You’ll be considered for the College’s Intermediate Programme, which involves spending an additional year at the College. You’ll be able to take BTEC Level 2 courses in addition to GCSE resits in Biology, Maths and English. The vast majority of students then progress into the Lower Sixth the following year. See https://www.reigate.ac.uk/our-courses/intermediate-programme/
Will there be any flexibility this year, with students who do not meet any specific course requirements or general entry requirements?
Students will have undertaken rigorous assessments this year and so it is extremely unlikely that students will be accepted onto specific courses unless they meet the published entry requirements. Any queries of this nature will be resolved during individual enrolment interviews (on 31 August or 1 September).
What happens if I don’t get the grades to do a specific subject?
The perfect choice of subjects provides challenge without being overwhelming. Therefore, the subject entry requirements are there to ensure that no-one takes a subject that they are statistically likely to fail. The College has over 50 different courses, so there is often an alternative that can be done if you don’t meet the individual entry requirements for a subject.
Do Level 2 BTECs count towards the five minimum GCSEs needed for a Level 3 (A Level equivalent) course?
Yes, provided that they are graded at Merit or higher.
If you’re thinking about changing a subject or subjects, it’s better to wait until your enrolment interview (on 31 August or 1 September), when you can discuss your options face-to-face with a member of staff.
Enrolment interviews take place after GCSE results day, so you’ll then know for sure what you’re qualified to do.
If you’re 100% sure of any changes and know you’ll definitely meet the specific entry requirements, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if I haven’t done the course specific tasks and activities on the New Starters page?
It’s very important you have done the work set out on the New Starters pages www.reigate.ac.uk/newstarters-courses. The activities are designed to give you a good insight into what the courses are like. You may find the subject is not what you had expected or you may find others that are of more interest to you. If you don’t complete the tasks, then you won’t have the advantage of knowing that information, to make your final key decisions.
Can I take 4 subjects?
If your GCSE score suggests you’re able to cope with the demands of studying 4 subjects (usually at least an average of grade 7 across the board), then this can be discussed at your enrolment interview. Remember, universities are only able to make offers based on 3 subjects and it is far better to obtain 3 top grades than 4 average grades.
I am undecided, can I start with 4 subjects and drop down to 3?
We want to get you on the best possible programme of study as quickly as possible. If you absolutely can’t decide on your perfect 3 courses straight away, you may start with 4, but you must let us know which you are not continuing with before October half term.
Can I change a course once I start it?
Getting on the right course that you are qualified for is very important. Whilst the majority of students have settled on their programme of study, if you want to change one or more of your options once you have started, you may do so during the first two weeks. This is provided you are qualified for the course and that there is space in the classes. You should discuss any changes with parents and your Personal Tutor.
I have a particular question about a course – can I speak to someone about it?
Yes, absolutely. You can either do this in September at your enrolment interview or email us your query (via email@example.com) and we will get back to you.
What do you do to ensure everyone gets the support they need?
It’s important to us that every student gets the support they need, which is why the College has a huge range of support options available. This can be tailored to the individual’s needs. For example, if a student requires help in a subject, they can attend a Plus Class. If they have a learning need, the Learning Support Department will be able to provide assistance. For more information on the support options available at College, please see https://www.reigate.ac.uk/reigate-portal/student-support-welfare/
What do you do to help everyone settle in?
What don’t we do? The first half term is specifically designed to ensure you are able to settle in as quickly as possible. Your Tutor is one of your teachers, so they will get to know you very quickly. We run a Community Day early on, which is specific time dedicated to getting to know everyone and having fun. The Students’ Union organises a Freshers’ Party in October and we have lots of community events to get involved with. You can also take part in one of over 50 different activities on offer each week or try out for one of the College sports teams.
How do you help students develop their independent learning skills?
Independent learning is an important concept at this level. You’ll develop these skills throughout your time at College as they are embedded into every lesson. You’ll learn how to revise properly and take responsibility for your own learning, which is going to be essential for the next step, whether that is university, apprenticeship or employment. If you struggle to develop these skills, we provide additional opportunities for you to get the support and guidance you need to thrive.
What support does the College give for university and apprenticeships?
The College’s Tutorial Programme is designed to support students’ applications to university, apprenticeships and employment In addition the College has a dedicated Careers Team to ensure you receive any extra information and support you may need. The Department also assists with finding work experience placements, which all Lower Sixth students need to complete.
I’ve heard a lot about your Activities and Wellbeing Programme – is that for all students?
Yes – Students can select from a list of around 50 different activities that take place during lunchtimes and after College. The College also runs student-to-student mentorship programmes, as well as offering volunteering opportunities.
Students will be given information about the Autumn 2021 Activities and Wellbeing Programme during their first couple of weeks of term.
Information about the sports trials will be sent out during the summer break, or as soon as we know when we’ll be able to run them. Depending on which sport(s) you opt to try out for will depend on the place and time of the trials. For more information on the Team Sports available at the College, please visit https://www.reigate.ac.uk/reigate-portal/extra-curricular/
I would like to do Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) with the College. How do I sign up?
Yes, the main Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is open from 8.00am each day. There are around 90 computers available for use and plenty of desks for independent study. You can also loan out laptops to use in any other part of the College.
There are other areas used for independent study around College including the New Refectory, ground floor of the Forum (Enhancement Building) and portable classrooms (back lawn).
How much homework do you get in each subject?
The timetable is designed so that for each subject you receive 4 hours of face-to-face lesson time, 2 hours of structured learning and at least 2 hours of homework – making a total of a minimum of 8 hours of study per subject.
You can obviously expect to receive more homework for more academic subjects.
General common sense should apply in your choice of clothing for College (if in doubt please think about what would or would not be appropriate in a workplace such as an informal office). You should not wear clothing that is excessively revealing. Its design must not display images or language which may cause offence.
Is there student parking on site?
There is currently no student parking on site. If you drive to College, you must park legally and considerately.
What are the start and finish times of the College Day?
The normal start time is 9.00am and the end time is 4.15pm. However, this will differ for each student, each day, depending on their timetable.
How do I pay for items in the Refectory and College Shop?
Students can pay via contactless debit card or by prepayment onto their Student ID card. We no longer take cash in the Refectory.
How do I get a Surrey travel pass?
If you live in the administrative county of Surrey, you can apply for a Student Fair Card, which entitles you to a reduction in train or bus fares. You have to apply directly to Surrey for this card (www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/transport/16-plus/apply), but it should be noted that applications for 2021/22 will not open until nearer September.
If you live further afield, you can apply for the 16-17 Saver Railcard (www.16-17saver.co.uk) directly from the Department for Transport.
When will I know my appointment time for my enrolment interview?
We will send you your appointment time during the summer holidays. It is important for you to be available on 31 August and 1 September, with teaching commencing 8 September.
When will I know what my timetable is?
Every student’s timetable is individual and will be given out ahead of their first day of teaching.
What equipment is provided?
You will need to provide your own stationery such as pens and notepads, which can be purchased in the onsite College Shop. All subject specific equipment such as lab coats for science are provided by the College. Consumables for Art and Design courses are available to purchase as discounted bundles (£30 – £40 depending on the course). Text books are provided by the College once you have paid your College Deposit in September.
What does the College do to communicate with parents and keep them up-to-date?
We know effective communication is vital, which is why we always aim to keep the triangular relationship with students, parents and the College at the forefront of everything we do. Parents and students receive Interim Reports every six weeks (five times a year). These reports outline effort in the subjects, attendance and punctuality data and the result of the Key Assessment taken during that period. Students are then required to review these and set themselves targets for improvement, which the Personal Tutor then monitors.
We also offer one Parents Evening per year, which takes place near to the end of the Autumn Term in December. We find this is an ideal opportunity to review student progress after they have settled into their courses and the College. You will also receive a bulletin every three weeks that keeps you up-to-date with the latest information, events and the College calendar. The Principal will also write to you each term to update you on key activities. Finally, parents can login to the Parent Portal, which allows them to track important things like attendance and punctuality and access key information.