We want all our students to achieve their potential at Esher College and be able to progress successfully on to further studies and employment. Esher College aims to provide all students with an outstanding educational experience. In turn, all students are expected to put in outstanding effort. Together, these contributions will ensure excellent outcomes.
Progress Review in the 6.1 Year
The system of reporting to both students and parents at the College is called Progress Review (PR). In the 6.1 year four PR reports will provide data on academic progress in each subject. Teachers and tutors will ensure that students and parents understand the data and how to improve. Students are expected to respond to targets set in order to achieve their potential. These reports will therefore show a student’s direction of travel during their first year. Where it is evident during the year that students are at risk of not passing a subject, this will have been raised formally with students and parents/carers and a plan for improvement put into place.
In A level subjects all students will complete Progression Exams during the summer term. For most subjects, the exams will take place in May, just before half term. Progression Exams are intended to test knowledge and skills learnt during the first year and evidence a student’s potential to achieve in the subject by the end of their two year programme. The overall exam grade achieved in each individual A level subject will be published as a Current Grade in the PR4 letter sent late in June. For A level subjects UCAS Grades will also be present within the PR4 report.
The PR4 report will not feature Current Grades for BTEC subjects as all such courses complete an external qualification at the end of the 6.1 year. Reporting on completed 6.1 BTEC qualifications will take place via the portal in mid-August. As a result, BTEC UCAS Grades will be published via the portal before teaching begins in September.
Continuation into the 6.2 year
Clearly we want all students to achieve their potential and secure the best grades possible at the end of their first year. This is vital, as progressing into 6.2 with lower than expected grades has a negative impact on student motivation. The PR4 Current Grades are the basis for UCAS Grades and achieving strong grades in the first year is the best way to ensure good final grades at the end of a two year study programme.
The minimum College expectation of all students in order to have a viable study programme in the 6.2 year is to pass, and continue with, at least two subjects or equivalent at the end of the 6.1 year (e.g. 2 A level subject or a BTEC Diploma).
Continuation on Individual Subjects
For A level students it is expected that students will complete and pass a Progression Exam in each subject in order to progress into 6.2 year in that subject. For BTEC courses, this means achieving a Pass grade or higher in their 6.1 BTEC results. If students are to progress but do not have a full study programme of three subjects (or equivalent) then an alternative subject will be added to their study programme in discussion with their Tutor Team Leader at the ‘Start of 6.2 Day’ in September.
Progression Exam Clinic
Where there are concerns about progression in individual subjects or into the 6.2 year, these issues will be addressed at Progression Exam Clinic in early July. Students will be invited in for meetings with key staff to discuss their study programme and parents/carers are welcome to attend as well.
Start of 6.2 Day
Before normal timetable commences all 6.2 students will be required to attend ‘Start of 6.2 Day’ in early September. This event will give all students guidance about the 6.2 year and advice regarding applications for Higher Education, training or apprenticeships.