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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

PROGRESS MONITORING

What support & personal development will my son / daughter receive?
At Carmel there is a Support Programme which covers a range of activities. All students are assigned a Personal Tutor at the start of term who will monitor both academic and personal progress to help them achieve their potential. 

When can I expect to receive reports on my son/daughter’s progress?
Each student will have their progress formally reviewed three times during their first year. Copies of these reviews are sent home to parents/guardians and a Consultation Evening follows soon after each review.

What sort of workload is my son/daughter likely to have?
You can expect your son/daughter to have work to do on most evenings in the week. It is recommended that students following an Advanced course should spend about fifteen hours per week on private study

Who do I contact if I have any concerns?
The Personal Tutor is the link between college and parents and is the first point of contact should you have any concerns. Should any problems arise you will be contacted by the Personal Tutor. You will always be contacted if your son / daughter has been absent without reason for three consecutive days.

Does the college have a disciplinary procedure?
If students abide by the terms of their student agreement, they are unlikely to meet with disciplinary action. However, there is a disciplinary procedure in place which follows six stages, a copy of which is available in the student diary or from Personal Tutors and the college Library. Depending on the level of seriousness of any particular incident, the college reserves the right to bypass the
disciplinary stages.


STUDENT SUPPORT

What if my son/daughter requires additional learning support?

Learning Support is available from staff who are experienced in working with a range of disabilities and support needs. Read more.

Will my son/daughter receive careers guidance and help with applying to university?
All students will have important decisions to make regarding their future during their time at Carmel. The College is committed to providing support in order to help students make these decisions. Read more

My son/daughter wants to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or a demanding university course such as Medicine. What support is available?
Carmel College offers a High Achievers Programme designed to offer specific support to those students who achieve mostly As and A*s at GCSE. The Programme includes, amongst other things, specially designed tutorials and visits to Oxford and Cambridge. Read more

What advice do you give about part time work?
Part-time jobs may provide benefits to students, financially, personally and socially but it is important to keep a sense of proportion and not allow commitment to a job to interfere with college work. We would recommend that 8 hours a week is the maximum that a student should spend on part-time work, particularly at exam preparation time. Part-time jobs should not be taken during college hours.