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.

Virtual Parent/Carer Information Evening

Missed our information evening? Catch up with our webinar!

Has your child already applied for a course to start in September or are they unsure of what they want to study? Catch up with the recording of our Virtual Parent/Carer Information Evening to get the information you need.

At our Virtual Parent/Carer Information Evening, we presented a short webinar to provide further information about college life and expectations, the support available and how you will be kept informed about your child’s progress at college.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Student Recruitment Team on 01484 437092 or email sturec@kirkleescollege.ac.uk

Virtual Parent/Carer Information Evenings

These events will be hosted by our Vice Principal and Assistant Principal team. They will provide further information about college life and expectations, the support available and how you will be kept informed about your childs progress at college.

Letter and emails have gone out to all applicants holding an offer who are in Year 11. They are not subject or centre specific, general information.
Book online. Links in letter and email.

Which Virtual Parent/Carer Information Evening will you be attending?

You will need Microsoft Teams installed on your device in order to join one of our sessions.

Joining on a mobile device

If you are using your mobile device to join us you will need to download the Microsoft Teams app. Head to the App Store, search Microsoft Teams and download, once downloaded come back to this page and click on the URL link below a few minutes before the event is due to start.

Joining on a Laptop

If you are joining us on a laptop once you have clicked on the link, “click watch on the web instead” then click “join anonymously” when prompted. If you need further help or more information on how to join our live webinars please call 01484 437070.

Trouble downloading Microsoft Teams on an Android device?

If you are having trouble downloading Microsoft Teams on your Android device, this short video will explain how to overcome the error and get connected https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/cert

Virtual Parent/Carer Information Evenings

Wednesday 7 July

5:30pm-7:00pm

Thursday 8 July

5:30pm-7:00pm

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.

We’re delighted to reopen our doors and welcome people back to our November Open Days! All Huddersfield centres – Saturday 6 November 10:30am-12:30pm, Dewsbury centres –  Wednesday 10 November 5:30pm-7:30pm. Book your ticket today.

Visit our virtual resources page to find out more information and take video tours of our centres.

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions are an excellent way for students to try a subject area before they enrol on a course. Our taster sessions are available to years 9 – 13, and would normally take place in college either during the school day or in a twilight session after school. Due to the current restrictions we are having to do things differently and are currently creating some virtual sessions that will provide you with information about a specific subject area, useful websites to look at and a task that to get involved in.

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.