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We expect our students to work hard, think for themselves and to pursue their best possible outcomes.

The leap from studying at level 1 and 2 (GCSE), to level 3 at post 16 is widely described as being the most demanding one that a person can make. Students will be required to make changes to study patterns, processes and habits. They will be required to undertake a great deal of evaluation of their work and many ideas and concepts will take time to comprehend. There will be an increase in the duration of homework tasks and students are expected to develop their knowledge and understanding by accessing related resources such as websites, blogs, video and print materials.

We monitor every student’s progress each half term. Students have a development log, which themselves and staff, complete over the two-year course duration. Any issues leading to underperformance are identified early and students are provided with a package of support designed to get them back, and keep them on track.

Students also use the development log to collate details of their other experiences away from school, work experience, careers interviews and any other factors that contribute to their character. This is invaluable in supporting students with writing their personal statements in year 13.