10 reasons to choose Regent Independent College
01. Small class sizes
Our classes are the size of exclusive university seminars. We have teachers who are expert in their subjects and support systems that develop academic and personal skills, which combine to deliver an educational experience unparalleled in the independent sixth form education sphere. Such small class sizes enable us, as an institution, to fulfil our motto of ‘academic excellence’.
02. Experienced teachers
We have teachers with an average of 15+ years of teaching experience. Our teachers are highly qualified specialists in their subjects and believe in active, student-centred teaching. “Learn how to think, not what to think,” is a central teaching philosophy with our staff favouring guided discovery. Many within our teaching team also have experience as awarding body examiners, so when it comes to exam technique, they really know what is required. In class, students are helped to achieve a depth of understanding, debating issues and mastering the concepts, techniques and skills required to learn effectively, solve problems and communicate at an advanced level.
03. Close student monitoring system / Regular progress updates
Each student is assigned to a Form Tutor, whose role is to supervise students’ academic progress and general welfare. Tutors keep in frequent contact with subject tutors and parents and are able to devote much of their time to helping and encouraging the students under their care. We also have an extensive PSHEE and House Period programme delivered through individual, timetabled periods and also tutor time each morning. Regular discussions are held to discuss progress in class, homework, test results and reports. Furthermore, each Upper Sixth student is assigned a personal UCAS tutor to guide them through the entire process adding to our overall exceptional pastoral provision.
04. Excellent ISI report
Regent Independent College was inspected by ISI, the Independent Schools Inspectorate in May 2017. The inspection was a Regulatory Compliance Inspection, which means that the inspectors were reporting on the extent to which the College had met the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014.
This was very thorough, primarily involving an in-depth review of College documentation, meetings with students and staff, and lesson observations.
We are proud to announce that we met all the standards listed in the Independent School
Standards, across all eight parts. This is the best possible outcome for the College and the inspectors recommended that no further action was required.
05. Results and destinations (value added)
We are proud of our academic record at Regent Independent College. Despite having a non-selective admissions policy and a wide variety of courses targeted at students of different academic abilities, our students manage to achieve outstanding overall results.
We pride ourselves on the ‘value added’ education we provide to all our students. Our courses enable a wide range of students to achieve results far beyond their initial expectations. We are confident that all our students leave us able to pursue their aspirations, knowing that they have been guided to achieve their best, using our careful support network. As per Government data published on April 2017 we are in the top 4% of schools in England for adding value. Further details on all 2016 results and destinations is available on request from the main school office.
06. Compulsory Supervised Study Periods (SSP)
The change from GCSE to A-Levels can be quite considerable for students. They must adjust to new ways of studying. They are expected to be a lot more independent in regards to their studies and learn to organise and structure their own time effectively and carry out research with minimal guidance from teachers. This is all part of the academic culture and mindset we are creating. These sessions enable students to study quietly under the supervision of academic professionals ensuring that free time is used productively and efficiently. Students are also actively encouraged to make use of Regent Learning Centre, with its state of the art facilities and extended opening hours. We as a college place great emphasis on facilitating the ‘independent learner’.
07. Competitive fees
As part of our commitment to extending the benefits of education to as many students as possible, the college offers competitive fees for all its programmes. Our fees are lower than our competitors and we also offer flexible payment options.
08. Activities / Student Clubs
All students are encouraged to experience the wide range of sports, arts, cultural and leisure activities on our doorstep in north-west London. We team up with key, local cultural associates which help to add value for all our students. For example we use sporting facilities at Harrow Leisure Centre, and have an outdoor football/basketball court. Harrow and north-west London has so much to offer and our teaching sites are within minutes of tennis courts, top-class sports pitches, swimming pools and sports halls.
09. Bursaries and scholarships available
Occasionally our Advisory Board determines a scholarship fund in order to help gifted and talented students access our small classes and high-quality teaching environment. These merit-based scholarships are based on academic performance.
Parents/guardians seeking a scholarship are required to complete an application form which seeks to establish the academic abilities and potential of their child.
In addition to our extensive scholarship programme, bursaries may also be available to students who would not be able to attend the college without significant financial assistance. These are means tested, awarded at the discretion of the senior management and will help parents/families to pay tuition fees. If you would like further information about the bursaries available please contact us.
10. Modern learning facilities
Our teaching buildings include specialist laboratories for sciences, well-equipped, bright study rooms and an Art room. Our IT provision is second to none, with superfast broadband operating over hard-wired and WiFi networks and generous download limits.
Outside the classroom
Students have access to computers throughout the college for private study including SSP. Regent Learning Centre, located opposite the main teaching building, provides a more relaxed environment for both study and leisure and is equipped with computers for student use. Within the main teaching building there is a student common room with vending machines for drinks and snacks. A wireless network is available throughout the college buildings for students to use with their own laptops, tablets or smartphones.