Teaching and Assessment

The passion and dedication our teachers have in helping students reach their academic goals is truly unique. Teachers genuinely want their students to do well, and there are many great examples of personal tutors and teachers going above and beyond to support each student’s learning journey and pathway towards university.

At the College, teachers have an open door policy for students to come and ask for help, advice and further explanations to challenging course work outside of lessons. It only takes a visit into our classrooms to experience the friendly relationship between teachers and students, the dynamic and interactive lessons, and the benefits of our small class environment.

In the video below our Teacher of Biology, Guillermo Esteban, and a Year 10 student talks about the partnership between teachers and students at the College in relation to marking and assessment.

We have a team of highly experienced teachers, who themselves have gained academic qualifications at the UK’s top universities. They are specialists in their disciplines, and committed to, and passionate about, providing their students with the understanding, expertise and confidence to get the grades required to gain entry to the university of their choice. Unlike many schools of this type, the majority of our teachers are full time.

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All courses are taught in small groups where the students can receive any individual help they may need whilst benefitting from the stimulation of group discussion. Teachers base their courses on a combination of lectures, practical classes, problem solving sessions and regular tests, and students are encouraged to think for themselves and develop a more analytical approach to their subjects. The importance of understanding concepts is outlined by teachers before explaining how these can be applied to examination questions. Questions from past examination papers are used throughout all our courses to familiarise students with examination techniques and the requirements of the examiner by paying close attention to the examiner’s mark schemes. These questions are marked, corrected and then discussed in length, enabling students to achieve the best possible grades in the public examinations. All science practical work is carried out on the college premises in our fully equipped laboratories. Experimental work familiarises each student with the application of concepts being learned, develops skills in the correct use of apparatus and is essential in preparing for A-level and GCSE examinations.

A good performance in an A-Level or GCSE examination depends upon many factors. There is however no substitute for thorough preparation and hard work. The close monitoring of academic progress is an essential element in that preparation. Students should always be aware of any disparity between their measured and expected performance. For this reason, students frequently meet with the Principal and personal tutors responsible for their academic progress, to discuss their work-rate, test marks and examination prospects. In the case of GCSE students, the Head of GCSE writes fortnightly reports which are sent to the parents by email. We aim to keep our students (and their parents) informed and up to date with our assessment of their progress.

The Parent Portal enable teachers and senior staff to keep in touch with parents on each student’s performance. Written reports are sent to parents (or guardians) every term and there are parents/tutors evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Regular homework and frequent testing is an important feature of all our courses. Our aim is to ensure that students always have sufficient work to do and their minds are firmly focused upon their examinations. All homework is marked thoroughly and returned promptly. All students are tested every two weeks in each subject.

During free periods, students are encouraged to remain on the college premises and work in our study-room. At these times, teachers with free periods are often available on a one-to-one basis for consultation over work or points not fully understood. The study-room is supervised by a member of staff at all times.


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