Supporting your studies

Supporting your studies

Pastoral care and guidance

Our pastoral system is designed to give you friendly support and professional guidance throughout your time here.

You get to know your personal tutor in the first few days and become a member of a tutor group which meets regularly. Here you will make new friends and explore all kinds of topics such as personal career ambitions, health matters, study skills and current world issues.

Each term we arrange for you to talk about your progress, first with your subject teachers and then with your tutor. In this way, your tutor comes to know you better and is well placed to give advice on study or personal problems should they arise. We also have an in-house counselling service.

For your parents, there are evenings held during the year. However, they may make an appointment to talk to staff at any time.

Tutorial

Additional Learning Support

We welcome applications from students with additional learning support needs. Information, guidance and reassurance are readily available and specialist equipment can be provided for use within college. Early disclosure is encouraged and prospective students can contact Christine Milsom, Vice Principal, prior to enrolment to discuss individual requests before the start of term. Our aim is to create a positive and inclusive atmosphere where there is a shared commitment to value diversity, empower students and facilitate successful progression.

For further information contact Christine Milsom. You may also wish to refer to the College’s Disability Statement and our general application procedure for further details.

The Study Centre

Study Centre

The Study Centre is a dedicated support resource for all Greenhead students. The academic demands of your courses can sometimes be overwhelming, and the workload can seem daunting. We can support you in your learning and can help you develop the skills that will enable you to cope successfully with your studies.

What we can help you with:

Equality and Diversity

The College’s ethos is built on the basic tenet that each member of the College is an individual to be valued and that all members of the College have equal access to opportunities and experiences offered.

The College strives to remove obstacles that may impede progress and development on grounds of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, religious belief, sexual orientation. It will also promote equality of opportunity and a positive awareness of diversity across all areas of activity.

The college also aims to foster an environment where freedom of expression and debate flourish.

Study Centre

SEND & Kirklees Local Offer

Greenhead College SEND Information Report as part of the Kirklees Local Offer.

What is the Kirklees Local Offer? The Local Offer has been developed as part of the new Children and Families Act. It aims to provide information on education, health and social care provision available for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs, in a way that can be accessed quickly and easily.
Who is producing the Local Offer? Kirklees Council is working with parents, carers, young people, schools, colleges, early years providers and health services to produce the Local Offer.
What information do schools provide? Schools have a duty to provide information about special educational needs that is accessible to pupils, parents and carers. We need to make sure this information is kept up to date.
Where can I find the Local Offer?
The Kirklees Local Offer can be found at www.kirkleeslocaloffer.org.uk
This is a work in progress. Kirklees Council and partners are working hard to create a Local Offer that includes links to all relevant information that Kirklees residents would find useful. If you have any suggestions for improvements or ideas about what might help you, contact CSA.Admin@kirklees.gov.uk

Financial Matters

The college will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for resits or where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework uncompleted). There are no charges for course materials; although special clothing (e.g. lab coats) and stationery will have to be provided by the student and some departments sell textbooks.

A small campus fee of £50 will be charged to all students from September 2016 to cover photocopying charges and the provision of a student card and planner. The fee will cover both years of study at the college. Students eligible for a bursary payment will be reimbursed once their bursary application has been agreed.
In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc) may have an associated cost: this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge
full fees for the course.

Details of discounted travel passes are sent to students before enrolment in September.

Some payments can be made using the online payment system - Wisepay

Student Bursary Fund

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college's Student Bursary Fund. Information is available from the College’s Student Registration Manager.

Careers

A purpose-built pastoral and careers suite houses large rooms for informal group discussions, tutors' offices for individual interviews and a careers department which has received recognition for its professionalism and has been awarded the National Quality Standards Award.

Your tutor will encourage you to begin planning ahead in good time and to make use of all the facilities available in the careers library. There you will find information about career qualifications and opportunities, courses in higher and further education, sponsorships, bursaries and so on as well as higher and degree apprenticeships.

Our Careers Advisers, together with Calderdale and Kirklees Careers, are on hand to give you individual help where necessary; we also collect students' accounts of interviews and the university offers they have received which forms an up-to-date resource bank on which you can draw.

Visits to universities, colleges and careers conventions are organised plus an annual conference 'What's Ahead' at the end of year one, with outside speakers/professionals and an annual employer/gap year fair.

During the autumn term of the second year we organise mock interviews for every student who requests one.

"The ambience within the college is friendly and supportive and reflects the college's philosophy that each student is an individual who is to be valued. Students comment favourably on the approachability of staff and on teachers' willingness to provide help and support when required." Inspection Report

Library and Resource Area

The Library and Resource Area occupies a central place in the college in more ways than one. It acts as an impressive educational support service for all members of the college, whatever subject they are studying. The book stock stands at 11,000 volumes, with magazines and newspapers providing up-to-date information. Computerised technology has streamlined cataloguing and book-issuing, and enables students to identify relevant material more easily. Books may also be borrowed from the University and Kirklees libraries as the need arises. Utilising the Internet and Moodle connections, students can tap into a vast and readily accessible fund of ideas and information to help them carry out a wide variety of course and project work.

Greenhead College Library

As a multi-media resource, the Library has built up a large stock of DVDs and CDs, all of which are available for students to use in the college or at home. Additionally, the Moodle VLE (virtual learning environment) hosts our media streaming service allowing access to video and audio resources in college and at home.

Our librarian, Vicky Rhodes, together with her assistant, Christine Lawson, is always willing to show students how to use the Library to their best advantage and runs introduction sessions for all new students each autumn term.

Finally, the Library and Resource Area, which is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm daily, provides a quiet and comfortable working environment, with 150 study spaces.

ICT facilities

The college regards Information Technology as very important for all students and is therefore committed to making IT facilities widely available both for individual use and for teaching and learning.

There are, for example, four IT rooms close together on the ground floor of the main building containing a total of eighty-six computers. These are both teaching rooms and open access areas for students where, in addition to teaching staff, technicians are available to provide help and support. There are also three fully equipped rooms for A/AS teaching in Computing and for Extended Project workshops.

The majority of departments have their own computer facilities enabling students to exploit new teaching and learning strategies in lesson time and during private study.

The college has a link to the Internet which can handle a large number of simultaneous users. We also have an extensive Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) on which departments publish their own material and which is accessible from home. All students have access to college e-mail facilities, and wireless connections in the Library, Main Hall and other areas enable students to make a connection with their own devices.