Priestley’s Local Offer

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

No. Priestley College is an inclusive mainstream 6th form college catering for 2100 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?

The admission criteria for entry onto college progammes is outlined for each subject o qualification in the College prospectus which is available on request from the College or by accessing the College website. In general terms, to join a Level 2 programme applicants should have a range of GCSEs at grades D and E with preferably one at grade C.To join a Level 3 programme applicants should have a minimum of 5 GCSE subjects at A* – C or equivalent.

All students who have not achieved a GCSE C grade in English and/or Maths. CSEs will be required to follow an appropriate programme in English and/or maths.

 

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

Name: Andrew Moores

Role: Marketing Officer

Telephone: 01925 6333591

Email: a.moores@priestley.ac.uk

 

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. 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). Lifts are situated in all buildings except for the Design Centre. Currently the number on roll is 2100 full time day time students. The College also has night time provision and outreach provision for adult learning.

The curriculum is open to all students who meet the entry requirements for their preferred options.   The College offers Level 2 vocational programmes and GCSEs in a limited range of subjects together with a comprehensive range Level 3 A level and vocational programmes.   Students who have not achieved Maths and/or English GCSE at grade C or above will be expected to work towards gaining these qualifications.

 

Teaching and Learning

Students with Statements or EHCPs studying at the College receive a wide range of support provision determined by their identified needs for which may include additional support in classrooms, use of the Study Support Base, additional sessions outside of the classroom or specialist resources, in addition to the support offered by Subject Tutors, Personal and Senior Tutors. There is a College Counsellor who is available three days a week.

All students have access to comprehensive range of additional support via Student Services which includes our Advice and Guidance Team. Those students who may be entitled to examination concessions are assessed by the in-house specialist assessors and applications based on the outcomes of the assessments are made to the Examination Board by the Exams Officer.

All students are taught by qualified staff who have the appropriate qualifications and who undertake on-going training.   Support assistants employed by the College also undertake appropriate on-going training to ensure that support is both effective and informed. Currently there are no staff trained in personal care.

 

Progress Monitoring and Review

College has a robust enrolment process which includes:

  • Open Evenings
  • On-line and paper based application systems
  • Access to advice telephone lines and email enquiries
  • Individual interview appointments
  • 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
  • Opportunities to visit during taster days
  • Guided registration interviews by teaching staff with study support advice where necessary
  • Comprehensive pastoral induction

 

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

 

Safeguarding

All staff are given regular safeguarding training and the College has two Safeguarding Officers. Risk assessments are carried out as necessary and as appropriate. The tutorial programme regularly up-dates students on key aspects of personal safety and responsibility for example internet safety.   A robust system of risk assessment is in place for both day time and residential visits off-site.

The College operates on a seven block timetable which means there are no set lunch or break times for staff and students.

Student breaks are taken as their individual timetable dictates. Students have the opportunity to leave the campus during the day when they are not timetabled to be in a lesson and are not required to be in College when off timetable.

 

Health

The College operates robust emergency procedures. Regular emergency evacuation drills are arranged.   The College has number of first aid trained staff.   There is a College counsellor who works three days a week and who liaises as appropriate with external agencies.   All students have access to Personal Tutors, Study Support and Student Services for advice and guidance on a range of matters. There are effective working partnerships with a range of external agencies delivering support to students.

Internal College Care Plans for students are produced for those with significant health care issues.   A medi-fridge and Medi-cabinet are available for storage of medication. Staff receive appropriate training to administer emergency medications for example EPI PENs

 

Communication

  • 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
  • Parents’ Consultation Evenings
  • College web site
  • Newsletters
  • Key Dates leaflets

 

Partnership and Cooperation

As above, plus:

  • Student Council and College Council
  • Student focus groups
  • College has effective relationships with a number of external agencies.
  • Where a student undertakes work placement as part of their programme appropriate liaison is undertaken with all employers including risk assessments.

 

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. The College does not make individual transport arrangements
  • Throughout the academic year the College provides appropriate support, information, advice and guidance to enable students to make decisions about progression to include university applications, apprenticeships and employment routes. Support is also available for those seeking part time employment during their studies.

 

Transition arrangements

  • Admissions and marketing team liaise with partner schools
  • Taster days including Welcome Day
  • Day/session visits and initial assessments where appropriate

 

Enrichment

There are a wide range of enrichment opportunities which may vary year on year, many take place during the College day whilst some sport and performance activities may take place after College and/or in the evenings. All students are encouraged to participate in enrichment activities both in and out of College to enhance life skills and extend opportunities. Students are encouraged to seek out work experience/opportunities and advised to commit to no more than 10 hours per week to ensure that there is no impact on their College progamme.

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