What is support like at Esher Sixth Form College and how will this differ to school?
The College has a wide and varied range of specialist support services which are solely focused on your needs as 16-18 year olds (that’s the biggest difference to school!). As indicated in FAQ 2, these services start from the point that each student is an individual and the support on offer reflects this. You will find more information in the prospectus and in the Student Life section of the website, but here is an overview of the range of support services available:
Subject teachers provide you with regular feedback on progress, including a 1-1 review and target-setting meeting at Progress Review 2. Teachers also provide a wide range of support outside lessons which includes 1-1 tutorials, small group workshops and drop-in clinics.
Progression Guidance (Careers)
Our Progression Guidance team offer focused and individual advice on the wide range of options open to you once you have completed your courses at Esher. If higher education remains the most popular pathway (and this includes those progressing to art foundation courses), the number of students choosing to follow an apprenticeship course is on the increase. A smaller number progress directly into employment. A specialist team of 5 are on hand to provide you with the advice and guidance to ensure that you have all the information and support necessary to take the next step. If you are considering an Oxbridge application, or you are a potential doctor, vet or dentist or have an art foundation course in mind, then we have specific support in place to help you through the application process.
General progress and welfare
Your personal tutor is the first port of call on general progress and welfare, as they have responsibility for the overall well-being of students in their care. They will also be able to tell you where to go for support of a more specialist nature.
The College has a strong reputation for supporting students with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and works with students with a wide range of needs. You will complete a diagnostic screening when you enrol and this often picks up needs that have not previously been identified. Where specialist support is required, for dyslexia or dyspraxia, for example, you will have a timetabled support session. Other students use the Study Centre on a drop-in basis, often for more general guidance on Study Skills.
Medical and mental health
You can meet with our 2 nurses by booking an appointment or on a drop-in basis. A team of trained counsellors provide essential support if you have emotional and mental health needs. The team includes a specialist Mental Health Advisor.
We offer a bursary and free meals support if your circumstances meet the published criteria.