The College curriculum aims to provide a very high level of care, guidance and support for each student in order to enable them to achieve their individual academic aims. The key elements of the curriculum are a very flexible timetable and course structure, small classes, individual tutorials, regular testing and individual review meetings with Mentors.
The curriculum aims to encourage students to maintain a balance between academic work and an enriching extracurricular life, and to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of their lives.
We do this in an atmosphere which is warm and informal, but also one in which students are expected to work hard. Our aim is for students to develop an adult sense of honesty, independence, responsibility and consideration for others, in preparation for university and working life.
The curriculum provides full time supervised education for students of compulsory school age. An emphasis is on allowing students the opportunity to develop linguistic, mathematical, scientific and technological skills as well as giving scope for human, social, physical, aesthetic and creative learning.
All GCSE students participate in a structured PSHE course, which runs through the entire academic year. There are also regular outings to art galleries, museums and other school trips. Students are also able to take part in a variety of sporting activities in a regular weekly session on their timetable.
The College offers considerable flexibility in choosing courses according to individual circumstances and students are able to take a mixture of programmes if this is appropriate for them. This may even include a mixture of AS-level and GCSE courses.
All students are very carefully assessed at interview prior to enrolment to determine the most suitable programme for them, in regard to the student’s academic aims and current level of attainment.
Extracurricular activities play an important role within the College and are seen as a way of improving the social, moral, physical and artistic development of students. They also significantly help the initial integration of students into the College and convey the importance of a balance between work and other aspects of life.