Looked-after children

Here at College we know that some students have had different experiences to many of their peers.  We understand that coming to college is a new start and you may not want to be identified as a care leaver or looked-after child.  All of our support is confidential and discreet and only key members of our welfare team will have this information.  Virtually all the support outlined here is available to every student in our College.

We recognise that there may be particular challenges for students who have been in a ‘looked-after’ environment and we offer the following support:

Financial support

The Guaranteed Bursary is a sum of £1,200 per year for those learners aged between 16 and 18 years, who the Government class as 'vulnerable':

  • care leavers
  • learners looked after by the Local Authority
  • young parents in receipt of income support
  • learners living independently and in receipt of income support
  • disabled learners in receipt of ESA and DLA benefits. 

Those eligible for the Guaranteed Bursary will have their transport and some equipment costs covered.  Payments will be issued to learners on a weekly basis and can also be used to cover some living expenses.  Kirsten Halvorsen, our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, oversees the arrangements for this award.

Support for you

We are unique in the way we support our students in the pastoral care we offer.  All students are provided with a specialist Personal Tutor who has the job of supporting them throughout their time with us.  As a care leaver or looked-after child you will be paired up with one of our Tutors who has had specific experience with this type of care. Assistant Principal for Pastoral, Matt Smith coordinates the team who work with these students. 

Career advice and guidance

Our award winning Prospects team will be able to support you with arrangements for work experience, volunteering and planning for the future.  To find out more about the assistance available, click here.

Moving to a new college

You may be joining us with a group of friends, perhaps from one of our partner schools, however more than half of our applicants come from other schools and colleges with various different experiences.  We have a number of opportunities which will help you settle in quickly and allow you to get to know new people and make new friendship groups.  One of the keys to this is the enrichment programme which offers clubs and societies outside of lesson time.  They are too numerous to mention, but you can find out more here.

College counsellors

We have a full-time team of independent counsellors.  We know that some students feel worried about the range of choices and options that face them as they move towards independence.  Sometimes it is good to discuss these things with someone who isn’t a teacher or carer. Click here to find out more.

We want to support our students towards an independent life and we will simply be pointing you in the direction of help if you need it.