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Study Support at Priestley is based on the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre. Our friendly and experienced team includes:

• Learning Support Manager

• Learning Support Tutor

• Learning Support Assistants

We can provide advice, guidance and support at any point during your time at College, to aid you in your studies and to help you to achieve success.

Study support is flexible, tailored to your needs, and is aimed at all levels. We can help you with structuring your assignments, getting your ideas down on paper, improving your spelling, helping you to get organised, managing your deadlines and workload, revision and exam techniques or in any other area you would like support. Sessions can be weekly, a short course of sessions, a single session, or drop in when needed, according to which you would prefer.

If you have a disability or learning difficulty such as dyslexia, we recommend that you contact us early to allow us to fully discuss your needs with you. We are experienced in supporting students with a wide range of difficulties and disabilities.

We have specialist members of staff with qualifications and expertise in dyslexia and disability, and can give regular one-to-one sessions to support your studies and develop your skills, depending on your needs. We also provide in-class support where required.

Should you need exam concessions, we can assess your needs and organise arrangements such as extra time, use of a word processor, scribe or a separate room. If you already have a report from an Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher, or evidence of exam concessions at school, we can organise the recommended arrangements once we have a copy.

If English is your second language, we can offer regular one-to-one sessions and ESOL workshops to support you in your studies and to improve your English.

 

Priestley College’s Local Offer

Does the post 16 setting specialise in meeting the needs of young people with a particular type of LDD?

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream 6th form College catering for 2200 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a range of Level 2, and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. There is no specialist provision.

Priestley is unable to offer Level 1 Programmes.

Priestley does not offer a timetabled/accredited Life-skills programme.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

What is the admission criteria for the college?

Students applying to Priestley will have usually followed a GCSE or equivalent programme and will be expected to meet the entry requirements for the preferred options they are applying for.

The admission criteria for entry onto college programmes is outlined for each subject or qualification in the College prospectus which is available on request from the College or by accessing the College website.

In general Level 2 programmes require at least an average GCSE point score of 3, equivalent average grade of E and preferably one subject at grade C.

Level 3 programmes usually require a minimum of 5 GCSE subjects at grades A* – C. Students studying at Priestley have the option to combine BTEC and A-Level studies.

All students who have not achieved a C grade at English and/or Maths GCSEs must follow a suitable programme focusing on attaining the required grades. Non–compliance with this requirement will forfeit any offer to study at the College.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Name and contact details of the person/role responsible for maintaining details of the Local Offer

Name: Andrew Moores

Role: Marketing Officer

Telephone: 01925 633591

Email: a.moores@priestley.ac.uk

 

Name: Judith Grant

Role: Study Support Manager

Telephone: 01925 633591 (Ext 259)

Email: j.grant@priestley.ac.uk

 

Adult Education

Telephone: 01925 624455

Email: adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk

 

Admissions

Telephone: 01925 415415

Email: admissions@priestley.ac.uk

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Accessibility and Inclusion

Priestley College is an inclusive sixth form College located in Stockton Heath and served by local transport links and College bus services. It is not an enclosed campus and students are able to leave site during non-timetabled sessions throughout the day. Disabled access parking and disabled access toilet facilities are available to both staff and students (however, there are currently no personal care, shower and hoist facilities available). Automatic doors are in place in all College buildings except for the Design Centre. Lifts are situated in all buildings except for the Design Centre. Currently the number on roll is 2070 full time, day time students.

Unless there are very exceptional circumstances all students are required to be full time equivalent and there is no option to attend on a part time basis.

Priestley offers no option for home tuition.                                                                                                                                                                  

The College also has an evening provision for adult learning in both Functional and GCSE Maths, Functional and GCSE English and GCSE Science.

The College also has adult day time provision for Functional skills Maths (Entry 1 – Level 2), English and ICT. 

The curriculum is open to all students who meet the entry requirements for their preferred options. The College offers some Level 2 vocational programmes and a comprehensive range of Level 3, A level and vocational programmes, these can be chosen in combination to suit individual needs and aspirations. Students who have not achieved Maths and/or English GCSE at grade C or above will be expected to work towards gaining these qualifications.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Teaching and Learning

All students are taught by specialist 16 – 19 teachers and there are a number of specialists in each area to support students and who undertake appropriate on-going training. Support Assistants employed by the College also undertake appropriate on-going training. Currently there are no staff trained in personal care.

All staff have high academic standards and expectations in a caring adult learning environment, including dedicated tutorial times.

All students can access Study Support throughout their time at College.

Students with current EHCP’s or specific learning needs studying at the College can access a wide range of support provision. This is determined by their identified needs and where appropriate these may be recognised and supported by their local authority. This may include; additional support in classrooms, use of the Study Support Base, LRC, additional sessions outside of the classroom in addition to the support offered by subject tutors, personal and senior tutors and any appropriate resources or access arrangements necessary. All students have access to a College counsellor by appointment who is available two days a week. All students have access to a comprehensive range of support via the Student Services department and personal / progress tutor including;

  • Specialist guidance for UCAS and University entrants.
  • Specialist guidance on apprenticeships.
  • Careers guidance and employment opportunities.
  • Bursary and financial guidance.
  • Contact with specialist services.

Those students previously entitled to examination concessions must be re-assessed on entry to College by the in-house specialist assessors as they are moving to a new examination centre. New referrals for access arrangements will go through the same process. Assessments are referred to the national JCQ (CIC) examination body for confirmation and award of any concessions or access arrangements.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Progress Monitoring and Review

College has a robust enrolment process which includes:

  • Open Evenings & Events – An opportunity to visit the campus, talk to students and teachers and find out more about the courses and enrichment opportunities. Our planned Open Events for this year are available on the College website.
  • Application packs are available from Student Services and the Admissions office at the College or can be downloaded from the College website. Each year there is an application deadline which is available from the College website.
  • Interview evenings – All applicants are invited to interview. Dates for the current year are published on the College website.
  • Welcome Day – Students who have accepted a place at Priestley are invited to attend late in the summer term. Date is published on the College website.
  • Choices Day – Arranged for students wishing to discuss options following GCSE results day. Please see the College website.
  • Registration – Students receive an individual appointment to register their place at College during their Welcome Day experience which is then confirmed via post.
  • Access to our two full time careers advisers for advice and guidance.
  • Access to Study Support advice and guidance.
  • Individual appointments and visits on request.
  • Guided registration interviews by teaching staff with Study Support advice where necessary.
  • Comprehensive pastoral induction.
  • Where appropriate an individualised transition programme is arranged in the summer term following the GCSE examination programme.

 

On-course monitoring and progress review:

  • All students on entry are made aware of the College expectations.
  • All students set SMART targets for each subject area to compliment the review process.
  • Early induction Parents’ events.
  • All performance monitoring information, including attendance and punctuality, is available to parents on Parent Quay and to students on Student Quay.
  • Contact between personal/progress/senior tutors and parents as necessary and appropriate.
  • Regular progress reviews and target setting as indicated on the Key Dates leaflets.
  • Parents’ Consultation Evenings.
  • Student progression and review days.
  • All students are reviewed via College QUAY systems on an ongoing basis including those students with SEND and any issues or concerns highlighted are responded to with appropriate involvement from any involved staff or appropriate external agency as necessary. The student and parents/carers where appropriate, will always be involved in this process.
  • Students with EHCP’s will have a formal annual review.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

On-course monitoring and progress review:

Early induction parents’ evening

All performance monitoring information is available to parents on Parent Quay and to students on Student Quay

Contact between personal/senior tutors and parents as necessary and appropriate

Regular progress reviews and target setting as indicated on the Key Dates leaflets

Reports and performance monitoring data

Parents’ Consultation Evenings

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Safeguarding

All staff are given regular safeguarding training including updates as and when appropriate and the College has two named Safeguarding Officers. All College staff have taken part in a PREVENT training programme which is updated as necessary. College has a robust Single Equality scheme, which is available from the College website.

There is a College named Health and Safety officer overseeing all aspects of the College campus and the health, safety and well-being of all College campus users. College emergency evacuation procedures are in place and rehearsed regularly. Personal evacuation plans are generated for individuals where necessary and appropriate.

Staff and students are all required to wear their personal ID cards at all times on the College campus.

A trained first-aid team are on call on site throughout the College day.

Risk assessments are carried out as necessary and as appropriate for a range of College and individual circumstances. Robust risk assessments are also carried out for student trips, visits and activities both onsite, offsite and residential.

The Personal Tutorial Programme regularly updates students on all key aspects of personal and collective safety and current issues. Including PREVENT and hate crime, safeguarding, drug and alcohol awareness, health and welfare topics.

College has a robust e-safety policy and awareness programme.

College has a named “Looked After Child” member of staff.

The College operates on a block timetable which means there are no set lunch or break times for staff and students. Lunch times are arranged by the student to fit in with their individual timetable. Students have the opportunity to leave the campus during free periods and are not required to be in College when off timetable. Unless there are very exceptional circumstances, there is no lunch time supervision.

College has an excellent relationship with external agencies who are able to support vulnerable students or students causing concern.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Health

All students have access to personal/progress tutors, Study Support and Student Services for advice and guidance on a range of matters.  Students who make a disclosure about a health concern or issue are advised that this information becomes a health note on their personal profile.

Students with significant health care issues generate a Health Care Plan with Study Support for distribution to involved staff. This identifies the disclosed issues and concerns, the appropriate/necessary response that may be required and the preferred strategies and interventions to support the student.

A medi-fridge and medi-cabinet are available for storage of medication. Unless there are very exceptional circumstances students are expected to self-manage their medication in College. Staff receive appropriate training to administer emergency medications such as Epi-pens.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Communication

College has a very effective communication system using all aspects of College QUAY coordinating communications between staff, students, parents/carers where appropriate, support staff and business staff. Further opportunities for communication include:

  • Early induction Parents’ events.
  • All performance monitoring information, including attendance and punctuality, is available to parents on Parent Quay and to students on Student Quay.
  • Contact between personal/progress/senior tutors and parents as necessary and appropriate.
  • Regular progress reviews and target setting as indicated on the Key Dates leaflets.
  • Parents’ Consultation Evenings.
  • Student Progression and Review Days.
  • All students are reviewed via College QUAY systems on an ongoing basis including those students with SEND and any issues or concerns highlighted are responded to with appropriate involvement from any involved staff or appropriate external agency as necessary. The student, and parents/carers where appropriate, will always be involved in this process.
  • College website.
  • College Facebook account.
  • College Twitter account.
  • College YouTube channel.
  • Regular newsletters.
  • Student Bulletin.
  • Student briefings.
  • Key Dates leaflets.
  • Student Tracking System.
  • College text and email system.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Partnership and Cooperation

As above, plus:

 

Student Council and College Council.

Student focus groups.

Governors including staff, student and parent governors.

Students on interview panels.

College has effective relationships with a number of external agencies to include;

  • Local schools, business & industry for teaching, learning and work experience opportunities.
  • Universities, colleges and other educational establishments for progression opportunities.
  • Apprenticeship providers & employment opportunities locally and nationally.
  • Health and wellbeing organisations, such as Glyss, CAMHS, Phase, MacMillan.
  • Police and Community Officers.
  • Social Services.
  • Family Partnership.
  • Local Education Authorities including SEND Staff.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Help and Support available

In addition to the information above in different categories College:

  • Sends out timely information about bursary funding, free school meals and transport costs. College does not make individual transport arrangements.
  • Throughout the academic year College provides appropriate support, information, advice and guidance to enable students to make decisions about progression to include University applications, apprenticeships and employment routes.

Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream sixth form college catering for 2,100 students aged 16-19+ undertaking a limited range of Level 2 and a greater range of Level 3 programmes. The College supports students with a range of learning disabilities and health needs.

Transition arrangements

  • Admissions and marketing team liaise with partner schools.
  • Attendance at EHC Reviews.
  • Open Events.
  • Taster days including Welcome Day.
  • Individual transition programmes organised by Study Support where appropriate.
  • Admissions team liaise with students and Parents/Carers where appropriate in regard of admission arrangements and information.
  • Liaison with External agencies where appropriate.
  • Choices Event.
  • Individual tours and consultations with staff by appointment.

* Information correct as of 01/07/2016