If you’re the parent / carer of a full-time student aged 16-18 at Bolton College, we hope you’ll find lots of useful information below to help your son or daughter settle into college life.
We know from experience that with your involvement and encouragement, your teenager will be able to make the very most of their time at College and when it’s time to move on, they’ll have the confidence to springboard on to higher education or an exciting new career.
"Bolton College is a successful provider of education and training, attracting motivated students from Greater Manchester and beyond. Our focus is very much on the delivery of a wide range of exciting courses, designed to meet the needs of young people from diverse backgrounds and with varying aspirations. The success of our students is hugely important to us; the time that your son or daughter spends with us is a time when they can lay the foundations for their future and mature into young adults. We appreciate that you’ll want the best for them, and that’s why we encourage you to take an active, supportive interest in their education."
Bill Webster, Bolton College Principal
Students who come to Bolton College can be assured of the very best learning experience, with excellent teaching, outstanding resources and state-of-the-art facilities at our town-centre campus. There’s plenty of support and guidance to help everyone take advantage of our programmes of study – as well as the College’s many social, recreational and sports activities.
When it comes to planning for the future, we also make it our mission to help students move confidently to the next level. In return, we ask for a commitment to study and the motivation to succeed – as well as the determination to enjoy college life to the full!
"Learners develop good skills and knowledge that help to prepare them for higher level study or employment. Learners participate in a wide variety of community activities and develop good social and personal skills." Ofsted 2017
As a parent / carer, you can trust us to provide a welcoming environment for your son or daughter; one that is safe, caring, and friendly and that creates a setting in which learning is interesting and effective. As well as delivering top-class courses designed to enable students to progress to further and higher education, or to embark on worthwhile careers, we will also help learners to develop essential skills, such as time management, self-discipline and responsibility.
You can expect prompt marking, written reports and one-to-one support - plus regular reports on progress.
Your son or daughter may be entitled to financial help while they are at College. You can download our guidelines on financial help available from our All about the money page.
We’ve designed the college timetable to provide sufficient learning hours to deliver the course and to offer students what they need to succed in their studies. It’s very important they attend all classes and arrive on time. If they don’t, they will jeopardise their chance of success, and it could lead to financial support being withdrawn.
There is no eating or drinking in class, except for bottled water, and we insist students turn off mobile phones and MP3 players. There is a no smoking policy throughout the College.
What our learners liked...
“Being treated as individuals and as adults.” Ofsted 2017
Our college courses are all about progression, whether into employment or on to university. Your son or daughter will be able to talk to his/her personal tutor and teachers about Higher Education or discuss this with Student Services. Information, advice and guidance are all available throughout their time at college.
As a full-time student, your son or daughter will have access to a Learning Development Mentor once a week to offer support with anything from settling into college life to improving their study techniques.
We understand how important it is to stay in touch. To this end, we offer parents' evenings and keep you updated on your son or daughter’s progress.
Please note that for students over the age of 18, we cannot discuss their situation without their consent.
“The links with employers and partners are highly productive in curriculum development. Care, guidance and support for learners are a key strength of the college’s work.” Ofsted 2017
All courses include work outside of the classroom. Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning and complete any homework within set deadlines. Assignment schedules are available along with individual learning targets.
It’s good to stress the importance of sleep and a healthy lifestyle!
There are ample opportunities for self-guided study: the library is open every day and there are also online learning opportunities available.
The College has a positive equality and diversity policy. We will not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexuality, or on any other grounds in the provision of our service. We are a supportive, disability-friendly College. Should you become aware of any discrimination, please bring this to our attention immediately by contacting Student Services on 01204 482 182.
We aim to offer high-quality education and training services that meet the needs of all of our stakeholders: students, employers, the local community and, of course, parents / carers.
The College Charter demonstrates our commitment to these groups and is available within the Student Handbook, which is available on the intranet to all our students.
We are subject to official inspections by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). The latest report can be viewed on the Ousted website.
We welcome your feedback at any time during your son or daughter’s time at College.
Please feel free to forward your comments, complaints or compliments to the email@example.com on 01204 482 040 at Deane Road.
We also undertake a Parents’ Survey each year to monitor what we’re doing well and where we could do better. Please don’t feel that you need to wait for the survey to voice your opinions – we’d like you to get in touch at any time and welcome your feedback.