John Southworth BSc MSc


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2021/2022 Open Mornings/Afternoons

MPW London are running a series of opening morning/afternoons on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 1st February 2022, 4:15 – 6pm
  • Tuesday 26th April 2022, 4:15 – 6pm

See our website for full details.

MPW Virtual Open Days 2020-2021

We will be holding our open days virtually for the foreseeable future, although we are happy to accommodate private in-person admissions appointments. The virtual open days will be held on the following dates:


  • Tuesday 10 November 16:15 – 18:00
  • Saturday 28 November 10:00 – 12:30


  • Tuesday 2 February 16:15 – 18:00
  • Tuesday 20 April 16:15 – 18:00


For more details please contact our Admissions Officer on 020 7835 1355 or The college is open every weekday from 9am to 6pm.



We are always delighted to meet prospective parents and students and hold at least one Open Day per term for students who are considering joining MPW for GCSE, AS and A level courses or for transfer to the college between years 12 and 13.

An Open Day is an informal event at which visitors can meet our Heads of Department and Directors of Studies to discuss the college and their requirements in more detail. Current students will give tours of the facilities, allowing visitors to learn more about the college and ask questions about the student experience from those who know it best.

The college’s Open Days for academic year 2020-2021 are as follows:


  • Tuesday 12th November – 4:15pm to 6pm
  • Saturday 30th November – 10am to 12pm


  • Tuesday 4th February – 4:15 to 6pm
  • Tuesday 21st April – 4:15 to 6pm
  • Wednesday 17th June – 4:15pm to 6pm


Prospective parents and students are more than welcome to visit the college at their convenience. To arrange a private tour, please contact our Admissions Officer on 020 7835 1355 or The college is open every weekday from 9am to 6pm.


Meet our students

There is no one ‘typical’ MPW London student and we are joined each year by people with varying interests from varying backgrounds. What they have in common is a friendly, open approach, a mature attitude and a desire to achieve their highest potential. We make great efforts to support students personally as well as academically which is evident both in their development during their time with us and in the successes they achieve both inside and outside of college. Hear from current students or recent leavers below:


Tallulah was at rock bottom when she joined MPW. She had just finished year 13 at her previous school with very disappointing grades. Instead of settling for second best she decided to try again and joined us for a year to take Politics and History A level courses, which paid dividends on results day 2017 when Tallulah achieved A*A*. Now she is reading History at Cambridge University.

“My time at MPW has really been one of gaining my confidence back and believing in myself but also having a new attitude in terms of the future. MPW has really given me back the belief that I can achieve top grades and succeed which was so important for me because when I came for my admissions meeting back in August my confidence was shot and I didn’t know if I was going to go to the universities I’d always dreamed of. The teachers always encouraged me to do my best and didn’t shy away from giving me fair, constructive criticism – which was exactly what I needed to understand what the examiners were looking for and how I could improve on what I was doing wrong.”


James (JJ) took his GCSEs at MPW, in which he achieved A*A*A*A*A*A*A*AAAAB. He is now in the first year of his A levels, taking Ancient History, Chemistry, Maths and Physics as well as working towards his EPQ.

“The discussion-based informal teaching at MPW is really effective, as are the small classes which mean that you and the teacher can get to know each other well. I feel more comfortable asking for help in such a small group. Having a Director of Studies has also really helped me – it’s great to have someone looking out for you and when the pressure was on with exams I was able to go and discuss my worries with my DOS, who was very helpful and reassuring. I know other students who have been helped in others ways by their DOS, for example in terms of organisation or revision planning. It’s all very personal and tailored to you. At MPW you feel like a young adult rather than a child.”


Tara achieved AS grades of CCCC at her previous school and was sure that she could do better. She transferred to MPW between years 12 and 13 and in one year with us, Tara achieved A*A*A in her Chemistry, Maths and Biology A levels. Now she is reading Medicine at University College London.

“I moved schools after my AS levels because I had underperformed and felt that my current school was not right for me. The teachers at MPW have been amazing and have all gone over and above everything I needed. In addition the Director of Studies system is incredible and having that support was so helpful. Coming to MPW is the best decision I ever made, I’m just so glad I came here. I would never have got these grades without the support of MPW and my fantastic teachers.”


Harry left MPW in 2015 with A level grades of grades A*A*A in English Literature, Politics and History. He went to read Law at King’s College London but founded a business alongside his studies in his first year. This was subsequently bought by a large investment fund where Harry is now working for as Europe’s youngest venture capitalist.

“I really mean this: I would not be who I am without MPW. I’m going to send my kids there. They turned me around from AS levels of ADDD to the grades I needed for King’s. I loved the teaching: they mark you really tough so that when the exams come around they are easier in comparison – I got 100% in three papers. The teachers genuinely care for you as well; my AS English teacher made the effort to help me with my A2 coursework even though she was not involved and my Director of Studies emailed me about my personal statement for UCAS when she was on a skiing holiday. I don’t know anywhere else that you get such dedicated one-to-one support.”

If you would like to hear more from MPW London students, visit our website.


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A welcome from John Southworth, Principal of MPW

MPW_Building_entranceMPW is an amazing place to study and work. Founded in 1973, we are one of the country’s best known providers of bespoke fifth- and sixth-form education, offering GCSEs and A levels in over 40 subjects. We welcome students who are seeking a socially relaxed yet academically disciplined college to help them achieve their goals.

What makes MPW so special?

We are distinctive in many ways, not least in our small classes of fewer than 10 students, our focus on exam preparation, and also in outstanding personal support for students through our Director of Studies system. We do not patronise students by allowing low expectations of behaviour or attainment and we help all students to raise their aspirations and give them the confidence to achieve their ambitions.

“I really enjoy MPW because although the atmosphere is relaxed, you are still expected to work hard and you are pushed to achieve what you are capable of. A large part of the stress of exams and school work is taken away by the relaxed atmosphere and the fact that pupils are treated like adults.”  - Oliver, A*A*A*AAAAA at GCSE and now taking A levels with MPW

Our staff

Every teacher has a clear objective of helping students to succeed. All are very well qualified and often public examiners or textbook authors. Each aims to fulfil the MPW mantra of going the extra mile to help students. We set lots of tests and lots of homework, knowing that this is the most effective way to ensure that students achieve their best possible grades. Our classes are unashamedly exam oriented and designed to stretch and challenge the most able, but support and nurture those who struggle. Running through our pastoral and academic support is an important aim - to prepare students for higher education at a university of their choice. A full team of staff offer specialist university entrance guidance, supported by expert published literature written by MPW tutors and over 70% of leavers each year progress to top-tier institutions.

The teachers here have really helped ignite my passion for the subjects I am studying by teaching things outside of the syllabus, which has also helped with my personal statement.” - Adam, A*A*A, Chemical Engineering, University College London

Our students

We believe that if the rapport between staff and students is strong then the learning in class will be good as well. Our students are respectful, well motivated and keen to learn. We set firm boundaries of behaviour, which we clearly outline to all students and routinely enforce. Our students rise to the challenge of our adult atmosphere.

Throughout the year you make such substantial progress. Each lesson has a purpose and all of the students are so driven. MPW felt more like a university than a school for me.” - Hector, A*A*A, Philosophy and Mathematics, University of Edinburgh

Our results

We are exceptionally proud of our students, who perform incredibly well year after year. MPW is a non-selective school and in spite of this our most common A level grade over the past three years has been A/A* and over 70% of leavers each year progress to top tier universities. We are exceptionally successful in terms of ‘value-added’ which measures the considerable progress made by our A level students relative to where they were at GCSE.

“The teaching is great and the lessons are really high quality. I’ve realised so much more of my potential, the teachers saw I could do more and challenged me some more. If you’ve got a clear goal, MPW is definitely the school to come to because there are so many highly qualified people who can help you achieve it.” - Katrina. A*A*A, Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast

Our location and facilities

We have a superb nineteenth century building which has been completely refurbished to an exceptional standard. There are five state-of-the-art laboratories as well as fully equipped media studies and computing rooms, an art studio, a ceramics studio, a darkroom and a digital photography suite. Our three libraries have also had significant investment in the past couple of years. The college is populated throughout with up-to-date computers, projectors, interactive whiteboards, and audio-visual facilities.

“MPW has been excellent. The small class sizes are great and the teachers are happy to help whenever you need anything. I also found the way the teachers taught was very useful for the Medical School interview process – particularly at Cambridge - as I was used to being stretched and challenged by topics I was unfamiliar with.” - Max, A*A*, Medicine, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge

Our comprehensive extra-curricular programme

mpw_rugbyWe offer a range of sports: football and rugby are the most popular and our teams are very successful at both. In addition to this, students can work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award at MPW. For those who would prefer to focus on the academic, we offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as well as modern languages beginner classes, debating and journalism. MPW is located in South Kensington allowing easy access to a wide range of galleries and museums. Eminent speakers visit the college throughout the year to speak on a wide range of topiics and school trips are frequent, to London theatres for English/Drama students and further afield for others, such as the Isle of Wight (Geography) and Florence (History of Art).

Our Open Days

We are always happy to meet prospective parents and students and have Open afternoons every term, when all of our Head of Departments and Directors of Studies are available and will be happy to meet with visitors to discuss student’s academic programmes and answer questions about the college. Current students also conduct tours of the building. Open Days are informal occasions and provide the perfect opportunity to see what MPW offers. Open Day dates are available here . If an Open Day is not convenient, our Admissions Officer will be happy to arrange a private appointment at a time to suit you.

cife Scholarships

Each year MPW London awards a number of Academic Scholarships to help fund the fees of gifted and talented students.  Academic Scholarships are awarded entirely on academic merit and students sit the college’s Scholarship Exam following a formal application process.

Our budget for academic awards is based on anticipated fee income for each academic year, with the value of scholarships ranging between 10% to 50% of tuition fees.

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