Wyke Sixth Form College is fully committed to promoting equality of opportunity and achieving the elimination of negative discrimination within the College. Equality is important because a high quality education for students and rewarding employment experience for staff only arises from every individual being given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The College is also committed to providing a learning environment that respects and responds to the diversity of the people within that environment.
Please contact Julie Lynch, SENCO and Head of Additional Learning Support, via email at Julie.Lynch@wyke.ac.uk if you require any further information or wish to discuss a concern.
Identifying and meeting support needs
Students are given various opportunities to discuss their support needs before they start their courses: on initial application, at interview, on induction days (Wyke Start), during college Open Evenings and Open Mornings throughout the year, and at enrolment. Students may also be identified as having additional learning needs by teaching or support staff after they start their programme of study and any concerns raised will be discussed and explored as appropriate.
Learning Support Mentors may work with students in the classroom, if appropriate, or they may offer study support sessions outside the classroom. Staff are dedicated to ensuring that all students follow a study programme appropriate to their career aims. Teachers will ensure that student support needs are met in the classroom.
Wyke Sixth Form College is wheelchair accessible with accessible parking bays close to reception. There are lifts in all buildings and these are activated by the use of a lift key. The College has a Physical Management Room with hoist and toilet facilities and members of the Learning Support team undergo regular manual handling training. Learning materials and information can be provided in a variety of font sizes for students who are visually impaired and the majority of College documents can be accessed electronically via our Moodle site. The Additional Learning Support Department can also supply, for a small charge, reading rulers and coloured overlays for students who require them due to visual stress or dyslexia. The Department also has a small number of laptops that can be loaned to students with a disability or health need who find it easier to produce their work in this way. The Science labs also have chairs and tables with adjustable heights.
Staff work collaboratively, when required, with external agencies in support of students’ physical and emotional health needs. Students at the College are, and have been, supported by a variety of external support agencies including; NHS Physiotherapy; NHS Occupational Therapy, IPASS, Hull and East Yorkshire MIND, Children’s and Adolescent’s Mental Health Services and Social Services. Where appropriate, referrals will be made to external services.
Students can access a free and confidential counselling resource in College where they can talk about any issues or problems they are experiencing. To contact our counsellors please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Safeguarding concerns can be signposted to counselling where they can be explored and discussed in more depth.
The College has a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection policy which recognises its statutory obligations in providing a safe learning environment. There is a designated senior lead for Safeguarding, Assistant Principal Chris Herring. Supplementary policies regarding Safeguarding, such as e-safety, are available on the College website. The College has an educational visits policy which includes risk assessments that are centrally managed in line with current guidance and legislation. The campus has an onsite drop off and pickup zone located next to the main building.
Please contact Rebecca Bolder, Designated Safeguarding Officer, via email at Rebecca.Bolder@wyke.ac.uk if you require further information or wish to discuss a concern.
Our current Safeguarding Policy (COVID-19 addendum – April 2020 for Safeguarding during the College closure period) can be found here:Safeguarding Policy Addendum – Covid 19
The College distributes information about health needs to teaching staff via our electronic system once students have declared a health or disability issue and have agreed to the information being shared. Some medications can be stored on site (please speak to Julie Lynch, Head of Additional Learning Support, in the first instance about this). In some instances, study programmes can be modified to accommodate disabilities or health needs. In cases where absences are likely to be lengthy, the College Progress Tutor team can implement a Fit to Study Plan where support will be provided for the student to complete their courses where possible.
Parents may contact their son or daughter’s Progress Tutor at any time by telephone or email to discuss progress. The Head of Additional Learning Support can also be contacted to arrange a meeting during the College day or after hours (tel. 01482 346347). Parents can also find information relating to their son/daughter’s progress and attendance via the Parent Portal. Progress reviews are conducted at several points throughout the academic year and grades and comments are provided from all subject areas as well as from the student’s Progress Tutor, all of which are sent to parents.
Students who have additional learning needs are invited to complete an anonymous questionnaire each academic year to gather their views on how well they feel supported and provide information regarding how the College can improve its service for them.
Progress Mentoring and Review
All students have their progress monitored regularly by Progress Tutors. Parents are also invited to Consultation Evenings to discuss progress. Students with additional learning support needs and their parents are invited to discuss any issues in relation to support with the Head of Additional Learning Support, Julie Lynch, who is present at all Consultation Evenings and College Open Evenings.
The College aims to provide support where possible to students in financial hardship. Means tested College bursaries are available. Information can be provided upon request.