“The tutor system makes a significant contribution to students’ education guidance and underpins their rapid progress”
A highly structured pastoral team sees academic progress and personal welfare closely monitored by Personal Tutors. A level students have individually timetabled meetings with their tutor to discuss progress. A report from the Russell Group of top universities underlined the importance of students choosing A level subjects wisely as the fate of their applications will depend on it. Personal tutors work closely with their tutees to ensure they are studying the right combination at the right level to match their university aspirations.
Students on A level courses take regular formal tests. Students are kept on target and problems are dealt with immediately rather than left to degenerate. Our teaching and pastoral staff are pro active, identifying where students are having difficulties and offering practical help, solutions and encouragement as well as policing course work submission assiduously.
Tutors file regular reports on students and these are emailed to parents giving constant feedback. An end of term report should never contain surprises for either students or their parents. 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.
“There are many things which separate Rochester Independent College from other educational institutions but one I am most proud of is our Personal Tutoring system. Rather than clump students into form groups, at RIC we treat each student as an individual and this is best illustrated when the College’s Personal Tutors meet with students on a one-to-one basis. Each student will have a scheduled slot to meet with their designated Personal Tutor every few weeks and this affords the student a great opportunity to discuss subject choices, progress, academic and career aspirations and any concerns that may have cropped up. As the academic year progresses, attention in these meetings turns to exam preparation and revision strategies. From the tutor’s perspective, this allows for a greater understanding of the motivation and aims of each student and establishes relationships built on mutual respect whilst helping the students to develop independent study skills and an enhanced sense of intrinsic motivation. The support that students have from their Personal Tutors can come as a culture shock to many but, from my perspective, it highlights one of the fundamental aspects of the ethos of Rochester Independent College which is developing a student centred environment in a safe, happy working environment for all.” dr todd dedman, head of sixth form
“Your educational formula at the College is very special.”