Student Support


We pride ourselves on providing a first class pastoral care system.

Progress tutors

From the moment you join college, you will be assigned a progress tutor who will be responsible for your progression and welfare at college. You will meet with your tutor and tutor group each week and follow an active programme which aims to support your studies and prepare you for your next step on to university or employment.

Parents are introduced to progress tutors early in the first term. We then keep parents informed through regular reports and through access to an online portal where your subject performance can be continually monitored.

Careers guidance

In the second year, tutor groups are split according to students’ particular progression needs; higher education, apprenticeships or careers. The college has a fully-trained careers advisor who is on-hand to provide relevant, up-to-date guidance to students on the opportunities available to them through local training providers and in the world of work.

We have excellent links with employers across the Tees Valley, from schools and hospitals to law firms and accountancy practices, aswell as a dedicated Work Experience Coordinator whose responsibility it is to secure professional placements for students. For many competitive careers, like veterinary science, dentistry and teaching, for example, work experience is required for entry into higher education. We work closely with students wanting to progress into these sectors to ensure these placements are secured in advance of applying to university.

All students interested in progressing to university are offered the chance to visit Open Days, from residential visits to Oxford and Cambridge, trips to Russell Group institutions and taster sessions at Teesside and Sunderland.

The college also works closely with the local authority and Youth Direction service to provide additional support for students unsure of their next step.

Equal opportunities and safeguarding policies

We support differently-abled people both in and out of the classroom, throughout the full range of courses we offer. Before you enrol, we offer information on the support available to you and an assessment of your personal needs. Once you are a student, we can offer academic support and more specialist support for dealing with the development of communication, numeracy, ICT skills, English for speakers of other languages, help for dyslexic students and much more.

The college has an Equality and Diversity Policy and we aim to ensure that no member of the college suffers from prejudice or discrimination in any form. We welcome applications from students with learning difficulties/disabilities and we try to make the transition from school to college as smooth as possible for all students.

Our formal disability statement tells you more about how we can help students overcome any difficulty or disability, so each student’s time at college is successful.

Examination arrangements

If you qualify for extra time in exams, we ask the Examining Body in advance to consider and agree to any special arrangements.

Counselling

The college employs a counsellor for times when a student may want to speak to someone outside of the college, on a confidential basis.