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Support & Progress

Support & Progress

We recognise that being away from home and new to the British education system; international students require extra support and assistance. We strive to ensure our international students are provided with outstanding academic and general welfare supportthroughout their time at ý.

To help students achieve their full potential and thrive in an encouraging learning environment, ý offers strong and sympathetic pastoral care to students and families. The friendly and supportive Personal Tutor system is a key feature of our colleges.

Our renowned Personal Tutor System

Each student is assigned to a Personal Tutor (at ý London, a Personal Tutor is called Director of Studies), whose role is to supervise students’:

  • academic progress,
  • university applicationsand
  • general welfare.

The Personal Tutor is also someonestudents can speak to ifthey are having any personal difficulties that are affectingtheir studies. The Personal Tutor team is passionate about its role within the college and upholds our mission of turning students’ academic aspirations into reality.

Supporting our ethos of an open community, Personal Tutors keep in frequent contact with subject tutors and parents and fully commit to helping and encouraging students under their care.

Academic Progress
University Application
General Welfare & Pastoral Support

Keeping Parents Well Informed

At ý, we aim to ensure we have an ongoing conversation with parents about the overall wellbeing and academic progress of the students throughout the year.

Parents are warmly encouraged to communicate with Personal Tutors on a regular basis and informal meetings between parents, students and tutors provide constructive forums for assessing progress. We support and monitor our students attentively, setting high standards regarding punctuality, attendance and work completion. Our Personal Tutors believe in a policy of quick intervention regarding student performance to help ensure that every one of our students has the greatest chance of success. We encourage parents to access our excellent and secure online parent portal (MY ý). MY ý enables parents to access students’ weekly Timed Assignment performance, most recent grade sheet or subject report and their attendance.

We want the best for our young people and this is why we work in close partnership with parents. We provide an extensive reporting system with reports going out twice in the Autumn term, twice in the Spring term and once in the Summer term.

We are delighted with the feedback parents provide. To read examples of the feedback we have received, please visit the Parent Commentspages for each of our colleges:

Our Personal Tutor system is something we are proud of because we know it plays an important role in the educational success of our students. As educators we are here to make a difference and as Personal Tutors we will go that extra mile.

Thecomments of students in theCase Historiessection of this website give both specific examples and a wider insight into the success of this system.

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