Parent Bulletin

Keep up to date with what’s going on at the College. This Bulletin will be regularly updated with key dates and information we think parents need to know.

13/12/17: The College was closed on Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 December due to inclement weather, but is open on Wednesday 13 December. The College campus car park and paths has been cleared of snow and public transport is largely back to normal. See our Inclement Weather Policy for more information.

05/12/17: Term finishes at 12.30pm on Tuesday 19 December. The Christmas and New Year holidays go on until Tuesday 2 January inclusive. Lessons resume on Wednesday 3 January.

27/11/17: Parents can keep up-to-date with important College dates, including Term Dates, Parents Evenings dates, Staff Developments Days and other days when there are no lessons, by viewing the Dates for your Diary page.

21/11/17: Don’t forget, parents can download a copy of the Handbook for Parents from the website. Please note, the PDF downloads are not available to those using Microsoft Edge – please use a different browser or email Marketing to get a copy emailed to you.

20/11/17: The College is holding an Interview Day for new applicants on Monday 8 January. Please note that lessons continue for all Year 12 students and all BTEC students (both Year 12 and Year 13). Year 13 A level students are on exam leave during that week.

15/11/17: If your son or daughter is thinking about taking a Gap year and doing some voluntary work, encourage them to apply for the Kitson Awards for Services to the Community. This is a bursary fund that students can apply for to help fund their voluntary work in the UK or abroad. There will be an information meeting about this on Friday 1 December.

07/11/17: Subject parents evenings take place on Thursday 23 and Wednesday 29 November, as well as Tuesday 5 December. Information about these events is being sent out to parents. If you have queries, please call 0121 704 2581 and ask for the Central Admin Office.

30/10/17: There are no lessons on Thursday 9 November due to an Interview Day taking place at the College for new applicants applying for September 2018. Teaching will resume on Friday 10 November.

27/10/17: The College operates an internal deadline for students to complete their UCAS applications and that date is Monday 13 November. This is to give staff enough time to do references and advise students on improvements that should be made to Personal Statements so that the application is as good as it can be before it goes to universities. Two academic coaching seminars before half-term took place to help students with this process, but students are asked to talk to their academic coaches if they need more assistance. Please also understand that staff are potentially dealing with lots of UCAS applications from lots of different students all at once, so patience is needed if the application is not processed immediately. The UCAS deadline is 15 January and the College’s early internal deadline is set to ensure there is no risk of applications being processed late by staff.

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