Information for Parents / Guardians
Leaving school and starting a full-time College course is an important step for a young person and as a parent or guardian you will want to ensure your son or daughter has made the right choice.
We are delighted that your son/daughter has chosen to study with us at West Cheshire College. Our mission is to be ‘An Exceptional College that inspires success and changes lives’. We want all of our students to make the most of College and achieve the best results possible.
In order to ensure that our students have the best experience of College life and achieve their full potential, we will require your support and look forward to working with you.
2016/2017 is set to be an exciting, rewarding and fulfilling year. If you have any questions, queries or concerns please do not hesitate to the contact the College.
The College is passionate about ensuring that all students have a great experience while they are at College and that they leave College with excellent qualifications, more confidence and the ability to start the career of their dreams or progress to higher education. To ensure this happens we created the Student Charter which sets out our commitment to students and in return what we expect from students.
The charter sets out our commitment to students while they are at College in terms of:
- supporting student decision-making by giving them impartial, advice and guidance
- providing high-quality teaching and facilities
- ensuring the safety and well-being of students
- providing one-to-one tutorial support
- empowering students to have a voice and influence over their experience at College
The charter also sets out what commitment from students we believe is required for them to be successful on their College course such as:
- regular attendance at classes
- submission of coursework on-time
- high standards of behaviour and respect for fellow course mates
- adherence to College policies and procedures
- students following their agreed learning plan
The College will work with parents/guardians to ensure that students maximise their potential and are successful in achieving their career ambitions.
Specialist support for students
Specialist staff work closely with our students to carry out individual initial assessments leading to a support plan and
information, advice and guidance on specialist equipment and access arrangements for exams. Where appropriate, Learning Support Assistants will support individuals or student groups in the classroom. Study Support and Mentor Support may be given outside the classroom environment.
We will work on a plan with the individual student to build their confidence in working towards independence during their time at College to prepare them for university or work.
We work closely with external agencies and support groups to ensure holistic support for our students. If a student has been statemented at school we use the Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC) to inform their support. For further information you can access the Local Offer on the Cheshire West and Chester website.
We have highly-qualified and skilled staff in the following:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome
- Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing
- Visual Impairment
- Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as Dyslexia
- ESOL/Language needs
- Well-being and Mental Health
- ADHD and Behaviour
- Learning Difficulty and/or Disability
We also work with agencies to support children in care or on the Leaving Care Pathway and young carers.
Be Safe Team
The College takes the safety and security of its students very seriously and to support students the College has a team of staff who are available to help with any health and well-being concerns they may have. We have a dedicated Respect Team, and College Counsellor, who are available to students who wish to talk through any concerns they may have on a confidential basis.
West Cheshire College recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare and well-being of all its students and expects staff and volunteers to do the same.
You can download and view our Safeguarding Policy here.
Parents’ Evenings take place twice in the academic year, the first in the Autumn term and the second in the Spring term. If you are the parent/guardian of a 16-18 year old you will be invited in to a Parents’ Evening to meet with your son/ daughter’s tutor. This will give you the opportunity to discuss their progress and their report will be given to you at the Spring term Parents’ Evening. We value your support in your child’s education and encourage you to work with us in ensuring your son/daughter does the best they can and gets the most out of College.
You can view your son/daughter’s progress throughout the year using our online monitoring tool, ProPortal. This will allow you to monitor their attendance, punctuality, target grades set for the course and the grades achieved. Your son/daughter will be shown how to use ProPortal during their induction at the College and they will then be able to show you how to access the system at home.
The application process
We advise that the application process is started as soon as possible to allow enough time for your son or daughter to get the advice and guidance they need to choose the right course for them. Click HERE to browse our Curriculum Areas and discover the courses we offer. To speak to a College Adviser please call 01244 656200.
Support Documents and Links
- Additional Learner Support
- Careers, Finance and Welfare
- English and Maths
- Guide to ProPortal
- Student Journey 2016-17
- Operation Encompass
- Safeguarding/ Prevent
- Study Programme
Parents Information Evenings
This is an opportunity to learn more about the experience your son/daughter will receive whilst at College and the information you can expect to receive from the College.
Wednesday 14 September 2016, 6:30-8pm at Chester Campus
Thursday 15 September 2016, 6:30-8pm at Ellesmere Port Campus
West Cheshire College Open Evenings
If you would like to talk to tutors about the College and the courses available to start in September 2015 come along to one of our West Cheshire College Careers Open Evening events.
Applications for full-time courses can be submitted at these events, and our Careers Team will be available on the evening to help students decide which course is suitable for them.