Support for your learning

Our philosophy is that all students should be supported on a personal and individual basis in terms of both academic progress and general well-being.

Personal Tutors

College is all about the transitions; from school into college and, almost as soon as you have settled here, from college to university or employment. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will be there to support your progress, offering help when necessary and encouraging you to take responsibility for your learning and your future. You will meet with your Tutor once per week and they will guide you throughout your time at College.

Senior Tutors

Our Senior Tutor team are also trained safeguarding leads who work with students on a range of both personal and academic issues. The Senior Tutors know that welfare is key to academic progress and are committed to working with you to help you meet your potential. Senior Tutors have an open door policy and you can either contact them by email, book an appointment or drop in if they are free. They, alongside your Personal Tutor, will help to signpost you to internal or external forms of support.

Shaping Futures

‘Shaping Futures’ is the name we give to our tutorial programme. The Shaping Futures programme is designed to build your life skills, support you with your study skills as well as with your planning for your next steps beyond Godalming. There are additional sessions in the first term to help you settle into College.

There are also sessions built into the programme for one-toones with your Tutor, so that you can review your progress on a more personal and individual basis. We will also cover topics relevant to current affairs and issues affecting young people, for example participation in safe driving awareness.

Student Reviews

Student reviews, which are issued to all students and their parents twice a year, give an account of progress in terms of attendance, approach to learning and performance. You will have a personal review of progress with each of your subject teachers four times across a two year A Level/BTEC programme. In addition, you will meet with your Personal Tutors several times a year for a progress check. There are parents’ evenings across the two years when parents can meet with subject teachers to discuss academic progress.

Curriculum Support

Departments run workshops which you will be able to access if you are struggling with a particular aspect of the course or if you feel that you would welcome the extra input. The department may also place you on a supportive action plan in order to set you clear goals to get back on track. If you are finding multiple subjects difficult, you may be appointed a Learning Coach, who can work with you to discuss your vision and skills.

Learning and Study Support

Learning and Study Support is available to all, enabling students to complete their courses successfully. All students will take part in an initial screening process and will complete a learning support questionnaire. This is to help us to identify students who might benefit from extra support. Further in-depth assessment may be carried out, if necessary, to identify exact needs. Students are encouraged to make use of the support offered and to talk to us about any concerns they may have.

A Variety of Support is Offered

DROP-IN LEARNING SUPPORT available to anyone who would like some help with their work.

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT both long and short term depending on need.

ASSESSMENT FOR EXAM ADJUSTMENTS e.g. extra time, reader, computer, scribe, etc.

SPECIALIST SUPPORT FOR A WIDE RANGE OF NEEDS AND DISABILITIES such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ASD, ADD/ ADHD and mental health needs.

Financial Help

The College is able to offer financial assistance in the form of bursaries to help students with the direct costs of study, such as transport, books, equipment and exams. It is available to students who may have difficulties in completing their courses because of financial considerations or for unforeseen emergencies. You can contact our admin team if you are not sure whether you may qualify. Further information is available from the College website or Student Reception



“Disadvantaged students and those with special educational needs/and or disabilities (SEND) receive useful support both within class and from specialist support teachers.”

Ofsted December 2019

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