Information for Parents
The well-being and success of your child while they’re in our care is extremely important to us. We aim to give everybody the same chance to succeed, regardless of their race, religion, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, disability or age.
As a parent, your role in their future is an important one. So we’ll keep you fully informed about your son or daughter’s progress through parent evenings, letters and regular reports. You can access their electronic Individual Learning Plan (eILP), by asking them for the log in details, which will show you how they’re doing against targets they agreed with their tutor.
As well as their progress, we constantly monitor their attendance, motivation and well-being, and periodically produce reports sent directly to you. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have, and our annual Parents Evening on each campus gives you the chance to speak to subject lecturers and personal tutors.
We want our students to have a direct involvement in assessing and shaping their college experience, and give them a variety of opportunities to take part – for which we’ve won several awards.
Everyone should enjoy their time at college, and we expect all our students to behave well and have respect for others. We operate a formal Learner Disciplinary Policy as set out below, although serious issues may result in instant red card exclusion. Where appropriate, we’ll also involve you in the process.
There are normally four stages:
Informal stage – note of concern
Formal stage 1 – yellow card
Formal stage 2 – red card
Formal stage 3 – disciplinary hearing
Lateness and absence from college
It’s important that all students aim for 100% attendance and punctuality, as a poor record may result in problems getting grants or even exclusion from exams. If they can’t attend college for any reason, they must let their tutor know by leaving a message with the campus.
Arrival 10 minutes after a lesson has started will be classed as ‘late’; any short-term absences must be explained by a sick note; and routine appointments should be made outside college hours. Illnesses lasting more than a week require a medical certificate from their doctor sent to their personal tutor, so they don’t lose their place on the course. After four weeks’ absence, we’ll assume your child has withdrawn from the course.
Whatever the reason, please make sure your child doesn’t simply stop coming to college. If they’re having problems, their personal tutor and our Student Services team are there to help.