Welcome to Dearne Valley College

Like you, we want your Son or Daughter to be happy and achieve their potential at College. Our aim is to create an environment in which our students gain skills, experience and a higher level of independence than at school, whilst offering a strong support system that will nurture them to achieve their potential.

Our core values are:

  • The Student at the centre of all we do 
  • Passionate about high quality
  • A respectful and supportive environment

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Student Services
Our Ofsted-commended Student Support is something that we are extremely proud of. If your child needs additional learning support, faces any college-related or personal issues, or finds themselves in need of additional financial support, they can contact our Student Support team who offer:

• Careers Advice and Job Search
• Course Guidance
• Learning Support
• Financial Support and Advice
• Counselling
• Sexual Health Advice
• Disability Support and Advice
• Support to Stop Smoking
• Activities and Enrichment Information

A Safe College Environment
We promote a safe and secure, positive environment for everyone at Dearne Valley College, and operate a strict lanyard and student ID system so that both staff and students know who is who! Learning Support Students with learning difficulties, disabilities and those requiring a helping hand will work with our dedicated Additional Learning Support staff to ensure that they have everything they need to achieve their full potential.

Progress Coach
Each Student is allocated with a Progress Coach, who along with their Academic Tutors will support and monitor their academic and personal progress, attendance, behaviour, wellbeing and can support them in making decisions about their futures!


Career-Focused Learning

English and Maths
English and Maths are vital requirements for employers and Universities and we place a high priority on ensuring our learners leave us with these under their belt. If your child hasn’t achieved their GCSE English/Maths at grades A*– C, they will undertake these qualifi cations alongside their main programme.

Work Experience
Every Student at Dearne Valley College will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement as part of their course. This provides them with real experience, links to industry and confi dence. It is also a great addition to their CV! Progress Coach Each Student is allocated with a Progress Coach, who along with their Academic Tutors will support and monitor their academic and personal progress, attendance, behaviour, well-being and can support them in making decisions about their futures! Please feel free to contact your child’s Progress Coach should you have any queries, issues or simply would like an update! You will be provided with a direct telephone number at the beginning of the academic year.

Students will be able to access a number of extra-curricular activities to provide them with additional skills such as Academy of Sport, Young Enterprise, Student Voice and a number of fun activities and societies.

Raising Participation Age
From 2015, young people are required to stay in some form of education until they are 18 years old. This doesn’t mean that they have to stay in school, there are many options available including:

• Full-time education in a school, college or with a training provider
• Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time
• Work-based learning such as an Apprenticeship.

We pride ourselves on providing our students with the best learning experience through industry-expert Tutors, excellent facilities, employer links, additional qualifications and real work experience to give them an edge when applying for university or a job. We offer a range of full-time courses and Apprenticeships which are outlined on this website and throughout our course guides.

Frequently Asked Questions

What If My Child Changes Their Mind About A Course?
We place an emphasis on ensuring that our learners are on the right course for them. If your child decides that the course they have chosen isn’t for them, they can speak to their Tutors or Progress Coach about their worries, who will work with them to fi nd a more suitable option!

How Easy Is It To Travel To And From College?
The First South Yorkshire 22 bus and Stagecoach 22X bus stops outside of the College – Visit the Travel South Yorkshire website for more information: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com

The closest train stations to the College are Swinton, Mexborough and Bolton-on-Dearne.

Some Sat Nav systems don’t like our postcode – an alternative postcode to use is S63 5AB. We offer a free, parking permit-based car parking facility with ample spaces!

How Long Is The Average Student Day?
Every student and every course is different! College hours include class time, additional classes such as English and Maths, work placements at certain point throughout the year and enrichment activities. Your child will be given their own timetable at the start of their course.

How Are Students Assessed?
All courses are assessed differently, but usually include a mixture of practical work, coursework, assignments, presentations, group work, and for some courses, end-of-unit tests.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your valued support over the next academic year.
Dearne Valley College

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