Life at One
'We encourage our students to contribute to college life and to enjoy its many opportunities. The college has a happy and purposeful atmosphere, and there is a real sense of partnership between students and staff.'
You will have access to a variety of student groups, societies and associations. Whether you want to meet new people, continue a hobby, learn something new or just get involved in student life, there is something for you. There will be opportunities for you to participate in a variety of activities outside your timetabled lessons encompassing music, drama, sport, gym and fitness, Duke of Edinburgh and much more. In recent years we have offered additional qualifications such as GCSE Astronomy as part of our offer to students.
The College timetable generally spans Monday-Friday, 9.30am-3.45pm. Lunch is from 12.00pm - 1.15pm. Most students will receive around 20 hours of teaching each week. This is supplemented by additional study time when students can work independently either in the college Learning Resource Centre or if they prefer may work from home. If students fall behind in their academic studies they will be advised that they have to attend Supervised Study sessions, these are supportive and aim to get students ‘back on track’.
We provide students with a timetable at the beginning of the year. It is recommended that you become familiar with this schedule as we feel a parent’s access to timetable information can help students manage their education. You will have electronic access to student timetables and information on attendance.
Part time jobs
Many students have part-time jobs, which provide some income and also encourage independence. However, it is essential that college work comes first. If a student takes on too much, it can affect their academic progress.
Therefore we recommend that students should not undertake paid or voluntary work for more than ten hours per week.
We strongly advise against students taking holidays within term time as this has a negative impact on their attendance and attainment, holidays taken during term time will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. If family holidays are planned in term time, please write to their Personal Progress Tutor in advance. It is important to note that attendance during the Summer Term is crucial for examinations and final assessment.