Working together with parents and guardians is vital when it comes to preparing young people to succeed on their programme of study and to develop the broader skills they will need to bring success in the future. At Sir George Monoux, we provide the following services to help parents and guardians keep up-to-date:
- Two parents’ evenings during the academic year
- Two Higher Education parents’ evenings during the academic year for parents to find out information on the university application process
- Information and guidance events covering topics such as work experience
There are some really important things which you can do to help your young person achieve well and get the most out of their time at college:
- Make sure your child has the space and time to complete regular independent study. At college, young people should be spending fifteen to twenty hours in their own time, completing homework, working on assignments, revising and consolidating knowledge, as well as completing wider reading and research; they will be competing for grades against others nationally who make extraordinary efforts, and so it is important that they do not get left behind.
- Support your child to attend regularly and leave plenty of time for the journey to college: there is a very clear link between attendance and academic performance, and those students who attend really well tend to get the best grades as well as the best opportunities at college. Conversely, missing exams, or key lessons and coursework can have a disastrous effect on performance. Students with poor attendance may well have their place at college withdrawn.
- Encourage your child to have a positive attitude towards learning. Studying can be difficult and stressful at times, and research suggests that supporting a growth mind-set can be really important: help your child to understand that they are capable of grasping anything with hard work, and that their intelligence is not fixed. If you have a young person who is re-sitting Maths, let them know that Maths is important and encourage them to feel positive about this subject!
- Pay attention to your child’s behaviour: it is incredibly important to us that Sir George Monoux is a bullying-free zone, with positive and supportive relationships in place to help all young people feel safe. If young people are rude or abusive to others in our college community, they will not be able to continue as students here.
- Come and talk to us if you have any worries, feedback or ideas to make the college a better place. Attend the scheduled parents’ events and get to know the staff working with your child. Consider becoming a parent governor and shaping the future of Sir George Monoux
If you would like to get in touch with the college about your child please contact: their Personal Mentor with regard to personal issues at home which may affect college performance; their Pathway Leader if you have any questions or concerns relating the college.
For term dates, see the document below. For other dates (for example enrolment, induction, open days, parents' evening), go to the Dates For Your Diary page.