Dan Hards, Principal of Esher Sixth Form College, gives his update for the Autumn Term.

Photo of Dan Hards, Principal of Esher

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

Welcome to the first digital edition of the Esher Sixth Form College newsletter, of which you will be receiving four per year with various updates about our college community.

It was a pleasure to meet our new 6.1 students during both their enrolment, and the ‘Your Start at Esher’ induction, which saw our first Freshers Fair take place. I hope they have used the many opportunities during this term to get to know the College, their tutor, and their fellow tutees better.

It was also fantastic to see parents/carers of 6.1 students attending the Parent/Carer Tutor Evenings, and we hugely value the role you play in helping your child to fulfil both their academic and personal potential.

At the end of the Summer Term, our 6.1 students benefited from a broad range of Wider Skills Week activities, workshops and residential trips, and it is great to see our students developing a range of skills to help further their own personal development. Now having completed Summer Work to ease them into the new academic year, the 6.2 students are well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

I would like to congratulate our students and their teachers on Esher Sixth Form College’s excellent 2023 examination results. Nationally, A Level and BTEC grading have returned to pre-pandemic standards and whilst there was protection built in, across the country results are lower this year, then in the previous three years.  To achieve such strong examination results in these circumstances, is a huge credit to the whole College community. Our headline A Level results exceeded JCQ benchmarks, and our BTEC two-year courses achieved overall strong outcomes.

Please also be reminded that the Parent/Carers Portal is available via the top toolbar on the College website, where you can see your student’s timetable, progress, all email communications sent home, and attendance.  If required, more information and support can be accessed via your tutor.

I must make my regular mention of the Esher College Africa Trust (ECAT), the official Esher Sixth Form College charity.  Any support you can give for the Dope School in rural Zimbabwe will much appreciated.

I would like to finish by wishing all our students an enjoyable and successful year, and I look forward to meeting many of you at the various College events.


Dan Hards