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Student Support

Regular individual reviews of progress are a key element of this support. Your Pastoral Mentor will also help you to make the right decisions about career choices and applications for higher education or employment.

A range of additional support is available for any student requiring help with any learning or medical need.

Student Services

Trained and experienced staff are available to help you overcome any problem you may have during your time at Blackpool Sixth. Financial support, careers advisers, and counsellors are all available to help you succeed in your studies. The wide range of services we have to support students can be seen below, further details can be found throughout our website.

Additional Learning Support

Blackpool Sixth provides support services for students with Special Educational Needs and disabilities. Please contact Additional Learning Support (ALS) should you have any Special Educational Needs or disabilities that may affect your learning whilst at college. This may include: dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia; hearing or visual impairment; mobility needs; autism/Asperger’s syndrome; mental health needs and medical conditions. To learn more about the Additional Learning Support we have available please click here.

The ALS Administrator can be contacted on 01253 394911 or at learning.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

“Learners’ initial support needs are identified accurately and intervention is provided early in the course.” – Ofsted report, May 2009.

Career advice and guidance

Our FYi Futures Team are experienced advisers based in Blackpool Sixth, who help students to progress successfully. They can also help you gain valuable work experience to support your career plans. The careers service includes:

  • Visits to businesses and careers conferences
  • Guest speakers from a range of professions
  • Organised work experience on request
  • Help in producing an effective CV
  • Practice interviews

To learn more about the career advice and guidance we have to offer, please click here.

For staff and students please use this link to access careers resources and useful links to help with future career intentions please click here

 College Counsellors

The College Counsellors are Fiona Swift and Amanda Southam-Morgan. They are always ready to listen to your problems, and you can talk to them about anything that is on your mind. The Counsellors will listen carefully to how you are feeling and together you can try to understand what is happening in your life more clearly. This understanding can help you to make decisions or changes. The counselling service is strictly confidential. If you’re not sure if counselling is for you, then you are welcome to talk it over with the counsellor anyway. If it turns out that another service would be more appropriate, it is likely that you will be able to point you in the right direction.

Appointments can be made at Student Services or by emailing counselling.alert@blackpoolsixth.ac.uk

Financial Support

Blackpool Sixth recognises that the cost of transport is a major concern for some students and their families. We work with local transport providers to offer big travel savings for students living outside a three-mile radius of the college. This scheme not only helps with transport costs to and from Blackpool Sixth but also provides unlimited travel throughout the day, including evenings and weekends. To find out more about our Financial Support we have to offer, please click here.

Multi-Faiths

The Multi-Faith Worker is available in College to supports students and staff to explore wider issues about the world from their own perspective based on culture, religion or belief. To learn more about how Blackpool Sixth supports a Multi-Faith environment, please click here.

Pastoral Mentors

Moving from high school to Blackpool Sixth means new freedom and independence. We will develop your skills to manage your learning, plan your time and find your own solutions. This is an ideal preparation for university and the world of work. We always ensure that you are well supported in your studies and other aspects of your life in Blackpool Sixth. You will have a pastoral mentor who will guide you through your first year and provide specialist advice when you need to select the next stage in your career. We believe that strong pastoral care, support and guidance are extremely important in contributing to students’ success. You will be introduced to your Pastoral Mentor at the start of the academic year and you will have regular sessions with them to keep up-to-date with your study programme.

“Strong pastoral care, support and guidance are extremely important in contributing to students’ success. Your Pastoral Mentor will offer advice and guidance to help you settle in quickly and enjoy your time with us.”

Transport Support

Blackpool Sixth recognises that the cost of transport is a major concern for some young people and their families. The subsidised transport scheme not only helps with transport costs to and from our campus but may also provide unlimited travel throughout the day, including evenings and weekends. To learn more about the transport support we have available please click here.

Blackpool Local Offer

The Blackpool Local Offer pages tell you what is available for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in Blackpool. Click here to visit the website.

Lancashire Local Offer

The Lancashire Local Offer brings together information that is helpful to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. Click here to visit the website.