Joseph Chamberlain College is the only college in Birmingham and Solihull rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, with student achievement among the highest in England. We’re a highly inclusive and vibrant college, proud of the diversity that exists among our staff and students. We recognise and appreciate that there are particular challenges for students who have experienced a ‘looked-after’ environment so offer the following support:
Transition from school to college: We will work with your secondary school to ensure that all relevant information is shared properly and quickly. There will be a number of opportunities for you to visit the College prior to joining us; interview days, Open events and New Student Taster Days.
Once Enrolled: Once enrolled, we will offer activities to help settle in and get to know new people. This includes our diverse enrichment programme, which gives the opportunity to take part in a variety of clubs and societies outside of lesson time.
Financial support: As a (Ex) Child In Care, you will be entitled to the 16 to 19 year olds Government bursary; an annual sum of £1,200 paid to care leavers or learners who are looked after by the Local Authority. We also offer additional financial support in the form of a free bus pass (if appropriate) and free college meals. Every student is also offered a free breakfast between 8am and 9am.
Pastoral Support: The College is unique in the way that it supports its students. Every student is assigned a Personal Progress Tutor who will provide support, advice and guidance throughout your time at the College.
Academic support: We understand that many care-experienced students may have had a disrupted education. To ensure that students achieve their full potential, the College offers a variety of individualised academic support, from subject specific workshops and one to ones, to generalised study support with our team of Academic Learning Coaches.
Medical and Physical Health Support: The College provides support from 2 NHS nurses as well as a Mental Health Practitioner. We can also signpost you to many local organisations that can support your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Careers and progression support: The primary focus of our 'Futures' team is to support and develop our students so they are ready to progress once they leave us. The team provides information, advice and guidance to all students and organises specific events targeted at widening the opportunities for care leavers and students who are looked after. This includes progression to University.
Lisa Barton is the College’s designated Care Leavers’ and Child In Care Lead. Lisa the point of contact for students both at pre enrolment and throughout their time at the College. You can contact Lisa on [email protected].