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Welcome to the parents’ area of the College website.

The College values and encourages the involvement of parents in helping us to support students throughout their time at the College. While we expect students to accept responsibility for their own learning and academic progress, we recognise that a successful partnership with parents is vital to the success of our students and the College will liaise with parents accordingly, taking into account the needs of individual students.

In September, parents of new students are invited to the College to meet tutors and other senior staff. Parents' consultations with subject staff are held in both Year 12 and Year 13. Parents are welcome to contact their son or daughter’s tutor at the College at any time if they have any cause for concern. They are also invited to join the Association of Parents and Friends.

We also encourage parents to read our Student Code Of Conduct and to look at the College calendar and term dates

Please also see our acceptable use by students of College IT facilities policy and also our complaints procedure.

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Mock interviews for Higher Education

Each year the Careers Department at the College organises a programme of mock interviews for Year 13 students applying for Higher Education courses. This event adds to the College's other work on interview preparation, at present mainly a tutorial session, students' interview reports filed in the Careers Library, and advice in subject areas.

We use parents of current and ex-students as interviewers. Would you like to offer your help as an interviewer? It is not necessary for you to have experience of recruitment or higher education interviewing.

We try to match up your field of work or experience with that of the students. Many of the students are being interviewed for Oxbridge places so it is important that subject specific questions are asked during the interviews. If you are uncertain about what types of questions to ask we will be able to give you some advice and ideas based on our past student interview reports. It will also be helpful if you can comment on the student’s presentation, conviction and manner of answering.

The candidate will have to supply in advance personal details or a curriculum vitae and a personal statement, if appropriate, which will be sent to you in advance of the interviews.

The interviews are planned for the evenings of Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November 2017; Each interviewer normally attends one of these evenings with three or four interviews carried out in a classroom in College. Each interview will last up to 30 minutes including time for giving feedback to the student.

Without the help of parents it will not be possible to realise this project. It would be nice to be able to offer an interview to all students who think they would benefit. If you feel you could offer your services as an interviewer (dates permitting), please email: mockinterviews@hillsroad.ac.uk or follow this link to an online registration form. 
We shall get in touch with you during late September or October to discuss further details.

Progress Review

Students are involved in reviewing their progress with staff at regular intervals throughout their course.
In November of Year 12, the College has two subject progress review days. Students discuss their progress with subject staff and then their overall progress with tutors. Further progress review discussions, to which parents are also invited, take place in February across three afternoons.  

A tutorial progress review (without subject consultations) is completed in June/July of Year 12. Subject staff and the tutor will provide a written report of progress at the end of Year 12.

In Year 13, progress review discussions take place across three afternoons in January. As in February of Year 12, parents are invited to attend these discussions.

Progress review information and written progress reports will form the basis of references for higher education and employment, updated by staff as appropriate in Year 13.
Information about attendance, effort and estimated grades will be sent to students and parents after each progress review round.

Review paperwork will be sent to parents in the following way:

  • Parents registered with Wisepay will receive individual copies by email.
  • Students with no parent registered with Wisepay will receive a single printed copy of the review through the post to their parents at their home address.
  • Students will also have access to their progress review data on the College ProPortal system.
If copies of reviews have not been delivered, parents are requested to first ask their son or daughter for a copy. If that fails please contact the relevant tutor who will send another electronic copy. The College monitors attendance very carefully, given the strong relationship identified between high attendance and academic performance.

If parents need to contact the College about absences, please send an e-mail to absence@hillsroad.ac.uk or leave a message on the dedicated absence telephone line on 01223 278065. If an absence issue is confidential, please contact the tutor directly.
 

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