Ofsted inspected the College in 2016 and said this about us, “staff foster positive attitudes to learning, learners’ behaviour is good, they feel safe and are respectful to their peers and college staff”. We expect every student to know what is in the Kingston College Student Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct was agreed with the Student Representatives on the Kingston College Student Council. You will find a link on this page to the full, detailed procedures on three key items - the Kingston College Code of Conduct, the procedure for dealing with gross misconduct, and also how we manage attendance, punctuality and progress; on the following:
Policies and Proceedures
What Students can expect from Kingston College
At Kingston College we will:
- Value people equally respecting our democratic values of freedom of speech, appreciation of different beliefs, the rule of law and individual liberty.
- Give you clear, accurate and fair information, advice, guidance and support to help you choose a study programme that is right for you.
- Provide you with clear information about fees and financial support including grants and bursaries.
- Take an evidence-based approach to the methods of teaching, learning and assessment that enable you to make good progress.
- Give you a good start to your studies with us through an induction programme.
- Help you on your study programme by giving you clear targets, support when you need it and a learning plan (ILP) that records your progress and achievements.
- Provide learning resources which meet your needs.
- Ensure that assessments and progress reviews with you are fair, clear, regular and positive.
- Give you regular and punctual feedback on your learning, verbally and in writing on your work and in your ILP/Moodle course site.
- Provide parents of students up to the age of eighteen with progress review reports twice a year that contain information on progress, achievement and attendance.
- Invite parents to parents’ induction and progress review events.
- Provide you with access to a range of guidance, careers advice and university admissions advice services.
- Listen to your feedback through Student Voice and encourage you to get involved through Student Focus groups, the Student Council, the Student Union (KCSU) and “In the Hot Seat” sessions with the Principal.
- Deal promptly, courteously and fairly with any complaints you raise with us.
What Kingston College expects from our students We expect you to:
- Also value people equally, respecting our democratic values of freedom of speech, appreciation of different beliefs, and the rule of law and individual liberty.
- You should be completely familiar with the admissions guidance so that you complete your enrolment on time and pay all fees promptly when due and understand that receiving any grant or bursary is always dependent upon your attendance, attitude, work completion and behaviour.
- Agree your study programme (16-18 year old students) with us, which for some students will contain compulsory Mathematics and English, and then complete all parts of your study programme to the very best of your ability.
- Use the ProMonitor ILP to record your progress, achievements and future plans.
- Appreciate that sticking at it and maintaining good learning habits are essential to your success including good attendance, punctuality and learning behaviour.
- Take responsibility for your own learning by ensuring you communicate often with your teaching and tutorial staff, for example, by taking full part in our system of induction and progress review events.
- Make learning successful for others by being a cooperative and collaborative learner.
- Complete all of your work on time and to the very best of your ability each and every time – aim high and set out to always meet and then beat your target grades.
- Seek help when you need it and act upon the feedback/support you receive.
- Have and display your Student ID card.
- Respect the College premises, facilities, equipment and environment.
- Keep to the rules as described in this Code of Conduct.
What Kingston College will not accept from our studentsWe will not tolerate the following whenever and wherever it occurs:
- Breaking health and safety guidelines, for example, misusing fire equipment and causing risks to yourself and/or others.
- Permitting the unauthorised use of a College ID card by another person in order for them to gain entry to College premises.
- Violent, dangerous, threatening and intimidating conduct – carrying/storing offensive weaponry – verbal abuse or other bullying behaviour including cyber-bullying – any conduct involving acts of indecency.
- Carrying or storing fireworks on or around College premises.
- Harassment including inappropriate and/or unwelcome comments, requests and messages on grounds of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sex, pregnancy, marital status or socio economic status of another student, member of staff or visitor to the College.
- Committing a criminal offence or any offence which may adversely affect the College’s reputation wherever and whenever the incident occurs and/or failure to disclose a criminal conviction or caution – unless it is spent.
- Theft or unauthorised possession (with intent to steal) of any property belonging (intent to steal) to another student, the College, any employee of the College or third parties connected to the College. Included in this is the non-payment of fees.
- The inappropriate/illegal misuse of the internet, social media, mobile devices and/or computers and hacking.
- Vandalism; deliberate damage of College property, including graffiti.
- Smoking which includes “vaping”, except in designated areas.
- Use of, or dealing in, illegal drugs (including prescription drugs used in an unauthorised manner).
- Intoxication as a result of alcohol or illegal drugs (including prescription drugs used in an unauthorised manner).
- Academic/exam misconduct to include plagiarism and cheating during any exam.
- Repeated failure to comply with our reasonable rules regarding showing ID, wearing of hats and abiding by rules on off-site activities.
- Failure to comply with our attendance, punctuality and learning behaviour expectations, the latter to include inappropriate use of mobile devices and copying the work of others, for example. We reserve the right to include any other issues not defined in this list as gross misconduct should that occasion arise.