Information for parents
We have outstanding partnerships with schools across Torbay and South Devon and we have developed courses of study which compliment GCSE’s delivered in school. These courses all offer high quality teaching and access to specialist resources to ensure the best opportunities for success and clear pathways to future learning and employment.
South Devon College started delivering courses for 14-16 year olds in 2002 and we have over 500 students a week participating in a wide range of courses all designed to meet their individual needs and interests.
There are many benefits to studying at the College including:
- Outstanding achievement and success rates
- Opportunities to achieve industry standard qualifications in outstanding facilities
- Learning from quality teaching with dedicated staff who are professionals in their trades
- A wide range of choices of curriculum areas and Levels of qualifications to suit individual student needs
The College environment is very different from school and we have high expectations of our young learners. We expect them to be responsible for their own learning and behaviour while offering full support for their needs as they study with us. You need to be aware that students are studying on open sites and that there is no formal supervision during break and lunch times, although there is always someone available to help if needed. The College is not responsible for travel to and from sites and we therefore expect our young learners to cope with independent travel, although some schools may provide transport.
Term Dates – publish calendar
Please click here for term date information (term dates TBD)
Health & Safety
Practical lessons take place in industrial workshops and there are strict health & safety rules and laws that must be adhered to. We provide all necessary protective workwear such as safety boots and overalls, but the students are responsible for making sure they bring them along each week. They may not be permitted to take part in practical sessions without them.
The same attendance procedures apply at College as they do at school. Attendance is a legal requirement. If students are going to be absent from College due to illness parents should contact the college absence line 08000 38 33 00 on the day of the absence.
If a student falls ill during the day they should let their tutor know so that we can make arrangements with a parent/carer for collection. Under no circumstances should a student leave College without permission.
Pre-16 students are not permitted to leave the College premises at break times or lunch times. The students are aware of this and are reminded regularly. If they are found to have left the premises they will be referred back to the school who will take action in line with school policy.
Pre 16 students will be included in departmental parent's evenings. College reports will be issued each term and copies will be sent to the school (or directly home if not on a school roll)
Further general parent information
For additional information such as Term Dates, please visit our dedicated Parents Area