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We want all of our students to be successful and happy while they’re studying with us. That's why we work closely with parents and guardians to help make the step from school to college a success for all our students.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Will students get help with industry placements?A: Yes - all students have an Industry Placement Co-ordinator for their area who can support them with the industry placement process.
Q: Is it the responsibility of the student to arrange the placement?A: We encourage all students to take ownership of finding their own industry placement which includes researching and contacting employers, but we will support students who find this process difficult.
Q: Do parents need to find a placement for their child?A: Whilst some parents help their child with this, we do encourage the young person to take on this responsibility if possible.
Q: How would my child find out who their IP Coordinator is?A: A list of IP Co-ordinators can be found here: https://bit.ly/INDUSTRYPLACEMENTTEAM
Q: Do students have to do their placement on the placement day that is allocated on their timetable? A: All students have an allocated placement day. If this doesn’t work for an employer, then the student should discuss this with their IP Co-ordinator to see if there is flexibility in moving this for the duration of the placement.
Q: Does the placement have to be undertaken in the same place or can a variety of employers be used?A: You can have industry placements with more than one employer.
Q: Do part-time jobs count?A: Part-time jobs can count towards IP hours if they are linked to the vocational area that the student is studying, and there is a learning objective agreed with the student and employer which is different to the student’s normal job role.
Q: When should the placement start?A: Placements can start at any time throughout the academic year.
Q: What date does the placement have to be completed by?A: Placements for the current academic year have to be completed by 31st July.
Q: What happens if you can’t find a placement?A: The student should contact their IP Co-ordinator for advice and support.
Q: Are IP hours different for 19+ ages?A: Industry Placements are not compulsory for those aged 19+ students.
Q: Will industry placement experience benefit me for university?A: Yes - this is something you can include to demonstrate your skills and experience on your personal statement for university.
Q: Is there information available to benefit employers if they take a placement?A: Yes - we have a leaflet we send to employers who would like to offer placements, giving examples of how taking on an industry placement student can benefit the employer.
The Parent Portal allows parents/guardians of our students to view reports, timetables, attendance, progress, results, qualifications and comments from our teaching staff.
To register for access to the Parent Portal please click here, for registration instructions please click here.
You can access the old Parents Dashboard here. Please note this will be deactivated soon.
To report a student absence, please call 01256 306321, you can also call 01256 354141 and either key extension 6321 or wait for the option list. If the student is 16-18, we ask the next-of-kin to phone in with the student's full name, student number and course they are studying. Please also call this line if you are self-isolating.
Monday 26th September
Tuesday 27th September
Wednesday 28th September, 4pm to 6.30pm for new students
Parents Information letter
Tel: 01256 354141