Another academic year has come to an end and we are delighted to say goodbye and good luck to all our leavers. After having five unconditional offers from prestigious universities in Spain and the UK I can say that this year we have even more confidence in the abilities and outlook of these young people who have benefitted from being part of the College. The remainder of the students all have good offers based on their results, or are awaiting confirmation of placements in Apprenticeship schemes throughout Europe.
The Lower Six have also worked hard this year; it has been a steep learning curve for many of them and they are now establishing good working habits which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. With our focus being on independent learning and skills for life we are proud to observe the changes that many of them have made throughout the year. Of course, they are young people who sometimes make errors, but overall we are very pleased with their progress.
The College has expanded again and we are adding to the teaching staff next term, with three new members of staff. Sadly, our teacher of German has had to take a sabbatical for family reasons but we look forward to welcoming her back in 2018. The Modern Languages Department has therefore two new members of staff and we also welcome our teacher of Psychology. The Art Department will have two teachers and Mathematics and Sciences have strengthened their number when our current part time teacher of Maths and Physics becomes full time in the Autumn. We are delighted with the commitment and professionalism of all our fully qualified teaching staff and that we have a truly international staff room.
The next academic year will see the College expand in student numbers although we will always keep each class to less than 10 students. Being based on two sites this year has given the students an opportunity to refresh themselves mentally and physically between classes with the short walk between buildings and this has worked well.
For your information, may I remind you that examination results will be available on 17th August from College. It is helpful for the students to come into College any time after 10am to collect their provisional grades and then confirm university places. Staff will be on hand to assist with queries. Those awaiting GCSE results can collect them on 24th August. The term dates for next year are available on the website but all students will be expected to be present on 6th September for our first day.
Jill and I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to wish you all a very happy summer with your families.
Ali Stanford Lawrence