During your time at Runshaw, you may find that particular difficulties arise which prevent you from performing at your very best and you may need support from someone other than your Personal Tutor.

On the A-Level programme, we have a team of specialist support staff who are led by the Heads of Studies whose sole responsibility is to ensure that every student is supported to achieve their full potential. Our team of Pastoral Support Tutors and Learning Mentors are trained and equipped to provide the support and guidance that will get you back on track.

This may just be for one or two weeks, or longer if necessary. They will liaise with your subject tutors and, if required, external agencies and other support functions within the college to ensure you get the appropriate support to help you to achieve your goals.

Personal Tutor

When you join Runshaw you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. Your tutor will guide you through your course, support you through any difficult times and, above all, celebrate your successes. Your Personal Tutor will help you to settle into college and agree an individual action plan with you to help you to meet your targets. They will carefully monitor your progress and help you with careers guidance, choosing university courses, study skills, health issues and developing your progress file.

Parent – College Relationship

We believe that your parents or guardians will play a vital role in ensuring your success at the college and we are committed to maintaining a productive and successful relationship with them. We will communicate with them on a regular basis and will always welcome enquiries about your progress or any concerns.

Parents will receive:

  • an invitation to an induction progress evening to meet their child’s personal tutor
  • prompt contact in the event of poor attendance or progress
  • an invitation to attend progress evenings in each academic year
  • a higher education guidance evening during the first year
  • a progress update every half term released via the Communication Portal
  • the opportunity to join a parents’ focus group which meets to discuss new developments and any concerns

Also see our College Policies for more information.