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.
‘Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They enjoy coming to college and they value their lessons. The atmosphere in classes is typically very positive, with a clear emphasis on making progress. Pupils show utmost respect for others’ ideas and points of view when debating issues”.
“Pupils’ conduct is excellent. The pupils are extremely respectful of their peers, adults and visitors. They have impeccable manners. The atmosphere in college is an exceptionally positive and happy one, and pupils grow in self-esteem and confidence’
Ofsted Inspection Report (May 2017)