Information for parents
Our philosophy is that all students should be supported on a personal and individual basis in terms of both academic progress and general welfare and well-being. It is our aim to ensure that all students not only achieve their educational goals but that they become thoughtful and active citizens, leaving us with confidence, commitment and optimism for the future.
Before joining us at College in September, students are invited to a Going to Godalming day held in June. The purpose of the day is to explore their subject choices, meet teachers and other potential students and experience the life at College. A parents' evening the following week provides information about our policies and practices. The presentation from the last G2G Evening for Parents can be be viewed via the link below.
G2G Evening for Parents of Applicants 2017
Coming to College is a big change from school life and we all work hard to help students adjust to life at College and the educational challenges of their new courses. In preparation for their life beyond College students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and personal development. A network of staff ensure that all students are supported and are performing to the best of their ability.
Further information about the support available in College is available using the following links
Personal Tutors, Student Reviews and the Shaping Futures Programme
Learning and Study Support
Alongside this ongoing support, it is important to have the involvement of parents and guardians. Once your son/daughter is a student at College you will have access to a Parents Portal which will enable you to keep up to date with information. We will also send you information by post and email.
You can help us in several ways:
- Phone college in the case of absences and don’t go away on holiday in term time.
- Read reports and come to Parents’ Evenings
- Help your son/daughter get the balance right between time for study/homework and social life
- Encourage your student to familiarise themselves with the exams procedure
Show an interest but learn to stand back.
Reviewing student progress and reporting to parents
Subject teachers and the personal tutor monitor progress on a regular basis. Reports (reviews as we call them) are available twice a year. We invite parents to come into College to discuss the progress of their son or daughter twice a year.
The Student Contract
When a student enrols they are expected to sign a Student Contract with the College to say they agree to:
- Attend lessons, tutorials and timetabled commitments and to be punctual meeting all these commitments
- Produce work, which reflects their best efforts and is of the highest possible standard of which they are capable
- Complete all pieces of work set by the specified deadlines
- Behave in a courteous, considerate and responsible manner at all times, respecting the needs and rights of others whether staff or students at the College or members of the local community
The College General Fund
To enhance the quality of education that we offer our students, all parents are invited to contribute to the General Fund. This Fund helps the College to provide essential books and materials without further charge; it also helps pay for additional computer software, sports equipment, journals and newspapers. Contributions to the General Fund are voluntary, full details are sent with your enrolment pack.
Handing in Coursework
To mirror the practice in Higher Education students on AS, A2 or BTEC programmes are given a set time and date to hand in their final pieces of coursework. If they do not hand in their work at the appointed time it will not be marked and they will have failed the unit, unless there are mitigating circumstances.
If there is a good reason for the coursework to be late, such as a medical or personal problem, there is a form to be completed before the deadline to request and extension. We believe that this system is fairer and will encourage students to meet deadlines on time.
We recognise that there is a strong positive correlation between attendance and punctuality in lessons and achievement. Therefore the management of attendance while at College is not only an important part of a student’s responsibilities but will also improve their performance and overall College results. We are here to help, so students should speak to their Personal Tutor if they are struggling with any aspect of punctuality or attendance.
The Attendance FAQs are a useful source of information on what to do if your son/daughter is likely to be absent. All students have also been issued with guidelines on the College attendance procedures.
Download a copy of the Attendance Student and Parent Guidelines 15/16
At College we give students the opportunity to express themselves and to develop as individuals within a supportive environment. Disciplinary procedures will be followed if any of the four fundamental obligations of the Student Contract are not complied with. In the first instance the case will be dealt with by the subject tutor and/or personal tutor; if there is no improvement in the situation disciplinary steps will begin and parents will be informed.
Progression into the Upper Sixth
We are frequently asked if students are guaranteed a place for their second year of A level study. The answer is that in order to progress to the A2 part of their course students must achieve the recommended minimum of a grade D in at least two of their AS subjects; students on BTEC courses must have passed all of required units during the first year. Any student who does not meet this recommendation should contact the College following results day to make an appointment to see their Senior Tutor. This meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the options available and to try to find a way forward that is best for the student.
It is a student’s responsibility to be aware of deadlines for coursework, UCAS applications, exam re-sits, payment of college visits etc. Relevant information will be given to them by their subject and/or personal tutor, Godalming Online (the College intranet). Godalming Online can be accessed from wherever a student has internet access. Dates for parents’ evenings, exam results, term start and end etc. are posted on our calendar.
The College has an online payment system that allows students to pay for their educational trips, exam re-sits and tickets to college events. This service is provided by Wisepay, download instructions on how to use Wisepay.
If you are unhappy with any aspect of the education or service provided by the College, please raise this with an appropriate member of staff. More details in our Complaints Procedure are available to view on our Publications page.