Teaching takes place in small groups. The average class size is 6.9, with a maximum of 9. This enables the tutors to give individual attention to each of the students, taking care of their particular needs. Our teachers are all highly qualified with many years’ specialist A level teaching experience. Many of our staff are A level examiners.
Regular homework is an integral part of our courses. In general, A level students are expected to spend as many hours each week in private study as they do within the classroom. Students are encouraged to use the College’s spacious study facilities, which are open from 7.30am until 7.00pm. The library is supervised during class time and provides a quiet area for individual study.
Extensive practice at answering examination questions under timed conditions is an essential part of preparing for A level and GCSE exams. Weekly or fortnightly tests are an integral feature of all courses, and a critical factor in the success of our students. The tests help both students and tutors identify areas of weakness and introduce new strategies to deal with any difficulties. This helps students gain the confidence and techniques necessary to succeed in examinations.
Weekly tutorials are provided in most subjects and these offer an opportunity for students to clarify points of difficulty, review coursework and deal with any individual problems. In these sessions tutors work closely with students to improve understanding and to give greater confidence in dealing with examination questions. Through this ‘one-to-one’ help, we are able to ensure that each student’s individual needs are attended to in preparation for the exams.
Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor, who provides support with both personal and academic matters. Students meet their Tutors every week in a timetabled session. The Tutor also plays an important role in advising students about university application and filling in the UCAS form.
We are particularly concerned with monitoring the individual progress of all students in the College. Heads of Department supervise closely the academic progress of their students, using information such as weekly test and homework marks and mock exams. In addition, Personal Tutors receive a detailed fortnightly record of their tutees’ performance, which they discuss with them in their regular meeting. The Principal and Vice Principals also meet every fortnight to discuss student performance. This allows us to intervene at an early stage if a student is making insufficient progress towards achieving their aims.
The College has a Student Counsellor and an Educational Psychologist who are available for individual consultation should the need arise. In addition, for those students who are adversely affected by exam nerves, the College runs workshops to help deal with the pressure of examinations.
Many students, although able to understand their subject, have never been shown how to learn and study effectively. This can be the critical factor in obtaining top grades for university. Both the Personal Tutor and individual subject teachers encourage students to develop greater organisational skills and use their time more effectively.
Brampton College provides monthly feedback on students’ progress, which is available online. Reports are also sent out regularly as well as details of mock exam results. Parents’ Evenings are held in October and February to discuss progress. We value close personal contact with parents and welcome additional meetings whenever necessary.
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