Outstanding examination success for our Sixth Formers


Outstanding examination success for our Sixth Formers

The IELTS examination can be a real hurdle for students who want to enter further education in the English-speaking world.  Many students repeatedly take this exam and are frustrated by not getting the required grades.  Different schools have different approaches – some ‘cram’ their students with exam preparation courses while others wash their hands of the whole thing and tell students to attend English language courses during their holidays.  Fulneck School has adopted a different approach and it is really paying dividends.

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System - quite a mouthful.  IELTS is a test which assesses the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and is trusted worldwide as a measure of how well people speak English.  Interestingly, any British person wanting to emigrate to Australia or New Zealand must take IELTS (and vice versa) and you would be surprised how many fail to gain the necessary grades.  For further education, there is an academic module and this is used by universities as a basic entry requirement.  The grading ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 9.  Most universities require a score (or band) of at least 6.5.

Why are Fulneck’s results so good?

In keeping with our school motto, we adopt a unified approach. 

  • Excellent tuition, tailored to each individual and delivered by the most qualified teachers
  • A structured yet stimulating programme of study designed by educators with an in-depth knowledge of the examination
  • Most importantly, hard-working and motivated students who do not inhabit the linguistic ‘bubble’ which can form in so many other schools where nationality boundaries not effectively broken down. 

Just how good is Fulneck?

Fulneck can boast some of the best IELTS results of any educational institution in terms of overall progress.  Research suggests that on average around 200 hours of expert tuition is required for a learner to improve by one band.  In the last year alone, the average improvement has been closer to one and a half bands (i.e. from 5.0 to 6.5) and this is with less time in the classroom and more time learning natural English in the real world.  0.5 of a band can mean either going to university or, to put it bluntly, failing to reach your academic potential.  With so much at stake, Fulneck School is proud to offer the very best chance for non-native speakers to get the grades they need in this gruelling examination.


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