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""Jake wasn’t enjoying school at all - he felt a lot of pressure to fit in with others and found it hard to be himself and to focus on his learning. The stress from school was affecting him at home and he was often exhausted and unwell . . . I now have a happy child, who feels positive about himself and is able to learn in a stress-free environment.""
Amy Poole | Jake's mum
Jake wasn’t enjoying school at all – he felt a lot of pressure to fit in with others and found it hard to be himself and to focus on his learning. The stress from school was affecting him at home and he was often exhausted and unwell.
It felt horrible seeing him unhappy, and I felt awful sending him somewhere that he didn’t want to be, plus it was frustrating because he wasn’t really learning.
Studying at King’s InterHigh suits Jake so much better. He has been able to choose the subjects that he enjoys, and he really likes learning from home. He is still able to do lots of active and creative activities, and his independence and confidence have massively increased. I feel relieved that we made this decision and am positive about his education now and in the future.
Jake had asked to be home-schooled for a couple of years. He found King’s InterHigh himself and showed me the website. I can remember feeling really impressed by what I saw, but I still didn’t feel confident enough to move away from the ‘norm’ of bricks and mortar school. After a few more months of Jake feeling exhausted, unhappy and not learning anything, we realised that something had to change. I deregistered him soon after and signed up for a trial with King’s InterHigh.
It took Jake a little while to start making social links, but once he did start to connect with other children, he has become part of a wide social network of friends, who are in regular contact. The children are a diverse mixture of young people, with many different reasons for doing online school, and they are very supportive of each other. Jake was lucky enough to be able to attend a masterclass with Colin Jackson and this was an excellent way to connect with other students and staff. He also attended the end of year party, where he had a fantastic time and made even more friends. He is now making plans to meet up with some of them. His new found confidence has motivated him to become more creative, and he is really enjoying a range of activities, such as swimming, film making, design and photography. Next year, he is going to do a photography course with King’s InterHigh.
I’m a teacher myself, with over 30 years experience, and I have been very impressed with the quality of education at King’s InterHigh. The lessons are engaging and well-paced, and I really like how the teachers involve and interact with the students. I have been amazed by the fact that there are no disruptions to the lesson, unlike a typical classroom. The nature of the teaching really encourages the students to be organised and independent, which are such important skills. I love the fact that the school focuses on rewarding the positive, rather than punishing the negative. During his time at King’s InterHigh, Jake has had some of the loveliest feedback to homework that he has received during his school career. Things like this really matter.
Jake has had lessons in the car, while on holiday, and has had the occasional lesson while still in bed!
The best feature has been that I now have a happy child, who feels positive about himself and is able to learn in a stress-free environment.
I have notifications set up, so I see all his grades from quizzes, assignments and homework. It’s really useful, and I feel that I know more about his learning now than I did previously.
Absolutely, it is such a flexible way to learn, that has really suited Jake.
If your child’s current educational provision isn’t working for them, King’s InterHigh is worth a try (you can pay for a trial period). It felt like quite a scary decision for us to choose something that was moving away from the ‘norm’, but it has worked out brilliantly and made me realise that one size definitely doesn’t fit all.
Our online school is unique in its flexibility, approach and accessibility. Effective classroom learning without interruptions allows pupils to progress in their learning giving them time to pursue other interests.
Our British Curriculum, offering a complete core of Key Stage 2 subjects right through to IGCSE and A Levels, provides the perfect foundation for future studies. Our revolutionary teaching model allows pupils to make excellent progress in rapid time.