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05 Oct 2022 5 min read

Debunking the Oxbridge Myths

The keenly awaited 2023 Higher Education Good University Guide by The Times and The Sunday Times, was published last month and it was no surprise to find Oxford and Cambridge at the top of the list again. In the UK national guide, University of Oxford tops the league as number one University of the year, and Cambridge University ranked third overall, which leads in 21 of their subject rankings — more than any other university. As two of the most prestigious and highly sought after Universities, it is not surprising that they attract thousands of applications from all over the world each year, on average around 20,000 students apply to each of the two universities for just over 3,000 places on offer at each institution. But many perfectly capable and academically ambitious students are put off by the rumours of elitism and fear of not being good enough. So, we quizzed our Oxbridge consultant , Lucy Holland, to debunk the myths about applying to these two bastions of academia.



22 Sep 2022 5 min read

Spear's 500 Live: Finding the right 'academic fit' is key to securing your child's future

This month, we had the honour of presenting at the Spear's 500 Live event, hosted by Spear's - an award winning wealth management and luxury lifestyle magazine. Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education at Carfax Education delivered a keynote session on 'How to choose the right school for your child – and then secure a place’, to a distinguished audience of HNWs and their advisers at the Carlton Tower Jumeirah in Knightsbridge.



13 Sep 2022 5 min read

How to choose the right curriculum for your child

Featured in The International School Parent Magazine By Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education, Carfax Education



08 Sep 2022 2 min read

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 - 2022

We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign.



06 Sep 2022 5 min read

Carfax Education launches 3rd annual global private schools index, in partnership with Spear’s Magazine

Carfax Education, the global education consultancy, today announced the launch of the third annual Spear’s Schools Index, the only official international ranking of top private schools. In partnership with Spear’s, the award-winning magazine for high-net-worth individuals, Carfax Education has released its third global index, which lists the 100 very best private schools around the world.



30 Aug 2022

Exam Retakes with Carfax Education

A level, AS level and GCSE retake programmes are available for all subjects and options with all the exam boards – AQA, Edexcel/Pearson, OCR, WJEC/Eduqas and CIE.



28 Aug 2022

Everything you need to know about Homeschooling

Home-schooling has often been seen as an exception and a slightly quirky choice to make for educating your child. However, this perception is rapidly changing as families across the world embrace this style of education.



18 Aug 2022 5 min read

Guidance for UCAS University Clearing

If you’re going through the process of applying to University in the UK then you may be familiar with the term ‘Clearing’ – but what does it actually mean? This guide will give you everything you need to know about Clearing and how to use it!



15 Aug 2022

Preparing to start university

Moving to university is a big step for a student and their parents! For students, the move to university is an exciting, fresh start which will bring friends, freedom, and fun. For parents, proud as you are of your child’s achievements, you are worried about how they will survive this exciting new challenge. Fiona, who has seen four of her children through University shares her top tips to help students feel prepared and parents feel reassured.



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