Greene’s is non-selective and accepts students of all ages and abilities. Thus, the success of each student can only be measured against his or her stated objectives. However we are able to provide an over-view of the success of some of our students.
University entrance: For the 2011-2012 academic year of over 400 students in total, there were 26 full-time students at Greene’s finishing their A levels and applying to university – 17 of these students were retaking some or all of their A level units. Of the 26 students, 16 (62%) obtained a place at their first choice of university, including St. Andrews (1), Birmingham (1), Bristol (1), Edinburgh (1), Exeter (1), London-Queen Mary (1), Manchester (1), Oxford Brookes (2), Sheffield (2), and Sussex (1), and three students were accepted to universities in the U.S. and the Netherlands.
A level grades: There were 91 full-time and part-time A level candidates who successfully sat a range of A level examinations during the 2011-12 academic year. Over 70% of grades were A* to B – the same as the previous year; and just over 86% of grades were A* to C – compared to 84% the previous year. A particular highlight of the summer 2012 A level results has been in modern languages (French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish) where over 50% obtained either an A* or an A grade.
The 17 students who were retaking their A levels managed to achieve an average two-point increase in their grades: the range was from a one-point grade increase to a seven-point grade increase.
Academic feedback: Just over 14,700 tutorial reports were submitted by our tutors during the 2011-2012 academic year – this marks a 20% increase over the previous year. Over many years Greene’s has provided courses of individual tuition using selected tutors who give feedback to students by way of a written report after each tutorial. These tutorial reports (named ‘slips’ as they were originally small slips of paper) are the main way in which students are able to measure their progress. Recently these reports have been made available online to students and their parents, and have included a grading scheme for all homework assignments and the student’s performance during the tutorial. Students can now follow their progress tutorial by tutorial.
Independent study: The tuition reports also include an estimate of the number of hours that a student has spent on their homework in order to measure the extent of independent learning they are doing, which we call the ‘index of independent learning’ or IOI. The IOI is is calculated from the information provided in tutorial reports and takes into account the relationship between the amount of independent study that has been completed and the number of hours of tuition that have been taken; a figure of 2-4 is appropriate for A level study and 1-3 for GCSE study. As well as being important for successful study at university, we think that developing each student’s independent study skills should be one of the main benefits of studying at Greene’s, and the IOI has shown itself to be a clear predictor of university entrance success. Among our A level students in the 2011-12 academic year, no student with an IOI of less than one went on to take a place at their first choice of university. Independent study counts.
IOI Data 2010-2012
|IOI (Index of Independence)||Number of students||Students obtaining their first choice university (%)||Average tutorial hours per subject||Students with all A level grades at A* - C (%)|
|> 2.0||12||10 (83%)||44||10 (83%)|
|1.5 - 2.00||14||14 (100%)||58||11 (79%)|
|1.0 - 1.49||12||9 (75%)||69||8 (67%)|
|< 1.0||7||1 (14%)||85||2 (29%)|
1. An IOI of less than 1.0 severely reduces your changes of getting good A level grades and getting a place at your first choice university.
2. An IOI of greater than 1.5 gives you a good chance of obtaining good A level grades and in obtaining a place at your first choice university.
3. There is no correlation between the number of hours of tuition you have per subject and your chances of obtaining either good A level grades or obtaining a place at your first choice university. Indeed there is an inverse correlation between obtaining good results and substituting additional tutorial hours for independent study.