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Student Life

At BCoT we want to inspire and support you to be the best that you can be inside and outside of the classroom. We aim to give you opportunities to help you get fully involved in student life, while also broadening your experience and developing key life skills.

 

You can take part in a variety of activities to enrich your College experience, from joining one of our Student Voice groups or clubs, to going on trips such as the annual Thorpe Park visit, as well as participating in fundraising and team building events. We continually invest in our campus and have two contemporary social areas where you can relax with friends. If you want to be more active, we also have a foosball table and table tennis!

 

Student Voice

All students are given the opportunity to participate in Student Voice (SV) activities. Each tutor group has student representatives that attend learner parliament, help organise social activities outside of the classroom and promote diversity throughout the College. We also have a Student President who works closely with both their peers and senior management to ensure that the Student Voice is heard, and that the students are at the centre of the College’s decision-making process.

We have reps for:

  • Community
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Events
  • LGBTQ+
  • Sports
  • Sustainability

Follow our Student Voice Instagram @bcot.sv

BCoT Extra

We offer a range of extra curricular clubs so you can make friends outside of your course, learn new skills and take part in tournaments and championships.

 

Clubs currently on offer include:

  • BCoT Pride
  • Chess
  • Debate Team
  • Esports Team
  • Football
  • Rugby

 

Why not start your own club?

For interest in starting a new club please contact Aaliyah.Bassey@bcot.ac.uk

Learner Voice

Learner Voice includes all the ways you can have your say at BCoT. We want to hear from you the things you would like to change or what is working really well.

Every tutor group will elect learner representatives who have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of College life.

Meetings take place throughout the year to ensure that there is a greater insight into the learner perspective. Learner Voice representatives also regularly meet with the Principal throughout the year at Principal's Forum, to discuss how the college is working and can be improved.

Actions are then drawn up for the staff by senior management.

 

 

Trips

Trips are a highlight of College life - our learners visited London, China, Belgium, New York and Alton Towers last year. You may have the opportunity to go on trips relating to your course, such as fashion shows for Art and Design, farms for Animal Management and Silverstone for Automotive Technologies. You will be asked to cover the costs of these but if you are aged 16-18 you will not be excluded from any visit which is essential to the course if you cannot afford it.

If there is a trip or educational visit that is essential to your course then you can apply for half of the cost from the Enrichment Fund.

Our Values

We aspire to be:

Passionate - about providing education and training that brings opportunities and transforms lives
High Performing - anything less than 100% success leaves room for improvement
Innovative - by focussing on the promotion of sustainability and enterprise as we move forward
Respectful - we value every person as an individual and embrace diversity in our community
Inclusive - we provide opportunities for all and we welcome people of all abilities and backgrounds.

Code of Conduct

We believe it is essential to work in partnership with you to provide you with the best experience and create an atmosphere of mutual respect. Not only do we ask you to respect the College's codes of conduct - we recognise the importance of respecting your needs and expectations as well.

As a BCoT learner you have a right to:

  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Be healthy
  • Feel safe and stay safe
  • Achieve economic and social well-being

You can expect from us:

  • Teachers who are committed to your learning
  • Courses that are interesting, well planned and organised
  • Interesting lessons that stimulate learning
  • To have your work marked promptly and returned within 10 working days
  • To be supported with any difficulties that you may have
  • To have a fun and lively summer school and induction programme with regular on-going advice and progress tracking
  • Careers guidance, employment support, welfare support, financial guidance and support with personal matters
  • Good classrooms, IT facilities and resources to support your learning
  • An environment where equality and diversity are valued and actively promoted
  • The right to fairness and equality in the way you are treated
  • The opportunity for personal development and improved employability skills

What we expect from you:

  • Commitment to your course and making the most of your learning and development opportunities
  • Good attendance and punctuality (with good reason for any absence)
  • To complete your work on time, to the best of your ability
  • Good behaviour and respect to others
  • Taking care of our College environment for your own benefit and the benefit of others
  • Using the College services to help you succeed

 

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