Starting somewhere new, at whatever age, will always seem a bit daunting, but you don’t need to worry.
We’ve got a whole team of people on hand from Personal Tutors, Wellbeing Mentors, to staff in Learning Support and Careers, to guide you every step of the way.
Have a quick look through the student support and welfare page on the Reigate College Portal to get an idea of the huge range of support available, and then please return to this page!
Please take a look at our Tips for Success video
Remember, it’s good for your personal development to step out of your comfort zone!
We’re confident that when you look back, after the first week or so of being at Reigate, you’ll realise that coming to College was definitely the right step to take!
As a Reigate College student you’ll soon discover there’s an excellent system of pastoral support, in which your Personal Tutor plays a lead role.
All students become part of a Tutor Group and are allocated a Personal Tutor, who will normally be one of your key subject teachers. In the Lower Sixth, your Tutorial periods will be on a Tuesday lunchtime.
Student Wellbeing and Mentoring
Student wellbeing is at the very heart of the Reigate College community.
Please take a look at the College’s Wellbeing video.
If you’re concerned you’re going to find the transition from school to College particularly difficult, there’s a mentoring scheme in place to help you.
You can request to have a Peer Mentor, who will be one of our Upper Sixth students who knows exactly what it’s like to make the transition, or you can make an appointment with one of the College’s staff Wellbeing Mentors.
One of the things you can do to help with your own wellbeing is get involved in some of the many extra-curricular activities offered at College. These include lunchtime or after-College clubs and activities, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Scheme, Competitive Sports teams and a variety of Performing Arts productions and Music events.
The Autumn 2020 Activities and Wellbeing Programme will be available just after you start at the College in September and your Personal Tutor will explain how you sign up to the individual activities.
All teachers and support staff at the College have a responsibility to ensure your transition from school to College is a seamless one.
Take the time to read through the New Starters Admissions Calendar, as this will take you through exactly what’s happening when, from now, until the Lower Sixth Community Afternoon on Tuesday 15 September.
You’ll be sent a letter from the College’s Admissions Department inviting you to some important days:
Wednesday 25 August: Choices Day. This is when you’ll come in to College to try out your subjects and firm up your study programme.
Thursday 26 or Friday 27 August: Enrolment. A specialist interviewer will look at your GCSE grades and spend time with you, making sure you get onto the ‘best fit’ of courses, that you’ll be happy with and succeed in.
Friday 4 September: Lower Sixth Induction. This is the day you’ll meet your Personal Tutor and the rest of your Tutor Group, complete some tasks to help you settle in and receive your College timetable.
You will also have a lesson for each of your chosen subjects. These will be introductory lessons, during which you’ll be set some work to do at home, to complete before your next lessons.