Parent Information

As a parent you know that this is a crucial time for your son or daughter when making decisions for their future career paths in deciding where and what to study.

Take a look at our parent information below to see why your child should choose Warrington & Vale Royal College in helping them take their next step in education.

There are a variety of choices available for 14-19 year olds, therefore making the right choice can be difficult. We invite year 10 and year 11 pupils, and their parent/carers to attend our Open Days.

This is a perfect opportunity for you and your son/daughter to see the facilities available at Warrington & Vale Royal College, get a feel for college life and find out about the courses available.

We also arrange taster sessions with local secondary schools, where school pupils choose a course area and are invited to come into the college and get a taste of the course subject.  School pupils will meet lecturers and fellow students and gain practical experience in the subject area.

We understand that the type of courses available to your son/daughter can be quite confusing therefore we have put together an overview of the different course types to help you and your child choose a course suitable for them.

If you have any questions about how Warrington & Vale Royal College can help your child achieve their goals please call Learner Services on 01925 494494.

Frequently Asked Questions – Parent

Why should my child choose Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Fabulous Facilities

  • Your son/daughter will have access to an outstanding learning environment, designed to give them the practical skills, knowledge and experience for career success.
  • The college has two fully equipped Learning Resources Centres, combining traditional library services with the latest technology and facilities.
  • Our Orford Park sporting facilities are available for use by our students. Facilities include a swimming pool, fitness suite, squash courts, sports hall, cycling paths, plus much more.
  • The campus is also home to fully operational hair and beauty training salons, a variety of construction workshops, a fully equipped training restaurant and state-of-the-art creative and performing arts facilities.

Outstanding Academic Success

  • A significant number of Warrington & Vale Royal College students achieved straight distinctions (equivalent to 3 A grades at A Level).
  • Winners of a host of regional, national and world competitions in a variety of subject areas.

Additional benefits for all of our students:

  • Free healthy breakfasts
  • Discounted Orford Jubilee Park gym membership
  • Free membership of Student Societies
  • Free college parking
  • Free financial, health and welfare advice
  • Discounted beauty treatments in the Academy Beauty Salon
  • Attendance and achievement rewards (dependent on meeting specific criteria

What if my son/daughter is unsure about the course they would like to do?

Choosing the right course at college is one of the most important decisions your son and daughter will make.  To make a successful decision, students need to research their options through gathering information from Connexions, schools and colleges.  Our School Liaison team visits schools to provide information about the range of courses and careers available as well as arranging tasters and inviting young people to our Open Evenings. 

The Open Evening provides an opportunity to look round the college and talk to tutors and existing students about the courses and career options.  Once your son or daughter has made their choice they need to fill in an application form and send it into Admissions in Learner Services, who will arrange an interview and contact your son or daughter explaining what happens next.

What if my son/daughter does not like the course they have enrolled on?

The first three weeks at Warrington & Vale Royal College will be very important in terms of ‘Checking your Choice’ and making sure that your son/daughter is on the right course.  If your son/daughter feels that they are on the wrong course the first thing for them to do is to speak to their Learning Coach/ Tutor. They will be able to go through the options available and look into the possibility of transferring to another course.

Learner Services are there to ensure the first few months are as enjoyable for students and as stress free as possible. During this settling-in period, students should ask any questions or concerns that they may have and discuss any concerns or worries they may be experiencing.

Will it cost my son/daughter anything to study at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

If your son or daughter is aged 16-18, they will not have to pay for the course, however, they may need to purchase kit/equipment for the course. Financial support is available for eligible students, for further information please telephone 01925 494494 and ask for a member of the Finance and Welfare team.

Is there help available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities?

Yes.  We will be able to support a student with a disability more effectively if he/she discloses any disability or medical condition that affects his/her ability to study.  We aim to plan support and provide reasonable adjustments as far in advance as possible for all disabled students. Please contact Learner Services on 01925 494494 or email: to discuss individual requirements.

Additional Parent Information:

Safeguarding: Warrington & Vale Royal College has a Safeguarding Policy to ensure that all vulnerable adults, young people and children attending activities in the college do so in a safe and secure environment. It sets out the steps we take to protect vulnerable adults, children and young people and the procedures we would use to deal with any issues. 

The Safeguarding Policy is approved by the Governors and Senior Management.  Any student concerned about their own safety or the safety of another student should speak to their Learning Coach/ Tutor, a Welfare Adviser in Learner Services or the college's Safeguarding Officers.

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