Daily Life at Bosworth Independent College
- College Life
College LifeThree of our student boarding houses overlook a five-acre park, which is ideal for outdoor sports, football being the most popular. In the same vicinity we have use of a sports hall where, in the evenings and at weekends, students can participate in a varied number of indoor sports: badminton, basketball, volleyball, table-tennis and 5-a-side-football.
Each week we provide an enrichment session and students can elect to participate in a range of different activities.These vary each term but include: yoga, football, photography, art, cooking, running, school magazine, current affairs, guitar playing and The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Bosworth’s Student Council also organises annual fundraising events for different charities and the students and staff have a lot of fun taking part.Rock school is also available one evening a week for any student who plays an instrument or wants to sing with the band. The group will then perform at the Christmas and summer assemblies.
We can arrange individual music lessons in college for a variety of different instruments from beginners to diploma level. Grade examinations can be organised at the Northampton School of Music.
Every year new events and activities evolve; this is very often driven by the interests of new students. Our website provides further details regarding student activities and events we hold or participate in.
- The College Day
The College DayTo allow flexibility of subject choices the school day can start from 08.30 and run through to 17.55, however, core hours are 09.20 to 16.00 and students have to be in the College during these times. Throughout the day students are expected to remain in the College, and we monitor this through a regular registration system. When students do not have a lesson they are timetabled to be in one of our two supervised study halls.Here they can access the internet for research purposes, prepare homework assignments or do follow up reading. In the long term, this is training students into the habit of managing their workload and encouraging them to plan and prepare their work, whether it is at GCSE level or, eventually, at degree level.
- Keeping You Safe
Keeping You SafeStudents starting in September and January begin with a comprehensive induction programme, which ensures they have a chance to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, talk to staff and understand their subject choices and timetable.This provides a relaxing but fun start to their course. It is especially important to us that boarding students aim to arrive for the induction period, so they have time to settle in.
At regular intervals throughout the year students will sit tests in all their academic subjects.The results are sent to parents, along with comprehensive reports twice a year in December and April.This allows the Course Director to review each individual’s progress and ability, and keeps parents updated on their child’s progress.
We recognise that the culture and environment in which our students study is extremely important in helping them achieve their potential; this is true outside as well as inside the classroom. Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor, who will be one of the senior teachers in the College.The Personal Tutor meets regularly with the student and monitors his or her academic progress and guides each student through their university applications.They are also on hand to give support and advice about any non-academic issues which may arise.The PersonalTutor communicates regularly with parents and guardians. Furthermore, all senior staff in the College, including the Principal and Head of Boarding, provide an open door policy, making themselves accessible to the student body.
In addition to tutorial support, our Student Liaison Officer provides a dedicated service for students, assisting with banking arrangements, flights and general information, as well as offering invaluable emotional support. Occasionally, there may be an issue that a student prefers to discuss in complete confidentiality and this is offered by the School Counsellor. Finally, our School Nurse is available to attend to any students who are unwell, or who may need to discuss any health issues. All boarders are registered with a local NHS medical centre that is adjacent to the Queen’s Building.
- Bosworth Nurse
Bosworth NurseBosworth has a College Nurse who resides in her surgery, located at St. George’s.
The Nurse runs a "drop in" surgery where students can discuss any routine enquiries with her, along with a health check service where students can be reviewed in terms of their general health. She will register all of our boarding students with the local GP practice so they can see the doctor as and when required.
For any students who reside in the boarding houses a sick bay is available if they are not well enough to attend lessons. For students living in senior houses the nurse will call on them at home to check whether they need any treatment and to offer advice.
We do request that all NEW students complete our medical history form.This information is vital if the students do have any medical issues but it can also be useful for general health as the nurse will see if students are eligible for any vaccinations i.e. flu and will book them in at the local surgery. So we strongly advise you to make full use of this service and provide as much information as possible on your form.
Furthermore, the nurse will escort all under 16 students or at their request over 16’s to the doctors or for a hospital appointment. Either age group then have the right to take the appointment alone, as the nurse will always respect a student’s right to confidentiality and privacy.
This service is available for all students both boarders and day students at Bosworth Independent College.
- Dyslexia and Learning Support
Dyslexia and Learning SupportWe have been providing specialist help to support students with dyslexia for over ten years.
We have a well-qualified learning support teacher but, equally, teachers across the College understand the needs of dyslexic students.We can offer assessments and we provide those diagnosed with dyslexia a weekly one-to-one lesson to help build strategies and to help organise his or her work. Fostering a sense of self-worth and building up confidence are vital ingredients of the support offered.