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PREPARE FOR AN OXBRIDGE EDUCATION


EMPOWER TEENAGERS TO HELP IN AN EMERGENCY


Accidental injury is the primary cause of death in 12-18 year olds. Teenagers are major risk takers; they push boundaries, believe they are invincible and the vital part of their brain that evaluates risk is not fully developed until they are in their early twenties. They are also a group increasingly responsible for others; babysitting, sports leadership and coaching, Duke of Edinburgh and even attending parties can lead to them urgently needing to administer First Aid. ‘As a mother of teenagers, I gain huge peace of mind knowing that they and their friends are equipped with these vital skills. My daughter is now a qualified Life Guard and my 14-year-old son was able to help someone unconscious from alcohol at a party,’ Emma Hammett, founder of First Aid for Life, told T&L.


BEST FOOT FORWARD


Why do we check our children’s eyes and teeth regularly but not their feet? It is important to understand that properly fitted good-quality shoes for children are vital as their feet do not stop growing until their late teens. To prevent pain and health problems in later life, it is best to visit a shoe shop that specialises in fitting and to check your child’s feet regularly to make sure his or her shoes are well fitted and comfortable. Cubs Children Shoe Shop in Wimbledon Village is known for fitting expertise and wide range of top quality brands, including Start-rite, Geox, Camper, UGG, Bobux, Pediped, Hush Puppies, Ricosta, Primigi, Petasil, Hunter, Aigle and Skechers.


Cubs Children Shoe Shop, 21 Church Road, Wimbledon Village


68 . January 2015 . timeandleisure.co.uk


A survey, commissioned by the British Red Cross revealed that more than 532,000 teenagers have been left to cope with a drunken friend who was sick, injured or unconscious in the last year and 89 per cent of 11-16 year-olds had found themselves confronted with some kind of medical emergency. A quarter of young people have had to deal with asthma attacks and a third have had to cope with someone with a head injury. Without training, 44 per cent panicked and 46 per cent simply didn’t know what to do. First Aid for Life is an award winning first aid training provider that runs numerous courses for schools, clubs and individuals.


020 8675 4036


emma@firstaidforlife.org.uk www.firstaidforlife.org.uk


Local parents of high-achieving students are increasingly signing up to university preparation courses which increase their child’s likelihood of securing a place at one of the UK’s top universities. Competition for places at these universities grows increasingly tough every year; undergraduate applications for Oxford alone have risen by 46% over the past decade. Help is at hand, outside the school gates with Oxford Summer College, specifically designed to prepare students for an Oxbridge Education. A recent study by Bristol University found that pupils who attended such a course are three times more likely to be accepted by their first choice university. The university preparation course aims to provide students with an understanding of the admissions process, building confidence through knowledge and experience, and offering mock interviews and exams, key skills workshops and individual tutoring from experienced academics who can provide personalised advice and feedback. Some also hold residential admissions programmes at top universities, allowing children to experience student life first-hand.


www.oxbridgeadmissions.ac


WOODCOTE HOUSE SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN


Every year, the philanthropic Paterson family, who own Woodcote House School, provide two sets of fees to be divided amongst boys who show academic, sporting or musical promise. The Scholarship and Bursary Assessment Morning will take place on Saturday 7 March 2015 and interested families are asked to contact Wendy Edgerley for more details on info@ woodcotehouseschool.co.uk. Henry Knight, Woodcote’s Headmaster, reports that since the introduction of the daily London bus service from the


top of the A3, many more families in SW London have registered for the event. He told T&L: ‘There are many Wimbledon, Putney, Barnes and Fulham-based families that want the benefits of a country prep school education that is close enough to London for their sons to still be day pupils.’ This year three of the ‘bus boys’ won awards to Woodcote House.


Woodcote House School, Snow’s Ride, Windlesham, GU20 6PF


01276 472115, www.woodcotehouseschool.co.uk


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