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Information for Parents/Carers of Year 2 Students

Introductory Emails from Teachers

Each teacher will be sending out an introductory email with key dates for the course and any suggested additional resources they feel would be useful (for example study guides).


We refer to the acronym VESPA to help students be successful at college. This framework helps us to have conversations about learning effectively.

  • Vision – when students are clear on where they are heading and what they want to achieve, they are more motivated to do well.
  • Effort – students should be doing at least 3 hours of independent study per subject per week, and no more than 12 hours of paid part-time work.
  • Systems – students are supported to plan their time effectively and to keep organised class notes for revision.
  • Practise – It is important that students regularly apply their learning in both formal tests (Key Assessments) but by reading around the subject to gain a wider perspective. Discussing topics at home can be very beneficial.

Attitude – specifically, this refers to how students respond to set-backs and challenges. We help them to build resilience and to learn from mistakes in order to improve.

Reporting Absence

Students should use the online self-reporting form to let the college know of any short-term absence. Longer term absences should be notified to Student Services and the Progress Coach. Please note the college will not authorise any holidays taken during term time. Good attendance is the single biggest factor determining success and we will follow up poor attendance. Parents will be sent a weekly automated email showing attendance for the previous week.


Progress Audits (reports), predicted grades and comments will be available to parents on ProPortal and not posted home. Students are encouraged to record any enrichment activity on ProPortal so it can be used in supportive references.


Students are expected to use this site in their Progression Planning session to prepare for next steps after leaving college. Parents can log on as a guest to see a restricted view of the site.

Careers Planning

Details of the Careers Programme and related events are available on the college website

Our Progression Manager, Andy Goodwin, can be contacted at We are always looking for new links with local employers for visits and work experience. Students who want to use the Pathway CTM service to help secure employment or apprenticeships should register at using the password path19


UCAS Applications

Students must allow sufficient time for UCAS applications to be checked and processed in order to meet the UCAS deadline on 15th January.

College Policies

Key college policies can be downloaded from the website

Key Dates

Term Dates can be found on the website here:

Reporting and Assessment Dates (Year 2)

  • Key Assessment 5 – W/B 1st October.  Exam style questions in class time
  • Progress Audit  – Report on ProPortal with predicted grades
  • Key Assessment 6 – W/B 20th January. Mock Exams for examined subjects. Collapsed timetable
  • Progress Audit – 15th Feb.  Written report on outcome of the mocks
  • Parent Consultations 25th and 26th Feb


If you have concerns about progress, please email the teacher, and/or Progress Coach.

Academic Support and Student Welfare

Click here for more information on Academic Support

Contact Tina Abbot on 01223 631100 or

Predicted Grades

Predicted Grades for UCAS were set at the end of the first year. There is an opportunity for predicted grades to be changed following Key Assessment 5 for A Levels. The predicted grade is made on the basis of ‘best grade based on evidence seen’. The full predicted grade policy is available on the website.