The College Experience
Here to Give a Helping Hand – a network of support
In the face of rapid change we aim to maintain traditional educational values yet still incorporate new ideas. The foundation of college life is based upon a successful partnership between students, parents and the College.
We welcome parental involvement and encourage openness and integrity at all times. Our aim is to enhance the lives of all our students and to assist in the well-being of the communities we serve. Our supportive learning environment is designed to encourage the achievement of maximum potential for all students who wish to study with us.
The College has a highly developed relationship with the community. Our well-qualified staff, excellent facilities and our liaison with local schools and employers means that we are ideally placed to help you achieve your aims in life, or to guide you if you are at all uncertain.
Our Student Services Team offers a range of support to both prospective and current college students. They have particular expertise in careers guidance and are also able to give assistance and advice on issues such as accommodation, finance, transport and personal problems. You can make an appointment to see them via your Personal Tutor or by calling 01691 688 054.
Study is usually the stepping stone to a job and Advisors are available to guide you towards the career of your choice. The Careers Libraries, paperbased and our Moodle virtual library, have a variety of resources from Higher Education Colleges and Universities, as well as information about employment opportunities. Students, irrespective of course or age, can make an appointment to see a Progression Advisor, or use the resources at any time. For more detail please click here
In a rural area, transport could potentially be a problem, but at Walford and North Shropshire College we are committed to making travel as easy as possible for our students. We operate a fleet of minibuses with pick-up points across a wide area. For details of our transport routes please click here
All full-time learners are supported by a Learning Coach or a Personal Tutor who will help you to achieve your full potential, support your attendance and punctuality, assist with applications for jobs or for university and to encourage you to fulfil your career aspirations. The tutorial system will offer opportunities for your personal and social development. You will work towards agreed set targets which reflect your potential and ability. You and your tutor will track your progress, and your performance will be regularly reviewed. This high level of pastoral care means you always have someone to turn to if you encounter a problem. It means that you are supported all the way through your time journey with us.
Counselling and welfare advice
There is confidential counselling and welfare advice available. Student Advisors can help with a range of issues from financial problems to housing matters.
‘Hear’ for You
Peer Mentors are students trained to support transition, attainment, attendance, behaviour and help address issues such as bullying.
“As we are continuing students, we have come across lots of issues before so are able to help you. We welcome all students and try our hardest to ensure their college days are enjoyable.” The Peer Mentor Team.
In short, encountering a problem is never a problem… there is always someone to turn to for support.
In order to provide the support needed for you to succeed, you will be assessed upon joining the College to identify any gaps in your learning that can be addressed by extra help. A comprehensive system of support is available to help students in their learning, from assistance with study skills such as essay writing, to help with a specific learning difficulty or disability. Specialist staff deal with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities, including hearing and visual impairment, autism, dyslexia and a variety of other learning, medical and mobility problems. It is our aim to meet the needs of all our students so that people with disabilities can participate fully and equally in all aspects of college life and we are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provision to avoid substantial disadvantage to any disabled student. For more detail please click here
Library and Learning Resource Centres
The College provides excellent opportunities to help you make the best use of your study time. There are well-stocked libraries which are open all year during the day and some evenings during term time. Staff are always available to provide help and information. There is a comprehensive selection of books, journals, DVDs and ILT alongside computer workstations. The College network gives access to the internet with online resources on Moodle, the College VLE, as well as all the latest software
required to undertake research and coursework. An induction is provided at the beginning of term.
College is not just about studying for your qualifications, it is also an opportunity to try different activities, make new friends, develop your CV and much, much more.
College events: There are events that are themed around topics such as conservation, health and fitness, relationships, diversity, personal safety, etc. There are also many fundraising events that happen throughout the year which are either organised by the student or staff..
Sports galore: A big part of the programme is sporting activities. There is a wide range to choice from team sports to individual activities. The College prides itself on nurturing students of all abilities in the field of sport. The Oswestry Campus is next to a well-equipped leisure centre which is used frequently by the students.
Drama and Music: Students from across the college form the production team, music and actors for performances each year.
Duke of Edinburgh Award: The College offers any student who is up for the challenge the opportunity to achieve their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. This includes:
- 4 day Expedition
- 12 months’ service in the community
- 6-12 months taking part in a physical activity.
- 6-12 months developing a skill
- 5-day residential.
Other activities: The College appreciates that not all students are interested in sport, music or drama so there is also a range of activities that are specifically aimed at those students.
Tutorial activities: These cover areas such as Equality and Diversity, financial planning, study skills and career progression.
Visits, trips and visiting speakers: The College is proud to have links around the world. Our language students undertake exchange visits to the continent and all students have the opportunity to take part in our annual expedition. As well as allowing students to work alongside other international student groups to increase cultural understanding, these visits are a source of great enjoyment and a means of broadening experience. There are also opportunities to organise more local trips. Such as Alton Towers, Ice Skating, Go Ape etc.
Learner Voice: Walford and North Shropshire College values the views of the learners and we believe that this is a fantastic way of making sure that everyone is as settled as they can be. There is the Student Council which is made up of course-representatives and the Student Governors. This therefore covers every area of the College and gives the perfect avenue for the student voice. The Council members are asked their opinion on many issues and decisions at the College and are encouraged to sit on the different steering groups. The Learner Conference is held once a year which also gives students the opportunity to voice their opinions on different areas such as Teaching and Learning, Enrichment, and Respect.
Opportunities for everyone
We strive to ensure that every student at Walford and North Shropshire College is treated the same regardless of background, age, colour, size, sexuality, religious belief, disability, family circumstances or the community where they live. They will not be treated any differently from anyone else at the College. It also means that we will not put up with bullying. We will not tolerate anyone who threatens, picks on or isolates another student or member of staff. College staff are committed to giving all students an equal chance to learn and achieve their goals. There is an ongoing programme of action and monitoring, which seeks to identify and eliminate all forms of discrimination, whether intentional or unintentional. The College’s Single Equality Plan is published on the College website.