COLLEGE LIFE

PASTORAL CARE

At NatMatSci we aim to provide all our students with a pre-university environment within a kind and caring family community where they can be happy, healthy and, most importantly, who they are.  With the boarding facility situated in the heart of the school, this warm atmosphere extends into the day to day life of every student making NatMatSci not just a college but a home.

Our purpose is to ensure all members of our community have a sense of belonging and are contented and confident young people. Available to each student is a team of dedicated staff, who includes tutors, boarding staff, professional counsellors, and senior staff responsible for pastoral care. Having such a range of staff available to help with anything and everything ensures each pupil has someone they can turn to whenever they need it.

BOARDING

NatMatSci is not just an educational establishment – it is a home for our students. Our curriculum is demanding, so it is important for the students to have a comfortable environment to relax in after lessons. We offer a modern take on the traditional British boarding school experience: state-of-the-art boarding facilities in an urban setting, furnished to a high standard with a contemporary feel.

Boarding students live together in contemporary accommodation next door to the teaching centre in the heart of leafy Warwickshire. The College has exclusive use of a block in the Residence,  offering students aged 16+ their first taste of independent living with the security of our on-site Boarding Team 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Luxury ensuite single bedrooms

Each student has their own en-suite study bedroom with a double bed, desk, wardrobe, under-bed storage and WIFI. Bed linen, duvet, pillow, and towels are provided for students at the start of the year. The rooms provide a calm and comfortable space for students to study and live independently, within a family-style environment.

Kitchens and Communal Areas

Each floor has 2 large open-plan kitchen and living rooms, with ample space for relaxing, socialising and eating together. The kitchens are fully equipped and have dining space, as well as comfortable seating and televisions. Meals are served in the kitchens each evening, with both students and the Boarding Team dining together. Students are welcome to use the kitchens to prepare additional meals and snacks outside of mealtimes.

Laundry

All bed linen and towels are changed on a weekly basis. There is an on-site laundromat where students can launder their personal items. Each kitchen is equipped with an ironing board and iron.

Security

Parents can be confident that their children will be living in safe, secure and comfortable accommodation. Male and Female bedrooms are securely separated. All students eat and socialise together in the common areas of the Residence. Access to the building is controlled by electronic fob.

Each student has their own electronic fob which is used to access the main doors of the building, the College accommodation and also operates the lifts. Each student has a key to their own room. In the event of key or electronic fob loss, a 24-hour mobile number to reception will allow access and lost fobs are immediately deactivated. Any losses must be reported to reception and the Boarding Team without delay.

Each section of the Residence has a mobile phone allocated to it. All students are issued with these phone numbers so they can contact the Boarding Team at any time.

A member of the Boarding Team is present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

ENRICHMENT AND SOCIETIES

Enrichment activities are a key part of the student experience at the College, providing a counter-balance to the academic rigour demanded in their subjects. Our programme provides opportunities for relaxation for our students, whilst also helping them to develop transferable life skills and supporting their university applications.

Our aim at NatMatSci is to help all our students to develop as confident, well-rounded young people who will make a difference to society. We strongly believe that a sixth form education should comprise activities both inside and outside the classroom to develop skills needed in College, at university and in their future. In this way, NatMatSci students will:

  • learn how to engage with students from other backgrounds and cultures,
  • develop leadership skills and learn how to work effectively in teams,
  • develop self-confidence and
  • become positive contributors to society.

 

Our Enrichment Programme will take place at weekends and during the College day and will, in addition to the development of a student’s academic interests, contribute towards them developing into a fully rounded young person.

Clubs & Societies

NatMatSci runs a range of Clubs and Societies designed to support the enjoyment and development of all our students.  Some are run by staff, others by students, and the range of offerings changes from year to year depending on demand.  Below are examples of some societies that have run recently:

  • MathSoc – Maths extension and appreciation society
  • ChemSoc – Chemistry extension and appreciation society
  • LinguisticSoc – Exploration of Linguistics
  • BioSoc – Biology extension and appreciation society
  • GameSoc – An opportunity to engage with others in a variety of on and offline games
  • BakeSoc – An opportunity to develop your baking skills
  • PySoc – A chance to improve your Python programming
  • RoboSoc – A chance to apply your skills to the world of robotics
  • ChessSoc – Chess games and tournaments. All skill levels welcome.
  • LanguageSoc – An opportunity to learn another language
  • NatureSoc – Learn more about Nature
  • ModelUN
  • GuitarClub – A chance to for beginners to learn the guitar
  • Amnesty Intenational 
  • GoSoc – Learn to play the strategy game Go
  • CipherSoc – Learn about cryptography and Ciphers

Sports

There are plenty of sporting opportunities available at the College, whether in the form of clubs, societies or trips.

Students are encouraged to create their own sporting Clubs and Societies to pursue additional sports or even to try something new. Examples have included:

  • Basketball Club
  • Football Club
  • Running Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Dance Society
  • Climbing Society

Students can also join local sports teams as part of their immersion experience, and we’ll help you find a relevant team. We can also arrange for individual sports coaching, for an additional fee.

Other Sports Opportunities

Students have use of the Xcel Leisure Centre which is just a few minutes walk from the College, and has an extensive gym, swimming pool, sports halls, and outdoor pitches for a variety of sports.

Music & Art

Music is a popular pastime at our College. We have a Steinway grand piano in our reception area for both students and staff to play at their leisure. There are also guitars and an electric drum kit in the common room, for students to use in their free time.

We also offer individual music tuition for a range of instruments and abilities, ranging from beginner to concert level, for which we can arrange individual music tuition on a range of instruments.  Please note this is not included in the fees and must be paid for separately.

Visual Arts

Each year our students participate in our NatMatSci art showcase, previous winners have demonstrated considerable talent from photography and portraits to anime and collage.

Counselling and Medical Care

COUNSELLING SERVICE

The College makes us of a counselling service which will match students who need additional support with a well qualified counsellor who will meet with them online to provide them with the support they need.  This provides students with much more flexibility over who they see and when they see them than would be possible with an in house service.  Students can self-refer or be referred by a member of the College staff.

MEDICAL CARE

The College has two excellent Nurses who support the students with the medical needs and with gaining access to specialist services they need.

All students are registered with a local National Health Service (NHS) GP surgery and receive an NHS number. The surgery provides a free NHS service to students whilst studying at the College. Appointments can be made Monday – Friday by contacting the practice. If an appointment with a doctor is required in the evenings or at weekends students are taken to the minor injuries unit at the Coventry Walk-In Centre.

Other local healthcare services such as dentist, orthodontist, and opticians can be booked as required.

Vaccinations

Students and their parents are advised to follow their child’s vaccination regime with their doctor at home. The College does not administer vaccinations although appointments for vaccinations at the GP practice can be arranged.

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