Updated 10th January 2017
York College works closely with Virtual Heads, Social Workers, parents/carers and other support staff to ensure that students in care (looked-after-children aged 16-18) or leaving care (over 18) are given the best chance to succeed no matter their circumstances.
Prior to joining college prospective students aged 16-17 can visit college as part of the Local Authority’s Summer School package for Looked-after-Children. This more personalised event takes place away from the crowds of main open days and will include a tour and time to ask specific questions to support staff to ensure the best possible preparation for college life.
Once a young person enrols we will endeavour, with permission, to work with allocated social workers, parents/carers and all others involved to update the post-16 Personal Education Plan for those in care, and to attend care review meetings. We will also aim to keep everybody updated with key progress throughout the year.
All students falling into in the looked-after or leaving care category are guaranteed a bursary that offers additional financial support throughout college. This can be arranged through the Funding Team with a letter from the local authority confirming their status.
Finally, a dedicated person is available at college to offer additional extra support if or when it’s needed.