We want parents and guardians of our students to feel fully informed about life and progress at College.
You may receive emails and phone calls from your son/daughter’s personal coach and possibly from other members of teaching staff.
We are also keen to hear your views and opinions about how well we are doing, so you may be asked to take part in telephone or paper surveys from time to time. Your views will help us maintain and develop a high quality service to students.
We are proud of the exemplary behaviour of the vast majority of our students.
A key difference from being in Year 11 is that, in College, students have to learn to accept responsibility for their own learning. We treat students as adults and expect them to behave as adults.
Students need to be able to get to class on time (without the help of school bells) and undertake more studying in their own time than they did for GCSEs. Developing independent learning skills is a key part of College life and a necessary preparation for university and employment.
Please encourage your son/daughter to:
Teaching staff comment on student achievement at least four times a year. These comments are then discussed, together with overall progress, with personal coaches during one-to-one interviews at key Review and Direction points. Each students progress and achievement is recorded on the Student Tracking & Reporting System (STaRS). STaRS records the information in a reportable format which can be accessed via a parental login.
You are very welcome to attend a Parents Evening where you can discuss your childs progress in detail.
The Student Support Services Team provides support and guidance to help students achieve their potential and to maximise opportunities for progression.
The cornerstone of the structure is the support provided by over 200 personal coaches who are supported by heads of school, senior tutors, managers and specialist services.
The tutorial support function is central to student success. Every full-time student has a personal coach whom they see on a weekly basis. The personal coach monitors and tracks student performance against target and provides support and guidance. Tutorial lessons include study skills, career and progression planning and a number of pastoral topics and activities throughout the year. In brief it covers the following:
Punctual attendance at classes, tutorials and examinations is a major factor in student achievement and is compulsory.
Personal coaches and teaching staff monitor student attendance and punctuality and take appropriate action when necessary. This may involve contacting home to inform parents/guardians of student absence. Please note that attendance is a criterion applied to Learner Support Fund awards, payment of registration and examination fees, and progression on to a further course of study at College.
Absence from College has a detrimental effect on progress and achievement. We request that students do not take holidays during term time.
To help us monitor attendance please contact the Absence Line on 0121 602 7675.
We will do all we can to develop potential through help, support and guidance, but every student needs to play a part to ensure their own success.
Students are expected to work in their own time, both at home and in College, on assignments, homework, exam preparation and research. Teaching staff will set regular pieces of work for students to complete outside formal timetabled classes.