Parents & Carers

Working Together Parents & Carers Booklet

Studying with Kirklees College

Our students are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We strive to deliver a fun, safe and inspirational learning environment for everyone, students, teachers and parents/carers, by working together to build a supportive partnership that create opportunities and changes lives.

To create a fulfilling learning experience there must be rules and guidelines. These are set out in our Code of Conduct and Student Charter, which our students receive when they start. It’s important that they understand these rules and guidelines and our expectations of them.

We appreciate that as parent/carers, helping to make decisions about career choices and further study can be daunting and you may have questions.

We are here to support you through the process, enabling you to help make the right choices at the right time.

We pride ourselves in being a college of opportunity and we offer a wide range of vocational courses not readily available at school sixth forms. Our courses are underpinned by strong links with employers, providing students with work experience opportunities to help prepare them for work.

We offer an inclusive learning environment where we celebrate diversity, embrace challenge, encourage success and enable opportunity, all positive stepping stones for our students as they work towards building a rewarding future.

Programmes and Open Days

Which way now? We offer a wide range of options – but which one is right? Our team is here to support you make the right choice.

PAD (Progression, Achievement and Development) is a students personal learning journey supported by a dedicated Progress Coach focusing on their individual progress, needs and goals.

Open days are an excellent opportunity to get a real feel for what our College offers, from courses to fantastic facilities and passionate teaching staff.

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Taster Sessions

Choosing the right course is really important, and we are keen to help you make the right choice, which is why our Taster Sessions are an excellent way to gain some practical experience of a course being considered. Aimed at pupils in Year 10 and 11, these session are free, but places must be booked in advance and you will need your school’s permission to attend.

Reporting an Absence

We operate an absent reporting procedure, known as “Miss IT Miss Out” (MIMO). Students are expected to report and take ownership of their own absence, we do however appreciate that this is not always possible and that a Parent/Carer will inform us of a student’s absence.

If an absence is not reported then this will be classed and registered as unauthorised and text sent to the student and parent/carer.

We expect a high level of attendance from our students. It’s important for their wellbeing and progression and demonstrates value and respect for their education and those providing it.

Via Text

Text 07860097457 before the first lesson of the day using ONE of the following buzz words:

Sick

When you are unwell

Stuck

Problems with getting to college due to transport.

Medical

Doctor, hospital, dental appointments

Formal

NUS business, probation, court appearance, job interview

Late

If you are delayed coming into college

Respect

Bereavement/Funeral of close family member

Using ONE of the Text BUZZ words above, send your text using this format: MEDICAL(space)enrolment number
Example: MEDICAL 110275

Reporting an absence

You can also call or email the college to report an absence, but please make sure you do this by 8:45am.

Everything you need to know

As a parent/carer you can review the progress of a student through the parent portal. To gain access to this you need to be the first next of kin contact registered on our system and have provided an email address so we can send you your unique log in details. If you wish to enable a second parent access please contact us.  

 

We hold parent/carer evenings twice a year and you can contact the study programme leader (SPL) any time to discuss progress over the phone.

The ‘miss it miss out’ system is in place to report any planned or unplanned absences. You can email, phone or text to report absence or unexpected lateness. Find the email, phone number or text number here

Please contact the study programme leader (SPL) or the curriculum Progress Coach if a student wants to discuss changing courses. The college career’s service is also available by appointment, students can book an appointment at college

Students that are aged 16-18 without a grade C or above in their GCSE English and Maths must continue to study these subjects as part of their study programme.

 

This is government legislation and applies to all students irrespective of which institution they study at.

As a parent/carer of a Kirklees College student, it’s important that you are kept up to date with your child’s progress and development, all of which we discuss at our parents’ evening.  You’ll receive a letter inviting you to attend, and when and where the evening will be.

 

Click here to book online

Find out about our enrolment process and when the next enrolment dates are go to our enrolment page here

The College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Polly Harrow, Assistant Principal Safeguarding & Inclusion. Deputy Designated Safeguarding leads are Nathan Shaw (ext 7372) and Rory Hillas (ext 2409). Alternatively, if a student feels they or someone else is at risk they can speak to any member of staff who will help them.

Any student can apply for the college bursary for support with travel costs, equipment, childcare, trips and free meals. This is means tested – find out more at Financial Support

Quite often a complaint can be resolved at an informal level.  If you e-mail your complaint to the college or telephone you will be advised about the formal and informal complaints process.

Should wish to make a formal complaint, please download the complaints form and policy here and Email us here

We work hard to deliver additional benefits and opportunities to our students to enrich their learning experience and become more confident when choosing their next steps.
To help us continue, we ask that full time and substantial part time students make a contribution to support these benefits:

  • Access to work experience and employment opportunities
  • Participation in:, Enterprise and Skills competitions; Reward and recognition awards and events
  • Enrolment lanyards /student card
  • £5 print credit 
  • Access to Free Wifi
KC Volunteers

  • This is our voluntary work service scheme, which helps students gain valuable experience working with charities and experience to create a stronger CV

It’s important that our students have access to wide range of support should they feel they need it, including additional support from learning assistants and mentors. We also offer a confidential counselling service.

Go our support page here

Our Commitment to you

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Ofsted Report

It’s GOOD news for Kirklees College as we have been awarded a Grade 2 (Good) for the second time in recognition for the achievement and progress that learners make whilst studying with us. Inspectors said the college had maintained the good quality provision and outcomes achieved by students and apprentices.

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