Pastoral Support

We are proud of the exceptional pastoral support that Runshaw offers including:

· Dedicated Pastoral Mentor for every student, with direct phone and email contact

· Timetabled session with their Pastoral Mentor every week

· Regular 1 to 1 meetings to ensure students are happy and making good progress

· Specialist programme office provides for many student needs in one place

· Safeguarding officer and a team of college counsellors

· Experienced student volunteers supporting new students

· Sophisticated online tracking and monitoring systems ensure swift actions for any concerns

· Progression advisors available to guide students regarding their next step after college

Runshaw’s support for students has been graded as ‘outstanding’ in our last three inspections. In a recent Ofsted good practice visit, our support was described as “in a different league”. In the student survey this year, students rated the support they receive as “excellent”.

Pastoral Mentors

When you join Runshaw you will be assigned a Pastoral Mentor who will guide you through your course, support you through any difficult times and, above all, celebrate your successes. Pastoral Mentors 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 with careers guidance, choosing university courses, study skills, health issues and developing employability skills.

Pastoral Mentors 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 Mentors are trained and equipped to provide the support and guidance that will help you to stay on track if you encounter any difficulties. They will liaise with your subject tutors and, if required, external agencies and other support functions within the college to ensure that you get the appropriate support you need to achieve your goals.

Parent – College Relationship

We believe that parents and guardians will play a vital role in ensuring student 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 student progress or concerns.

Parents and guardians will receive:

· an invitation to a welcome evening to meet their child’s Pastoral Mentor and to find out more about college life

· prompt contact in the event of poor attendance or progress

· an invitation to attend progress evenings in each academic year

· higher education guidance

· a progress update every half term released via the Communication Portal

See our College Policies for more information.

See our Parents & Carers Handbook 2019/20 for our list of key dates for the 2019/20 academic year.