Progression

Going to university or college is one of the biggest investments you can make. Most students do not need to pay any tuition fees up-front, as you could be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan.

There are also grants and loans to help with living costs, such as rent, food, books, transport and entertainment. It is likely that different institutions will charge different fees for similarly titled courses.

Therefore it is important that you are clear on how much you will be paying for the course prior to submitting an application.

You can start by viewing this short video > http://bit.ly/2lOnIQx

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UCAS Extra

An additional choice is available if your son or daughter needs it. If your son or daughter has been unsuccessful with all five of their choices, or if they decided to decline all their offers, they needn’t wait for Clearing.

UCAS Extra is their opportunity to apply for a new course and it’s available now. Your son or daughter will know whether they can use Extra because they’ll see the option to add an Extra choice in UCAS Track.

If they are eligible, it’s important for them to think carefully about what they want to apply for before they enter the details in Track, as they can add only one choice.

However, if the university or college turns them down before Extra closes they will have the opportunity to add a new choice.

Clearing preparation before results day

Results day is a stressful time and you need to prepare for all outcomes.  Hopefully you will achieve the grades needed to ensure you meet the university/course entry requirements and you will receive confirmation from UCAS that you have secured your place.  If you don’t achieve the courses entry requirements you will need to be prepared for UCAS Clearing. 

 

Before Results Day

You should have completed a course search on the UCAS course search tool and research courses that interest you that are available in clearing.  These will be clearly marked on the search tool.  You need to check entry requirements, course content, university location and anything else that you considered important on your original university course search back in June-January of your UCAS application.

 

On Results Day

You will need details like your clearing number-this can be found on UCAS Track once you log in.  You will also need your UCAS number and your qualifications/grades.  You will need to ring the university admissions team of the university that you are interested in applying to through the clearing process.  It is important you have completed prior research into the university and courses through clearing as the discussion over the phone with the admissions tutors is essentially a telephone interview.  You need to sell yourself and impress the admissions tutors that you have completed your research about their course.  You will need to answer questions like: Q. Why are you suited to the particular course?  Q.  Tell me what you know and what interests you about our course?  Q.  Tell me about yourself, your skills, your qualifications etc?

On results day we have an experienced team of advisors on hand to guide and assist you through the clearing process if you need it.  Help will be available including land lines for you to contact universities on in one of the sports classrooms off the mail sports hall.

Please follow the link below for more clearing details on the UCAS site:  https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/ucas-undergraduate-results

 

Consider options

Research is just as important now as it was when your son or daughter first applied. They should take time to look at the courses with vacancies in Extra, and decide which they would like to apply for.

They can find out about each course using Course Search on the UCAS website.

Those with vacancies are listed with an ‘x’ alongside them. They may want to apply for similar courses to before, although they don’t have to.

Their extra choice can be any course they like, although the university or college they choose will see their original personal statement and reference, both of which will probably talk about their suitability for their original choices.

If your son or daughter originally applied for very competitive courses, they might want to consider some related or alternative subjects. They should speak to their teachers, careers advisers or the universities and colleges themselves for help on this.

 

Check course availability

Once your son or daughter has found a course they want to apply for, they should get in touch with the university or college to check whether there are still vacancies.

If there are, they can add the details of the choice in Track. UCAS will then send their application to the university or college for them to consider. If your son or daughter is offered a place, they can choose whether or not to accept it. The deadline for doing this will appear in Track.

If they do accept an offer, they are committed to it, which means they can’t apply anywhere else. If they decline an offer, or the university or college decides not to make an offer, they can apply for a different choice through Extra – providing there’s still time. In this case their Extra button in Track will be reactivated.

They can also apply for a different choice if they haven’t received a decision from their Extra choice within 21 days of applying to them. Extra isn’t the last opportunity to secure a place for this year.

If your son or daughter isn’t holding an offer by mid-July then they’ll be eligible to use Clearing once they have their exam results. This is another opportunity for them to apply for courses with vacancies, once the universities and colleges have confirmed the places they’ve offered during the year.

 

parents guide to university

Parents’ guide to university

http://university.which.co.uk/advice/university-parent-guide As a parent, you’re likely to be one of the most important and trusted sources of information and advice to your son or daughter when they’re applying to university.

Click on the link above to access the free 24-page guide containing everything you need to support your child – from university choices to student finance.

 

Preparing a personal statement

As part of the UCAS application process you are asked to complete a personal statement. This is your opportunity to ‘sell’ yourself to universities and show how and why you are a good candidate for your chosen course. A well written application may convince a university to make you an offer, or invite you to an interview.

Many people find it difficult to write about themselves, particularly their own strengths, so don’t worry if you’re struggling for ideas. You can use this guide to help ensure you write a great personal statement > Guide to writing a personal statement

 

Apprenticeships

Hundreds of Priestley students continue on to top apprenticeships every year as they pursue their dream careers.

In recent years our students have gone on to work with the likes of Barclays, Jaguar, Fujitsu and United Utilities, to name just a few.

At least one has become an apprentice nuclear engineer while others have started their working life as trainee estate agents, accountants, child carers and sports coaches. We take great pride in the number of former students who have found apprenticeships and jobs.

A lot of these jobs and placements have been achieved through the sheer hard work of students and also the strong links that Priestley enjoys with businesses in Warrington and Halton.

It is vital that young people are prepared for life either at university or in the workplace and Priestley delivers both. Former students have secured posts or training across a diverse range of subjects including IT, hairdressing, photography and care work.

One recently started training to become a teacher in China while other former Priestley learners have joined the Royal Marines, Warrington Borough Council, Warrington NHS and Bank of America.

 

Not going to university?

http://movingonmagazine.co.uk/

“Discover careers and qualifications information with Moving On”

The notgoingtouni website has links to live apprenticeship opportunities and so again, is a great tool for students to access. The link to this is below.

http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

Key Dates

AS & Year 1 Advanced/Level 3 Vocational Students

This leaflet outlines important information that will help you to achieve your full potential whilst you are a student with us. You will find details of term dates, parents’ evenings and reports, examination dates and our expectations in terms of attendance. If you have any questions about the information here please contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance or Student Services. We aim to ensure that your time at Priestley is as enjoyable and as productive as possible and that requires commitment from you, your parents or guardians, and us. Please keep this information safe and we will update you of any changes as they occur during the year. Key dates – AS and Yr 1

A2 & Year 2 Advanced/Level 3 Vocational Students

Congratulations on making it to the second year of your course at Priestley College. This leaflet outlines important information that will help you to achieve your full potential whilst you are a student with us. You will find details of term dates, parents’ evenings and reports, examination dates and our expectations in terms of attendance. If you have any questions about the information here please contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance or Student Services. We aim to ensure that your time at Priestley is as enjoyable and as productive as possible and that requires commitment from you, your parents or carers, and us. As you progress through the year you will no doubt be making plans to move on to university or employment, and we have also included some key dates linked to progression. Please keep this information safe and we will update you of any changes as they occur during the year. Key dates – A2 Yr 2

Intermediate (Level 1 and 2 Students)

This leaflet outlines important information that will help you to achieve your full potential whilst you are a student with us. You will find details of term dates, parents’ evenings, performance monitoring dates, reports, examination dates and our expectations in terms of attendance. If you have any questions about the information here please contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance or Student Services. We aim to ensure that your time at Priestley is as enjoyable and as productive as possible and that requires commitment from you, your parents or carers, and us. Please keep this information safe and we will update you of any changes as they occur during the year. Key dates – Level 2

Bursaries

Every year, since the introduction of the Bursary Fund, the College has been able to offer the following bursaries to support many students:

 

Vulnerable Learner Bursaries

 

These were worth £1,200 in addition to Free School Meals and were available to young people in care or who were care leavers or who were in receipt of certain state benefits.

 

Core Bursaries

 

Worth up to £10 per week, plus Free School Meals for those young people whose parents/carers receive certain benefits or where family income is below £16,190. Many students in this category will also receive a Travel Bursary also worth up to £10 per week.

 

Mainstream Bursaries

 

These are for those whose family income is between £16,191 and £21,000 per year.

Bursary Funds can be used to support with costs e.g. Travel, meals, equipment, materials, course related trips and visits, UCAS applications, sport activities and/or one off emergencies.

 

PETT Bursaries

 

In 2012 we set up our own Charitable Trust, Priestley Education and Training Trust (PETT) with the aim to raise funds to support those students in most need. Students can apply for a PETT Bursary to help them through short term financial hardship.

 

Bursaries for 2015

 

If you have any questions and/or concerns about financial support please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Team or Student Services. For more information about the bursaries you could be entitled to please click on the link below..

Priestley bursaries and free school meals

Free School Meals and Bursary application form

 

Government information on student finance

Student_Finance_Leaflet

Parent guide to performance monitoring

This guide sets out to explain the ways in which the college regularly checks on student progress while also attempting to raise standards of achievement. We feel it is important that parents know about the systems and procedures we use since the critical factor for students’ success is the effective working together of students, teachers and parents. Monitoring Progress

REGISTERING FOR ONLINE PAYMENTS

Please find a link below explaining how to register for the new online payment system.  (Requires PDF reader)

Online payment scheme

REPORTING ILLNESS / ABSENCE

Please read the following letter about reporting if your son or daughter has measles or Chickenpox > Reporting measles or chickenpox At Priestley College we expect 100 per cent attendance at all timetabled sessions. All the evidence suggests that those students who sustain a high level of attendance will be more successful with both coursework and exams. To help us monitor attendance an electronic register is taken at every timetabled session and we regularly produce attendance reports.

If students know they are going to be absent from College it is their responsibility to let the College know and can do this by —

  • Informing Personal Tutors/Subject Tutors/Student Services in advance
  • Telephoning the absence hotline on 01925 624450
  • Emailing student.absence@priestley.ac.uk

If students do not let College know of reasons for absence they are likely to be contacted by our Student Trackers, who may call or email home during the day or evening.

UCAS Tariff

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017.
For more details go to..
https://www.ucas.com/advisers/guides-and-resources/tariff-2017

Newsletters

Click on the link below for our latest parent newsletter. For previous editions go to the download section of the website.

Year 1 AS / Level 3

Year 2 A2 / Level 3

Level 2

Parent Induction Questionnaire

We are committed to constantly making our services better and the answers you give to these questions will be taken very seriously.

This can be anonymous but if you do complete the questionnaire by February 28 and tell us your son’s/daughter’s name you will be entered into a prize draw for £50 of high street vouchers. If you have any problems logging on please contact Duncan Cathie on d.cathie@priestley.ac.uk

FIRST YEARS

SECOND YEARS

The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT)

EDUCATION in Warrington has entered an exciting new phase after the official formation of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT).

Priestley College, Bridgewater and Penketh high schools became the first members of the Trust on Monday (May 1).

“This is the start of a new and exciting chapter for education in Warrington,” said Matthew Grant, Principal of Priestley College and TCAT’s Chief Executive.

“Our goal will be to develop closer relationships with schools, employers, universities and the local authority to further improve the prospects and outcomes for all young people in Warrington.”

In the next stage of the process Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High, Beamont Collegiate Academy, Great Sankey Primary and Penketh South Primary are also due to join TCAT.

When they do the academy trust will become the UK’s first to include a faith school, sixth form college, primary and high schools.

“Nationally we are leading the way in terms of the Trust’s inclusivity,” said Matthew.

“Priestley College and the schools within the Trust will retain their own ethos and individuality so in some ways staff, parents and pupils will not notice any change.

“However, this move does present us with a greater opportunity to share best practice and the chance to save money that can be ploughed directly back into the education of our young people.”

There will be no feeder schools within the academy, meaning pupils at the member schools will not be given priority for places.

Priestley College will still welcome students from all schools in Warrington and beyond including Runcorn, Widnes and Northwich.

“This is not about selective education or us as individual organisations,” said Matthew Grant.

“It is about a philosophy of working together to improve the outcomes for young people and meeting their needs as individuals.”

Among the benefits of becoming an academy trust will be new VAT exemption for the sixth form college together with a stronger negotiating position for all members when ordering and purchasing. Any savings will be put back into educational resources.

“The goal of every member of The Challenge Academy Trust is to raise standards across Warrington and we will be working hard to achieve this over the coming years,” said Matthew.

It is with great sadness that I write to formally inform you of the sudden death of one of our much loved and dedicated teachers, Ann Fones.
A number of students and parents have already been informed that Ann passed away suddenly on 11 June. She had worked at Priestley for 15 years and had taught both adult and full time students during her time with us. She will be particularly remembered for her work with our BTEC Level 2 students and with those taking A Level Art.

We have been informed by Ann’s family that her funeral will take place at Altrincham Crematorium next Tuesday 27 June at 1.30pm.

We will, as a mark of respect, be closing the Art Department on that day and any student, past or present, who knew Ann is welcome to attend. Students who may miss lessons outside of Art and Design should inform their Personal/Progress Tutor if they intend to attend the funeral. Unfortunately we are unable to provide transport for students.

A number of other colleagues who have worked closely with Ann may also wish to attend her funeral and we will let students know by 3pm on Monday if other classes are likely to be affected on the Tuesday afternoon.

Ann’s family have let us know that those wishing to make donations in Ann’s memory are invited to contribute to the Save the Children fund. We believe a just giving page will be set up but we do not have the details at this time.

Last night, 20 June, this year’s Art Exhibition was launched, and it is a magnificent tribute to the work of Ann and her colleagues. Please do call in to see the exhibition at some point over the next couple of weeks.