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Life at College

Student Support/Services


Every student in College is part of a small coaching group that meets weekly for mutual support, advice and guidance.  The coach establishes a close working relationship with their small group of students through weekly meeting and one to one appointments within those meetings.  Progress is reviewed, targets set and the coach will help their students to access all of the support they need.

Additional Support is also available:

Study Support Coach

There is considerable support for students with special study needs. We have a Study Support Coach, Roger Brock, who is a trained specialist in helping students with difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia. 

For more general study support our Learning Facilitators can help with general study skills or offer 'catch up' programmes. The Learning Mentors are based in the Learning Zone.

The Zone is a very popular state –of- the- art facility for students with a disability, serious illness or injury. Students returning to College following surgery or serious illness find it useful as a place to rest and study during their free periods, alongside students who are stressed or just need time to relax.

Learning Facilitators

Working within the Learning Zone, the Learning Facilitators can assist with study skills, proof-reading of coursework, general numeracy, literacy and organisation.  Sessions can be timetabled or accessed on a drop-in basis.

College Counsellors

The College provides trained counsellors on site for students. This is a free, confidential service aimed at helping students if they are facing difficulties which they feel uncomfortable talking to their parents/guardians or coach about.

Appointments can be made on:
tel: 01708 514 476

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team (SEND)

The College SENCO and SEND Team work alongside students with specific requirements in the following ways:

  • Supporting smooth transitions, including work around EHCP’s
  • Specialist interviews (in conjunction with senior staff members)
  • Assistance with movement around the College
  • Classroom support (eg note taking)
  • The purchase and maintenance of specialist equipment
  • Assistance with personal needs if required
  • Enrichment activities to support preparation for adulthood.
  • Accompanying students on trips
  • Ensuring special arrangements for examinations
  • Liaison between tutors, coaches, support staff, parents and external agencies

The Zone

The Zone is a state-of-the-art facility offering holistic support for our students. This includes an IT suite and study space for academic study and showering and toilet facilities  and a comfortable resting space for students with special educational needs, disabilities, illness or injury. 

The Zone is managed by the SEND team, who have considerable experience in supporting students with additional needs. Other kinds of support available at the College include:

  • Lift access
  • Most of the College is wheelchair accessible
  • Induction loop system
  • 'Text Help' is available on a number of computers
  • Parking is available for students with disabilities
  • Assessments for students with additional support needs (eg exam concessions)