We are very proud of the caring environment that exists at Barrow Hall College and believe it is one of many things that makes Barrow Hall College a special place to study. We have one central college office for all of your needs as a student at BHC. As well as a college manager, the office is the home of both Heads of Year and the Head of College.
We operate an open door policy and can provide a range of support services, whether this is just a brief chat, a counselling referral or support with university and careers advice.
Tutor Team & Post-18 Support
You will be linked to a college tutor group and where possible, be placed with a tutor who is a subject specialist in one of your chosen courses. If you fit the criteria as a high achieving student based on GCSE performance, you will be placed with a specialist tutor in charge of Russell Group/Oxbridge University applications.
The college tutor will be responsible for monitoring your attendance and progress during your two years at BHC. Your tutor is normally your first person to contact via email or in person if you are in need of support. Your college tutor will also deliver a comprehensive tutor programme in order to prepare you for your next steps after college whether this is university, apprenticeships or full time work. They lead the UCAS application process offering one to one personal statement support sessions and providing expertly written references.
At Barrow Hall College, the tutor team is one of our greatest strengths, we will get to know you and you will get to know us. We also have an independent careers advisor based in the college who offers one to one sessions to explore your post-18 options.
The college is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students and expects all staff to share this commitment. All college tutors receive comprehensive annual safeguarding update training. We also have a dedicated KS5 Learning and Safeguarding Mentor.
Equality & Diversity
We believe that everyone is important, has the right to be valued, treated with respect and supported throughout their college journey.
The college is committed to providing every student with the opportunity to reach their full potential. All students are assessed every half term within subject areas and progress is tracked and monitored by subject teachers, heads of department, college tutors and heads of year. Personalised intervention is put in place where necessary in order to tackle under-performance.
A summary of progress and attendance is sent home every term and students, parents and carers are invited to several events across the year. These include review days with tutors and progress evenings with subject departments. Departments also conduct progress reviews and support is available with regards to time management, study skills and revision techniques.
Students with Additional Needs
The college offers a supportive environment at post-16 through our pastoral systems and via our SEN co-ordinator Jen Edwards. We have a Mental Health & Wellbeing Mentor and Counsellor who offers a drop in service.
Support for examinations may also be available such as enlarged question papers, readers, extra time, scribes or laptops. If you do have additional support requirements, then please contact the college for further information.
The Government provides a 16-19 Bursary fund for students who experience problems continuing in education due to financial difficulties. The fund can support students with provisions such as travel or equipment for their courses.
The maximum bursary of £1200 a year will be paid to the most vulnerable students; in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of income support (or Universal Credit) and disabled young people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. Other discretionary bursary payments are given to students based on individual circumstances. Please contact the college if you have any questions or require any further information.