Teaching and learning
All our tutors have a first degree in the subject they teach, and many also hold doctorates, or other postgraduate degrees and teaching certificates. Many of them have worked as examiners with the major A Level examination boards. Our tutors are great motivators. Their dynamic and enthusiastic approach to their subjects inspires our students to work hard and succeed.
Our small classes enable students to form good working relationships with their tutors, and guarantee that all students receive individual attention. In most subjects classes are limited to six to eight students. Some Economics and Mathematics classes are delivered to slightly larger groups of 12-15 students but receive additional tutorial classes in smaller groups.
Academic and Pastoral Support
All students are assigned a Personal Tutor whom they meet regularly and with whom they can discuss any problems or concerns, whether academic or personal. Personal Tutors are responsible for monitoring their students’ progress. They work closely with the Principal and provide students with initial advice about career and university options.
Assessing and Monitoring Progress
By regularly assessing and monitoring students’ progress, we ensure they are fully prepared for their final examinations. Progress is assessed by:
- Regular tests using past examination questions
- Regular homework
- Monitoring attendance
- Individual feedback from subject tutors and personal tutors
Emphasis on Study Skills
To help students work more effectively and improve their performance in examinations, teaching on all programmes combines prescribed subject content with tuition in important study skills, such as note-taking, speed-reading, memory skills, good revision habits and time management.
Regular attendance is vital to examination success. It is also a safeguarding issue. We therefore monitor the attendance of all students very closely, using a text messaging service to alert parents if their child is absent without reason.
Communication with Parents and Guardians
We keep parents closely informed about their children’s progress and well-being. We hold two Parents’ Evenings a year, in November and March. The Parents’ Evenings are held both in-person and online. Written reports are sent to parents at Christmas and Easter. Additional reports can be provided on request and parents are welcome to talk to staff about their
child’s progress at any time. Parents can also use the College’s Intranet system which is updated every day to view the following information:
- Their child’s attendance record
- Teachers’ reports on their child
- Test and trial examination