Have a read of what people think of Apricot

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Just a short message to give you some feedback from this week.

Charlotte has settled into her timetable.  She has not yet spoken online, but enjoys using the chat. It may take some time for her to talk online; but don’t worry, she is very engaged. She is enjoying covering some of the basics in English and Maths – she said it’s good to cover some of the early stuff that you sometimes doubt yourself on. The technology is very easy for her and she hasn’t minded me looking over her shoulder every now and again today.

Her comment is, “It is good.” This is positive.

Overall, we have seen a relaxed girl who is being much more sociable at home. Personally, I think this is allowing her to study at her own pace with no distractions, so will help her reach her potential in multiple subjects. She really doesn’t think she is very clever, as she has been comparing herself to peers in school. If she was achieving high results in school with such high anxiety and sensory challenges, then I think we will see her real potential through Apricot. I also know that taking the 1:1 approach is the most appropriate for her right now.

Stella – Tom’s Mum

We wanted to let you know that Tom was given a B grade for his history.

We can’t thank you enough for all your input with Tom, especially as there was no verbal communication.  I know that can’t have been easy. He has a place at St. Mary’s in Twickenham to study Sociology and Criminology, which is something we thought might never happen for him especially as he was clearly very capable.

You played a big part in helping Tom to achieve this and we are so grateful.

Brianna and Michael – Cheryl’s mum and dad

Michael and I would like to thank you for your patience and skills in helping Cheryl to prepare herself for her GCSE.  We honestly did not expect to be in a position where she felt comfortable enough to take these exams, and that is down to you and the teachers from Apricot persevering with her and allowing her to complete the course in a way she felt comfortable with.

Cheryl has taken her Science exams and when we know the result, I will let you know.  For us the fact that she even went into the exam room to take them is worth an A*.

She has been through a very rough few years but the stability of lessons each day whilst feeling safe in her own home has helped her get the courage to start to face life again.

She has applied and been accepted at a college near to us to study animal welfare. A classroom will be a mighty challenge for her, but she wants to succeed. She has woken up again to the joy of learning and I can’t thank you enough for your part in that.

Cason – Ben’s dad

Just a chance for me to also say how amazing this experience is for Ben. He’s absolutely loving learning and it’s been a smooth, easy process. Thanks for all you did getting us going.

Madison – Remy’s mum

I’m not sure if you get informed of GCSE results, but I thought you may like to know and inform Remy’s teachers that he passed all 5 GCSE’s with the following results:

RE B – English Lang 6 – English Lit 5 – Spoken = Distinction – Maths C – Science B

Thank you all so much for your patience and hard work.  We are absolutely amazed and delighted with these results, confirmation that Apricot really does work!

Remy has surpassed everyone’s expectations and has been offered a place at Moulton College to study at an extended Diploma Level, which he thought was simply beyond his dreams. He has a long way to go with a few battles ahead, but these results have given him such a boost.

He was at an all-time low when he started his learning with you, I cannot thank you enough for giving him the chance to carry on his education when all else seemed lost.

With thanks and very best regards.

Liz – George’s mum

I hope you’re well and enjoying a break over the summer.  I just wanted to let you know that George got a grade 8 for his GCSE, which he’s delighted with, as he thought the exams were ‘stupidly’ hard and he didn’t think he’d done so well.  He passed all his subjects. The Head of Sixth Form is glad to be able to welcome George back to school after such a long absence.

Thank you for all your encouragement and hard work with George.  Your belief in him has paid off!

Ryland – Natalie’s dad

Just heard that Natalie got a 9 in her History.  I would like to say thank you.

Zane

Hey! It’s that bothersome child you managed to finally get rid of, back again (well it’s your fault you asked to hear the result).

… A*

WHOOOOOP WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP

And an above average one at that, which made me happy ‘cos I thought my slip on the second paper might have messed it up. Anyway, thank you for being such a good teacher (you clearly did something right). Thank you for putting up with me. 😊 Thank you for giving me something to annoyingly gloat about to my friends forevermore.

I’m happy and I hope you are too.

Devon

I was a student a couple of years ago. I remember taking Mathematics, English, and Science courses and they were all great! I remember the good times with the teachers and how much we bonded over the period of my attendance.

I am writing to you today to inform you of the success of my courses and how they provided me with the helpful education that eventually drove me to get these results. I was able to achieve stunning grades in Mathematics, English Language, Literature, Science base and additional. My grades were the following for these subjects:

English Literature: 7 (A)
English Language: 7 (A)
Mathematics (Higher Tier): 5 (B)
Science (Higher Tier): B

I also managed to earn many more As and Bs in different subjects such as History and Business Studies due to the helpfulness of these courses that were provided.

Thank you for helping me in the time of my illness by providing the education and the support I needed. It has really helped me shape my future and my upcoming career. I still remember the times I had with all of the teachers who taught me.

Caroline – James’ mum

We are thrilled. James is at this moment singing “I’ve got a B”. He was only 4 marks off an “A” so he is very proud. His teacher has done a brilliant job. I know he worked incredibly hard with James. His interview has gone well today, he wants to work with animals, and is aiming to do either a Vet Nurse degree or Zoology, as he’s brilliant with animals. So, the Maths was very important to him. Again, a huge thanks to Apricot!

Rashid

Thank you so much for this term, you’ve really helped me and made me smile when I didn’t want to! You’ve really helped. Thank you so, so much.

Ester

I hope you are well and enjoying summer. As I am sure you know, yesterday was results day and I am over the moon!

I received an A* in Further Maths, 8 in French, and eight other 9s, including Maths and Computer Science. This actually means I am in the 732 people across the UK with seven 9s.

Thank you so much for everything you did for me. I cannot remember the last time I felt this happy.

School A

You may well have been told, but James gained an A* in English Language and a B in Literature. It shows the Apricot system really does work. This, added to his A in RE, B in Art, and a C gained last year in Maths, means he was absolutely delighted. Thank you for all your help.

PRU

Both Ben & the HLTA who supports Ben were really impressed and enjoyed today’s lesson. The HLTA, in particular, could not praise you enough – she said that you picked up on Ben’s mood through what he was typing and that you treated the whole lesson with sensitivity. That is much appreciated. Ben also is really enjoying the pace at which the lessons are going and that you ask permission when taking over his screen. So, a huge thank you for making your lessons enjoyable and absolutely suited to a delicate student. It is really very much appreciated.

Janet – Laurie’s Mum

We’ve had more enthusiastic study from Laurie. She came down at lunchtime with a massive smile on her face! I honestly can’t remember the last time she was so happy! I am beginning to think that this was the best step that we could have made! I really think that it might be the making of her!!!

Lynn

Almost done with the exams now! I think the English Literature exam for poetry went rather well. I feel the most confident about it than any others that I have done, so that’s a good sign! Thanks for all the help you gave me before the exam as I think it has paid off!

Noah

I was doing my GCSE history online with Apricot and promised to email my result (which I got today).
I got A* in coursework and in Medicine Through Time, and an A in both American West and Public Health (so an A overall).

I would like to thank Apricot for helping me achieve such an excellent grade and supporting me. I would also like to thank my teacher for being such an amazing help to my final learning and revision – the practice questions were a lifesaver!

Thanks again and all the best.

Finn – Nico’s dad

Nico collected GCSE results today and is really pleased with his results which are as follows;

English Language 9 – English Literature 9

Thank you so much for your time with Nico and helping him achieve his best. We are very proud.

Natalie and Case – Alan’s mum and dad

My son has used your services for 2 and a bit years whilst he was too ill to attend school. I just wanted to say thank you for all your team did for him. He just received his GCSE grades: 5 As, 2 Bs, and a C – but he received grade A in both English exams and Maths, which he couldn’t have achieved with your staff’s help at the hardest time in his life.

He managed to achieve all he has done. Now he is going for A Levels. Both my wife and I (and especially Alan) want to say thank you.

Remy

To all of you lovely people at Apricot!

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your time you have used to help me get through my exams.  You have all helped me to face my fears through my exams and you all always put a smile on my face! You’ve witnessed my good times and my not so good times, but you’ve always been able to support me through whatever help I have needed!

I’ve had a rough few years linked to my education and you have all helped me to make up for the time I have lost – I couldn’t be more grateful! You’ve managed to see the good in me that I don’t see in myself and you have guided me through so much more than you could think!

Thank you for giving me the support I needed… I will never forget all of you! Thank you all for everything.

Ben

I’m really benefiting from my lessons and am even revising in the evenings before my sessions! Mum and I can’t thank you enough for all the help & support Apricot & the team have given me.

Bette – Serena’s Mum

I am just writing a quick note to say how wonderful your lovely teachers are!

When faced with situations like today, where Serena was unable to do some of her lessons due to anxiety and, consequently, very little sleep, they were supportive, understanding and helpful in equal proportions. What a refreshing change for me to also feel supported rather than being made to feel like a co-contributor to Serena’s awful school attendance rate!

I am so pleased to have found Apricot! I am convinced that it will be the making of Serena!

Therapeutic School

Hawkswood’s students have been re-engaged with their education. They have created new and productive relationships and work routines. They are progressing academically and personally. They are achieving qualifications they would not otherwise have been able to earn. Hawkswood students are being reintegrated into mainstream schools and can now follow a progression route to a Sixth Form College, which can lead to meaningful employment or higher education.

They are now more self-possessed, more confident, and have better self-discipline as a result of the blended learning opportunities they’ve enjoyed. They exhibit fewer outbursts and self-harming, reduced OCD tendencies, fewer Asperger’s symptoms, and fewer psychotic episodes. The excellent education and support they receive from Apricot, combined with the robust emotional and psychological help they receive from Hawkswood, have given them a real chance in life to grow and flourish as people and future workers or scholars. For the very first time, they are happy and they are proud of their accomplishments.

Donita

I hope you are well and have had a lovely summer! I am very happy to tell you that I got an 8-8 in science! I am really delighted with this result and wanted to thank you for all your support you have given me over the last few years.

LA Virtual School

Olivia says that she has done more work here this week than she ever did at school!

Lillian – Gray’s mum

Thank you, as ever, for all the wonderful support you have given Gray. He is very proud and starting to accept how well his grades have been and how well he has learnt to coped with assessments.

Have the most wonderful Christmas and New year.

Lottie – Jax’s mum

We thought you might like to know how Jax did in his GCSEs.  He has done really well – we are over the moon!

He has been accepted into the 6th form at Hayes to study 3 A levels!  He’s decided to go for Maths, Computer Science and Music Technology.  He originally thought he might do History, but has decided to change to Music Tech after attending the induction day.  We are hoping this is the right decision as he was actually very near a grade 7 in his History GCSE! His results are as follows:

Combined Science 6, 6 – History 6 – Maths 7 – English Language 4 – English Lit 3 – Computer Science 5

Once again, we would like to thank you all for your help and support and for everything you did for Jax. We know that overall History was 110 – not far off a 7 – and that his English Language was 83, only 3 marks away from a grade 5.  The English department wants to submit it for a re-mark.

These results have made Jax very happy and upbeat, which is fantastic! Thank you all so much.

Chloe – Daniel’s mum

I thought you might be pleased to hear that Daniel got a C in his Science module 1 exams (almost a B!) and a B in module 2. He got 76% in both Module 2 Chemistry and Physics exams, and the only revision he did for them outside of his sessions with you was two hours of Chemistry!

Fran – Cheryl’s Mum

Cheryl was over the moon to have been awarded an A grade. She has had such little self-worth and value as a person with her illness and having such a brilliant education and achieving is invaluable.

She really struggles with her health and it is commendable that she manages to keep going at times.

Thank you so much for all the effort that you have put into teaching Cheryl, especially with the late start and her inability to do much more than her 5 hours lesson times.

You have allowed her to shine and given her encouragement to achieve.

Bev – Liam’s mum

I just wanted to thank you and the teachers for the work you are doing with Liam.  It’s hard to believe this time last year he could not leave the house due to so many anxiety attacks which led him to stop eating. Apricot has been an absolute miracle for him. Not only him, but me as well.

I am so happy to see my son actually look forward to lessons and then ask for more! This is something that he has never done and this is the first time that Liam has ever shown any excitement or enthusiasm for learning. That is a huge hurdle for him as emotions are difficult for him.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Ollie

Thank you so much. You’re the best teacher I’ve ever had for teaching me on a proper level and not talking down to me. I feel ready now to go and do this exam.

School B

Ella’s coursework, especially given her situation, was impressive. In terms of likely grades, we put her Literature in an area that was an A last year and her Language piece on the line between A/A*. Of course, AQA may moderate those scores down, or alter the grade boundaries, but I hope this doesn’t happen. Irrespective of anything AQA might do, Ella (and you) have done extremely well.

Jenna – Sam’s mum

We just wanted to let you know that Sam somehow passed his Science GCSE with two grade 4s! There is obviously no way this would have been possible without you, your interesting lessons, and your encouragement.

Thank you so much for being such a fantastic, supportive teacher this last year. We both really wish Sam was able to continue having his Apricot lessons, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem possible.

Teaching Assistant

I just wanted to pass on how impressed I am with Carrie’s History lessons. They are so well structured and the teacher always ensures Carrie has understood what has been taught. This is a massive thing for Carrie, as she will say she understands when she probably hasn’t. Credit where credit is due.

Local Authority

Pupils are enjoying sessions, which is a good indicator. We got Outstanding in our recent Ofsted across the board and were praised for the diversity, flexibility, and personalisation of our curriculum, including the use of electronic learning.

Olivia

I have been enjoying my Apricot lessons. They have helped give me confidence in the subjects and helped me to remember lots more from school.

It’s very convenient and useful and the 1:1 is better and allows you to concentrate on your weakness and strengths. In school there are lots of pupils, whereas with Apricot with are on our own or in very small groups.

On Apricot, if you really want to work you have a better chance with your grades as you concentrate on you, you’re not competing with 25 others.

If you really want to get your exams, I would strongly recommend Apricot as they really will help you work on your ability in the subject.

Ella

You have really worked hard and you haven’t given up on me like my last teacher. You’re a really good teacher thank you. You are!

Anna – Skye’s mum

I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with the GCSE tuition for my daughter, Skye.  She just got her GCSE results and she got an A* in the exam you helped her prepare for, which led to an A* in the whole subject.  So, thanks again for your part in helping her get such an excellent result!

Sarah

Thank you for taking the time out to help me more than you should. No teacher would go out of their way this much to help someone. So, for that, I am sincerely grateful. Glad to have you for my final year. I wouldn’t have made it without your encouragement. 🙂

Ellie – Neill’s mum

Let me take this opportunity to thank you and the team at Apricot for the support afforded to Neill last term. Your online learning provision was invaluable in providing Neill with some structure and a focus for his studies during his time out of a formal school setting.

Council

We have been very pleased with the service offered. It has allowed us to access subjects we cannot normally offer in homes, such as modern foreign languages, and to increase the number of hours of education for isolated learners. For pupils with conditions such as chronic fatigue, they can access the lessons from their beds and it has allowed them continuity of education.

Liv– Devon’s mum

Just a quick message to say thank you for Devon’s report this year and the support you have given him with your teaching.

I think it is clear to see that Devon’s efforts in talking and increasing speech during lessons has made a difference to all his lessons. He finds Science easier than other subjects and he is doing well.

We are very proud of Devon and how he has progressed this year.

Thank you for you work and support.