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Essential Student Support

The essential support page is here to provide you with information, advice and support that you can receive whilst at college to help ensure that you have a positive learner journey experience. The essential support page also includes useful external agency information, including out of hours help and advice. 

Please use the information and links included on this page, which will be regularly updated with the latest news and advice, to guide and support you as we adapt to this new method of home-study and online-learning.

Find our latest Updates below: 
Staffs Fire & Police Summer Safety
SUMMER – SUPPORT CONTACT INFORMATION 2021
CLICK HERE TO READ AN UPDATE ABOUT THE COVID 19 OUTBREAK IN LEEK TOWN IN JUNE 2021
click here for our faqs for returning to campus from march 8th 
click here to find out all the information you need to know about how staff and students will be returning to Campus from 8th March.
RETURN TO SITE TESTING CLICK HERE !!  Students and Staff are now able to book a test ONLINE. Students will need to have THEIR student email address and password in order to do this. 
CLICK HERE TO READ BUXTON & LEEK COLLEGe -Online Education offer
Click here to read details on Buxton & Leek College 16 to 19 Tuition Fund Spending
Click here to read the latest GUIDANCE & REPORTING regarding covid-19
Click here to read our Student Letter – 28th January 2021
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR LEARNERS, PARENTS & GUARDIANS, APPRENTICES & EMPLOYERS
FIND OUT MORE ON WHAT PARENTS AND CARERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EARLY YEARS PROVIDERS, SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK ON THE GOV.UK WEBSITE HERE

 

Extenuating Circumstance Form - maths & English - Summer 2021

This form is to be completed by any Buxton & Leek student requiring ‘special consideration’ when final Teacher Assessed Grades in Maths or English GCSE are being awarded this summer.

If you fall into this category please complete the below form:

Extenuating circumstances form - M&E
By submitting this form you are confirming that you have read and accepted the Privacy Policy. You are consenting to Buxton & Leek College sending you information about this event. We will also use your data for internal performance reports. We will only use your data in connection with this request.
Are you feeling anxious about coronavirus?

We understand that this can be a difficult time for many people, please visit the links below for tips and advice on maintaining positive mental health during lockdown.

Click here to view the latest advice from Young Minds

Student Letter – January 2021

How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

A student survival guide to self-isolation

Worried about exam results?

If you’re feeling worried or anxious about your exam results, take a look at our Managing Worries about exam results information here to find some useful tips.

union of students

The Buxton office is currently closed, but the team are still available to offer support and advice to students. Please contact Emma Taylor on emma.taylor@derbyunion.co.uk or call 01298 330603 .

The Union Advice Service is available Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm for appointments by phone or skype. Please book online here or email advice@derbyunion.co.uk. You can also access information about course reps by accessing the following link https://www.derbyunion.co.uk/blc/

financial support

The application form for Financial Support in 2021/22 is now available for students looking to study with us from September.

Both new and returning students will need to complete a ‘Financial Support Fund‘ application form (a Universal application for all the Bursaries we administer at Buxton and Leek College), in order to receive financial support towards additional course costs such as travel, equipment, uniform, childcare (learners aged 20+) etc.

Visit Financial Support – Buxton & Leek College (blc.ac.uk) and follow the steps to get started.

Please note that the Financial Support Fund team will be on Annual leave at points over the Summer – please do not panic if you contact us and don’t receive a response, we will answer any queries you leave by email/ phone as soon as we return.

The Financial Support Fund for students studying with us in 2020/21 has now closed.

If you have received any additional payments on Friday 9 July, Friday 16 July or Friday 23 July and not received notification of what the payments are – please be assured our team are emailing each student individually a breakdown of what has been awarded and will text you to confirm once this has been sent within the next few weeks.

Q. Will I be paid be paid regular Bursary over the Summer?

A No, all Bursary payments are term time only.

Unfortunately the College is no longer receiving any additional funding directly to us to cover Free College Meals over the holidays either.

We have been advised that for any Students/ Parents who wish to claim additional support, you must do so through your Local Authority who are currently receiving this support from the Government.

For students who reside in Derbyshire you can apply here

For students who reside in Staffordshire and Cheshire you must alert us to apply on your behalf (this may be subject to change) – if you have not already done so please contact financialsupportfund@blc.ac.uk – financial support is not guaranteed and is assessed on a case by case basis.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE

Please be assured that the Careers & Employment Service- including the Work Experience team- is here for you just as ever. There are a range of resources online that you can access from home which will help you plan for your future career and boost your employability. We are also offering personalised advice through digital 1-2-1 appointment via skype or phonecalls.

library services

Please find below the Library/HUB Opening hours from Monday 8th March

Buxton

Monday – Thursday: 8.30am – 7pm

Friday: 8.30am – 6pm

Saturday: 12pm-4pm

Leek

Monday – Tuesday: 8.30am – 5pm

Wednesday – Friday: 8.30am – 4pm

Both libraries are now open for browsing, borrowing and the use of PCs/study spaces. As part of our Covid-19 safety measures, students must have a booking before they enter the Library/HUB. Students can make a booking here.

Booking a PC at Leek HUB – CHANGES TO SERVICES 

To speed up the experience at Leek HUB, the booking of PCs will now be done by the Library Team. If you would like to use a PC, please visit the HUB and a member of the team will assist you if a PC is available. This change only applies to the Leek HUB, all Buxton Students should continue to book their visit in advance for the time being.

If you would like to book a Silent study space or use one of the laptops in the Quiet Area, you will need to continue to book, you can do this here.

Is the Library/HUB open for me to use?

The Devonshire Library and Leek HUB are open for students that want to browse our books or use a PC/study space. All students must have a booking before coming into the Library/HUB. For information about our opening hours and to make a booking, please visit our website. If you need any help or support, please contact the Library on 01332 591215 or email us on library@derby.ac.uk

Do I need to return my Laptop?

As you will be studying on campus and at home, laptops that were loaned out in December/January will continue to renew automatically each week, unless you receive an email recall notice from the Library service. If you receive a recall notice from the Library service, please return your laptop to the Library/HUB. If you have any queries about your account, please contact the Library on 01332 591215 or email us on library@derby.ac.uk

You can find the Subject Guides via this link – look for your subject in the list.

Each Guide has information on using books and eBooks, using our search engine, Discover to find articles and more, and provides links to useful websites. There is also help with using Harvard referencing.

If you have further questions, there’s a web-chat icon in the bottom right corner of every Subject Guide page that students can click on and ask a question. You can also book places at Academic Librarian Clinics for specific queries (on the calendar, look for the ones called ‘Buxton and Leek students’).

You can take a look at our virtual tour here.

You can now also access our library FE subject guides by following this link https://libguides.derby.ac.uk/blc

chaplaincy

Ingrid Keith is offering Chaplaincy support with Spiritual Well-Being and has found a helpful link for students to gain support too- https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/treatments-and-wellbeing/spirituality-and-mental-health

If you would like a confidential chat with a Chaplain, please email I.Keith@derby.ac.uk and a Teams call can be set up to talk about religion, spirituality or anything you are worried about during these uncertain times.