Thursday 16th November 2017
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you back to college for this second, important year of your A level studies.
Over the summer, we have been busy making some changes to the site. Hopefully, you will notice that the campus looks a bit different. I hope you will feel that the environment is more pleasant and helps to make your time at College both comfortable and enjoyable. It’s a new beginning.
Now, let’s turn our attention to this new year – a new start. For all of you, this is an important year, the year that will serve as the stepping stone to the next phase of your lives – whether that be university, further education, an apprenticeship, work or a gap year.
So what can you do to ensure you do as well as you possibly can this year? There is one simple step and that is to attend all of your classes. Now, you might think that this is a glimpse of the blindingly obvious and you’d be right. But there is a strong correlation between attendance and outcomes at A level, more so than at any other phase of education. Research shows that students who attend 95% of lessons or more, typically will achieve almost a grade higher when compared to similarly qualified students who attend less than 90% of the time. But it’s not just about attendance: it’s about how much you engage and participate in class and how much effort you put into your homework.
So, this year is a new start. You can shape this year in any way you choose – it really is up to you – why not choose the path to success, the one that will allow you to reach your potential?
You also need to know that we are here to help you every step of the way, but I ask you to be proactive about seeking help when you need it.
So, at the start of this new academic year, my hope is that you will have a productive, memorable and, despite the hard work, an enjoyable second year at King Ed’s!