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Testimonials

HURRAH! MY IGCSE RESULTS ARE HERE!

One thing I can say, is that homeschooling certainly is different. To a girl like me, having always seen classrooms, desks, students and teachers for as long as I can remember, the unexpected change to a simple laptop, single desk and chair in the comfort of our living room was… something that I needed time to adjust to. But it was fun. Well, at the very least it wasn’t boring. The IGCSE schoolwork and assignments kept me on my toes, though no topic was an impossible mountain to climb with Canvas’s creative resources, my Tutors just an email away, and my ever supporting (though demanding) parents’ help.

Two years seemed like a long time at first, but before I knew it, the topic of registering me for my exams was on the table. The last four months before the start of my exams were the most grueling, nervewracking, and strained I have ever known. Seven subjects, two years’ worth of work to revise, 21 exams in total, and every page off the calendar bringing me closer to the appointed day. Finally it was time. Meeting my old classmates back in Africa for the exams at my old school was comfort in that tense time. Yet all around me were whispers of speculations of how I would fare. “Studied abroad? Homeschooled? In a non-English speaking country?!” They were worried and I was too. Would I even be able to compete with a normal student? Was I disadvantaged? Nervous and terribly apprehensive, I sat my exams.

It was a miracle! Paper after paper completed, and with such ease that it amazed me. All of Wolsey’s resources had ensured that I was comfortable during my examination. I recently received my results and there are: A’s in Math, English Language, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, German, and an A* in English Literature.

All I can say is thank you, God, and thank you, Wolsey Hall Oxford.

Sally Adhiambo Ombewa

As Sally starts on her A Levels, we are confident that she will receive the same support and encouragement from Wolsey Hall Oxford as she did in IGCSE. We are grateful for the work that was put in by her Tutors to help her attain the grades she did. We look forward to the new academic year.

Serah Ombewa (Sally’s Mum)

Sally Adhiambo Ombewa, Homeschooling Student, Kazakhstan/ Rwanda

I really love the way the Wolsey Hall Oxford homeschooling system works, it gives you spare time to focus on the things that are important to you. I really like that whenever we struggled with anything there was a lot of help available and the Tutors are very helpful.

Amé Pretorius, Homeschooling Student, Botswana

Henry is so delighted to have finished his first year with Wolsey Hall Oxford, that he cannot wait to get started with year two. My husband and I have seen Henry grow to be an independent learner with the support of his Tutors (Henry is profoundly deaf). We are truly amazed and we can not thank you all enough for guiding Henry through year one. I have enrolled him in a Science Camp which starts next week. In the meantime, he wants to begins reading for year 2 Science and History, so that he can be quite prepared to start his assignments after the 30th September when mainstream Australian holidays end. Therefore, please do send his assignments by the end of this week or when you are ready to do so. I am so pleased how this has all worked out for Henry, that my husband and I have decided that our fourth boy will start his KS3 with Wolsey Hall Oxford in April next year and thereafter, the fifth boy, will start in three years time. Once again, our heartfelt appreciations to all of Henry's Tutors and yourself.

STUDENT UPDATE: Henry has just been selected for the Australian Deaflympics Team for Turkey 2017! Congratulations Henry!

Shanti Hughes, Homeschooling Parent, Australia

To many people, homeschooling probably sounds like a very demanding – or even frightening – experience that could never be regarded as the road to success. I can’t deny that this is exactly how I felt when I was confronted with the fact that homeschooling is the only option I’ve got, and to be honest, I was far from optimistic about the whole situation. But this wasn’t the case at all! It’s been a very delightful experience, thanks to Wolsey Hall Oxford. The courses are beautifully organized, from the amazing resources on Canvas to the very creative assignments. However, above all, I couldn’t be more thankful to my very encouraging and supportive Tutors and Student Progress Manager who had always been very welcoming to each and every question I had. Wholeheartedly, I couldn’t have scored an A* in both Physics and Biology without your help. Thank you!

Reem Arafat, Homeschooling IGCSE Student, Saudi Arabia

My daughter Aesyah had early education in Australia and when we came back home, it was hard in the beginning to adapt to the Malaysian school system. I had enrolled Aesyah in an International School in Malaysia for five years but due to a change of plan and not being very happy with the school, I opted for home study.

I was searching online for home schools both home and abroad and I came across Wolsey Hall. I contacted Peter and he explained to me in detail how Wolsey Hall works. I compared several home schooling providers and although all charge similar fees (some even slightly lower!) I decided on Wolsey Hall because I felt confident about the help and care my daughter would receive.

The support we receive is excellent: in particular the advice I receive from Mrs Pat Edwards and Peter Newell. Pat continuously emails and monitor Aesyah’s progress and answers each and every question we have.

The tutor support is also excellent. The tutors are very patient and though Aesyah is struggling a little in her subjects the tutors try very hard to help.

I would recommend Wolsey Hall to parents who care, not only about grades but about the study experience as a whole. Students receive the respect they deserve and they get the encouragement to move forward despite sometimes having difficulties.

Dr Rose Haque, Homeschooling Parent, Malaysia

With the aid of my supportive, capable tutors and the extensive resources that Wolsey Hall offers, I am pleased to say that I scored an A* in English Literature (96%) and an A in History (88%)! I am really ecstatic over my recent results!

I am really really grateful to Stephen Follows -- my Literature tutor -- and Michelle Feeney -- my History tutor -- for helping me on my IGCSE journey with their insightful feedback and willingness to reply every one of my queries. From a student who has had absolutely no background at all in Literature or History prior to joining Wolsey Hall, I believe that I could not have ever scored such high grades without all their input. These results have really blown me away... Personally, it seems odds-defying to me that a home schooler like myself with a hectic schedule comprising volunteer work, church work, international competitions, classical music recordings, masterclasses and performances could have hit grades like these!

Again, I truly appreciate all the evaluations and valuable tips my tutors have given me throughout my study with them; I really could not have done it without them. I (and my parents as well!) am extremely pleased with Wolsey Hall's structure of assignments, resources and the comprehensive IGCSE guidelines. Thank you so much for everything Wolsey Hall! I look forward to my May/June exam session!

Deborah Lim, Homeschooling Student, Kuala Lumpur

I was mainly homeschooled in primary school and had recently moved to Korea but had yet to learn the language. Therefore, home study was the best and most convenient choice for me. The initial study advice I received was clear, informative and easy to understand. My tutors were more than helpful and were quick to answer any of my questions and grade my assignments. They gave me their observation on my strengths and weaknesses on each subject. The course materials provided were fairly easy to understand and were more than enough to cover all the key points of the syllabus. My Student Support Manager was excellent in not only guiding me but keeping me up to date on events and other stuff as well.

Jin Bo-kyung, Homeschooling student, South Korea

We absolutely love the course! Hari has been getting on really well. Our Skype call with the tutor was excellent. Everything has been so easy to understand and the course is excellently thought out and put together.

Justine Williams, Homeschooling Parent, UK

I’m an elite athlete training to be a successful national and international diver. My focus is on reaching my dream to compete at the 2016 – 2020 Olympics. To work towards this, I train 6-7 days a week, but I am able to do both my schoolwork and my sport because home schooling is very flexible. The thing I love about home schooling is that you can fit it around you. I also really enjoy it because there are no distractions or delays - you can just get up and work, and you can do it anywhere. Home schooling with Wolsey Hall has really helped me balance my training and my schoolwork.

Olivia Reeve, Homeshooling student and elite athlete, UK

I’m so chuffed that my daughter Jessie has done so well in her IGCSE German exam, especially as the other people taking the exam and the exam centre were native German speakers! She also did very well in her Maths IGCSE. It has been amazing to be able to study for exams out of school...very liberating. The Tutors and the admin team are all wonderful. Big thankyou to Wolsey Hall Oxford for all your help!

Cathy Hattam, Homeschooling Parent, UK

Wolsey Hall Oxford's IGCSE courses are excellent for students who wish to homeschool. The step by step programme of study, with designated textbooks and online resources ensured that my daughter understood the concepts and their application in a logical manner. She also benefitted from completing the assignments and past exam papers. She worked hard... asking questions, getting feedback from her Tutors and sharpening her exam technique. Without the Wolsey Hall Oxford programme, she would not have achieved her fantastic results (six A*'s in her IGCSEs in 2016).

Andrew Yeoh, Homeschooling Parent, Melbourne, Australia

We are very pleased to see John take on the change in his studies as what we faced has been very trying. He has been remarkable in paving the way forward. To add Pat, we couldn't have done this without Wolsey Hall Oxford and the full support we have been given. You allowed us as all to find confidence in helping John. Thank you always.

Mother in Birmingham, UK

Our experience with Wolsey Hall Oxford has been excellent! Ella is thriving on the English and Maths Key Stage 2 components! She is enjoying the creativeness of the English programme and how it allows learning while bringing in her own interests such as a biography on her favourite author. The maths is also great with the colourful workbooks and the videos that just give that extra understanding of a new concept! We look forward to getting our youngest daughter started on your Year 1 curriculum when it is available.

Bron Naudé, Homeschooling Parent, UK

Educating your children in Zimbabwe can be hectic and frazzling. This side of the world we have huge economic and political turmoil going on, in fact we still sit waiting and wondering as to whether we even have a currency. I am so grateful that my kids are being homeschooled so they are at least protected from the extremely confusing situation we are working with currently. It was a difficult decision to homeschool as we both have businesses, but now almost a year on homeschooling our girls with Wolsey Hall we have no regrets. We are able to have our books shipped via South Africa without a problem. The best of it has been having happy teenagers, who take care of each other, and who are learning to grow into independent young ladies who no longer complain about school, teachers and social issues. A huge thank you to Wolsey Hall who made the transition to homeschooling relatively stress free.

Belinda Sparrow-Smith, Homeschooling Parent, Zimbabwe

We are so thrilled with Demi and her results using this program. Thank you and all Demi's teachers and Manager for all their help. Wolsey Hall is an awesome program.

Michelle Evan, Homeschooling Parent, Zimbabwe

Thanking you and your team for your dedication in educating my children. I have seen such an improvement and they are all so confident now with their books and assignments.

Cindy Stockil, Homeschooling Parent, Zimbabwe

My eldest son has studied with Wolsey Hall Oxford since 2012, first taking IGCSE's and now he is on to his A Levels. He has achieved A* and A grades for all subjects so far.

I had been looking for a UK home school syllabus for quite some time as I knew my son would come to the end of his distance learning USA syllabus, but I could not find anything that I felt comfortable with. When I looked deeper into the subject I liked the idea of him taking IGCSE's rather than GCSE's as the good schools in the UK were starting to move over to IGCSE's.

I also looked at a few different subjects and exam papers and found that Cambridge exams were far more rigorous than Edexcel (this is only my opinion please note), so I asked my son what he would prefer to do - and he was very clear that he would prefer to take exams set by Cambridge University than those set by Edexcel who are part of the Pearson group, a publishing company. So I was specifically looking for homeschooling for Cambridge IGCSE when I discovered the website of Wolsey Hall.

I liked the clear explanations given in the website and when I contacted them felt they gave a personal service and were interested in my son's development. In fact they gave me excellent advice regarding my son's education that has helped him get to the position where he is completing his A'Levels at the age of 17, rather than the usual 18 years. In fact we were so inspired by their approach that our 10 year old son, who had a clear ability in maths, was encouraged to try for his IGCSE maths just after his 11th birthday, and he achieved an A too!

He is now studying for his A Level this summer when he will have just turned 14. Not that we are in any hurry, but it has been wonderful to give them this head start and it would not have happened if we had not contacted Wolsey Hall. Once we expressed an interest they sent us a Maths and English test paper for each of them to do which we scanned back to them and was marked. This gave WH an indication of their ability at that point in time and was also our first experience of received feedback on our children, as they had both been home schooled since birth.

We were then given suggestions of the grade of our children so that we could start them off with Wolsey Hall at the correct stage - WH look for your child's ABILITY, this is far more important, I came to realise, than age as if a child is ready to forge ahead, then why hold them back, only for them to get bored and frustrated? When the courses are ordered WH order all the books needed for the subject and they are quickly delivered by Amazon - this is all included in the price and they do not skimp on the books needed, all good quality new books just right for the subject. The price also includes access to their software called Canvas which details your childs work schedule, the Units to study and the Assignments that will need to be completed at the end of every Unit.

The completed assignments are then scanned onto Canvas and transmitted online for the tutors to mark. They take a few days to mark and they return the Assignment via Canvas so that the student can see the feedback from their tutor. The feedback is always very informative and clear. If the student is uncertain about anything they can mail their tutor, or speak to them on Skype if they prefer, either regarding the Assignment or anything during their course of study. We have found all the tutors we have been in contact with to be first class at WH and we are not the easiest to please!

Before your child starts their studies, they are invited to meet their tutors online via Skype and it is an excellent welcome to the start of the course. You can also download the course material from Canvas so that if you are away/travelling it is still possible for your child to continue their education without a reliable or constant internet connection. Last year we had a gap in which we wanted two months in USA, and WH were flexible enough to reschedule my son's studies so that he could take that gap, then continue on with his studies and take his three AS level's in October rather than earlier in the summer. I did not intend to write such a long review, but ever since my eldest was a toddler I was concerned that our alternative lifestyle might jeopardise his studies, but in fact it has actually enhanced them.

I am confident he is receiving a first class education. You might like to also know, that for those who do not use a formal syllabus/external assistance for their homeschool past age 16 years, that your child may no longer qualify for the usual free prescriptions/glasses/sight tests/dentist treatment etc. I only discovered this as the NHS Primary Trust in my area recently rejected my opticians claim for new glasses sent in for my son and the Opticians contacted us to confirm that they would no longer be able to treat him for free. I was confused as I know that NHS do cover homeschool children. I therefore contacted NHS Primary Trust and learnt that I had only written "Home Schooled" on their form. Once I informed them of Wolsey Hall involvement in my sons' studies, they immediately reversed their decision and confirmed to us that they would be able to cover them in future.

Yvette Newbury, Homeschooling Parent, UK

Henry has thus far, in a holistic sense, benefited greatly from his Wolsey Hall Oxford course of study. We are grateful for your management and his Tutors' time, and all of the interesting and helpful resources that have been provided, including online modules and course schedules that have kept Henry engaged and challenged because they are so well organised and timed.
 

Mrs Menard, Homeschooling Parent, South Korea

I was not too happy with the local school system and curriculum. I chose home study because of the fact that I had confidence that my daughter would be able to perform better academically with a homeschooling programme.

I found that Wolsey Hall Oxford would provide and equip my daughter throughout the programme with the necessary support and I also was very drawn to the installment plan which was very attractive. I also must say the very quick response from Wolsey Hall Oxford was excellent.

The initial support and advice that was given to me by the Director of Studies was excellent and very helpful in giving me a clear picture of how my daughter would fit into this homeschooling programme. It reassured me of my decision. I should also mention that I was pleasantly surprised by the very quick arrival of the course books.

My daughter is very, very satisfied with the support she has been receiving from her Tutors. They respond to her questions promptly and give her advice and quality information regarding her subjects. They are also extremely encouraging, supportive and pleasant. My daughter is happy studying under such excellent Tutors.

Course materials have been effective in aiding my daughter throughout the homeschooling programme. The materials have helped with details and information with regards to her subjects. The online resources provided are also very beneficial to her studies. I have to say I am very happy to have the support provided by the Student Progress Manager: she has been supportive, helpful and understanding.

To sum it all up, I would like to say I am glad to have found Wolsey Hall Oxford. Academically they will provide the necessary assistance and support; professionally they are efficient, understanding and very helpful. I have recommended this programme to some of my friends in Malaysia and will definitely recommend it to others.

Ivy Mary, Homeschooling Parent, Malaysia

Thank you very much for your assistance, and I just want to say that homeschooling Sophie and her sister Helene has been made so much easier by your organization’s involvement - the tutors have been fabulous and the course presentation very easy to follow.

(Helene is studying KS3 and Sophie has just finished her IGCSEs).

Jeff Hennig, Homeschooling Parent, USA

My daughter Unity enjoyed the Key Stage 2 courses which she did with Wolsey Hall Oxford. The courses have a mix of online courses, textbook and offline activities. My 8 year old enjoyed the online content the best. The staff are quick to respond to any queries and offer support through email and Skype. You need to dedicate plenty of time to the activities as a parent; your child is unlikely to be able to work through the course unaided.

The course is perfect for parents wanting a structured education for their home educated child and who lack confidence to put a framework of education in place themselves. As a homeschooled graduate myself, I have plenty of confidence to do this myself and that is the reason we only did a term of the Key Stage 2 Level.

Philippa Nicholson, Homeschooling Parent, UK

I received an A* for my IGCSE English Literature. It came as a wonderful surprise as I received only a C for my preliminary mock exams in school.

What really helped me were the notes that Wolsey Hall Oxford provided. This was particularly so because there were hardly any available resources on the stories and poems I had to learn for the exam. The notes provided were excellent – in depth yet easy to understand.

Literature was not my best subject and to get an A* was truly awesome – thank you Wolsey Hall Oxford!

Kevin Loh, Homeschooling Student, Singapore

I took two science courses with Wolsey Hall Oxford and was delighted to achieve an A in Biology and a B in Chemistry. I would recommend Wolsey Hall Oxford to any student with a desire and motivation to learn.

Bethan Winterton, Homeschooling Student, UK

We are a Kenyan family living in Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen) in Kazakhstan. We have been here for almost one year now, and have just gone through our first five-month winter, where temperatures drop to -40⁰C. Being from Africa, this is all very new, especially since we had lived for four years in Rwanda where it can be very hot.

We have enrolled two children at Wolsey Hall Oxford. Sally, who is taking her IGCSE course, turns 14 in May, while Eddy, in Key Stage 3, is 11. They are entirely homeschooled as we could not find any schools here that teach in English and also needed an internationally-recognized curriculum.

The most rewarding thing is that the children feel in charge of their own learning. They follow the course outlines, use the internet a lot, and move at a pace that is comfortable. To new parents at Wolsey Hall, I have found that the members of staff, especially the course director, are willing to help when the going gets tough. Homeschooling can be overwhelming at the beginning. Personally, I needed help to register onto the online learning system, to come up with a daily timetable, and I continuously reach out when I am not sure of one thing or another. I find that the staff are near even if geographically far. We are happy to have found Wolsey Hall!

Serah Ombewa, Homeschooling Parent, Kazakhstan