Message from the Principal
Settling in to College / Keeping in Touch
Welcome Evenings and Progress Reports
September Welcome Evening
Autumn and Spring Term Progress Reports
Parent and Carer Satisfaction Survey
Contacting Parents and Carers
Key Contacts - A Level Team
Key Contacts - Vocational Team
Exams and Assessment
How to help your son or daughter succeed
At York College we value and respect all our students. We celebrate individual achievement and understand that our students are all different. Students should expect their time with us to be challenging, fulfilling, demanding and exciting. We work with our students to prepare them for further study and employment, and for the challenges ahead. Staff at York College work very hard to ensure that every student reaches their full potential and takes advantage of the opportunities available.
We will do everything possible to provide:
- the individual support students need to achieve and progress
- quality teaching with qualified, knowledgeable and experienced staff
- the best facilities in the region
- an environment where students feel safe, happy and healthy
- a valuable range of out of classroom activities to suit all interests
York College students go on to achieve great things, realise their ambitions and lead exciting and fulfilling lives. We all look forward to working with your son or daughter over the months and years to come.
Dr Alison Birkinshaw OBE
Principal and Chief Executive
Once your son/daughter/ward starts College we work with them closely to make sure they settle in to their studies and College life. We also know it is very important to keep in touch with you throughout the year so you feel as informed as possible about your child's progress and the various support services on offer.
Throughout your child/ward's time at College, you are kept informed and involved through a number of activities including:
- Monitoring – early November
- Parent / Carer evenings – autumn term
- Reports – sent out in February
- Calls/emails home when needed
These events provide an early opportunity to meet your child/ward's Progress Tutor, and receive their contact details eg College telephone number and email address.
Parent and Carer Evenings are held after receipt of your child/ward's Progress Report, providing an opportunity to discuss their progress and raise any concerns or issues you may have.
Parents and Carers are asked to take part in our Parent and Carer Satisfaction surveys. These are sent out with Progress Reports.
“As many parents know, we survey parents and carers of our students on a very regular basis so that we can understand quickly what we are doing well and what the College needs to improve. I am grateful for all the responses from parents to our last survey when they identified many ways in which the College was successfully supporting our students to achieve. However, we are keen to understand how we could improve communication further.
“I would urge any parent or carer who wishes to have further information from the College to just contact us by telephone, email or letter and we will respond to you as quickly as we can. Any parent can email me, as principal and I will attend to their concerns personally, or they can contact their child's progress tutor directly."
Alison Birkinshaw OBE
Principal and Chief Executive
We track students’ attendance and progress using a system called ProMonitor, which students can access through Proportal. This is also the key system that tutors and support staff use to communicate to each other about student progress, and allows students to see comments and information posted about them, and to them.
Students can access Proportal via the College’s Intranet using their network login details.
Students who are under the age of 18 or who are deemed to be a 'vulnerable adult' are informed that, as a condition of their enrolment, the College will ordinarily communicate with their parents or carers regarding the following:
- absence from College (activities)
- academic progress
- any matters of concern
Signing the College enrolment form implies your child/ward's consent to
communicate with you as their parents or carers.
In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, a student can withdraw their consent for the College to contact you but must follow the appropriate College procedures, as laid out in our Data Protection Policy.
If your child/ward reaches the age of 18 whilst completing their course, the College will continue to contact you until the student withdraws their consent using the College's procedures.
In the event of your child/ward withdrawing their consent for us to contact you, the College will send a final communication to you confirming that this withdrawal of consent has taken place. Students are made aware of the implications of such a decision.
Students who withdraw their consent to contact parents or carers must provide the College with an emergency contact; the individual named as the emergency contact should know that they have been named and confirm that they are happy to act in that capacity.
Students' attendance is monitored for each lesson. If your child/ward does not attend a lesson, and they have not notified their tutors that they will be absent, our Attendance and Retention Liaison Officers will ring you. If you cannot be reached, a letter will be sent out and a disciplinary hearing may be arranged.
If your child/ward is unable to attend College due to any reason (illness, lateness or unforeseen circumstances) please call 01904 770399 preferably by 12noon on each day of absence.
To contact you son or daughter’s tutor please use ‘initial and surname’ @yorkcollege.ac.uk
AS Level Exams
There is a week of mock exams 11-15 January 2016.
At the end of their first year (Year 12), all students are entered for AS exams in all of their subjects, whether they count towards their A Level or not.
After AS exams in May and June, we start back with 4-5 weeks of A2. Students need to attend this in order to progress to the second year!
Students then formally enrol onto their A2 courses in August after they’ve received their AS results.
A2 exams begin on 6th June and finish on 28th June 2016
Vocational Exams and Assessment
Vocational exams are ad hoc so their Personal Tutors will notify student of these dates.
- Encourage them to arrive to lessons on time
- Make sure they have all the notes, books, kit and PPE they need
- Ensure they do their homework. Their tutor will help with any difficulties
- The library & departmental resources are available and should be used – please check that this is happening
- Work must always be original – discourage copying other people’s work as this
- Help to support them with their organisational skills, and let us know if you feel the need extra input from tutors