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.

15/08/17: Students moving from Year 12 into Year 13 do not automatically enrol. From 6.00am on Thursday 17 August, Year 13 enrolment will be open on Tyber. A small number of students may find that online enrolment is not open to them. This is usually because of exam results or being on a behaviour contract and these students are asked to come into College to discuss their enrolment. Some students will already have had enrolment appointments booked for them; while others can book appointments through Tyber. If any student has any difficulty, please telephone 0121 704 2581.

10/08/17: A level results will be published on Tyber from 6.00am on Thursday 17 August. In the event that any student requires advice on their progression to university or the Clearing system, senior staff will be available in the Learning Resource Centre from 8.30am. Students are welcome in College from this time and should go straight to the LRC to see a member of staff. There will also be a number of local universities in College, who can offer more advice and may even be able to make offers.

06/07/17: End of Term Arrangements: Please note that lessons continue until 1.30pm on Monday 17 July. The last day of term is Tuesday 18 July, but this date has been set aside for one-to-one meetings with academic coaches and other staff to take place. While not all students will have appointments, all students must make themselves available on this date, should a meeting be required, as these meetings may be necessary in order for students to progress into Year 13.

12/06/17: Parents/carers are invited to attend our ‘Next Step’ Higher Education presentations on 29 June 2017 and 4 July 2017. These HE talks are for parents/carers of Year 12 students who may wish to apply to university. The presentation outlines the support for HE applications that can be offered by both you and the College. Parking is available from 5pm onwards. Please note that places for these events are limited and strictly available to parents/carers only. To reserve your place please email centraladmin@solihullsfc.ac.uk by Friday 23 June student and carers name and a contact telephone number. Places will be issued on a first come first served basis.

09/06/17: Parents/carers are invited to attend our Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeship Fair on Thursday 29 June. The Fair is open to parents and carers between 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Our Fair is very well supported by exhibitors and students. 72 universities will be in attendance in addition to gap year and studying abroad organisations, and 18 employers offering sponsored degree/higher level apprenticeship opportunities. A video with details of the Fair is available to view. Please note parking is not available for the Fair, with the exception of disabled parking, for blue badge holders only. To reserve your place please email centraladmin@solihullsfc.ac.uk by Friday 23 June student and carers name and a contact telephone number. Places will be issued on a first come first served basis.

23/05/17: Lessons finish on Thursday (25 May) for half-term. This is because Friday 26 May is a Staff Training Day. Monday 6 June is also a Staff Training Day, so lessons resume after half-term on Tuesday 6 June.

19/05/17: We are well into exam season now and some students may be feeling under a bit more pressure than usual. The College offers support to students who are experiencing stress or anxiety. This includes students being able to access the confidential College Counselling provision, or access drop-in support via their academic coaches, the Additional Learning Support team and the Student Development team. We can support exam access arrangements as necessary and offer a quiet place for students to study and/or to have some quiet time to get back on track. Speak to your son/daughter’s academic coach in the first instance if you want advice.

11/05/17: New students are being invited into College to have a taster in each of their prospective courses on Friday 30 June or Monday 3 July. Invitations will be sent out to students holding an offer in the next two weeks. The timetable for existing students will be suspended on these two days to allow this event to take place.

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