How does College differ to school?

We like to think of College as a ‘stepping stone’ towards independence, providing opportunities for developing within a structured and supportive framework that will be as ‘strict’ as is needed in individual situations.

How often will my son/daughter be in college?

On a day-to-day basis, the College day runs from 8.50 a.m. to 3.50 p.m and there are 7 periods in a day. In addition to timetabled lessons your son or daughter will have several study (free) periods per week, during which time we recommend they make use of the excellent study support facilities in College in order to work on homework, complete additional reading or research and generally supplement the work completed in their lessons. Even where a student may have a late start or early finish it is good practice getting used to coming into College and studying.

What feedback do I get about my son/daughters progress in college?

As a parent, you will receive regular feedback on your son or daughter’s progress through our reports and Parents’ Evenings. You are also very welcome to make contact with us whenever you choose if you feel you need more information or wish us to be aware of anything. The vast majority of our communication, as you might expect, is with the students themselves. We encourage them to take more responsibility for their learning than they will have been used to at school, giving them study periods and some more independent learning opportunities. Where there are problems with progress, however, we will seek to identify these and support students, involving and informing you as necessary. We also encourage you to make full use of the Parent Advantage portal, which contains information about your son or daughter's attendance and progress.

We have high expectations of our students and work with them on setting targets and reviewing progress towards these targets regularly. Planning towards what they are aiming to do after College is another essential part of their time with us and we encourage students to start this planning early in order to produce strong university applications and have the best chances of success.

What additional opportunities are available at Ashton Sixth Form College to support my son or daughters progress?

Linked to the strength of students’ applications is the wide range of ‘extra’ opportunities available at College beyond the ‘traditional’ academic programme. Our Enrichment programme and Duke of Edinburgh programme offer students the chance to gain extra qualifications, experiences and opportunities to extend existing skills or acquire new ones. All students are encouraged to participate in enrichment courses other than their main programme of study in order to broaden their experience, develop additional skills and prepare them for higher education or employment.