The Student Body
This is small but very varied in the makeup of experience and expectations amongst the individual students.
Student ages range from 14 to 19 and our courses reflect the academic and pastoral needs of our students. The curriculum is taught in a way that does not subject students to discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, or pregnancy and maternity.
Pre-A Level The College programme provides one and two year GCSE courses and intensive English Additional Language courses. Year 10 students who are primarily native or experienced English Additional Language speakers, follow a compulsory course which is a mixture of subjects offering GCSE qualifications in that year and other subjects which are preparatory courses for Year 11 GCSE subjects. Year 11 students who are primarily native or experienced English Additional Language speakers are able to opt for between seven and eight GCSE subjects. The International Study Centre (ISC) offers intensive English tuition for English Additional Language students for one to two years. As a student’s expertise in the English language increases they are progressively integrated into GCSE courses.
A1 Many students are international. Placement upon courses should be based upon student needs and ability through information on the application form, initial interview and evaluation of the students’ academic assessment upon arrival in the UK. Student entry onto A1 courses is primarily in September but provision is made for January entry from the southern hemisphere nations and ongoing entries for other reasons.
A2 Second year A level.
University Access In-house modular courses providing a level of learning suitable for international students who have been identified as having difficulties in succeeding on A level courses and for UK students for whom the traditional A level route is unsuitable. Padworth College has partnerships with a series of UK universities who accept our Access students readily. The Access programme is run by the Director of Access.
The Timetable – Relevance and Differentiation. The College will provide a curriculum appropriate to the needs of the students at different stages of their learning, taking into account their age, experience and aptitude. The College will recognise the differences between students, even of the same age, in terms of their ability and expectations.
The majority of overseas students will have limited experience of British educational qualifications and of learning the English language and culture. Therefore, subject courses will take account of this. The College is committed to making appropriate provision of teaching and resources for all students for whom English is not their first language in accordance with its ‘English as a Additional Language Policy’.
All staff are required to be proven specialists in their field. At interview, new staff are assessed for their ability to teach and all staff are part of the programme of developmental lesson observations, with a revised appraisal/performance management system in operation since 2009/2010.
The College shall not discriminate, on the basis of age, sex, race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, or pregnancy and maternity, against a potential employee in respect of whether to offer a job or the terms on which it offers a job, and it must not discriminate against an existing employee in respect of the benefits, facilities and services it offers to its employees including training opportunities, promotion or dismissal.
Due to the breadth of the curriculum and small student body, a significant proportion of teachers will be part time. These staff are expected and supported to develop their subject areas as effectively as full time colleagues and play an active role in cross-curricular discussion.
All teaching staff are expected to develop strong pastoral relationships with their charges, and may be required to act as Form Tutors and to take part in the delivery of the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme. They should make the best effort to learn students’ strengths and weaknesses through discussion with the students and colleagues and through the Senior Leadership Team on student background circumstances.
Because of the size of the College, many subjects are taught by a single teacher. Teachers should take every opportunity to share educational ideas and knowledge about their students and to develop informal cross curricular links that support content and or progress. The content of subjects taught should conform to the expectations of the Quality and Curriculum Council and the requirements of the relevant awarding bodies. When devising the scheme of work for a course, account should be taken of the students’ experience and desires, and their abilities in the subject, for example if a student is from overseas and where English is not their first language. All subjects should include opportunities for the students to be successful within their level of ability and should be designed to challenge and extend each student to their limit within a supportive atmosphere. Variations in tasks and content will therefore be incorporated into the delivery of the curriculum. Schemes of work must be produced in line with guidelines and templates issued by the Deputy Principal.
All lessons should include, as relevant to content and the learning styles of the students, a range of techniques for teaching and learning: differentiation, collaborative and independent learning methods should be used where they enhance learning. Use of the range of available resources is encouraged. Where resources are unavailable, subject staff should pass requests for additional resources to the Deputy Principal for consideration.
The College will use Information Communication Technology (ICT) where possible in its lessons to enhance educational delivery and develop ICT skills.
PSHE opportunities will also be incorporated into schemes of work. Across the curriculum, the College is committed to empowering its students to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives in accordance with its ‘Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) Policy’, pursuant to which it shall deliver economic and financial education, careers education, environmental education, health education and citizenship.
Assessment for learning underpins the practice at Padworth. A range of assessment tasks will be undertaken each half-term, with one formal test each term. Marking should include summative and formative elements that provide each student with:
- A clear vision of where they are in their learning
- A good understanding of why they are at this point
- A concise route to take them beyond their current position
- A range of internal assessments, graded 1 to 5, will be used to establish half termly and termly averages. More details of this are submitted on the Annual Curriculum Plan sheets returned to the Deputy Principal. Further details are shared with students, parents, agents and guardians through our website.
The Wider Curriculum
As a boarding school, a range of academic, cultural, social, leisure and sporting activities is offered. For each of these, relevant health and safety guidelines and, where appropriate risk assessments, should be followed and be matched to the students taking part. Links with the community are pursued through sports and other less formal ongoing and one-off events. Every relevant and safe opportunity to integrate our overseas students with UK residents should be encouraged.
Activities are offered by staff and through external bodies during lunch hour, in the evenings and at weekends. The house staff and the college activities co-ordinator together plan, create and promote the range of opportunities. Staff are encouraged to volunteer their expertise and passions to support the programme.
|The Principal||Conducting the College’s affairs, with accountability to the Trustees; developing the vision and values of the College, identifying its aims and providing strategic direction; directing and managing the education and pastoral care provided by the College, creating an environment in which students have the opportunity to fulfil potential into which the curriculum fits, overseeing the work of the College in conjunction with relevant staff|
|The Deputy Principal||Acting as Principal’s designated representative in his absence, manage all aspects of the curriculum, assessment, reporting procedures, the timetable, and matching the students to subjects. Students may only join a class/lesson if they have prior approval from the Deputy Principal. Together with the Principal responsibility for pastoral care of the boarding students, management and leadership of house staff.|
|The Director of ISC/EAL||Responsible for all EAL programmes and direction of the ISC staff.|
|The Director of Access and Summer School||Responsible for programmes and direction of staff.|
|Assistant Housemasters and Assistant Housemistresses||Support of students in the boarding houses, activities, prep duties, as appropriate.|
|application of these principles to their subjects, recording marks in line with College assessment policy, planning lessons and following all internal procedures outlined by the Deputy Principal. Pastoral care of students/tutees.|
|Support the academic and extra-curricular programmes and pastoral care of the students.|
|Deputy Principal, Co-ordinator of PSHE, School Nurse, House Staff, Head of ISC, Teachers
|The Co-ordinator of PSHE, under the direction of the Deputy Principal will draw up a PSHE Schedule. The Deputy Principal, the UCAS and Careers Advisor, School Nurse and House Staff will contribute to this schedule and take collective responsibility for it. Teachers/Tutors may submit ideas.|
|Tutors and Co-ordinator of PSHE
|Delivering the PSHE schedule and contributing to it, as appropriate. Pastoral and academic support of students.|
Reviewed: August 2013
Next Review: August 2014