The sessions in this period focus on: introductions and getting to know staff and other students; outlining the college’s expectations in terms of behaviour, and adherence not only to Earlscliffe rules and regulations but also UK law; an introduction to academic subjects in English; essential study skills; an explanation of the A-Level and GCSE systems and university entry; how the timetable operates; how the Earlscliffe community lives and works together; the extra-curricular programme, ‘Sports, Culture and Service to others’ (SCS); TRaC™, our unique system of continuous assessment and improvement; and ‘Extend and Enrich’ (E&E™), and how this initiative opens eyes and minds.
Students live in college as young adults and are given certain freedoms accordingly, but must operate within our general code of conduct and regulations at all times (see Student and Parent Guide).
The Orientation concludes with the popular ‘Oxford Experience’ for new A-level and UFY students, a weekend away that helps students bond as they discover all that is great about this world-famous university and town. Visits might include Christ Church College, St Mary’s Tower University church, Blenheim Palace (Churchill’s birthplace), as well as a meal out, souvenir shopping and an overnight stay in a hotel. The weekend provides motivation and inspiration for the coming two years of study ahead for our new Earlscliffians. New ITY students enjoy their own overnight trip, introducing them to the sights and sounds of London.