Student Support

Students starting in September and January begin with a comprehensive induction programme, which ensures they have a chance to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, talk to staff and understand their subject choices and timetable. This provides a relaxing but fun start to their course. It is especially important to us that boarding students aim to arrive for the induction period, so they have time to settle in.

At regular intervals throughout the year, students will sit tests in all their academic subjects. The results are sent to parents, along with comprehensive reports twice a year in December and April. This allows the Course Director to review each individual’s progress and ability, and keeps parents updated on their child’s progress.

We recognise that the culture and environment in which our students study is extremely important in helping them achieve their potential; this is true outside as well as inside the classroom. Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor, who will be one of the senior teachers in the College. The Personal Tutor meets regularly with the student and monitors their academic progress and guides each student through their university applications. They are also on hand to give support and advice about any non-academic issues which may arise.

The Personal Tutor communicates regularly with parents and guardians. Furthermore, all senior staff in the College, including the Principal, Vice Principal, Director of Studies and Head of Boarding, provide an open door policy, making themselves readily available to the student body.

In addition to tutorial support, our Student Liaison Officer provides a dedicated service for students, assisting with banking arrangements, flights and general information, as well as offering invaluable emotional support. Occasionally, there may be an issue that a student prefers to discuss in complete confidentiality and this need is addressed by the School Counsellor. Finally, our School Nurse is available to attend to any students who are unwell, or who may need to discuss any health issues. All boarders are registered with a local NHS medical centre, which is close-by.

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