Support for high achieving students at Esher College

At Esher we encourage and support all our students to be the very best that they can be. When they join us, some students will have achieved highly at GCSE whilst others have achieved national or regional sporting excellence, or have an exceptional theatrical, musical or artistic talent. Whatever the particular aptitudes, we seek to support students in developing them to the full.

Academic excellence

Within lessons we work with students to cultivate their intellectual curiosity and think and question more deeply. More able students have the opportunity to work on more demanding issues and problems. Extension reading is available as a matter of course, and feedback on assignments is tailored to help you understand and do what is needed to attain the very highest marks.

Departments also offer a range of opportunities to excite curiosity, deepen thinking and broaden knowledge. Here are a few examples to give a flavour of what we do:

  • The opportunity to participate in national competitions such as the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and the UK Mathematics Trust Challenges.
  • The opportunity to undertake a research placement organised through the Surrey Science and Technology Regional Organisation.
  • The opportunity to participate in Astronomy Club, making use of our own observatory. 
  • Opportunities for additional and extension work such as more complex dissections in Biology. 
  • The opportunity to hear and question visiting speakers, such as our local MPs and visiting authors in Politics, History and English. 
  • Support with specific aptitude tests for some degree courses such as the LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test), TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment) and STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper).
  • Specific support from our Progression Guidance Department and subject teachers on applying for universities.

In the first year, there are opportunities for more able students to take part in activities such as the Debating Society, the newsPeeks Scheme run by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, computer programming, the College Magazine and our volunteering abroad scheme. In the second year, options such as the Extended Project Qualification and our Thinking Critically course support students in applying for more competitive degree courses. More able students are suited to these types of courses, as they help to equip them with the tools they need to succeed in their academic lives and beyond, by developing a wider skill set, as well as academic knowledge.

Further information about the specialist support for students applying to Oxbridge or for Medicine, Veterinary or Dentist university courses, can be found by clicking on the relevant tab in this section.

Creative Excellence

Many students come to Esher with creative talent and a passion to perform at the highest level and we seek to cultivate these talents to help students flourish. Here are a few examples of what we do:

  • Within creative arts departments, staff often come from industry backgrounds or are currently practising in their field. This means that the advice and guidance given is rooted in ‘real life’ experience.
  • We have strong links with industry are developed, enabling students to gain up to date information on creative practices and techniques, as well as the career pathways open to them.
  • Our Business Partnership with the University for the Creative Arts enables students to gain specific advice about university and Art Foundation applications.
  • We provide opportunities to excite student’s creative curiosity and risk taking. For example, through visual literacy workshops with the Photographers Gallery in London or students working to live briefs set by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • High achieving creative students are encouraged to take our Creative Arts Portfolio course which aims to support students in building and enhancing their art portfolios ready for specialist university interviews. 
  • The College Band, Choir and College Production provide opportunities for students to practice their performance craft.
  • Drama, Music, Performance and Dance students are offered support in preparing for auditions at prestigious institutions, including RADA, LAMDA and top conservatoires.

Further information about our Roll of Sporting Excellence Programme run in conjunction with King’s College London can be found by clicking on the relevant tab in this section.