Statement of Boarding Principles and Practice for IB Students

Aims

As one of the United World Colleges, UWC Atlantic College is committed to the ideal of making education a force for peace and a sustainable future. The college is a happy, friendly community of young people and adults, who show a great deal of care for, and respect of, each other.

We have approximately 160 16-19 years olds studying for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students  participate in a range of co-curricular activities that reflect our mission.

Learning through Residential Life

At Atlantic College we expect every individual to not only be part of our community but to actively contribute to its wellbeing and the wellness of all members. As a student you will be required to promote and live by the UWC and College values, both as an individual and alongside members of the community from around the world.

Your room (dorm) will contain a bed, lockable storage and a wardrobe, and is where you can create your personal space to relax. A typical student house has 12 dorms and each dorm is usually shared with 3 other students from various countries. Each house has a communal area, a study room (quiet area) with computer access and a small kitchen area.

Your houseparent is responsible for the day to day operations within your house, to help organise house events and to ensure you feel happy and secure. You may initially be unfamiliar with aspects of Residential Life, for example sharing a room with others or living within such a culturally diverse community. This is just one of many fundamental and significant features of our learning programme and environment, and your houseparent is there to offer you support. Houseparents are typically teachers, other staff members or partners of staff and often have families of their own living with them.

All students are required to complete tasks within their house to enable everyone to live happily and safely together, and to create communal sense of ownership and pride. You will

be expected to keep your personal area clean and tidy, wash your own dishes and help with keeping your dorm and other communal areas clean and welcoming.

Learning to care for yourself and your community

At Atlantic College we expect all students to be fully committed to, actively support and participate in all aspects of the programme. You will be expected to regularly reflect on your level of participation and your role within the community. You will need to think and be aware of how you interact with, and are perceived by, others and take responsibility to help build a happy, respectful and safe community. Given the challenges of the programme and overall intense and hectic nature of life within the College students may find this increasingly difficult.

At the heart of College life and alongside the wellbeing of the community is the need for you to look after yourself, to be conscious of your own personal health and wellbeing. You will need to work hard to effectively balance your time and commitments to ensure that you get adequate sleep, regular physical exercise and time for personal reflection or relaxation. The Atlantic College Life Skills and Wellbeing Programme is designed to help support you throughout your stay in all aspects of academic, personal and social life. It is delivered through a series of regular sessions, workshops, presentations or discussions by staff, visiting professionals and guest speakers.

Student Support

All UWC students are expected to be resilient and independent, but this does not mean you need to do everything yourself. It is important you know how, when and where to go for support or solutions to better equip you with the knowledge, experience and developing skills to help you overcome the inevitable personal challenges throughout your journey at Atlantic College and towards greater personal responsibility and accountability.

All staff are committed to supporting the wellbeing of each student. In addition to your houseparent there are other staff and services available to help you in different ways. At the heart of our support system is the team of tutors, who are also all teachers.  Your personal tutor is your first point of contact for personal and academic support, should you have any problems or questions.

The College Health Centre has nurses and local College Medical Officers hold a surgery twice a week. The College has access to a full range of healthcare professionals and community support networks through the National Health Service, in addition to employing two part time counsellors.

The Head Students Affairs is a teacher and our Safeguarding Lead Person who works to promote and preserve the health, safety and wellbeing of each student, and community life, at the College. They collaborate with houseparents, tutors, IB and Host Family Coordinators, Health Centre and other members of the community to ensure students feel supported, heard and that their needs are appropriately and sensitively addressed.

Houseparents and students are supported further overnight by our team of night staff. Activity Coordinators support our pastoral team through working with and supporting students to organise and run a variety of creative and physical events, trips and activities.

Students can access their second year Peer Listeners for additional support and the “student voice” has representation from each house through various student councils.

Supervision

From Monday to Friday during the ‘school day’, students are supervised mainly by teachers, with the teacher to student ratios being about 1:8 for IB students. During evenings and weekends, students are supervised by pastoral staff. There are typically 12 members of staff on duty most evenings of the week (including weekends). During the daytime on the weekends there are six members of staff on duty. During the night, pastoral care is provided by two members of Night Staff.

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