What our students like:
Students enjoy a highly positive experience; one in which everyone is supported and encouraged to excel and reach their full potential. Our student’s top ten aspects of Queen Mary’s College are:
1. The friendly and inclusive atmosphere
Students join QMC from a wide range of schools and backgrounds. Our students travel from a large area, with many coming from across the UK and even abroad. Wherever you are coming from you can rest assured that you will receive a warm welcome, and due to the friendly atmosphere, will find it easy to settle in to College life.
2. Excellent teachers who are subject specialists
Students at QMC speak highly of our specialist teachers and staff who thoroughly enjoy working with young people, and supporting them to attain their ambitions. You will be expected to work hard at College, but you will find that you are supported every step of the way to enable you to reach your full potential.
3. Top class facilities
In recent years we have invested over £20 million in the College buildings and infrastructure which has resulted in a modern, spacious and engaging environment for students to learn and socialise in. With state of the art science labs and classrooms, a specialist Music Building, our own theatre and sports centre and the latest technological equipment, students have access to facilities and resources that many other colleges just cannot compete with.
4. The wide range of courses
There are a wide range of courses and subjects that you can choose from, some of which you will have studied at school, as well as some subjects that will be totally new to you. We cater for students of all abilities, with different interests and from different backgrounds.
5. Fantastic pastoral support
The transition from school to College is new and exciting, but can be a little daunting as well. You have nothing to worry about; you will find a wealth of support available to you at QMC which will enable you to enjoy your time at College, and achieve your full potential. Your Personal Tutor will also be one of your subject teachers so they will get to know you well and will be on hand to help and advise you on all aspects of your College life. You will have regular meetings with your Personal Tutor to discuss how you are doing and how you can improve.
6. Value added
QMC is one of the most successful sixth form colleges in Hampshire, based on the progress made by students since leaving school. Our students make great progress while they are with us and many leave College with better grades than predicted based on their GCSE results. At QMC you can take advantage of the extensive enrichment courses and opportunities on offer to develop or progress skills. You will be challenged, and will benefit from outstanding teaching and support, enabling you to do better than you might expect.
7. Extra opportunities and trips
Our enrichment programme provides you with the opportunity to gain additional qualifications to develop skills or try something new. As well as enhancing your programme of study they are also a great way to meet new people and make new friends. During your time at College you will also have the opportunity to go on field trips and visits, which will bring to life what you have been studying in the classroom. College field trips are always planned with an educational focus so, as well as being a great opportunity to visit a new place and have fun, they will enhance your learning and understanding of a subject.
8. Extra support sessions and stretch and challenge
As well as timetabled lessons there are plenty of additional sessions and workshops for each subject area. Whether you need to concrete your understanding of a topic, prepare for exams, or to enhance your programme of study in order to maximise your chances of entry to the top universities, QMC is here to help you develop, and to reach your full potential.
9. The impressive campus in a lovely ‘green’ environment
As well as the fantastic buildings and modern facilities there is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy, on QMC's beautiful thirty acre site. View Campus Map.
10. Convenient location
QMC is just a short walk from Basingstoke Town Centre where you will find Festival Place Shopping Centre and transport links including the bus and train stations.
What Ofsted Say:
Ofsted’s latest visit was a short inspection carried out in 2016. The Inspectors confirmed their findings from the previous visit in 2010, where all areas of the College were graded ‘good’ or ‘outstanding.’ Their most recent observations were:
1. The culture of continuous improvement is at the heart of the excellent student success rates
2. The student experience is of a notable high quality
3. Students’ programmes of study are closely aligned to their needs and aspirations
4. Careers advice and guidance ensures that students maximise their future options
5. Students develop a broad range of skills to support their successful transition into higher education or work
6. Students enjoy their lessons, participate well in discussions, and teachers manage question-and-answer questions skillfully
7. Many students achieve way beyond their own initial expectations
8. The college provides a pleasant and harmonious environment for study, in which students and staff treat one another with respect