- General Principles
1.1 As a popular and oversubscribed college, this admissions policy aims to meet the needs of as many young people as possible who wish to study at Runshaw whilst prioritising:
- firstly, the needs of Runshaw students progressing internally and
- secondly, pupils attending our partner high schools in South Ribble and Chorley and our partner high schools in other areas which have long-established progression to Runshaw.
Our current list of partner high schools is available on request and is reviewed annually.
Any reserve partner school from which we receive more than 10 applications or enquiries for 3 years will be considered for partner school status. Equally, any existing partner school from which we receive fewer than 10 applications 3 years in a row will lead to a review of that school’s partner school status.
1.2 Applications from pupils attending other, reserve-partner high schools are welcomed but such applicants will only be enrolled on to courses if there are vacancies after the needs of applicants from partner high schools have been met. Possible exceptions where a reserve partner student may be granted the equivalent of partner applicant status are as follows:
- Any student who can evidence they are moving (or have moved) to live in Chorley or South Ribble
- Any student who lives with a step parent in Chorley or South Ribble
- Any student who is in care or has been in care (a care leaver) will be granted partner high school (PHS) status.
- Any student who is the son/daughter of a member of current Runshaw staff.
- A student who has had siblings, in the last 10 years, who have completed courses at Runshaw.
- Any student who has an exceptional practical or academic talent e.g. music, sport, performance, whose presence at the college could, in the judgement of the College, be to the benefit of other Runshaw students.
In all of the above cases, the Deputy Principal responsible for college admissions will be responsible for deciding whether or not to grant partner applicant status.
1.3 Applicants from partner high schools and internal applicants must meet our requirements regarding application deadlines. PHS pupils must apply by 1st April in the year of entry and must accept an offer of a place in writing within two weeks of the offer being made to them. Applicants who meet these deadlines will be guaranteed a place at the college provided they meet the course entry requirements, and are available to enrol on at least one of the enrolment dates stated on the application form.
1.4 Applicants from partner high schools who do not apply by 1st April will be regarded as late applicants.
1.5 Applicants from partner high schools who apply by 1st April but who do not respond to the offer of a place will be sent a reminder* providing them with a further chance to respond to the offer. If the applicant accepts the offer within two weeks, they will be guaranteed a place at the college provided they meet the course entry requirements.
Applicants who do not respond within two weeks will be regarded as late applicants.
*The reminder letter will make clear the responsibility of the applicant to ensure a response is received by the College within two weeks. It will also spell out clearly the result of not responding within the two week period.
1.6 Applicants from reserve-partner high schools must also apply before 1st April and reply to any offer within two weeks. It will be made clear to them that a place for them at Runshaw depends upon vacancies existing after the enrolment of students from partner high schools.
If these students do not reply to an offer within two weeks, the same process will occur as described in 1.5. The reminder letter will again make clear that a place at Runshaw is conditional upon vacancies existing after the enrolment of students from partner high schools.
1.7 For students who do not meet the conditions listed above, i.e. they are not Runshaw students progressing internally and they are not applicants from partner high schools who have met the deadlines above, priority will be given in the order as follows provided there are places available:
- applicants from reserve-partner high schools, who applied for level 1 and 2 courses before 1 April and responded to an offer within the set deadlines, up to the target numbers of places on these courses
- applicants from reserve-partner high schools, who applied for advanced level courses before1 April and responded to an offer within the set deadlines; within this group, we will give priority to the best qualified applicants for their chosen course to A level courses and Advanced Vocational courses respectively in terms of their examination results at GCSE and other level 2 qualifications;
- late applicants who applied after 1 April
- applicants who were offered a place but turned it down or who did not respond to the offer within the deadlines described above but who subsequently expressed a wish to enrol on to a Runshaw course.
The procedure for administering applications is available on request.
1.8 Applicants seeking admission to a study programme after the beginning of the academic year will not normally be considered.
1.9 Appeals against an admissions decision should be made in writing to the Schools’ Liaison Manager who will conduct an investigation and communicate the outcome. Students, parents or carers who remain dissatisfied may use the College’s complaints procedure.
1.10 Applicants to Runshaw will be made aware that the College’s standards include very high expectations of behaviour and attendance, a dress code, a no-smoking policy** and no parking for student cars except in the most exceptional circumstances such as disability or health issues***. Further information can be supplied on request by prospective students or their parents.
Smoking is only permitted in the College smoking shelter, which is situated at the end of the Rydal car park.
Students are, therefore, asked not to smoke in the immediate vicinity of the College buildings, on Langdale Road or in the local neighbourhood, as this tends to create litter and offends our neighbours.
Anyone found to be smoking outside of the smoking shelter and in one of the areas listed above, may receive a formal disciplinary warning.
Any bicycles on the Langdale Road campus should be left in the racks outside the Eskdale or Rydal Building, firmly secured, with a chain and padlock. At other campuses, receptionists will advise. Bicycles should be covered by insurance in case of damage, or theft, which can be obtained as an extension of an existing house contents policy.
At Runshaw College, we want to take responsibility for the protection of our environment, and so we encourage all our students to travel to college by bus. Dedicated college buses provide a safe, convenient and environmentally-friendly way to get to and from college. The bus network is very extensive and serves all our catchment area. Bus pass costs are significantly reduced through a large college subsidy. Bus passes and timetables can be obtained from Student Services.
There is very limited car parking for students at Runshaw College.
Car parking permits are issued to students exceptionally and solely based on the grounds of the essential need (disability, medical condition, or health issues) of each applicant. The issue of a parking permit is subject to the discretion of college management and holding a parking pass will not guarantee a parking space, unless due to disability, a medical condition or health issues.
All vehicles brought onto the premises must have valid MOT, tax and insurance and be driven in a safe manner and parked in designated areas.
Please note: A private firm manages the car parks and students found to be parking without a permit will be subject to penalty charges. We urge all students to observe parking restriction signage, to avoid receiving a parking fine.
Speeding on local roads, or driving without due care and attention, may result in drivers being prohibited from bringing their car onto college premises. (Please note the campus speed limit is 5mph).
IMPORTANT: There are parking restrictions in operation in most areas surrounding the College. Students are advised to check these before parking.
All motorcycles parked in designated motorcycle parking areas on campus must be registered with Student Services. Students will be required to present their MOT certificate, insurance documents and driving license, before completing a registration document. Any unregistered bikes on site are liable to a fixed penalty fine.
Students must wear clothes which are appropriate for a learning community and therefore must not:
- wear clothing which causes offence to others.
- dress in ways which are inappropriate or disrespectful.
- wear clothes or garments which the College deems to interfere with teaching and learning, or to pose a risk to health and safety