Information for Parents & Carers

Welcome to our parents and carers information page. We hope you will find the following information useful when supporting your child onto post-16 study.

At the College we recognise that young people who have passed the age of 16 expect to be regarded as young adults. It is important that they are given greater responsibility as part of the maturing process. Parents still, however, have a very important role to play at this stage, and we are keen to develop close contacts with parents to keep them fully informed of progress.

What is a Study Programme?

All full-time students are enrolled on a Study Programme. This consists of a main qualification, some key skills (English, Maths and Information Technology, dependent on level of qualification previously achieved) and an enrichment activity designed to broaden their experiences. This will entail attending classes for between 18 and 21 hours per week, depending on the programme. Additional time will be expected to be spent within the College learning resource centres completing assignments and other assessed work.

Contact With Parents or Careers and Others

It is College policy that staff may contact named parents and guardians of students under the age of 18 to discuss academic progress, attendance and conduct.

What support and personal development will my son / daughter receive?

All students are assigned a Personal Development Tutor (PDT) at the start of term who will remain their tutor for their two years at the College. PDTs monitor both academic and personal progress and an appointment can be made by students at any time for guidance and support. Students meet with their PDT weekly as a group and twice a term minimum for individual progress reviews. Tutorial time covers several areas including careers guidance, social education, and a system for individual student reviewing and target setting.

What sort of workload is my son/daughter likely to have?

Every student is issued with a personal timetable. They are expected to attend punctually all timetabled subject lessons, Personal Development Tutor sessions and enrichment, as well as interviews arranged for them.
You may expect your son/daughter to have work to do on most evenings in the week. It is recommended that students following a Level 2 or 3 course should spend about fifteen hours per week on private study. This private study may consist of set exercises, essays, and completion of past examination papers, presentations, note making or reading.

What is expected of my son/daughter in terms of attendance?

All students are expected to maintain excellent attendance in all their classes. If students are absent for any reason they should call their Attendance Officer to log their absence.  They are then expected to complete a self-certification form on their return to College, accompanied by a letter from their parent/guardian. In some circumstances, absence can thus be categorised as ‘authorised’. This must be handed to their Attendance Officer within two working days of return to College.

What if my son/daughter requires additional learning support?

The Learner Services Department provides any extra help with English, Maths and/or Study Skills that any student might need to succeed. Where a student has a learning difficulty and/or disability, a specialist assessment can be arranged to ensure that the right type of support is in place.

To find out more about the support we offer to students, please see the Student Support pages.

Will my son/daughter receive careers guidance and help with applying to university?

The dedicated team of Careers Advisors and Personal Development Tutors provide individual advice and guidance to all students intending to progress to University. During the summer term of the first year all students attend dedicated Higher Education preparation workshops led by University admissions officers. These are designed to help them with the application process and the completion of their personal statements.

All UCAS applications are thoroughly vetted before they are submitted.

My son/daughter wants to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or for a demanding university course such as Medicine. What support is available?

Cheshire College – South & West offers an Honours Programme designed to offer specific support to those students who achieve mostly As and A*s at GCSE.

What advice do you give about part-time work?

Part-time jobs may provide benefits to students, financially, personally and socially. It is important, however, to keep a sense of proportion and not allow commitment to a job to interfere with college work. We would recommend that 8 hours a week is the maximum that a student should spend on part-time work, particularly at exam preparation time.

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