Hadlow College

Information for care leavers progressing to Hadlow College:

Who can help you from the College? Hadlow College has a Designated Member of Staff for Children in Care and Care Leavers. James Cluskey is the link  – you can contact James by email: james.cluskey@hadlow.ac.uk
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Who will help me when I am a student? We know that some care leavers may face difficulties in coming to college and succeeding to the best of their ability. You may face financial worries or problems at home. You may need support building confidence or, from time to time, may need emotional support.

 

Some of the types of support on offer include:· Meetings with the dedicated member of staff to listen to you and your personal situation.· Help in applying for available financial support.· Advice with filling out forms.· Help with study skills.· Help in paying your travel expenses if you need to attend open days etc.· Work with your local authority Key Worker, with your agreement, to provide the best possible service to you.· Information to you of events and workshops and any new initiatives that may be of interest to you.

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Application and Interviews Once we have received your application form, we check we have all the information we need. Remember you will need to include the names of two references, one of whom should be from your last education provider. You will be invited for an interview with the course tutor. After your interview you may be offered an unconditional or conditional place based on your GCSE results. Don’t worry if you don’t get the results you hoped for, we may offer you a place or look at a place on an alternative course.
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Enrolment Over the summer you will be sent joining instructions and details of what will happen at the start of term. Enrolment normally takes place at the beginning of September if you are receiving exam results in August and if they do not turn out as you had hoped, then do not panic. If they are close to the original requirements then the offer may stand. If not, our Admissions Office will do their best to place you on a different level course in the same subject area.
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Induction During the first 6 weeks of the first term, the young person may feel that the programme isn’t quite right for them, or the environment may not be best suited to meet their needs. If this is the case, you can speak to; your tutor, Careers advisor or the DMS as soon as possible to discuss this and consider other options.
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Care Leaver Bursary We offer some financial support to Children in Care and Care Leavers you can apply for funding from the Vulnerable Young Persons Bursary (VYP Bursary). This is up to £1200 for the year paid monthly over 10 months, students are expected to achieve 93% attendance in order to receive your payment. If your attendance drops below 93%, I will invite you for a meeting to address this to avoid your payments being stopped. You can also apply for help with course related costs such as uniform or PPE. You can apply for the VYP Bursary on our Financial Support Application Form.
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PEPs PEP meetings will usually be held at Hadlow College. The information recorded from the PEP will be uploaded to your ePEP where there is a section for you to complete. You will have at least 2 PEP meetings during the year at college the first in November and the second around April time.
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English and Maths We are committed to helping all students achieve a Level 2 qualification in these important areas and you will be required to sit a functional skills or GCSE examination in English and Maths, if you have not achieved a grade A-C in these subjects previously.
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Progress Check out the course level progression chart in the prospectus. We have courses from Foundation and level 1, up to Degree or even a Masters. Your course tutors will monitor your progress on the course.
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Health & Well Being Going to college can be daunting. We offer a wide range of support and guidance, go to our prospectus for more information on how you can feel supported.
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Deborah Stanton
Student Support Manager
deborahstanton@westkent.ac.uk

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