“The tutor system makes a significant contribution to students’ education guidance and underpins their rapid progress”

An effective pastoral team sees academic progress and personal welfare closely monitored by Personal Tutors who for RIC’s international students are Pauline Bailey and Maeva Elliott.

As well as looking after academic needs everyone at RIC is committed to ensuring those who join us from overseas are kept happy, healthy, safe and well fed.

Boarding staff ensure that new students are picked up from the airport, welcomed and shown around Rochester and the College. They are introduced to current students who act as friends and buddies on first arrival. The start of term barbecue in the College gardens is always a popular event in the first week of term.

We help with all the practical details of becoming a student in the UK such as opening a bank account and using public transport. Our College nurse Ammy Bjerkan ensures that all students register locally with a doctor and have access to medical care.

“Excellent systems ensure new boarders readily settle into the college. They say the induction process is informative and clear and overseas boarders commend the additional language support in place before the start of term.”
ofsted boarding inspection 2010

Students have individually timetabled meetings with their tutors to discuss progress on at least a fortnightly basis. Personal Tutors work closely with their tutees to ensure they are studying the right combination of A level subjects at the right level to match their university aspirations.

Students on A level and GCSE courses take regular formal tests. Students are kept on target and problems are dealt with immediately rather than left to degenerate. Our teaching, residential and pastoral staff are pro active, identifying where students are having difficulties and offering practical help, solutions and encouragement as well as monitoring course work submission carefully.

Tutors file regular reports on students and these are emailed to parents giving constant feedback. The College operates an open door policy and parents feel free to come and see, telephone or email Personal Tutors and Principals to discuss any issue concerning them.

“Boarders enjoy sound relationships with staff. The boarding team supervisor is spoken of with particular fondness and is constantly referred to as a great source of support. The boarding team is led by a creative, motivated Head of Boarding.”
ofsted boarding inspection 2010

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