Frequently asked questions by students

Frequently asked questions arising from the parent and student webinar held on Wednesday 24th June 7pm with Principal, Jeremy Kerswell, and the Senior Management Team have now been uploaded and cover the following areas. 

  • Timetables
  • Facilities
  • Equipment
  • Finance
  • Grades and Admissions
  • Residency
  • Travel
  • Student Support and Teaching at College
  • Student Work Experience

For any further queries, please contact our enquiries team.

Timetables

What time do we need to be in college?

The college day runs from 9:15am to 4:15 pm

When does term start?

Teaching will commence on the 7th September. Your timetable will reflect what days you are required into college. 

Do you have a start date yet for students who will be living on site?

You will shortly be hearing from us about your offer of accommodation , once you have confirmed your place with us you will be allocated a moving in day of either Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th of September. 

Equipment

Where can we find what equipment we need?

All students would of received an equipment list with their offer. You can find a copy of this below and it has listed the equipment you need for each department.

Download here

Please visit LaClothing.co.uk to purchase. 

Can we purchase this now?

Yes you are able to start purchasing your uniform for September now. 

Residence

Do any electrical items we bring e.g. hair dryers have to be PAT tested?

Once we have our residents in and settled we proved a PAT testing service on sight. We will notify you when this is taking place and ask you to leave any electrical items clearly on show so our contractor can test the items . A small charge may be incurred for this service.

Do the washing machine/tumble dryers take coins or do we buy tokens/cards to be able to use them?

We have a newly refurbished laundry room on campus that operates on a top up card system. When you join us you will be given a laundry card and instructions of how to top it up and use. 

Do you have a start date yet for students who will be living on site?

You will shortly be hearing from us about your offer of accommodation, once you have confirmed your place with us you will be allocated a moving in day of either Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th of September. 

Do I need to book accommodation for routines?

Your routines accommodation is booked internally through your subject area and student services so at this stage, no you don’t need to book. You will have plenty of time to settle in to your course before routines starts.

When do we find out if we have a place for accommodation?

We are still accepting final applications at the moment but you will receive your offer by mid-July.

Can you please tell us how accommodation will be allocated?

We allocate our rooms according to age and gender.

Will there be less enrichment opportunities in September due to Covid 19 and how will social distancing affect students in accommodation?

Please take a look at our resicency page here, where we talk about student enrichment and experience for residency students.

Can students go home at the weekend and will this affect their attendance?

Yes absolutely, we encourage students to visit home at the weekends and as long as you return for your next schedule lesson your attendance will not be affected.

Travel

Will students have to wear face masks on the bus?

Yes , face coverings, not medical surgical mask, will be mandatory on our bus network as it is on all public transport.

When will tickets be available and how do we purchase them?

Tickets can be purchased through an online shop after students have enrolled with the college.

Where can I find out the bus routes?

You can see a map of our 11 Routes on the Travel section of our website. Specific routes and bus stops will be made available from 27th July.

What social distancing measures have been put in place?

The bus network will be operating on a semi distancing basis. This mean students will fill the bus from back to front and passengers will occupy just one of the two seats in a bank, this being the window seat and therefore offering that isle space we believe is required to to make sure students feel safe and comfortable.

Download the guide from our transport company here.

Will students get help knowing which bus to get on when they start?

Yes, our student services team and bus operators will be available for any help required.

What happens if I am unable to pick my child up can they get on the bus on the way home, how does this work?

We cannot guarantee places on the transport system that have not been booked in advance, however, if there is availability on the day we will endeavour to make that arrangement for you. Please note this cannot be guaranteed and should be a one off course of action.

Are there limited places on the bus?

Our aim is to be able to facilitate all students who require transport.

Will students need to show anything to travel?

Yes, the student will have a ticket to show in order to travel.

Student Support and Teaching at College

Will I have to wear a face mask at college?

As a student we want you to feel comfortable so it is up to you if you wish to wear a face mask around the college. We have been working hard over the summer to make Plumpton a safe environment for our students and staff.

Will there be transition days?

Transition days are for students with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) only for whom it would be beneficial to come into college.

Student Work Experience

Do work experience forms have to be completed before the enrolment date?

No.  Although, we would appreciate having Work Experience Agreement Forms back as soon as possible so that we can contact employers and get Health and Safety visits done. 

Don’t worry if you haven’t obtained the Employer’s signature on the form as we can get this signed when we complete our checks with the employer. We would rather receive the information early.  Forms can be emailed or scanned back to us at lee.stclair@plumpton.ac.uk and alison.calamita@plumpton.ac.uk.

If you cannot find work placement is there any support to find it? Do we have to find our own work experience?

We ‘encourage’  all students to find your own work experience but if you are struggling to find a placement, please email the Work Experience Office on lee.stclair@plumpton.ac.uk and alison.calamita@plumpton.ac.uk.

When we return to college it will be possible to make an appointment with the Work Experience Team and they will help you find an employer. 

We try to have an Open Door policy. 

Do we need our work placement ideas before September?

No.  It’s not compulsory for you to start placements in September, as long as you complete the compulsory number of work experience hours required for your course during the academic year. 

For most courses, this is 180 hours.  (Although, should someone be keen to undertake an ‘Industry Placement’ this requires an additional 315/350 hours, in addition to their 180 hours of work experience, and can be started on 1st August). 

You should record your hours on the work experience record sheet  - find a copy here, and get it signed off by your employer as proof of attendance.

What advice do you have about finding work experience at this difficult time?

"I am concerned that employers are limited to the number of staff working due to social distancing and maybe reluctant to have work placement students."

In the Work Experience Office, we’re finding it a very mixed picture.  Most agricultural employers, for example, seem keen to have students due to the lack of overseas workers, and some charitable organisations seem to think they will need more work experience students and volunteers as their lack of income may result in having fewer staff, however some metalworking factories feel they can’t justify having students when most of their staff have been furloughed. 

Our advice would be to speak with potential employers and, if needs be, ask them to consider start dates later in the year. Again, it’s not compulsory to start in September and, generally, employers seem to be hoping the situation might be better come January. 

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