Does Esher College have a behaviour policy and what are its expectations of students?
As you would expect from a high-performing sixth form college, we have clear expectations of our students' behaviour during their time here and the Student Contract sets out the six key principles which you will commit to on joining the College. These commitments underpin your academic success. We value the support and involvement of parents in helping you to keep to the terms of the Student Contract.
At Esher College, we specialise in working with 16 to 18 year olds, so our emphasis is on support as much as discipline. We have established 'Cause for Concern' procedures (rather than a Behaviour Policy), which ensure that supportive and timely interventions are activated to address all behavioural or academic concerns.
Here's what we do:
If an academic concern emerges, your subject teacher will put in place a plan to provide appropriate support, such as a 1-1 tutorial or subject workshops to get you back on target. Further supportive actions can be initiated via your personal tutor or Tutor Team Leader, which might result in Learner Improvement Plan sessions in the Learning Resources Centre, Learning Support workshops or target-setting with regular reviews, for example. Any such support procedures will be communicated to your parents via email and meetings with your parents may be requested where required.
Progress Review reports provide you and your parents with regular updates on your progress in each of your subjects. In addition, there are regular opportunities for your parents to speak with teachers and tutors about your progress at College, including Parent/Tutor Evening, Progress Review Evenings, Progression Exams Clinic and Start of 6.2 Day.
You will be registered for all timetabled lessons and a high level of attendance and punctuality is, not surprisingly, an expectation. Subject teachers and tutors will expect you to explain any concerns that might arise and will communicate home if concerns persist. Weekly automated emails are sent home if attendance becomes an issue.
You will be joining an adult learning community, based on mutual respect and tolerance. You will be expected to behave in a manner that reflects these values. In return you will be treated as a young adult, which helps to make this a straightforward adjustment.
Finally, it will come as no surprise that Esher College has a strict zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol, and students found to be in possession or under the influence of drugs or alcohol while engaged in College activity, will be subject to disciplinary procedures, including suspension or exclusion.