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Whether selecting a school or university in the UK at which to study, it is important to match the student to the institution.
The CLASS approach is to understand the aspirations of the student and of the parents as well as to consider the student's strengths and weaknesses. This is always the first step otherwise a mismatch between student and institution might occur.
CLASS has close contacts with some schools and good contacts with a large number of others. Ann does not make any recommendation of a school to a student or parent unless she has personally visited the school. Such visits enable her to assess the 'feel' of the school, to understand its relevant specific facets and strengths and to review the pastoral side. League tables of exam results and website publicity are useful but the CLASS approach is to use them in conjunction with knowledge of the school and the student to provide a successful outcome.
When considering UK universities there are four prime aspects to consider:
1. University location
2. University type e.g.collegiate, 'green' campus or 'city' campus
3. Course nature and content
4. Accommodation and other features of the university and location.
CLASS has visited many of the universities in recent years both for these purposes and in support of former students. As with school selection, matching the student to the university is crucial. Oxbridge does not suit everyone, non-Russell group can be the best place for specific students and courses and so forth.