Choosing where and what to study after GCSEs is an important and life changing decision. At the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, we understand the challenges facing your child as they take the next step in their education. We have a strong support system in place for your child, which involves regular contact with parents and carers, and value your support in helping those you are responsible for to succeed.
Our open days are a chance for you and your child to speak to our expert tutors about courses and all of the wide range of options we offer. Come along to one of our Open Evening Mondays every Monday during term time - find out more and book your spot here!
if your child is already studying with us, we have a guide for parents and carers that provides you with all the key information we think you will need during the year. We hope you will find it useful. Please click here to download a copy.
We would also very much like to meet you and this booklet will tell you about our parents' evenings and other ways of contacting us.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any particular concerns about your son or daughter's progress, or any other matter. A "Who's Who" is at the end of the guide to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between College and school/sixth form?
In many ways, College and staying at school (or going to a dedicated sixth form) are very similar - we all want the best future for your dependant.
Many students feel they have outgrown school by the time they have finished their GCSEs and look forward to being in a new environment, making new friends, and choosing what they want to study to help them succeed in their chosen career.
At College, we have a wider selection of courses than most schools or sixth forms, with tutors that have worked in industry, to equip your child with the skills they need for their future. We use our study programmes - which include work-related learning, work experience and employment skills, and their main qualification (as well as English and maths, if they have not achieved a grade 9-4 at GCSE) - to encourage them to begin thinking, working and studying more independently, while still providing high levels of support. This helps our students become better equipped for the workplace or futher study; each year more than 60% of our students are in work six months after leaving college and around 300 progress to university.
What is the cost of my child coming to College?
The Government pay for learners aged 16 to 18, though they might need to pay for travel costs and any specialist equipment needed for their course.
The College has a financial support scheme for eligible students on low incomes, or those in receipt of benefits - click here to find out more.
Will I still receive child benefit?
The eligible parent or carer of any learner under 20 can continue to receive child benefit, whilst their child is in full-time education. For more information, please click here.
How does the College support my child?
Your child will be allocated a Learning Manager who has responsibility for ensuring that the individual students in their tutor group achieve their potential. We encourage all students to approach our staff with any concerns they may have.
We encourage parents and carers to contact the Learning Manager if you have any concerns regarding their child's progress.
There are also specialist services to which students can be referred. These include careers, welfare and specialist mentors.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is held weekly. These are important sessions. Students follow a structured programme of personal and social education, careers and higher education, together with one-to-one monitoring of their progress. Students and Learning Managers discuss progress and set and monitor targets for improvement. Student attendance and punctuality is also formally monitored in Continuing Professional Development sessions. When requested, the Learning Manager writes the references for their tutees.
Students and Learning Managers monitor progress through the e-ILP (Online Individual Learning Plan) and set targets to improve learning performance. You can access the e-ILP and see your child's progress and attendance by asking them to log in to their e-ILP.
Are there parents/carers evenings for me to attend?
Your child will have a minimum of three formal Progress Reviews every academic year. These reviews consider attendance, attitude to work, participation in class and progress, amongst other factors.
For parents’ evenings, you will be invited to meet Learning Managers to find out about the College and discuss your child's progress. We hope you will be able to attend, with your child.
You can help your child by encouraging them to leave sufficient time for study out of college, so that they complete all their homework and assignments by the stated deadlines and to the best of their ability. It is expected that students on two year courses will continue into the second year, however this is subject to satisfactory attendance and progress.
Dates of Parents' Evenings
For full details of parents/carers’ evenings please scroll down this page.
I have a question that isn't answered here...
Our comprehensive Parents' Guide may have the answers you are looking for - please click here to download it.