Riddlesdown Collegiate

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  • Riddlesdown Collegiate, Honister Heights, Purley, Surrey, CR8 1EX

Welcome to College VI

In College VI we have high expectations for academic progress and independent learning. To this end, students are offered regular advice and guidance by approachable staff. However, they are given autonomy and are held responsible and accountable for their learning behaviour.

We believe that progress is not just about examination results. Education in College VI is more than ‘teaching to the test’. We provide a safe, positive, respectful community within which students are not afraid to be sceptical; take risks; rise to challenges and show resilience when faced with adversity. They need to have the confidence to say ‘I don’t know’ as a precursor to ‘but I will find out.’ We foster a culture of curiosity and reflection and a love of learning which extends beyond the curriculum.

It is vital to prepare students for their future. All students have access to good quality university and careers advice. However, the world is changing at a rapid pace. Students need to be adaptive; they need to be creative and courageous and encouraged to think globally. Their personal development is as vital as their examination results. We have a duty to provide our students with a range of opportunities which will allow them to develop these skills. In return, we expect our students to be involved in the life of the College and the Collegiate. We expect them to take part in extra-curricular activities and assume leadership responsibilities.

Expectations for Students:

  • Strive to do your best.
  • Be organised.
  • Manage your time well. Build in leisure activities.
  • Complete tasks set and meet deadlines.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Listen to advice and act upon it.
  • Never make excuses.
  • Admit to your mistakes and learn from them.
  • Take an interest in what is going on in the world.
  • Challenge yourself. Learn a new skill - something outside of your subjects.
  • Never give up when you encounter difficulty.
  • Do not accept knowledge at face value – always ask questions.
  • Respect and collaborate with all other members of the College community. Listen to the ideas of others but do
  • not be afraid to question them.
  • Never be afraid to speak in case you are wrong.
  • Be actively involved in the life of College VI and the Collegiate.
  • Be curious.


Mr Mike Smith

Headteacher, College VI

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