Students quickly find that if they need help or support, there is always someone available. The Sixth Form staff have an 'open door' policy and students are encouraged to call in for information, advice and guidance.
The School Nurse runs a weekly 'drop in' session, and offers a counselling service to students as a 'listening ear' to difficulties of a more personal nature.
An experienced Careers Advisor is available for advice about careers and for one-to-one interviews. Careers staff will also help to arrange work experience and community volunteering placements.
Students hoping to gain places at Oxford or Cambridge or on highly competitive courses are given plenty of support and individual interview practice.
In certain subjects, A level study may require specific skills which have not been developed for GCSE. Any student experiencing particular difficulties should approach their subject staff or tutor. A wide range of support materials can be made available to help, and one week each year is designated as Study Skills Week when there is a focus on skills to help with your studies.
Support for students with special needs of an educational or medical nature will be provided on an individual basis.
Students' progress is monitored very closely. Students meet individually with their tutors on a regular basis to discuss progress and identify any difficulties so that appropriate support can be arranged.
There are regular progress checks and reports completed by staff throughout the year and parent consultation evenings, so that students always know how they are doing and how to improve further.