Carmel College Catholic 6th Form
Carmel College is a Catholic 6th Form College that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. We are committed to developing a community of mutual respect where personal qualities are highly valued and each student has the opportunity to reach their absolute potential.
Over the years, Carmel College has gone from strength to strength and has gained a national reputation for quality. The last Ofsted inspection rated Carmel as “Outstanding in all aspects of its provision.” The college also has Beacon Status for outstanding performance.
Carmel College has achieved outstanding academic results for many years and continues to provide excellence in teaching and learning in order to maintain these high standards.
In recent years over £23M of investment has transformed Carmel’s campus into a truly inspiring place of learning providing technology-rich facilities for generations to come. More information on the campus, click here.
At Carmel College, we believe every student should be given the opportunity to reach their potential regardless of ability. We provide a comprehensive programme of support and personal development for every student to ensure individual needs are met. Find out how we support you, click here.
As well as delivering outstanding A Levels, BTECs and Foundation Learning, Carmel also successfully delivers a range of university courses in partnership with prestigious universities. The benefits of studying at Carmel University Centre include reduced fees, small class sizes and outstanding support provided by an experienced H.E team. Find out more.
Key facts and figures:
- Carmel celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. For more information about Carmel’s History click here.
- Approx 1,800 full-time 16-19-year-old students, the majority of whom are studying and Advanced Level course.
- Students apply to us from over 90 high schools every year.
- More than 50 courses to choose from including a wide range of A Levels & BTECs
- A Foundation Learning programme for students with moderate learning difficulties.
- An Enrichment and Skills Programme to develop employability skills.
- A post-A-Level Foundation Art Diploma accredited by the University of the Arts, London.
- The first year of a range of degree courses in conjunction with the University of Liverpool.
- A Graphic Design degree in conjunction with the University of Salford.
- New for September 2018 we offer a range of evening degree programmes and year zero programmes in partnership with Liverpool Hope University.
- Carmel College employs over 250 full and part-time staff.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Carmel College
- WA10 3AG
- Contact Name
- Clare Griffiths
- Contact Telephone
- 01744 452273
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Preparation for adulthood
Schools Extended Local Offer Response
- How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
How will the school know if my child needs extra help?
There are 2 distinct ways in which we can find out if a child needs extra help as a result of their learning difficulty or disability, either at pre-entry stage or whilst on course through the following methods:
Via the online application form
During interview evenings via disclosure form
Via an Education, Health and Care Plan
Parents and child can contact SENCo directly
Liaison between school SENCo and college SENCo
Via the school liaison manager/ team
Whilst on course via PAT (Personal Achievement Tutor), ST (Senior Tutor) and subject tutor
During Experience Carmel Day
Visiting additional learning support directly- we offer an open door policy and welcome students to call in on a ‘drop in’ basis as and when required
All disclosed information will be recorded on a Carmel College disclosure form and will be given directly to Head of Additional Support/SENCo who will then begin the support process as outlined in more detail in our Additional Learning Support (ALS) policy.
Who is the best person to talk to about my child’s difficulties with learning / SEND?
The first point of contact would be the Head of Additional Support/SENCo who will meet with the student and parents/guardians to discuss the individual needs, background history, support accessed at school, previous access arrangements etc. and, with consent, the child will then be allocated to an Additional Support Tutor, who is part of the ALS team.
The Additional Support Tutor (AST) will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with the student to explain the support which can be provided, to gain further information about their individual support needs and to establish and confirm a tailored support package. The information gained from both the meeting with SENCo and AST will then be collated and shared with relevant staff, such as their Personal Achievement Tutor (PAT), subject tutors and the exams team, in the form of an Additional Learning Support plan. An ALS plan will outline relevant background information, a history of need, detailed information on individual difficulties, support recommendations for in-class tutor support or Additional Support Assistant (if appropriate) and the frequency of any regular support accessed.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
How will I know how the school will support my child?
Carmel College has specific statutory duties to adhere to as stated in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: 0-25 years in association with Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014. These duties are:
• To have regard to the duty to co-operate with the local authority on arrangements for children and students with SEN
• The duty to admit a child if the institution is named in an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan
• The duty to use their best endeavours to secure the special educational provision that the student needs. Carmel College must fulfil this duty for children with SEND whether or not the child has a EHC plan. It applies in respect of children and young people with SEND up to age 25 in further education
• Duties under the Equality Act 2010. Carmel College must not discriminate against, harass or victimise disabled children or young people and must make reasonable adjustments to prevent them being placed at a substantial disadvantage. This duty is anticipatory – it requires thought to be given in advance to what disabled children might require and what adjustments might need to be made to prevent that disadvantage
We also believe that for Carmel College to be an inclusive learning environment there is a need to recognise and meet the wide range of support needs, including disabilities, and their impact on the way our students learn and achieve. We use our best endeavours to ensure appropriate support is in place.
In keeping with our Mission and Equality and Diversity policy we value each member of the college community and welcome applications from students who may have a learning difficulty or disability. We respond positively and flexibly to the needs of each student and endeavour to meet their learning requirements to ensure students can participate fully in college activities and reach their full potential.
We want our students to get the most from their course and their whole college experience. If students have any concerns regarding starting a course or any aspects of college life we would encourage this information to be shared. Students can speak directly, in confidence, to the Head of Additional Support/SENCo or any of our Additional Learning Support team who will discuss their concerns and look at the best possible support available on an individual basis.
It is important for students to be aware that they do not have to tell us about their disability, medical or learning need – that is their right, but if they do tell us, we can then work towards ensuring the most appropriate support is made available.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
If the student has a SEND, information will be passed onto relevant staff and appropriate strategies will be put in place as stated in the ALS plan and, in some cases, a case conference will be organised to discuss more complex needs with the relevant staff in detail. This will also be recorded on the college information system MIS.
Tutors will differentiate according to individual needs and strategies will be implemented in the learning environment so that the student is not disadvantaged. This can help the student in the following ways:
Strategies for dyslexia – e.g. coloured paper, extra time, use of a laptop or assistive technology
Social support for ASD students
Strategies in place for Asperger’s Syndrome
Tutorial support from tutors
Allocation to an Additional Support Tutor for additional 1:1 study support
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?
How will the school help me to support my child’s learning?
There are several opportunities to discuss the progress of your son or daughter. Discussion with:
Head of Additional Support/SENCo
Personal Achievement Tutor
Progress is monitored in the following ways:
Ongoing assessments in each subject
1-to-1 discussion with Personal Achievement Tutor
Internal and external examinations
Review process – 3 per year
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
What support will be available for my child’s overall well-being?
Pastoral and social support is provided by the Personal Achievement Tutor, Senior Tutor and Head of Additional Support/SENCo and they are responsible for the welfare, progress, attendance and behaviour of the student. However, external agencies may be contacted when necessary.
Where medical support or personal care issues are involved this is provided by the medical care team who will also consult with parents and the student to ensure that all factors have been carefully considered and appropriate care/support is in place.
Medicines, inhalers, epi pens will be stored with the medical team who will administer medication when this has been agreed with parents and the student.
Regular review meetings will take place with the student to check that the support is suitable for them and that they are comfortable with what is in place.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
What specialist services and expertise are available at this school?
Carmel College has an ALS department who are a professional team of staff who have experience of working together to support students with a wide range of support needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and visual and hearing impairment to ensure any barriers to learning are overcome. The college also has their own counselling service and access to support via CAMHS and external specialist assessors. Where appropriate the college also has access to social services.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
Are the staff who support children with SEND in this school, provided with appropriate training?
Additional Support tutors have attended training in the following areas:
Revision methods and exam skills
All college staff have to opportunity to develop their professional development as highlighted in their yearly performance management meeting with their line manager. During this process training opportunities will be discussed, finalised (as appropriate to role) and reviewed.
Additional information for tutors is also available on the college intranet.
Where the student requires a more complex support programme, a case conference will be arranged to identify and address key individual needs. This would include the school SENCo, parents, Subject Tutors, Personal Achievement Tutors and the Head of Additional Support/SENCo.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom, including school trips?
All areas of the college are accessible for any student who may have a physical disability and lift access is provided in each of the buildings. The college also has several parking bays which can be made accessible for students who may use a car to get to college and who have a blue badge.
Parents are involved in all aspects of planning a college trip and will work together with staff at the college to make sure that the student is able to access all activities where possible and health and safety allows this. Tutors will explain the procedures regarding the trip to the student so that any issues can be highlighted and addressed.
Parents will be consulted when additional support is required during an activity outside the college environment and extra staff and resources will be in place to support the student where appropriate so that they are not excluded from the activity.
Optional residential trips [of one day or more] are offered throughout the year and students can choose to attend one per year however, if a student with SEND shares their interest to attend, careful planning and preparation will take place, in conjunction with the student, parents/carers, Head of Additional Support SENCo and CMT (College Management Team) to ensure reasonable adjustments can be made, wherever possible, to ensure their attendance on the trip is possible.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?
How accessible is the school environment?
The college is fully wheelchair accessible and hazards i.e. on stair edges have been highlighted to aid students with a visual impairment.
Disabled changing and toilet facilities are available throughout all college areas.
Where there may be parents/carers whose first language is not English the college will contact another family member if possible, a family advocate or allocate a translator.
Funding for equipment and facilities is subject to discussion/approval with the Vice Principal responsible for this area.
- How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?
How will this school prepare and support my child when they are starting, leaving this school or moving to another year?
Prior to attending the college the child can access the college in the following ways:
Visit the college with parents to become more familiar with the college environment Discuss college procedures with the Head of Additional Support/SENCO
Arrange visits through the school liaison programme
Take part in the Experience Carmel Day
Parents will receive regular updates on the application and enrolment process Careers guidance will be available on Open nights and during the admissions process to ensure the child is enrolled onto the most suitable course
A programme of induction is also in place during September/October
On leaving the college the student can access the following support:
impartial careers guidance
Support with UCAS applications
Support with DSA applications
Information, advice and guidance on apprenticeships
Support during initial University visits
Additional Support Tutors will liaise with HE providers to ensure support needs are communicated in advance- with consent from the individual student
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to the children’s special educational needs?
1) Students studying L2 (GCSE English or Maths re-sit) or L3 programmes can receive the following support related to their special educational needs:
a. Pre-Entry Support is provided by the ALS team and can induce:
• Orientation visits • Transition meetings • Parental involvement with SENCo • Review meetings (in school) • Taster session (Experience Carmel Day) • Liaison with other agencies & cross college staff
b. Additional Study Support is provided by Additional Support Tutors and can include:
• Initial support to identify needs • Support for students in accordance with their EHC plan objectives • Developing personal, social, employment and independence skills • Induction support • SpLD support • Support in accessing college information • Examination preparation • Presentation skills • Revision planning • Creating and maintaining an individual additional learning support plan • Liaison with college teaching and support staff • Time management skills • Organisation and planning • Essay writing technique • Proofreading • Revision skills • Bibliography and referencing • Stress management • Confidence building • Advice on spelling strategies
c. In-class support is provided by Additional Support Assistant and can include:
• 1:1 in-class support for specific needs such as Autism/Asperger’s, as indicated by EHC plan • Support for students in accordance with their EHC plan objectives • Developing personal, social, employment and independent learning skills • 1:1 In class support at all levels • Parental involvement • Induction support • Liaison with college teaching and support staff • Support for day trips and visits e.g. University open days • class materials and resources adapted to meet individual needs
d. Examination support is provided by the ALS team and can include:
• Preparation for examinations • Scribe • Extra time • Reader • Communicator • Prompter • Rest Breaks • The use of a word processor • Separate/smaller room • Read out loud option • Coloured paper • Bilingual dictionary
e. Equipment/assistive technology can be provided by the ALS team and can include
• Loan of a laptop • Digital recorders • Specialist pens • Adjustable chairs and variable height tables • Use of lockers • Posture packs • Course materials produced in accessible formats
f. Care team staff to help students with personal care
g. Care team staff to support students with medical needs
2) All students assessed as requiring additional support at Carmel are given support to address their needs.
3) The college is allocated funding for course delivery at the same rate for each student regardless of the course of study they undertake and this money is used to provide teachers, support, facilities and accommodation to deliver education to the highest quality.
4) Some students are assessed as requiring more financial support to adequately meet their needs, this is referred to as High Needs Support (HNS), the college is allocated one element of this based on student enrolments numbers of the previous year.
5) Where students require more than this fixed amount the local authority that each student resides in holds the additional funding to support the student and this is allocated following a detailed assessment of the student needs via a claim system.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
All students assessed as requiring additional learning support at Carmel are given support to address their needs. ALS is an integral department that enables Carmel College to respond to individual learning needs. Our key aims are:
To provide support, information, advice and guidance to all students with SEND to ensure they are enrolled onto the most appropriate course/s
To ensure learning is inclusive and accessible
To ensure students with SEND enjoy, achieve and progress to their maximum potential at the rate of those students with whom no additional support is required
To ensure that teaching staff are better able to support students with a range of needs
To ensure that sufficient physical resources are available
To promote independence and reduce over-reliance on support, to ease progression
To provide opportunities for staff to reflect on the support provided to ensure high quality support continues
Parents/carers [and the child, if appropriate] are involved at every stage of the process in deciding the level of support necessary for the child and will be in consultation with the Head of Additional Support/SENCo and/or Additional Support Tutors throughout the process.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
Parents can be involved in all aspects of planning the education of the child when an application to the college is made. These include:
Discussion with the Head of Additional Support/SENCo on Open Evenings to discuss course choice.
Discussion with the school SENCo and liaison officer
Case conferences, where appropriate
Attendance at preliminary interview
Attendance at enrolment
Conversation with the Personal Achievement Tutor/ Senior Tutor
The college has an open door policy and parents are welcome to be part of the planning and decision making process related to the child’s education.