Student Support

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

  • Dedicated Progress Mentor for every student, with direct phone and email contact
  • Timetabled session with their Progress 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

Progress Mentors

When you join Runshaw you will be assigned a Progress Mentor who will guide you through your course, support you through any difficult times and, above all, celebrate your successes. Progress 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.

Progress 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 Progress 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 Progress 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

Click below if you are a carer of a current student and to see our Parents & Carers Handbook which also includes our list of key dates for the current academic year. See our College Policies for more information.