Working together - Parents' and Guardians Guide
The difference between school and a College environment can seem enormous at first. There are a host of new routines and responsibilities to learn before a student even begins their chosen course of study. At Nescot, we believe that the best way to ease this transition is to provide quality student support and we also know that this support begins with parents and guardians. Small class sizes and individual tutor support ensure that every student can develop a close, professional relationship with teaching and support staff. But we also work with parents and carers to regularly communicate about progress, performance and attendance to develop a real partnership. While we want to encourage our students to become independent, capable young adults, we value the contribution of concerned parents and guardians, and you can contact your son or daughter's tutor at any time.
Your son or daughter will be invited to formally enrol at the College. They should bring their birth certificate or passport, certificates of any qualifications and means of payment for their course (if required). New students will have an individual interview with teaching staff and will also be assessed in literacy and numeracy. This is so we are aware of their current ability and can tailor their learning appropriately. They will also be given instructions for their first day.
Once term begins, each student will meet with their personal tutor and draw up a Learning Plan. This is an agreement between the student and the College and sets personalised goals for students to achieve in the term ahead. Teaching staff use these Learning Plans to track progress and you and your son or daughter will also be able to monitor their targets and progress. You will be invited to regular consultation evenings at the College where these achievements will be fully discussed with you.
You will first be invited to the College early in the first term, after courses have commenced. This gives you the opportunity to meet us and for you to learn about the college and your son or daughter's course and department. You will also be given details on how to contact tutors.
In addition to the course of study your son or daughter has chosen to pursue, there are many ways in which the college prepares your son or daughter for future success:
Literacy and Numeracy and ICT
These skills are vital for future success, so Nescot will provide your son or daughter with a formally accredited programme of study to help them present their work confidently and professionally.
The tutorial scheme at Nescot is designed to give your son or daughter an individually tailored learning experience. Every student has a personal tutor who can help with any queries they may have or support they may need.
Nescot uses cutting edge techniques to prepare our students for the modern workplace. Our online learning areas let students add to the information received in class and even contact their tutors when not in college.
Time Management and Attendance
Students are provided with timetables and learning plans, and encouraged to take responsibility for their own success with staff support. Every student is required to attend ALL lessons on their timetable, including Functional Skills, Tutorials and Enrichment. The college has Student Attendance Monitors (SAMs) who track attendance and help solve problems with getting to college. If a student is unable to attend college, they must contact their SAM to receive an absence code. When they return to the college they must use this code to have their absence authorised.
Holidays and routine medical appointments will not be authorised during term-time.
If your son or daughter is unable to attend college you must call 0208 394 8585 in the first instance.
Additional Learning Support
If your son or daughter has a learning difficulty or disability it is important that they indicate this on their application form. Nescot believes that every student should get the most out of their studies and college life so we offer very high levels of support and have correspondingly high expectations.
We can provide class-based or total one-to-one support and we have specially adapted learning areas, technology and exam provision. All this is delivered by expert staff, who have an outstanding track record in helping students attain their full potential.
Our security staff are key members of the college and maintain a high profile in the refectory and coffee shop areas. They work closely with the youth support team and are experienced in dealing with social and emotional difficulties. The college also has a clear child protection and welfare policy.
Student Services are based in the Central Wing of the College and encompass all the additional areas of help and guidance you and your son or daughter may need during their time at Nescot. The College provides expert education, career and financial advisors, a confidential counselling service and medical services, including a college nurse and visiting GP. All of these services are free to students.
Nescot's campus provides a host of facilities and expertise to help students develop into mature, rounded individuals.
The campus has extensive outdoor sports pitches and a modern, fully equipped gym and sports hall. We also have two working theatres and modern music technology and practice rooms. Expert instruction in a variety of activities is available to your son or daughter through our Enrichment options. Each student is required to pick an activity to pursue as part of this scheme and will have the chance to learn a new skill or continue an existing interest. Options range from photography and chess to football and street theatre so there really is something for everyone.
The College also has a key place in the local community and your son or daughter will be encouraged to use their skills in a wider context. We run many charity and community events throughout the year and have excellent links with local organisations and businesses.
The Refectory provides a choice of healthy and nutritious food, including hot and cold breakfast, lunch and dinner. A deli bar offers fresh baguettes, jacket potatoes and salads. The Starbucks coffee bar is open for drinks and snacks.