Pastoral Support — Solihull Sixth Form College

Pastoral Support

As well as academic coaching, pastoral support is offered to students in many areas, including the following:

Careers – based in the Learning Resource Centre in Kitson building, our Careers service assist students with the next step after College, be it university or employment. The department puts on events such as the Higher Education Fair and the Employment Fair to help support this work.

Academic Coaching – every student is allocated an academic coach, who guides each student in their studies, help them with UCAS applications and job applications and be available for advice and support.

Academic Coaching

Mental Health & Wellbeing At Solihull Sixth Form College, we aim to create a positive environment where students feel safe to talk about their mental health and wellbeing. This is led by our Mental Health Lead Bobbie Pidgeon.

Dyslexia, Disability and Individual Needs – The College is committed to ensuring that students with Specific Learning Difficulties, disabilities or other additional needs, including those in care and who are young carers themselves, are treated fairly and all reasonable adjustments to provision are made to allow them to reach their full potential. Our Additional Learning Team offers flexible support tailored to the individual student’s particular needs and is managed by our SEN Co-ordinator Caroline Sweeney ([email protected]).

Financial advice – based in the MIS office in Hampton building (near Main Reception), staff are available to advise students on the financial help that is available, which includes bursaries and the Free Meals scheme. Click the Financial advice title to find out more about this.

Counselling – The College offers a confidential counselling service. Students wishing to access this service are asked to email to be added to the list. Those making such a request will be offered an assessment appointment as soon as possible.

Student Development Office – The College has a Student Development Office, consisting of permanent staff and a student intern who supports students social activities and wellbeing. They support the work of the Student Council, student societies, the Student Health Ambassador Scheme and student events. the latter can include fundraising events and awareness campaigns.

Student Zone
Students are shown where to access the Student Zone when they come in for their Induction. Within this section of the website are pages devoted to rules and regulations, policies and key staff. Students are encouraged to look through this section to get more information and to check the appropriate sections if they have questions.

Young Adult Carers – the College has a dedicated member of staff to support Young Adult Carers, who are those who helps support someone in their family, or household who is disabled, mentally or physically ill, has a long term serious illness or has a substance misuse problem. Click the link to learn more.

Summit Base Camp – the Summit Learning Trust aims to ensure that all children and young people at academies that are part of the Trust have their basic needs met to enable them to achieve the highest levels of academic progress whilst being provided with a rich educational experience. These needs include the following:

  • Food to eat
  • Perfect uniform to wear
  • Hygiene and health care products and services available
  • A bed to sleep in
  • Equipment, and all revision materials for public examinations
  • Books to read for pleasure and to support their curriculum work
  • Digital equipment and platforms to enhance learning
  • A warm and safe environment during the academy day
  • Transport to be able to safely travel to their academy and to travel home where needed
  • Cultural experiences that will prepare them for later life

There is more information about Summit Base Camp on the Summit Learning Trust website.


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