24 Jan
Events10 months ago

U-Prep Talks Invitation

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Gemma Caines

Head of Sixth Form
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My name is Gemma and I work with the older students at HeadStart, helping them prepare for their university applications and get ready for A Levels and BTEC courses. I grew up by the seaside in the North West of England, so I enjoy Phuket life and always being close to the sea. I studied History at Cambridge University, before gaining my Masters from Sussex University. I’ve been teaching since 1997, which makes me feel very old, but working with Sixth Formers keeps me young and (I like to think) up to date with current trends! I’ve worked in a variety of countries in Asia - Sri Lanka, China, Nepal and now here in Thailand. I understand that selecting and going to university, especially in unfamiliar countries, is both exciting and nerve-wracking. I’m there to try and make the transition as smooth as possible. My door is always open, for students of all ages and their families, and I do invite whoever needs to come and talk to me. I also work with a fantastic team on Child Protection and Safeguarding here at school. I believe that children and young people can only thrive academically when they feel personally safe and happy. I’m hopeful we can help create a supportive environment that allows all children to succeed. whatever their goals and ambitions.

Applying to university can be stressful, for students but also their families. Application processes change quickly and with the growing international options available for students at HeadStart it is likely that parents will have to grapple with systems unfamiliar to them.

To help make the whole process of university applications less daunting, HeadStart is launching a series of “U-Prep Talks”. These are designed to be accessible to all parents who are thinking about university study, although they may be of particular interest to families with children in Year 10 and above.

Our next U-Prep Talk is this Thursday, 24 January between 8:15-8:45am in the Secondary Hall. The talk will be between 15-20 minutes and cover a range of in-depth topics relating to your child’s journey to university. This week we will be exploring the differences between university study in different parts of the world, including the UK, USA, Europe, Canada and Australia. We will explore information about the length of courses, compare costs, look at the different forms of assessment and how study programmes might vary depending on which country your child studies in. By Ms Gemma Caines

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