As a student at Bolton Sixth Form College, we put you at the heart of everything we do. We have high expectations and will do our very best to ensure that you enjoy both your academic studies and the wide variety of enrichment activities we offer. All our staff will support and guide you to achieve the best qualifications and experiences you can, to ensure that you are well prepared to move on to university or employment.
Your Pastoral Support Tutor will oversee all your progress and achievements; work closely with your teachers, parents or guardians and help to support you to manage your academic progress.
Tutor group sessions take place each week and are an important and compulsory part of your timetable. You will meet regularly with your Pastoral Support Tutor for one to one meetings to review your progress and to agree performance targets. Learning mentor support is available to help you develop advanced level study skills and provides access to specialist advice from external support agencies. The College is committed to your safety and wellbeing; the College’s Counsellor, chaplaincy and safeguarding staff are also part of the pastoral team.
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
The LRC team provide a breadth of support for your learning. The online resource library, student intranet and ‘Moodle’ virtual learning environment (VLE) complement the traditional range of books, journals and learning resources. Educational workshops, enrichment activities and practical help are available to help with researching for homework, coursework or assignments.
Student and Parent Portals
The Student Portal can be accessed anywhere through the College intranet or website and provides information and regular updates about your attendance, exams and performance reviews as well as your current timetable. The Parent Portal is available through our website and in addition to the information on your attendance and progress provides regular news updates and all your reviews for the year. A Parents’ Welcome Evening takes place in September where help is provided to register and log on to the Parents’ Portal in addition to the Parents’ Guide to the College.
Specific Learning Needs or Disabilities
If you have a specific learning difficulty or a disability requiring learning support, please ensure that you tell us about your needs when you apply. Early applications by the December prior to entry are needed to enable us to liaise directly with you, the staff in your school and your parents/guardians. This helps us to have a clear understanding of your support needs when we apply for specific additional learning support funding, where appropriate. Transition visits to College start whilst you are still in Year 11.
Arrangements for Religious Festivals
As a diverse, multi-faith community, the College recognises that students and their families will want to celebrate religious festivals when they occur. A day’s holiday is allowed if these festivals occur during the week in term time.