Supportive parents and carers are a vital element of a student’s success. We appreciate the importance of a supportive family network working in conjunction with teachers and staff alongside students. We are keen to build strong links with the family of students who study with us.

During each academic year we will provide parents with regular updates on their son/daughter’s targets and progress. We will host parents’ evenings for one-to-one updates and events open to all family members to showcase the work that students undertake throughout the academic year. We will also operate an excellent communication system between the college and home to ensure parents are kept up to date with college news, events and updates.

In some cases, it may be appropriate for parents/carers of our students to come and share their knowledge of the working world with our students. We are keen to build links with as many local employers as possible to provide our students with access to as many opportunities as we can. If you work for or run a company that has some knowledge to share, facilities to showcase or is able to provide support in other ways do not hesitate to let us know!

Ofsted and UTC Warrington

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“Pupils are known very well by teachers and staff. This helps the college to provide individual support, should pupils need this. This is further strengthened by the strong relationships that leaders are developing with pupils’ families.” Ofsted, 2019

Parent/Carer Relationships

The relationships across the entire UTC Warrington community are characterised by mutual respect and support, and a sense of shared endeavour.

All communications and conversations will be conducted in a professional and constructive manner and students will be encouraged to provide thoughtful and increasingly mature responses in all situations. In this way they will start to model their future professional behaviours.

The behaviour and discipline policy is underpinned by four straightforward and fundamental principles, which all students will be able to understand and embrace. They will understand how these principles translate into adult and professional life. These are:

  • mutual respect and shared responsibility for the wellbeing of all
  • health and safety and their personal responsibility for the safety of all
  • the effectiveness and productivity of the UTC
  • the professional reputation of the UTC

All staff at UTC Warrington will model these behaviours for students and provide strong professional role models.

Information/Parents Evenings

There will be a number of information evenings throughout the year aimed at students in different year groups so that parents/carers can stay up to date with key information. These include transition events for new students in Year 10 and Year 12, alongside our destinations evening for existing Year 11 students in the Autumn. There will also be at least one parents evening during the year for each year group to meet with teachers and discuss your child’s progress.

Support

Being a 14-19 college is unique and our specialist STEM curriculum is designed to offer a more mature environment for students. We work closely with parents and carers to aid a smooth transition, including taster sessions and team building activities.

Those students who identify themselves as requiring SEND support are assisted by our Student Support Team. This team is headed by the SENDCo who will liaise with parents/carers during the transition period to assess students’ abilities. For more information please view our dedicated SEND page. Students of UTC Warrington are encouraged to adopt a ‘can do’ approach to their learning in order to achieve their full potential, whatever their abilities.

Our finance team will work to assess those students who may be entitled to additional funding or pupil premiums. The Pupil Premium (PP) is additional funding given to the college and is being used to support disadvantaged students and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. For more information, please view our dedicated Pupil Premium Page.

Safeguarding

UTC Warrington is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.

Our safeguarding team are trained to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues and all staff are appropriately trained with any concerns are reported to the safeguarding team.

Attendance is monitored closely and concerns will be raised with parents/carers and other agencies if necessary.

We strive to promote a safe and positive environment for our students around the college. For more information, please view our dedicated safeguarding page.

Pastoral Support

UTCW is committed to ensuring a high level of communication between the college and parents. For a full list of who to contact, please see the Contact Us page.

All students are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) when they join the UTC. Each key stage has a dedicated Progress Leader who will support your child’s development and opportunities at the UTC. They will also work with you, should you require any pastoral support.

Parent Voice

UTC Warrington strongly encourages parental feedback and we respond promptly to any issues raised. We ask Parents to complete Parent Questionnaires throughout the year which allow us to improve the college in line with parental feedback.

The Parent Voice Questionnaire asks parents to evaluate a series of statements giving their view on their child’s school experience. These cover:

  • Enjoyment of school
  • Care and safety
  • Progress
  • Teaching and how well their child’s views are taken into account

Parents are also asked about homework, behaviour of students, school leadership, effectiveness in dealing with bullying, the school’s response to concerns raised, provision of information on their child’s progress and whether they would recommend the school to another parent.

The outcomes of these questionnaires are published below. Parents have the option to add further comments on their child’s education at UTCW and make general comments or suggestions for the school to consider.

Parents are asked to leave contact details and direct contact is made where concerns have been raised or where parents have provided negative feedback, so that issues can be addressed. Comments are, however, usually of a positive and appreciative nature. Suggestions are forwarded to the Senior Leadership Team for consideration.

Parent Questionnaires

Parent View Feedback Autumn 1

Parent Forum

Parent Forum Meeting 1