Allow existing A level students to finish their course.
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I am writing on behalf of all students who are looking to continue their education and proceed onto A2 at Ealing Green College after September 2017. The students who fall under this category are the students who applied for this college in September 2016 and any re-take students who will finish their A-Levels in September 2018. The students who wished to be enrolled in this college were given a learning agreement to sign prior to enrolling at Ealing Green College which acted as a student/teacher disclosure form to ensure that the stay of the students at this college runs smoothly e.g they are on time and turn up to lessons. The reason for stating this is that this acted as a form of a contract to ensure that the full time of the course that we were promised (A-level) is given to us by the school which would help us fulfil the expectations set for ourselves. We were recently told (24th February) that the college will no longer be accepting A-level applications, thus breaking the learning agreement of keeping the students learning at the institution for the time set. We were told about this change a mere three months before our exams take place. Some students used this college as a last resort as they were unable to study at other places and will therefore be left hanging dry as a result of this abrupt change. In addition to this, the teachers who previously worked with A level students are now being made redundant, many are having to search for new jobs meaning they may have to relocate. This highlights the gravity of the situation that is not only affecting students, but teachers too. The letter that us students received regarding this issue states that 57 students are studying AS Level and out of this, only 30 of those may have their grades to be able to continue onto A2. They also state that "the college has high aspirations for our students"... then shouldn't they believe that all 57 of the students will be able to achieve their predicted grades regardless? They also state that the average size for the A Level classes are eight and from the "educational and dynamic perspective", this class size does not facilitate good group learning. This seems out of place as, from my experience and general knowledge, small class sizes do better and more likely to achieve as the teacher to student ratio is closer. This therefore leaves more time for student/teacher interaction, rather than a bigger class size, meaning less time being spared for important questions. Although I am aware that the colleges recent results are not in line with the national rates, I plead with you to fight this cause; allowing existing students who are enrolled at the college to be able to finish their A level course. We are not after the college to revoke this decision of discontinuing A levels by 2018, but are not by any means standing with the decision of leaving the course half complete. Many students are outraged and distressed as a result of this decision. Enrolling at this college was a service that the college themselves were to be providing us and they have broken this agreement, also showing a blatant disregard for their student's education. If they really cared about their students, I mean REALLY, then shouldn't we be able to continue with this course until the end of 2018? One year is all we are asking for, the current AS year and the current A2 students who may retake are being robbed of their right of education and this is an unjust, unfair decision which is hindering the confidence of students to pass the year with the best grades they can get. We only ask for one thing; for existing students to be able to finish their A level course. Thank you, I hope to be hearing from you soon. With regards, the AS and A2 students.
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