November 2, 2018
It is with much sadness that Carfax have received news of the recent death at the age of 81 of Mr. Edward Paul Campbell Greene on October 17, 2018 at his home in Oxford. Mr. Greene was a tutor who founded Edward Greene’s Tutorial Establishment in 1967 and became a great influence on the Oxford tutorial college industry. Founders of most, if not all, tutorial and sixth-form colleges in Oxford and some further afield had worked or taught for Mr. Greene before setting up on their own.
This includes the founder of Carfax, who had been a pupil at Greene’s prior to joining its staff and eventually being appointed the Lower Master. Some years later, when our founder was thinking of a name for his new education enterprise and wanted one that would have a recognizable Oxford ring to it, it was Edward Greene who suggested the name Carfax.
Some of early Carfax pupils and tutors will remember having tutorials in Mr. Greene’s beautifully appointed home in Pembroke Street that he generously opened to Carfax before Carfax College was established in its own permanent premises. To many, having tuition in this house full of interesting books, artefacts and curiosities, roaring open fires in winter, excellent coffee all year round, and above all Edward’s kind interest and wise counsel on all matters, became a major part of their Oxford experience.
Edward Greene was a man of extraordinary kindness, wide erudition, sharp mind of a polymath, iron logic, inimitable style, impeccable taste, faultlessly correct form, genuine modesty, thoughtful tact, steadfast principles, and firm Christian faith. All combined with the deepest capacity for friendship and enjoyment of life in a true original like no other. Whilst his passing severs one of increasingly few links to a long-gone world of gentlility and elegance and marks an end of an era for those whose life he had enhanced and enlightened, his legacy will live on through the lasting influence on his many friends and pupils.
The funeral will be held in Oxford on November 14, 2018 starting with worship at 11 a.m. in Mr. Greene’s home led by Revd. John MacLeod, the Minister of the London congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, followed by burial at Botley Cemetery at 1:15 p.m.
November 21, 2017
Dr. Daniele Labriola, Carfax Consultant’s higher education specialist, spent the weekend in Milan presenting to parents and pupils at the bilingual MILE school. Dan’s presentation covered all aspects of applying to UK and US universities, stressing the importance of a strong academic performance as well as a wide range of co-curricular activities and outside interests. Parents and pupils had the chance to question Dan about the application process to two very different systems, the best preparation and tips on a first class personal statement.
Dan Labriola pictured with Adriana Sorbellini, the Founder of MILE School, Milan
November 15, 2017
Carfax Consultants Eleonora Suhoviy, Joanna Patterson, Eva Jingyi You and David Tysoe, recently visited Switzerland to attend an event in Soerenberg sponsored by HTMi (Hotel and Tourism Management institute) and hosted by WEBA and then visit schools. The Soerenberg event involved a workshop to meet a range of schools and universities from around the world, as well as a visit to HTMi and a presentation about the school and a trip to Hochalpines Institut Ftan.
Following this Eleonora, Eva, Joanna and David visited a number of leading Swiss boarding schools, including Lyceum Alpinium Zuoz, Le Rosey, La Garenne, Beau Soleil and Aiglon, where they met senior members of staff and looked round the schools.
Picture: Le Rosey’s new 45 million CHF concert hall, also housing the new music and arts centre.
November 8, 2017
Carfax recently welcomed a group of pupils from Academia Arguello to Carfax College as part of the exciting Oxonians Project. The pupils from Cordoba, Argentina, spent two weeks at Carfax College in Oxford studying English as well as honing their skills in Business Economics and Design Technology. The pupils also attended a presentation given by Carfax Consultants on UK university admissions with particular emphasis on Oxbridge applications. They were also given the opportunity to experience life in Oxford and sample some of the traditions that the city and University are famous for, including attending choral evensong at Christ Church, visiting the Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean Museums, and attending formal hall at Wadham College, as well as visiting Cambridge and a number of tourist sites such as Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace and the city of Bath.
August 22, 2017
A level results from Carfax College, Oxford have seen some brilliant performances this year. The majority of leavers will now be heading on to their first-choice universities, to read a diverse range of subjects including Medicine, Mathematics, Engineering, History, Geography, and Modern Languages.
The achievements of our re-take candidates who re-sat exams after previously sitting them elsewhere were particularly striking:
Over 90% of final A level results were improved by at least one grade.
Over 40% of final A level results were improved by two grades or more.
For individual modules, the average improvement was 22.7 UMS marks.
” These impressive results are a testament to the hard work of our pupils and to the dedication of their wonderful tutors,” commented Rupert Alesbury, Principal of Carfax College. “Many congratulations and the best of luck to all our successful leavers as they move on to an exciting new stage in their careers.”
A private college situated in the heart of Oxford, Carfax College specializes in providing the highest quality one-to-one and small group tuition. Group courses begin in September and January, but individual courses can start at any time of the year. Short-term and part-time courses are also offered all year round, including weekends and holidays.
August 22, 2017
In advance of Thursday’s GCSE results, Carfax Tutors would like to wish heaps of luck to all our pupils – almost of whom worked incredibly hard in the run-up to their exams, and some of whom discovered that their interests might lie beyond the narrow confines of the national curriculum – and to explain briefly the new 9-1, GCSE grading system.
The new grades are definitely tougher. There is no longer a foundation level, so all students will be studying the same curriculum. And there is less coursework, with the examiners having decided to give (or take) the majority of marks on the timed exams in Year 11. The grades run from 1-9. 9 is the highest, higher than the current system’s A*. They are designed to increase the accuracy of the marking, and to inject a new level of possible achievement into a system which, many believe, has become too simple over the years.
Only three subjects are affected this year – English literature, English language and Maths. Science and other subjects will be marked this way in 2018. Over the next two years, all remaining subjects will transition to the new grading system.
Universities have assured schools that they are ready for the new system. Of the nine grades available, a 7 will mark the lower end of an A grade, an 8 the higher end of an A and lower end of an A*, and a 9 will be higher than the current system allows. A 4 is equivalent to the lower end of a C grade.
So a 4 will be the basic requirement for these core subjects, English and Maths. A 5 will be a ‘strong pass’. Pupils shouldn’t worry too much about this. We can’t be sure what effect two levels of ‘pass’ will have, but the government is insisting that universities will accept the 4, just as they currently accept the C. The subtleties of the grading may be more consequential to Ofsted, and school leagues tables, rather than pupils.
We can’t deny that there is uncertainty around the new system, and it is not totally clear what range of grades will be required at, for example, Oxbridge entrance. Where before it was easier for bright students to achieve 11 A* grades, they will now have to work harder. But competition for the best universities has always been tricky, and the most academically capable will continue to score excellent results.
August 14, 2017
Carfax Education Group founder, Alexander Nikitich, is quoted in a recent China Daily article:
“Many young people in China want to ensure that their academic performance is supported by training in the personal qualities that will make them excel in the multinational workplace of the future,” said Alexander Nikitich, founder of Carfax Education Group.
As a result, the Group receives more requests from students who want to use the summer to develop their skills in areas such as interview training, presentation making, English language for maths and sciences and career planning.
Talent development at summer camp is increasingly popular among Chinese students. “We had a student who has been the national math competition prize winner, and a student with a desire and ability to sing opera,” said Nikitich, who has worked in the industry for over 20 years.
The demand from Chinese families has grown so much in recent years that Carfax opened a dedicated Chinese desk three years ago operated by UK-based Chinese-speaking education consultants.’
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July 19, 2017
Carfax has been selected as a finalist in two categories of the Education Investor Awards 2017. Carfax Educational Projects is shortlisted for the Consultants, Educational Institutions category and Carfax Private Tutors for the Private Tutoring Companies category. The Awards will be announced in December 2017.
January 27, 2017
Christopher Gyngell, Manager of Carfax Education, Abu Dhabi, was recently quoted in AbuDhabi World’s article on ‘Where will innovation in education take learning in the future?’ discussing personalized education plans for children.
You see this particularly through the use of online portals. Children can log in, see their homework and return it to the teacher, while parents can communicate and see grades. It’s an example of when technology in schools works very well.
Now that schools have caught up in implementing this idea, it can only go further – for example, if a child is struggling with a topic in maths, the teacher can set extra homework.
But I caution against an over-reliance on it. Classroom teaching can never be replaced, and at some point that extra interface is needed to get through a hurdle – that’s when teaching becomes great.”
January 26, 2017
Carfax Projects, part of the Carfax Education Group, recently took part in a very successful Oxford University careers day for international employment at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. The sole representative of the education sector, we saw keen interest from students wanting to discuss our recent projects in Syria, Iraq, Laos, and Afghanistan, and learn more about the exciting work undertaken throughout the Carfax Group. Matthew Goldie-Scot, Managing Director of Carfax Education gave a presentation to students, summarizing the international education market and the attributes necessary to succeed within the sector.