in sending your child to Bales College? The school routinely holds Open Mornings on Saturdays where you can come and visit with your child. You'll receive a tour of the school's facilities and you'll also be able to meet with teachers and other staff members. This is a great way to get a first-hand experience and decide for yourself if Bales is right for your child. You'll also have an opportunity to learn more about the admissions process and what you and your child will need to apply. If you think you may need financial assistance, this is a good time to learn about your financial options including scholarship possibilities. The College is also open to international students, so if you've just moved to town from abroad and want your student to get the very best London education, stop on by!