Parent FAQs

Got a question or two?

You should find the answer you need below. But if not, give us a quick call on 01482 711688 or email enquiry@wilberforce.ac.uk and we’ll do our best to help you.

What do I do if my son or daughter is ill?

You must telephone the college on 01482 711688, or email student.services@wilberforce.ac.uk, preferably before 10:30am on the first day of absence. Your son or daughter can do this initially if you are busy, but you will be required to call later to confirm the absence.

How will my son or daughter's progress be monitored?

At the beginning of the year, the student will be given a formula grade for each subject - this is calculated from their GCSE scores and is the lowest grade we would expect them to achieve. We expect students to achieve above this grade. Every student is allocated a personal tutor with whom they will have regular meetings, and the tutor will assess their progress against the formula grade every half-term.

Twice a year (autumn and spring), we will formally assess the student's progress, looking at commitment, completion of work, classroom contribution and attendance, as well as their grades.

What if my son or daughter wants to change their course?

Changing course is a big decision, and the student should discuss the reasons behind the decision with their personal tutor and subject teachers. If they decide that changing course is the best option, they should contact Student Services. Changing course is not always possible after the first few weeks of the autumn term. 

What support with my son or daughter be given with careers and university applications?

Students will be given lots of support to help them make applications to universities, or pursue a career after college. We have special programmes running to support students pursuing certain career paths, such as medicine and teaching, to help them get the experience they need to get on the courses they want at university.  

Are there Parents' Evenings at Wilberforce?

Yes. ‘Consultation Evenings’ currently take place twice during the academic year. Parents are encouraged to attend these evenings with students to discuss their son/daughter’s progress at college with teaching staff.