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Family support

At college, we recognise that there are times when our families need additional advice and support. With this in mind, we created our Learner and Family Support team. The team supports welfare issues, such as accessing social care, and options for learners transitioning from college.  

The involvement of parents and carers is essential in helping learners make good progress. The more closely that college and homework together, the more effective learning can take place. 

We provide parents and carers with full and regular updates on their young person’s progress and arrange many informal and formal opportunities for parents and carers to visit the college. These include: 


Transition reviews 

These meetings are held very early in the last year of college life to plan for the next stage of a young person’s life. In reality, for this to be successful, there should be an ongoing conversation between family and college from the very early days of college.  

The Learner and Family Support Team are able to provide advice on the options available after college and will support learners and their families to access their preferred onward placement. For more information see our Transitions Guide. You can also contact our Transitions Officer, Sancha Cadogan Poole on


Annual reviews 

This is a meeting to review and agree progress and set targets for the following year. We also use this meeting to update the learner’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, if necessary. 


College events 

All parents and carers are invited to attend a range of events throughout the year to celebrate our learners’ achievements. 


Parent newsletters 

Newsletters are sent out once per term to inform families about the learning for the term and offer advice on how to support learning at home.