Parent FAQs

Parent FAQs


You should find the answer you need below. But if not, give us a quick call on 01482 711688 or email and we’ll do our best to help you.

You must telephone the college on 01482 711688, or email, preferably before 10:30am on the first day of absence. Your son or daughter can do this initially if you are busy, but you will be required to call later to confirm the absence.

At the beginning of the year, each student is given a formula grade for each subject – this is calculated from their GCSE scores and is the lowest grade we would expect them to achieve. We call this the ‘Minimum Grade’ (MG). We expect students to achieve above this grade. Every student is allocated a personal tutor with whom they will have regular meetings, and the tutor will assess their progress against the MG every half-term. Twice a year (autumn and spring), we will formally assess the student’s progress, looking at commitment, completion of work, classroom contribution and attendance, as well as their grades.

Changing course is a big decision, and the student should discuss the reasons behind the decision with their personal tutor and subject teachers. If they decide that changing course is the best option, they should contact Student Services. Changing course is not always possible after the first few weeks of the autumn term.

Students will be given lots of support to help them make applications to universities, or pursue a career after college. We have special programmes running to support students pursuing certain career paths, such as medicine and teaching, to help them get the experience they need to get on the courses they want at university.

Yes. ‘Consultation Evenings’ currently take place twice during the academic year. Parents are encouraged to attend these evenings with students to discuss their son/daughter’s progress at college with teaching staff.

You need to make the college aware of changes of address or personal circumstances immediately. Your son or daughter will need to collect a change of address and personal details form from Student Services.

The earliest lesson start time is 9.00am and the latest finish time is 4.00pm. All students have a morning break. Lunchtimes vary as students have their own individual timetable subject to the level and choice of course(s). Parents may request a copy of their son/daughter’s timetable by contacting Student Services.

Students are fully supported by staff in the lead up to exams & assessments. Students can access a range of information relating to all aspects of the exam process and our Exams & Assessment officer is available to deal with any questions or queries that students may have both before and after their exams. In addition our dedicated Careers, Advice and Guidance team are available to discuss options for Further Education, Apprenticeship and Employment following release of results. For further information relating to examinations, assessments and results appeals please contact the Exams Officer. Jade Allan –

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