St Albans College is built upon the principle that the best way for students to achieve their academic potential is by excellent teaching in small group classes and by structured personal support. This includes helping students to organise their study time, revise for exams and develop important study skills such as note taking.
Teaching in small groups allows for the emphasis of the lesson to be on discussion and interaction. This requires students to engage more deeply with the subject matter and ensures that learning is monitored throughout. Students also find that this interactive approach helps them to develop their confidence as well as their knowledge and understanding.
Each student is supported in their studies by a Mentor who will monitor their efforts and achievements, and help motivate them to achieve their best. Although there is a strong academic ethos at the College, the environment is friendly, informal and relaxed.
Our approach to individual attention extends to parents who are very welcome to contact the College at any point during the year.
‘Students’ behaviour and personal development are outstanding. This aspect was found to be a strength in the previous inspection. Throughout the school, in class and in their common room students are calm, courteous, friendly and helpful to one another and adults. Their behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent and they participate fully in lessons. They enjoy the adult debate and high-level work that is expected of them.’
Ofsted Inspection Report (March 2014)