At BLC we are here to support you in your studies and help you on the path to the future you want. With our dedicated support staff and services, we will be there to help you at every step of your BLC experience. The information below is relevant for all of our students; young people, adults and apprentices.
We’re committed to addressing inequality in relation to students’ age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion and belief, and discrimination is not tolerated by anybody connected with our College. We want you to tell us if there are aspects of our provision that we could improve for different groups. AT FE STARs meetings your representatives will let us know if there are changes we need to make in the College to make it a more inclusive place to study and enjoy other activities.
During your time with us many of you will be taking part in projects to learn more about our diverse society. You will create presentations, take part in competitions and other enrichment or tutorial activity to explore difference amongst individuals. You will be able to research new disabilities, religions, ethnic groups or cultures, or sexual orientations. You will discover how people are treated by society and what role you can have in promoting equality and challenging discrimination.
The Students’ Union (SU) is also committed to promoting equality and diversity and runs many events throughout the year to celebrate unity and diversity, why not get involved in some of these events. The Equality and Human Rights Commission promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine ‘protected’ grounds – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.
Human Rights relating to Religion and Belief and Ethnicity – www.equalityhumanrights.com/en
All faiths and none – www.afan.uk.net
Disability Information and Advice Line – www.dialuk.info
Disability network – www.disabilitynetwork.co.uk
Ethnic Minority Support Line – www.supportline.org.uk
Race Equality Foundation – www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk
LGBT drop in (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender)
Call in to our informal monthly drop in session in the Student Wellbeing Service (SWS), Ground Floor, Clarendon House. Contact us for dates and times.
The SU have a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Friends Society for anyone who is Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender or anyone who is heterosexual who would like to support this society.
Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people – www.youngstonewall.org.uk / www.stonewall.org.uk
Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential support to people affected by Hate Crime – www.stophateuk.org/where/derbyshire
Love Knows No Gender – Derbyshire Youth Forum’s aim is to prevent homophobic bullying (anti-gay) in schools in the Derbyshire area – www.love-knows-no-gender.piczo.com
We want to provide a positive environment for all so please be respectful towards all students, staff and visitors. We’re committed to promoting equality and will challenge discrimination. We expect you to attend all of your lessons on time and to come prepared with your study resources. During classes make sure your mobiles are turned off and out of sight.
It is important that you understand clearly what joining our college community means for you. There are both benefits and responsibilities. This statement will help you understand the spirit of the relationship between you, the college and the other members of our learning community – your fellow students and our staff.
In that sense this statement forms a Learning Agreement. The areas of support and responsibility detailed here are also areas that from our research our students have told us are important for their success.
Here at Buxton & Leek College we are committed to helping you make the most of your time studying with us. We want to challenge you intellectually and help you maximise your performance, enjoy your experience and achieve to your full academic potential.
There is also a range of support we pledge to offer, because being a student at Buxton & Leek College is demanding. We know this support is important to help you meet that challenge and succeed. This is support that we believe:
- You have an entitlement to
- You should expect to make use of
- Actively using it will benefit you in your studies with us
We want you to use this support as you need to and we want you to tell us about your experience to help us improve still further.
Being a member of the college community also gives you some responsibilities. These responsibilities are important in assisting you and other students to get the most from your time at college. Taking these responsibilities seriously and acting upon them will help to provide the right kind of environment for you and others to study, learn & grow.
Safeguarding is the term given to the College’s responsibilities to promote your wellbeing and make sure that you feel secure and safe.
We’ve particular responsibilities relating to our learners aged 18 years and under and learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, but we’re also responsible for ensuring the wellbeing of all our adult learners. The College has a child protection and vulnerable adults policy and a team of Safeguarding Co-ordinators.
We review whether we’re promoting your safety and wellbeing and would like to hear from you if you’ve any comments or suggestions about this.
If you have a general concern about your own security, safety and wellbeing then please let your tutor or one of your lecturers know.
If you have a particular concern then please contact one of our Safeguarding Co-ordinators and let them know that you have a concern about safeguarding so that you get a prompt response.
Safeguarding Co-ordinators: Alison Loxton, Nadia Shalan and Sheena O’Rourke.
Please see the below documents for more information regarding our Safeguarding policies and procedures:
The Prevent duty is to ensure that the College safeguards students from becoming radicalised, which is the process of when a person comes to support terrorism and is drawn into violent extremism and the holding of extremist views, which refers to vocal or active opposition to the fundamental British Values.
Buxton & Leek College enables all students to:
• acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures to further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions
• respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
There is a duty to ensure that those identified with vulnerabilities are given appropriate advice and support. Some of the signs that a student could become radicalised are as follows:
• Isolating themselves from friends and family
• Talking as if from a scripted speech
• Unwillingness or inability to discuss their views
• A sudden disrespectful attitude toward others
• Increased levels of anger
• Increased secretiveness, especially around internet use
Safeguarding our students, staff and visitors is important to us. If students need support or there are concerns that someone is being radicalised you can report and access support through our Safeguarding Co-ordinators at the College.
There are first aid points and trained first aiders at all sites; any member of staff will be able to find them for you. If you have even a minor accident make sure you report it so that it can be recorded and action taken to prevent it happening in the future.
The security team is located at both Buxton and Leek sites with their priority being the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors. For more information on their services please visit their website here.
It’s essential that everyone does their best to prevent fires and, in the event of a fire, knows what action to take. If you’re a disabled student with mobility restrictions you will need a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) which your ALS Tutor can put in place for you. Please make sure you become familiar with the fire exit signs in all your classrooms, around the building and in your workplace. If you have any concerns let your tutor or assessor know.
The Student Mentor can help you if something is getting in the way of your progress such as housing, health, family, financial issues, worry, stress or anything that is bothering you. No problem is too big or too small, so if you are upset or concerned just contact one of our mentors who will be happy to listen and help you decide on your next step. Just drop in for a confidential chat or contact by telephone or email.
Learner Journey Team
If you are on a full time programme you will be assigned a Progress Coach who will meet you regularly to:
- Monitor your progress and achievement.
- Ensure that your learning needs at met.
- Support you with your ‘next steps’, whether this be employment, further/higher education or an apprenticeship.
- Track your attendance levels.
- Work with you to set your personal targets.
- support you to achieve your overall goals.
- help you to overcome any academic or personal issues.
- refer you for any additional support should you require it.
For more information please contacts us. At Buxton to book an appointment with the Progress Coach please contact Emma Moseley on 01332 592621 or email E.Moseley@blc.ac.uk. At Leek contact Jack Dendy on 01538 320020 or email J.Dendy@blc.ac.uk alternatively you can call into the Library at Leek where a range of Progress Coach Guides are available or simply call in and book your very own progress coach session.
At Buxton & Leek College you have a personal tutor, there to help you with any aspect of your course. Your tutor or assessor will meet with you regularly to set targets and monitor your achievements on both your vocational and your functional/GCSE courses. Various tools to help you check how you are doing can be found at the Current Students page.
Additional Learning Support
If you need extra support, you can drop into our Top-Up Zone for everything you need to enhance your learning in class to do well.
- At enrolment/induction
Initial Advice and Guidance at Open Evenings and events, Support during pre-course assessments, Support learners with induction process (e.g. assist with paperwork or with access around building), Screening to identify additional needs.
- On the course
After initial screening and assessment of the Learners requirements, we can provide:
Learning support in class (for individuals or small groups) or additional sessions outside of class time, Adaptation of materials/resources, Specialist tutor support, Enabling technology including laptops, software, dictaphones etc, Adapted teaching and learning materials including material in Braille and in audio/electronic format, Mobility and travel training, Staff with a broad range of experience and expertise in diverse range of disabilities, learning difficulties and additional support needs.
- During Exams
After an assessment of the learner’s support requirements, if the examining board agrees we can provide:
Extra time, Communication support, Readers, Amanuensis (scribe), Adaptation of exam papers (where allowed) – also mock and past papers.
- At the end of the course
Offer specialist exit guidance, Make connections with internal and external agencies about suitable progression routes
At Buxton and Leek College all students are expected to maintain excellent attendance in all classes. Attendance is monitored through individual progress reviews and through our monitoring tools.
To report an absence please complete the attached form : Absence Form
- If you have two consecutive unauthorised absences within any of your modules your personal tutor will request a meeting
- Three consecutive unauthorised absences will result in a level 1 cause for concern
- A continual pattern of unauthorised absence may result in you being withdrawn from your programme
The student is responsible for seeking approval for their absence from their personal tutor. All absences will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ until a student has completed their ‘absence and attendance form’ with their supporting evidence; students under the age of 18 must also have a signed letter from a parent/guardian. Requests for absence must be made in advance or in the case of an emergency, on the first day of returning to college.
Authorised absences may be agreed in the following categories:
College related activities: residential, exams, work experience or agreed self-study
Medical or dental appointments that cannot be arranged outside college hours
Emergency medical/dental will also need a letter or appointment card as evidence
Illness, if under 18 will require signature from parent/guardian
Family responsibilities will require notification in advance
Religious holidays require notification in advance
Attendance at a funeral
University visit or careers/job interview if notified in advance
Representing the college i.e. at a sporting event
Attendance at a probation meeting or in court
Driving test (copy of test letter will be required)
Absence that is a consequence of a disability as defined by the disability act
The following reasons are not considered as valid reasons for absence:
Holidays during term time
Family and other celebrations
*It is important to inform the college of any changes in contact details.
*Parents will be notified of consecutive or trends of absence.
It is a student’s responsibility to arrive at the bus stop in time to meet the bus to college. In the case of late buses or cancellations the student must sign the late book in class.
If you can’t make it into College or to your work placement then please contact an Administrator between 8.30am-9.30am to let them know.
0800 074 0099 for Student Absence: Press 1- Buxton or 2 – Leek
01332 597 669 (press 2 for Buxton)
Students falling below 90% attendance will trigger an initial meeting with your Tutor/Programme Coordinator to look at issues affecting attendance. Actions and agreements will be made regarding support needs or disciplinary procedure.
In order to continue to the second year of their course, students must meet the 90% attendance monitoring and have completed all of their course requirements.
Students will be deemed to have left the course if they have not attended classes for four consecutive weeks.
University of Derby Union Tutorials
Youth Development training provides learners with a fun and inclusive tutorial programme. The training, provided by the Students’ Union, is facilitated in a social learning space and facilitated by Higher Education students employed by the Union. Topics cover a broad range of personal, social, health and careers education and are quality monitored on a regular basis. Students’ feedback after each tutorial, which informs, reviews and shapes future session planning.
Youth Development Conference
This annual event is attended by Executive staff from the University and College and/or Senior Managers. Also invited are keynote speakers, officers from the NUS and the Students’ Union Executive. Workshops are created through negotiation with learners and the Students’ Union and aim to cover both personal and academic development topics. Feedback is collated throughout the day and fed back to College management through the delivery of a report, put together by the organisers, the Students’ Union.
Meet the Principal
Lead Course Representatives meet with the Principal to discuss the impact of Student Voice and any emerging items for celebration or to address. They are held once per term.
The Principal gives a promise that students will receive a response to issues raised within 48hrs.
Surveys and Feedback
At BLC student voice is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more about how we collect feedback from our students on our Student Voice page.
A complaint arises when you feel that any aspects of your learning, college service, facility or site is unsatisfactory and should be investigated.
There are three stages to the procedure:
- Complaint Review Stage
The Informal must be completed before proceeding to the formal stage.
Advice is available from your FE Students Union Representative who will support you through the process, but remember you can always speak to your Tutor, Programme Co-ordinator or Head of Curriculum as indicated in your pocket guide.
See the links below for further information
Making a Complaint
The Students’ Union coordinates the Student Voice & Representation structure within Buxton & Leek College. We aim to strengthen the student voice, increase student engagement, and make the representation process more efficient and effective for all involved.
Course Rep Elections
One Course Rep will be elected per year off each course, across both the college sites. During September the Learner Coaches will deliver tutorials to learners which will cover the topic of democracy and introduce and promote the role of the Course Rep. Course Reps will be elected by their peers, the elections will take place in the tutor group session.
Training and Support
The Students’ Union will provide training for all Course Reps, along with online resources and staff support throughout the year. Course Reps only need to attend one session, and the training will be focused on what their role is, how to get the most from it, networking with other Reps and will ultimately highlight the importance of Learner Voice.
Course Team Meetings
Course Leaders are expected to invite their Course Reps to attend Team meetings, allowing time and creating a supportive environment for the Course Reps to discuss any issues their students have raised and to highlight positive practice and experiences.
Course Rep Forums
Every month there will be a Course Rep forum on each site, run by the Students’ Union and attended by SU staff, the SU President and/or Vice-President Academic Affairs, and all Reps. This will focus on gathering student feedback on a range of topics, sharing good practice and developing positive ideas for change, and facilitating discussions between Reps. These will be one hour sessions and take place on a range of days across the year in order to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.
- Advice days
- Campus tours
- Taster days
- Meet and greet
- Interview evenings
You’ll receive a £10 Love2shop voucher for the events that you attend in addition to the following benefits of becoming an ambassador:
- Boost your CV
- Skills development
- Confidence building
- Positive reference
- Employability skills
This is a great opportunity to take part in an enrichment activity and will be recorded towards EEP hours.
To be considered, please contact email@example.com
Decision making: helping you to make a career choice that is right for you.
Skills analysis: Opportunities for you to develop further awareness of your abilities, skills, qualities and values to help you find the right career.
Adult Directions suggests careers and helps you to explore your career options. You are able to have instant access to skills analysis, careers matching and action plans.
Understand the range of options and possibilities open to you. This could cover work, apprenticeships, self-employment, further education and higher education.
Build increased knowledge of the changing world of work and what employers want and look for.
Help you to action plan and move towards the goals you define.
We will ensure you have a plan B.
You know what’s out there to help you at any stage in your life and that you have the right skill set to deal with the world of work.
Can help you gain experience in terms of volunteering and work experience.
We have a placement team that will help you gain a placement that you want.
Find part time work whilst at college.
Most importantly we can help you at any stage of the application process for whatever option you choose including:
CV development (Create your CV using CV Builder)
Social media CVs and profiles
Application forms (apprenticeships, part time, full time work and UCAS)
Personal statements for jobs and higher education
Interview preparation (preparation and mock interviews)
Our service and offer:
Information – We have a range of software and resources for you to use in the library and online.
Advice and guidance: We offer one to one advice and guidance appointments with a specialist adviser plus opportunities to work with you on career related issues in your lessons plus access to workshops and events put on especially for you.
How to contact us:
We’re here to offer support and care to all staff and students. As Chaplains, we have a special interest in the spiritual side of life – but whether or not you believe in God, we’d love to meet you. Come and find us on the top floor of Clarendon House, room 301 – you don’t need to make an appointment and we’re always glad of an excuse to get the kettle on!
Full time Ecumenical Chaplain – Ingrid Keith / firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Chaplain (Mondays) – Don Lavery / email@example.com
Muslim Chaplain – Abdullah Muhammad / firstname.lastname@example.org
Near our office you’ll find the prayer room, which is always open for anyone to pray in. Muslims can find washing facilities on the floor below. There’s also the Oasis Space, a room that’s available to anyone seeking a bit of peace and quiet.
We hold a short and informal time of prayer open to all every Thursday, 12.30 to 12.45. If there’s a person or situation you’re concerned about, you can always email us a special prayer request.
Watch out for news of our famous September CAKE EXTRAVAGANZA, which we put on every year to welcome the new students to the College.
You’re also welcome to join in our events that campaign for a better world. Last year, students created the Biggest Banana Split in Buxton to highlight Fairtrade Fortnight.
If you’d like to be kept up to date with our events throughout the year, just email one of the chaplains to be added to our Email News list.
Welcome to the Chaplaincy! We are here to offer support and care to all staff and students. We have a special interest in the spiritual side of life, but whether you believe in God or not, we’d love to meet you. The Leek Chaplains are:
We are in college every Tuesday and Wednesday morning so look out for us around college. We are always available to listen and will help in whatever way we can. We can be contacted at email@example.com
We can also put you in touch with the Muslim Chaplain, Abdullah Muhammad / firstname.lastname@example.org
We meet for a short, informal time of prayer each Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:00 in TLG03. You are very welcome to join us. If there is a situation or person you would like us to pray for you can e mail a prayer request to us or you could write it down and put it into one of the ‘Prayer Request’ boxes you will see in the hub.
Look out for special events (usually involving food!), exhibitions or collections during the year. Last year we held a collection for the Leek food bank for Harvest during October and we plan to do something similar this year.
If you would like any information or to be kept up to date with what we are doing please email us.
Your Students’ Union also offers a free and impartial Help & Advice service where you can speak to one of our advice team in private about anything you like; nothing is ever too big or too small, so come along and get some help if you need it. Your SU wants to make sure you get the most out of your time at college so we offer lots of opportunities for you to get involved. You can join clubs, societies and you could even set up your own. We will also support you to volunteer or fundraise so that you gain skills to help you achieve your ambition in life.
If you have something that is affecting you in or out of College, feel free to contact us.
We are open throughout the year, including non-term-time periods, and the service we provide is tailored specifically for you.
Our specialist team offer confidential support, advice and guidance with personal issues you may be experiencing that may be impacting on your studies.
If you are a Higher Education (University of Derby) student studying at Buxton, please go to the main University Student Wellbeing website
To find out what support is available at your campus, please open the appropriate tab
We can offer wellbeing appointments with an adviser, in order to answer your query, provide access to specialist advice, or give you some information to take away with you.
Self-help information is also available in a variety of formats with a wide range of leaflets and information sheets.
If you can’t see what you need, ask or contact our Reception who can assist you.
Opening times: 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday
University of Derby (Buxton Campus)
1 Devonshire Road
T: 01298 330 414
Text: 07950 080 717
Please visit this page for further information.