Parents and carers

Your child can reach their goals with us. We offer high-quality teaching and will support your child to succeed.

You can help make sure your child gets the most from their studies too. Set them up for success by making sure they are on time, have good attendance and complete coursework.

My child is interested in applying

Attend an open event

We give students the chance to find out about our courses and life at the college at our open events.

You may also be interested in our adult courses for personal or professional development

Confused about your child’s options?

We offer a range of courses tailored to specific interests and career goals. Check out our guide to course levels and qualifications.

Will I have to pay for the course?

There are no tuition fees for students aged 16-18 who meet the standard residency criteria, although students may be required to buy specialist equipment or pay for activities and residential trips.

However, some financial support may be available to help meet some of these costs. Learner Services can give you more information on possible support such as Vulnerable Students Bursaries, and the Learner Support Fund. Even if your child qualifies for travel cost support, they will be expected to make a contribution.

Can I continue to receive Child Benefit?

You can still get Child Benefit after your child turns 16 if they are in certain types of education or training. For further information please visit

My child is already a student

Concerned about your child?

We encourage you to get involved in the education and training of our students. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress or experiences, please get in touch.

We need to have your child’s consent for this recorded on the system. They can tell us when they enrol, or inform us later, who we may discuss their College matters with.


We follow up on non-attendance with students, and appreciate your support in encouraging students to maintain high levels of attendance. Please be aware that we will be seeking permission from your child to be able to share information with you. This will be completed during enrolment and induction.

If your child is unable to attend college, they need to report their absence.

Learning goals

All full-time students complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) during their induction.

This is reviewed regularly with each student’s personal tutor, who will monitor your son/daughter’s overall progress and set short and long-term goals. The ILP also helps us identify any additional assistance required.

Parents’ evenings

You will be invited to attend a parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress. Students have regular reviews with their personal tutors and their progress is discussed and recorded in their Individual Learning Plan.

Careers advice and guidance


Careerpilot is a free website helping 13 to 19-year-olds in the South West plan their future study and work and has a lot of useful information for young people and parents.

The Careerpilot Parent Zone can help you understand the different options available.

  • Choices at 14, 16 and 18
  • Further Education College
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges)
  • Job sectors and growth
  • Funding and support

Useful links

Coronavirus information

Please visit our coronavirus information pages for specific information.

If you are worried about your child, you can review this NHS coronavirus advice document which outlines the steps you should take if your child is showing certain symptoms or signs.

Policies and procedures

Keeping your child safe

We take safeguarding very seriously. You can help keep your child safe by learning more about the risks they may face.

The Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership has information about issues that may impact child safety.

Get in touch

We value your input and feedback. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.