Moving from school to College is a big step, so it’s important for students to know what to expect when they arrive.

What do I do if I’m unwell or have a problem which prevents me from getting in to College?

Students or their parents should let the College know they are going to be absent on the first morning of their absence, by emailing   

If notification is given by a student, rather than a parent, the student is required to provide written confirmation from their parent/guardian, confirming the reason for their absence.  Students who do not let the College know why they are absent or who are unable to substantiate their reason, may risk losing their place at College.

Will I have to be at College all day?

The College day starts at 9.00am and finishes at 4.15pm, with common morning and lunch breaks. All lessons are compulsory, however students can go off-site during free periods. Most students can expect to be at College most of the day.

Will I have a morning and afternoon registration?

There is an electronic registration system which means students will be registered for every lesson they attend (not just AM and PM sessions) and absences will therefore be flagged immediately.

Do I have to attend all my lessons?

Yes. Attendance is compulsory at all lessons since good attendance will lead to success. Students will not be able to progress if attendance falls below 95% other than in exceptional circumstances. Systems are in place to pick up sudden drops of attendance and parents/guardians are immediately notified. The College expects to receive valid and timely reasons for lack of attendance.

The majority of students will be studying 3 subjects and for each subject you can expect to have at least 8 hours of study per week. This is broken down as follows:

  • 4 hours of timetabled lessons per subject
  • 2 hours of timetabled structured learning per subject
  • and at least 2 hours of additional homework or coursework per subject.

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Will I have tutorial periods?

Yes. Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor. This will be someone who teaches them and who will therefore get to know them well. There is a timetabled tutorial period each week which is used for disseminating information and undertaking tutorial activities. Students are expected to attend all their tutorial periods.

What other classes will I have to attend?

Students who gain a place on the College’s Aspire Programme have an additional tutorial added to their Study Programme to help them enhance their university applications.

All students who do not have a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths or English are encouraged to re-sit them while at College and are offered additional classes to help them achieve the necessary grades.

Are there study facilities available for private study?

There are two Learning Centres in College which together house over 150 computers, that can be used on a first-come, first-served basis. Both the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) and Supported Learning Centre are run by fully trained staff, whose job it is to ensure students become successful, independent learners

Will my lessons be covered if a teacher is away?

Yes. Classes are not cancelled due to teacher absence.

Does the College have a canteen?

Yes. The two-storey College Refectory is open from 8.00am to 2.30pm every day during term-time and serves both hot and cold breakfasts and lunch.

How do I pay for food?

Payment can be made via debit/credit or via the Student ID card. Parents of enrolled students will be advised how to access the College’s on-line payment system, Reigate College Pay at the beginning of their son or daughter’s first term. As well as being used to top up Student ID cards, the system can also be used to pay for trips or for making College Fund Donations.

Students are welcome to bring packed lunches to College and can eat them in either the Refectory or the outside eating areas.

For further information, please download Making the Move to Reigate College or email