Parent Information

How do you make sure students settle in when they first come to college?

The first few weeks in September is called the induction period and students have a chance to:

  • settle into their tutor group
  • meet the Principal
  • sign up for enrichment activities during Freshers’
  • find out about their timetable, click here to view example timetables.
  • and make new friends that often last long after they have left college.

During Induction they will also start their subjects and courses and have a chance to change groups or even subjects if they are not sure.

We have dedicated Helpzones across college for students to ask questions, get directions or if they’ve lost their timetable and are not sure where to go!

How can I find out how well my son, daughter or ward is doing at college?

We will:

  • Send you reports twice a year about how well they are progressing.
  • You will be invited to parents evenings throughout the year to discuss their progress and targets. Click here to view important dates.

Do you monitor students' attendance?

Yes. We have a team of Attendance and Intervention Officers that support students. We expect full attendance and 100% punctuality from our students as we know this affects their ability to reach their full potential and succeed. We have processes in place to monitor student attendance; work with the students’ tutor(s) to address patterns of poor attendance and keep parents informed when a student is invited to a meeting to discuss attendance.

Do they have a tutor group like they do at school?

On enrolment each student is allocated to a Personal Tutor who is responsible for monitoring students’ academic progress and welfare. The Tutorial programme includes individual coaching and group work that aims to support academic achievement and progression as well as raising aspirations and self-esteem. The Personal Tutor Team works closely with teaching staff and the Student Engagement Team to provide services that support students throughout their time in college.

What other support is available while they are at college?

Our Student Services team includes nurses, counsellors, learning support assistants, intensive personal advisers and progression experts. They can help students with finance, accommodation, learning support and careers or progression advice.

What financial support is available?

All students who have been resident in the UK or the European Union for at least 3 years, who are aged 16-18 (they must be under 19 on the 1st September for the year they start their course) are entitled to free full-time education.
Students studying on apprenticeship programmes are paid by their employer and normally receive their industry-led training free if they are aged 16-19.
Click here for information on the financial support available.

How do you make sure my son/daughter/ward is safe?

The safety of our students is paramount, we have a designated child protection and safeguarding team, which works closely with teachers so that young people are protected from harm and have the support they need. In the latest Student Survey, 97% of our students said they felt safe at college!

How can I find out more?

Click here to download our guide for Parents, Guardians and Carers.

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