Stratford-upon-Avon College strives to provide as much information to parents/carers as possible and we aim to include you in everything that we do. Please take a look at our frequently asked questions and the other information below.

Now the education leaving age has risen to 18 and students are required to stay within education after 16 doesn’t just mean staying at school full-time; your child can stay at school, go to college, or take up an apprenticeship or a part-time training course. They can earn money and learn new skills at the same time if they want to.

At Stratford-upon-Avon College our students are treated as young adults and we show them trust with the expectation that they embrace responsibility, co-operation and self discipline in order to achieve their desired goals and aims whilst studying with us. At all times we expect mutual respect and understanding with staff, tutors and fellow students and ask they demonstrate an active interest in all areas of learning, in preparation for making the transition in to the world of work or higher education.

We believe you, as parents or guardians, have a huge role to play in providing encouragement and motivation from home in order to help get your child or ward the most out of their course while they’re with us at the College.

As well as this, we keep all parents and guardians up-to-date with progress and won’t hesitate to get in touch if we feel necessary, we want this attitude to reciprocate and encourage you to raise any questions or queries you may have about your child or ward, regardless of how far along their course they are and regardless of how trivial the matter may seem.

Stratford-upon-Avon College is a thriving, high quality learning institution which prides itself on the young people who come here with the drive and determination to learn and make the most out of their experience, whilst upholding the high standards of mature behaviour and professional discipline expected of any institution beyond school. Together, we can ensure that every student leaves us with the brightest hopes for their futures, wherever it may be.

Frequently Asked Questions

SUAC is a single campus College so everything your child needs is easily available on our secure site. Our staff maintain a high profile across the College. They work closely with the Safeguarding team and are experienced in dealing with social and emotional difficulties. The College also has a clear child protection and welfare policy.

Some courses may require specific clothing and your child may choose to do an enrichment option or sport, which requires extra kit. Information will be sent to applicants in advance of the start of their course.

There are numerous healthy eating options available in our campus restaurant called The Brazz. There is also The Oasis Café where you can pick up drinks and light bites.

As your child grows and becomes more independent, it is only natural that they take this independence online. In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes push boundaries and take risks, this is an essential part of growing up.

With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; it has changed the way they communicate.

The internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us, are part of the everyday for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.

Whether you’re a technophobe or a technophile, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the internet.

You might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?

Go to the CEOP website for more information.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

We have really high expectations of our students, just like any school. In order for our students to be successful they will need to be dedicated and hard working in the same way our lecturers are committed to them.

As there is a greater degree of freedom at college, for example, students call lecturers by their first names, there is no college uniform and students are not required to stay on-site at all times; we have high expectations of the level of maturity shown by students. College is a great stepping stone between school and university/work.

A typical college day starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm. Your son or daughter will have a timetable which will identify their taught sessions. However, we also expect them to be doing at least 3 hours independent study per day, and homework will be set regularly.

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until their 18th birthday (from 2015).

This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:

  • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training
  • An Apprenticeship

Our students progress onto a wide range of opportunities once they have completed their course here. We provide advice and guidance on:

  • Careers
  • Applying to university
  • Apprenticeships

Yes! BTEC National Extended Diplomas are equivalent to 3 A Levels and are highly valued by universities, attracting UCAS points like A Levels. They provide practical skills and experience alongside the theoretical understanding and underpinning knowledge required to progress to university or employment in the chosen subject area. The qualification is scored based on distinction, merit or pass, or a combination of all three.