WE ARE WESTON
Welcome to Weston College! So you've applied for a course... now what? This page is where you can find information about the approach to the new academic year, as well as helpful tips about making the most of being a Weston College learner.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Apply online & book Interview
It’s super easy to pop online and apply...
Teams Interview and offer of place
You will be sent the Teams meeting link closer to your interview date....
Accept place on application portal
Head back onto the Weston College website and click on the ‘applicants’ button at the top....
Once you have applied, been interviewed, and offered a place you'll be able to enrol online...
Orientation is the most exciting part of the journey, running from January all the way through to August....
Welcome Evenings will provide you with further key information about your chosen subject area and the programme for which you have applied.
This happens after GCSE Results Day, at the end of August/start of September.....
This happens after GCSE Results Day, at the start of September.....
Here's a list of helpful items we think you should take a look at before starting in September!
YOUR VIRTUAL BRIDGING PROGRAMME
To be released on 9th May, the Virtual Bridging Programme is full of information and support to help you prepare for the start of your college journey, keep an eye on your Weston College emails for more information.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER
Ensure you have completed the 1st stage of online enrolment as this will ensure you continue to receive communication from us about your chosen course.
If you haven’t yet visited, book a campus tour with our School Liaison Team. It’s a great way to get a feel for your campus before your induction starts!
Download the Microsoft Teams on your phone if you are able to. Before September we will add you to your subject area Teams page where you will be able to communicate with tutors and other students. This will be where tutors will keep you up to date with details about uniform/kit and any other important information about the course.
Make sure you have checked your Weston College email account (details on how you can access this will have been sent with your online enrolment letter). Once you have done your online enrolment this will be how we communicate with you. Should be letter through the post.
Sign up to orientation activities and events. We will personally invite you to anything we have going on before September so it’s important you check your emails (both personal and college email).
Let us know if you think you may need extra support. We have specialist teams who can ensure you get the right support whilst you’re at college. Whether it’s academic or pastoral support. Get in touch with the School Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the details listed below and they can help direct you to the appropriate team.
Plan your journey! Make sure you know how you’re going to get into college and home as it can sometimes take a bit of planning. We have listed different bus routes for both public and college buses which we hope helps you in some way.
Check out our student vlog playlist!
Once you've applied, you'll receive your WS number and link to download Microsoft Teams for enrolment. Watch our useful video for help getting started!
WHAT WILL YOU GET AS A STUDENT?
An opportunity for both you and your parent/carer to attend your campus in person and find out important information about Weston College and your specific subject area. These will be taking place from January onwards; invitations will be sent via email and letter.
Welcome Day – 5th July 2023
Before your induction we will invite you in for a Welcome Day for your chosen subject area. This is a great chance for you to meet teaching staff, fellow classmates and get familiar with the college and facilities. Information will be sent out via email to your Weston College account.
GCSE Results Day Surgeries
The School Liaison Team will be running GCSE results day surgeries on and around GCSE results day. The team will be on hand if you have any concerns about your course since receiving your results and can help you look at alternative options if needed or simply just to put your mind at rest. Keep an eye on the website and social media for more details.
As a Weston College student in 2022 you will become part of one of our exciting new Career Excellence Hubs.
This means you will take part in a study programme with lots of career boosting benefits, all with the aim of giving you the opportunity to become career ready!
At Weston College, your mental health matters to us. The College's Welfare and Pastoral Support Services team are part of Wellbeing@Weston, which includes Welfare and Retention Officers and Counsellors who can provide confidential, non-judgmental support and guidance regarding a wide range of issues including....
Welfare provides a confidential non-judgemental service for all students at all campuses daily. Our Welfare Officers offer the opportunity to access information, advice and support with a wide range of issues which could impact a student’s learning including emotional / mental health, homelessness, finance, substance misuse, relationships, sexual heath, course/college concerns, and attendance. Support, guidance and referrals are also available with health issues including sexual health, healthy eating and more. Counselling offers an opportunity to talk in a private and relaxed setting with someone who plays no other role in a student’s life. Counselling could help with relationship difficulties, self-esteem, personal loss, decision making and moving on. Welfare also run a bespoke transition programme for new students who would benefit from early engagement and enhanced support. For further information on this or to contact Welfare, please email email@example.com.
Weston College’s innovative and unique specialist support model ensures staff have the specific skills and knowledge they need to deliver high-quality and personalised support to empower students’ independence. We offer support in a wide range of specialist areas, which include:
- Assistive technology
- Autism spectrum
- Deaf and hard of hearing
- Behaviour 4 learning (EBD/ADHD/ ADD)
- Mental health specific learning difficulties
- Speech and language therapy
- Visual impairment
- Profound and complex learning difficulties.
ACCESSING LEARNING SUPPORT Our staff work collaboratively with cross college teams in efficiently assessing a student’s needs as well as organising and implementing a wide range of support programmes, each tailored to their individual requirements. Once the initial needs assessment is complete, our staff will work with students and their tutors to provide an individualised support programme, which could include:
- Specialist teaching and in-class support
- Small group workshops and study skills
- Specialist equipment and assistive technology support
- Mentoring • Exam access arrangements
- Communication support and differentiation
- Extensive transition programme
- Weston Bay, our residential training facility for students with autism
- New alternative classroom provision at the NEET Assessment Centre and the Alternative Classroom
To discuss additional learning support with our specialist staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Emotional health and wellbeing eg: anxiety, stress, low thoughts
Course concerns and attendance
Sexual health, advice and guidance
Alcohol and drugs
Contact your faculty directly section with individual email addresses for faculty admin
If you would like to directly contact one of our faculties in regard to a programme or specific query, then please use the below Contact Details:
Building and Construction Engbace.email@example.com
Creative Arts CAD.firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Services Pas@weston.ac.uk
Service Sectors Ser.email@example.com
Sport and Health firstname.lastname@example.org
Sixth Form email@example.com
ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
If you have any questions about joining Weston College or what will happen before you start your study programme, our dedicated School Liaison team are happy to help you with any questions you may have and can support with your decisions!
The Students’ Union is here for you, when you enrol at college you are automatically a member, all students whether part time, full time or apprenticeships are members of the Union. There is an executive team of students that are elected every year to represent your views and opinions and offer you the best college experience possible. The team is made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Campus Officers for each campus. This ensures all students voices are heard across all of our campuses.
The Students’ Union exists to make your lives as students better. One of the key ways we work to do this is to ensure that your voice is heard on your course. We believe that students should be active partners in their learning while at the College, and we work closely with departments and faculties to make changes that will benefit students. If you want to get involved with the Students’ Union, let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you enrol at Weston College you will have the opportunity to join in a variety of different clubs and activities at all our different campuses!
For more information about the different clubs and activities you can get involved with, please contact: email@example.com
Weston Sport recognises the abilities and efforts of our top athletes and aims to support them to achieve their potential. As a student at Weston College, you will have the opportunity to combine your academic studies with high-level sporting provision, which will allow you to fully immerse yourself as a student-athlete. Weston Sport prides itself on its athlete-centred approach, which will enable you to develop your sporting performance, in a professionally structured environment. Additionally, athletes will get access to our outstanding sports facilities which include a Sport England specification sports hall, FA and World Rugby approved 3G artificial pitch and performance gym.
KEY CONTACT: Academy manager: Jack Gadd firstname.lastname@example.org