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Information for Parents

It can be a big decision for parents to let their children start a new school. Here are some frequently asked questions. 

Why did Broadstairs College develop a Junior College for 14 to 16 year olds?

The government recognises that studying only academic subjects in a secondary school environment does not suit all young people. As a result, government funding has been made available to high-attaining colleges across the country to strengthen specialist technical education for 14 to 16 year olds. Broadstairs College is keen to ensure that this offer is made available to students in the Thanet area to promote expertise in technical skills that are needed in the local economy.

Has this been done anywhere else?

Yes. As a government-led initiative, this has already been implemented in other colleges around the country. We are in close contact with several of the new schools and are in the fortunate position of being able to learn from their experiences. We work in close collaboration with Kent County Council for their advice and guidance around admissions and policies.

Are places at Broadstairs Junior College free?

Yes. The government funds places in a similar way to other schools.

Is my child not too young to be with college students?

Our Junior College has a rigorous safeguarding policy. Although the Junior College is located in the grounds of Broadstairs College, the students will be cared for in a safe environment. For part of the week, our Junior College students will study alongside 16 to 18 year olds. The College has successfully operated this model for some time already, carefully integrating younger learners with older students in vocational courses. All 14–16 learners have designated areas in which to socialise, facilitated by teaching staff at all times, as well as a yellow lanyard to identify them as pre-16.

What is your track record with this age group?

Our goal as a college is to ensure positive destinations towards career goals. In 2018/19, 97% of Year 11 students positively progressed onto further education or Apprenticeships within the EKC Group. In addition to this, the number of students achieving a grade 4 in maths and English was in line with the national average. 

Do students who are interested in applying need to get permission from their current school or the local authority?

No. Students and parents/carers can talk to us and make an application directly. We must have consent from parents/carers in order to offer a place. We will need to obtain information from the current school, including Key Stage 3 progress and attendance.

Will there be parents' evenings?

We value the input of parents and know that your child’s happiness is the priority. We will hold regular parents' evenings throughout the year and encourage parents to contact us if they have any concerns or questions.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes. The Junior College has a school uniform and will provide the appropriate specialist clothing and equipment to wear for vocational activities.

Can students still receive free school meals?

Yes. Eligible students will still receive free school meals, just as they would at their current school. If you have claimed Pupil Premium for your child anytime in the last six years, we can still claim funding for them now. Please make sure you indicate this on your application and bring evidence required to enrolment if successful.

When can I look around the school?

We hope to hold a series of Open Days throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming both parents and prospective students. Alternatively, you can contact broadstairsjuniorcollege@eastkent.ac.uk for the opportunity to be shown around during the College day.

How can I be sure the provision is right for my child?

The provision is unique and different to mainstream school. This is why we have a robust and thorough admissions process with taster sessions which are monitored and observed by staff. As part of our admissions policy, we have a set of “key criteria” which identifies what type of learner we need. It is for this reason we get references from previous/current schools in order to help us risk assess. Young people with an EHCP will also be offered a place based on this key criteria alone.

Broadstairs Junior College policies

Broadstairs Junior College policies can be found on our Policies page.

If you have further questions, the best way to find out more about Broadstairs Junior College is to come along to one of our Open Days. Alternatively, contact Broadstairs Junior College, who will be happy to help. For further details on our policies, please email broadstairsjuniorcollege@eastkent.ac.uk.