I am delighted to welcome you and your young person to Carshalton as they continue with their education. College is an important part of a young person’s life and enables them to grow as an individual and gain new skills and experiences.
Carshalton has delivered education to the local community for 62 years and has a track record of helping students to reach their full potential.
Alongside the subject they will study, the college offers excellent support to help students at every stage of their time at college. Whether it’s supporting their university application, helping them make a career choice or developing their work skills, we have experienced staff available to help.
The college also offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and free daytime membership for full time students of Pulse gym. These additional activities will make their time with us enjoyable and will help them make new friends and develop new skills.
We welcome you to work with us to ensure your young person is happy and successful and will stay in touch to ensure you are informed about their progress. Please contact us if you are ever concerned about an aspect of their experience so we can work together to ensure their success.
I look forward to meeting you.
Jason Pemberton-Billing, Principal
We warmly welcome all contact that we have with parents, guardians and carers of our students. Parents’ evenings provide an opportunity for you to talk to your child’s tutors and teachers about the formal side of their life at Carshalton but we also want to celebrate their success and achievements with you and get parents’ input on college developments.
Parents’ evenings are an important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with teachers and tutors. They are important events in the academic year and we ask that every parent or guardian attends. Appointments may be made at other times with tutors to discuss your child’s progress. We always send reports in the post at least one week before and an invitation to the parents’ evening a few weeks before.
Support for our students
Carshalton prides itself on the support and guidance it offers its young people in its safe and positive environment. Whatever support a student needs, the college will do its best to help. These are some of the areas where the college provides support to your students:
We expect 100% attendance as this is the best way of ensuring success. This is a commitment every student makes when enrolling at Carshalton. Our programmes are intensive and lost study time inevitably affects achievement. Absence is authorised only in exceptional circumstances. The college has an absence line that students must phone on each day of absence or we will not be able to authorise the absence.
It is a student’s responsibility to ensure they arrive well before their class is due to start. Lateness not only affects a student’s own learning and achievement but disrupts the whole class. The college therefore has a very strict attitude to punctuality and does not tolerate lateness, which will always be followed up and may trigger the disciplinary process.
The college does not expect students to take holidays during term time as they miss essential delivery that will impact on their success. We ask you to ensure any holidays are taken during the college holiday periods.
Our college also has a team of security guards who ensure a safe and secure environment.
There are similarities: students are expected to attend classes; they will be set homework that they will need to complete within the deadline. They will be expected to commit to their learning and behave responsibly and respectfully. There are exams or coursework assignments set throughout and at the end of the academic year. There are differences: there is no uniform, staff are called by their first name. Carshalton offers a safe, calm and purposeful adult environment with the right atmosphere to encourage responsible, independent study and positive working relationships.
What should my son/daughter do if they have any concerns about college?
They should speak to their personal tutor. If they do not feel able to do this then they could speak to someone in student services or any other member of staff.
Does my son or daughter have to be in college even when they do not have a class?
Students are not required to be on campus when they do not have lessons but are welcome to use college facilities outside these times. When on the campus they must ensure that they display their student ID card at all times.
All Parents, Guardians and Carers will be aware from recent items in the news, that a new risk threatens the safety of our children and young people - the risk of radicalisation by an extremist group. Extremist groups from many political factions including animal liberation groups, homophobic groups, right wing racist groups and so called ISIS inspired groups, are Actively trying to recruit our children on-line, in schools, in colleges and within our local communities.
We aim to:
How extremists groom our children and young people
Extremists seek to exploit and manipulate any vulnerability our children and young people may have. Our children may be:
Extremists have developed very effective ways to recruit young people through personal befriending and through the internet. All sections of society are all at risk of being radicalised. It’s easy to think that this will not happen to you or your children and although we don’t want to be alarmist, this is a real danger to us all.
What to look for - the signs of extremism
If your son or daughter is being groomed by extremists they might display certain types of behaviour such as:
Many of these behaviours are standard for children and young people and do not necessarily mean that your child is in danger. However, please be aware that no one is immune.
How can parents/guardians/carers help their children to keep safe?
The following information may be useful if you are the parent, guardian or carer of a learner at Carshalton College, or are studying at the college and are a parent, guardian or carer yourself.
The College is committed to maintaining a Safeguarding ethos and creating a culture of openness and honesty. We strive, at all times, to work appropriately with services, outside agencies, parents, guardians and carers to help protect and promote the welfare of our learners.
Parents, guardians and carers are encouraged to access our Safeguarding Young People and Child Protection Policy (carshalton.ac.uk/About/Policies) to better understand the college’s statutory responsibilities in regard to Safeguarding, Child Protection and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.
When appropriate we aim to discuss concerns about learners with their parents, guardians and carers, but in some instances this may not be appropriate. Decisions around this will be taken by the team of Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs).
Children and young people missing from education
Learner absence can be a possible indicator of safeguarding issues or vulnerability, and detrimental to success.
The College wishes to give all learners every opportunity to succeed and has a statutory responsibility to help protect learners from going missing, therefore we are committed to:
Support for parents
The following external organisations offers advice and support for parents/guardian/carers.
Young Minds Parent Survival Guide
Bullying - Young Minds
Drugs and Alcohol – Drink Aware
Forced Marriage and Honour based violence - Karma Nirvana
There are special types of software that can be installed to block unwanted sites or ‘pop-ups’. They offer online activity monitoring, recording and blocking. This software protects your children and gives you with the comfort of knowing that you are protecting them without stopping them from using the internet. It also means that you can know at all times what your children are doing when online and are able to put a stop to any potential threats and dangerous situations that might appear. Read reviews on the best software available (for example on reviewcentre.com) before making your choice.
What is online or cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is an increasingly common form of bullying behaviour which happens on social networks and mobile phones. Cyberbullying can include spreading rumours about someone, or posting nasty or embarrassing messages, images or videos.
Young people may know who’s bullying them online – it may be an extension of offline peer bullying - or they may be targeted by someone using a fake or anonymous account. It’s easy to be anonymous online and this may increase the likelihood of engaging in bullying behaviour.
Cyberbullying can happen at any time or anywhere - a child can be bullied when they are alone in their bedroom - so it can feel like there’s no escape.This is the e-safety information we have given to students.
(This is the e-safety information we have given to students)
Student Support: 020 8544 4405
OR if you are particularly concerned that your child might leave the country to travel to a conflict zone:
Lock your child’s passport away in a safe place
Then contact the college’s safeguarding team as above
OR contact local services:
London Borough of Sutton MASH 020 8649 0418/0420
Out of hours Duty Team (evenings and weekends) 020 8770 5000
Speak to the confidential help line run by the Active Change Foundation (ACF) an organisation concerned to prevent British nationals from travelling to conflict zones 020 8539 2770