We aim not only to meet the needs of individuals, but also to anticipate those needs. These aims are adhered to throughout all aspects of college life from enquiry to admission and enrolment and finally to moving on from college.
At St Vincent we want all our students to enjoy their courses and succeed to the very best of their ability. We aim to create an atmosphere where you feel comfortable to ask for any help you may need. One of the keys to success is knowing how well you are doing at different stages in your course and setting targets with your teachers.
Student Support Team
At the heart of all the support we offer you at college are the Student Support Team, in our brand new Learning Resource and Student Support Centre. The role of the team is to guide you and keep an eye on your welfare. They will be able to see you about any matters of concern and will also pass on useful information about college events and activities. The team is there to assist you with anything you may wish to discuss or need support with during your studies.
During the year the Student Support Team will be running several events, activities and themed weeks linked to your Tutorial programme. This will provide students with the chance to find out about a range of services, cultures and opportunities available to them and forms part of our work to prepare students to take an active role in society.
Tutoring and Review of Progress
Each student will have a nominated Tutor who they will meet at least once a week. During your college career your Tutor will be involved in evaluating your progress and setting targets to help you achieve your full potential. You will collaborate closely with your subject teachers in the drafting of what we call your Reviews of Progress. They will include a grade to reflect your current performance and a target grade for you to aim for.
For Parents and Carers
Parents and carers are sent a Guide at the start of the academic year.
This guide gives detailed information about the college and who to contact if you have any questions or need to let us know something about your son or daughter.
The college keeps in touch with you in various ways:
By sending you regular information about your son or daughter’s attendance
By inviting you to meet your son or daughter’s teachers at parents’ evening
Through written Reviews of Progress at key stages of a course
By letting you know of important dates in the college year and inviting you to public events
We welcome parent/carer liaison so please feel free to contact our staff should you have any queries.
Many of the skills you need will be taught through your subjects. For example if you are required to write essays your subject teachers will tell you how to do so for that particular subject.
However, you may find that you need extra help. Your teacher can help you to book extra sessions with a specialist teacher in a study workshop for things such as:
Spelling and punctuation
Organisation of your study skills
Tackling low self-esteem
Reading or writing problems associated with dyslexia