Supporting you

Whatever your background or circumstances, we believe that any student studying at Kirklees College deserves a rewarding educational experience. An experience that can create opportunities, change lives and can lead to an exciting future.

Get in touch

Contact us regarding any support related queries by email or telephone; we are here to help you achieve the very best during your time at Kirklees College.

How can we support you?

When you start college, our dedicated team will work with you to make sure you feel safe, supported and are successful in your studies.

You will have access to a huge range of internal support including:

  • Progress Coaches
  • Student Engagement, Curriculum Learning and Apprenticeship Mentors
  • Co-ordinators for vulnerable groups such as Care Leavers or looked after students
  • Financial support
  • Careers advice
  • Safeguarding
  • Counselling
  • Chaplaincy
  • Additional learning support

With specific support for Young Parents, Young Carers and estranged students.

Your progression, achievement and development is important to us; we work with employers, parents and carers to ensure you get the support you need to achieve your goals. 

We believe in the importance of a person’s health and wellbeing which is why we actively support and promote this to all our students.

Students have access to our free counselling service. We employ an excellent team of skilled professionals who can help you get back on track should you need support to deal with difficult and challenging times in your life.

  • Our Counsellors can help to deal with anxiety and depression, or cope with relationship problems, loneliness, troubles at home or whatever it is that’s worrying you.
  • Our Counsellors are non-judgmental, respectful of all views and open to all our students.
  • Students will also be supported to access external mental health and wellbeing services if needed.
  • There is an on-site gym supported by our programme of health and wellbeing activities such as mindfulness and meditation.

Strong quality and diversity practices are at the very heart of what we do, allowing us to offer our high-quality education and training to all our students, staff and the local communities.

The Kirklees College values include:

  • Inclusion
  • Nurturing
  • Supportive
  • Pride
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Excellence

These values are embedded in all our activities including supporting students to achieve their goals.

Care Leavers

If you are a young person aged 16 – 25 who is or has been looked after in public care at some point since the age of 14 we are here to support you, if you need it, to make the transition and enjoy a rewarding educational experience.

As a Care Leaver student, you will be supported by the College Care Co-ordinators team, whom you can meet before starting your course and will support you throughout your time at Kirklees.

They will work with other members of college staff to maximise your learning and arrange access to the following if required:

  • Additional Learning Support
  • Careers and Progression Advice
  • Counselling
  • Financial Support
  • Transport Support and Advice
  • Liaison with appropriate agencies
  • Advocacy for a range of situations including entry and on course requirements
  • Peer mentoring

Young parents are considered to be mothers, fathers or those that are due to give birth and are under 18 years old.


You can disclose whether you are a young parent/pregnant prior to joining college, or at any point during your study programme.


We guarantee that any disclosure of your pregnancy will be treated with respect and confidentiality, especially regarding your wishes about informing parents and/or support agencies, except if there are concerns around safeguarding.



We are not here to judge you, but for us to be able to support appropriately, we will ask following questions such as:

  • Has the pregnancy been confirmed?
  • Do you need any support with getting the pregnancy confirmed?
  • Who else have you spoken to?

Progress Coaches will work with personal tutors, lecturers, and other relevant staff to ensure that you are fully supported in the following areas:

  • Referrals to Young Peoples Support Services if required.
  • Provide you with support and continued liaison throughout antenatal and postnatal phases.
  • Support through ‘Care to Learn’ applications.
  • Authorising absence for your antenatal appointments/scans, including young father’s attendance.
  • Support in the planning of any activities which have to be missed due to pregnancy or parenting.
  • Where possible, we will look to plan flexible timetables.
  • Support Health and Safety issues in college with an appropriate risk assessment completed.
  • Offered support and understanding if you suffer from competing pressures of pregnancy, parenting and education

Children in care are referred to as ‘Children looked after’.

A child is ‘looked after’ if they are in the care of the local authority for more than 24 hours. A child will stop being ‘looked after’ when they are either adopted, returned home or turn 18 and the local authority will continue to support children leaving care at 18 until they reach 25.

As a child looked after student, you will be supported by the College Care Co-ordinators who you can talk to before joining the College, and who will be there throughout your study programme to support progression.

They will work with Carers, Progress Coaches, Personal Tutors, Lecturers and other relevant staff to ensure you are fully supported and can access the following:

  • Additional Learning Support
  • Careers and Progression Advice
  • Counselling
  • Financial Support
  • Transport Support and Advice
  • Liaison with appropriate agencies
  • Advocacy for a range of situations including entry and on course requirements

Young carers are considered as children and young people (under 18) whose lives are affected by looking after someone at home.

As a young carer, you will carry out tasks and responsibilities that are additional to those appropriate for someone of your age.

The person you care for may have one or more of the following:

  • Physical disability
  • Mental Health issues
  • Learning difficulties
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Long-term illness

Progress Coaches can provide you with support throughout your study programme, and you can meet them before starting your course.

They will work with personal tutors, lecturers, and other relevant staff to ensure you are fully supported and can access the following:

  • Additional learning support
  • Careers and Progression advice
  • Counselling
  • Financial support
  • Transport support and advice
  • Liaison with appropriate agencies

We will endeavour to ensure that parents/guardians can access college for open evenings and progression days. If this is not possible, we will consider how alternative arrangements can be made to keep a communication link.

Are you living without the support of a family?

Fill in the form below and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your support options.

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Financial Support

Kirklees College offers a range of support funds to help
students overcome any financial problems that may prevent them from studying.

Costs such as travel or meals may stop some students from joining or continuing a course or programme. The Financial Support Team can offer advice on financial matters and help in applying for any available grants or funding.

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Kirklees College is committed to delivering the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014. We embrace our statutory duty to fulfil our obligations under the SEND Code of Practice for those aged up to 25 and are committed to making every effort to meet your support needs.

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