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Tips for parents

We value each pupil for the talents and gifts they each have. In terms of academic results, we expect each boy to perform to the best of his ability by using his talents and gifts to the full.

Our dedicated teaching staff offer every possible support and advice to achieve this aim. We expect the boys to take advantage of the many opportunities offered and to involve themselves in activities outside the classroom whether this be on the sporting field, in terms of music, drama, lunchtime clubs, or any of the many other extracurricular activities on offer.

MENTORS

The College employs an Achievement Mentor who will work individually with pupils experiencing particular problems to help them to overcome their difficulties. Sixth Form mentors are also used to assist in this process. Whilst we believe all boys are “Gifted and Talented”, we do offer support, advice and more challenging work to the “high achievers and more able” pupils within the College. We have an established and progressive careers programme at St Ambrose College that ensures that every student leaves our school equipped with the skills to live a fulfilling life.

CAREERs service

We pride ourselves on offering all of our young people exciting opportunities within the curriculum, whole school activities and extracurricular sessions. We offer independent careers guidance to all students through our partnership with MPloy Careers Service and have a dedicated member of staff who has responsibility for the whole-school careers programme. Some of this year’s events include our annual Careers Convention, monthly Careers Cafes and collaborations with industry professionals. Additionally, we offer a drop-in clinic with our qualified Careers Advisor and any student can access careers guidance at any point during their time with the college. All of these opportunities result in an inclusive careers provision that enables our students, from first year to upper sixth, to become aware of the options they have and give them the essential advice, information and guidance they need to make informed decisions.

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In order to encourage the best performance from each pupil, we provide homework/student diaries that are monitored by parents and House Tutor. This is a particularly effective means of communication between school and home. Appraisal operates throughout the College, so that parents receive regular assessment reports during the year, which give information on the effort and achievement of their sons. House Leaders of the four houses will monitor the progress and work ethic of the boys together with the House Tutor. This provides the boys with support and encouragement in both their academic and non-academic pursuits.

CONTACT

The House Tutor is the person with whom the pupils have most day-to-day contact and who will be aware of the pupil’s circumstances. The House Tutor should be the initial point of contact for parents who have any concerns about their son. Normally, most matters are dealt with at this level. Should it be necessary, the House Leader will be directly involved, particularly if there is a need to liaise with parents. In a supportive and caring environment, boys within a House Group are guided to be alert to the needs of others and will often advise the House Tutor if a problem is suspected.

Please telephone or email the school office with any queries: office@st-ambrosecollege.org.uk