Good Communication Provides Better Support
Boston College believes that good communication provides better support for learners, and therefore always encourage you to get in touch should you have any questions or concerns.
There are several opportunities throughout the year for you to give or receive feedback on your young person's progress.
Parents Discussion Evenings - You will be invited to parent discussion events in October and March Information collated from the learner's individual learning journey will be available to give you a full overview of attendance, commitment, progress and achievement.
Parents Reports - You will receive reports regarding your young person's progress in October and January each year, in readiness for parent discussion evenings. A final report will be sent in May, which will also show progression.
Parent Surveys - Parent surveys are issued twice a year, normally in November and April. Boston College values your comments and feedback, and are committed to further improving the service provided.
Award Evenings - Boston College hold award evenings in the summer term, and you along with family members are invited to attend. It is a chance for learners to showcase their skills and for those who have made outstanding progress to be acknowledged with the presentation of programme area awards.
VITAL - Boston College uses the learner tracking system, VITAL. You can ask your young person to log in to their account, and this will allow you to review their attendance, progress and achievement throughout the year.
Your Questions Answered...
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that Boston College have received from parents and carers.
What can Boston College offer my child/young person?
Boston College offers a wide range of courses, ranging from academic A levels to vocational courses across a variety of different areas such as bricklaying, hairdressing, sport and uniformed public services. As well as full time courses, the College also offers apprenticeships, for those students who would like to earn while they learn, and traineeships.
As well as a wide range of courses, Boston College can provide a mature learning environment so that your young person can develop their confidence and independence for further study at university or progress into employment.
How will I know how my child/young person is progressing?
Each young person has a personal tutor who tracks attendance and progress.
The 'A Guide for Parents' provides contact details for the Curriculum Leaders.
Who do I talk to if I'm worried about my child/young person?
You can talk to their tutor or you can contact the Learner Services Team who provide dedicated support services. You can contact them by calling the College's Main Reception on 01205 365701.
What happens if my child/young person doesn't attend college?
Attendance is closely monitored. Each week between November and April you will receive an email from the curriculum team regarding your young person's weekly attendance.
If your young person is under 18, tutors will contact you if their attendance becomes a concern.
How do I report my young person absent?
You can report a learner’s absence in one of the following ways:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Call - 01205 365701 select option 2 and leave a voice message
Online Form - Learner Absence Form
What information do I need to provide about my absence?
- Full name
- Learner ID number
- Course or Tutor
- Specific reason for absence
Please do not use phrases such as “feeling unwell”, “ill(ness)”, or “sick(ness)”, instead give as much information on your symptoms as possible.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, then you should not come into College and should isolate at home for 3 days if you are aged 18 or under, 5 days if you are aged 19 or over, only returning to College if you no longer have a high temperature and feel well.
For further guidance, please visit our 'Coronavirus Guidance' page.
When should my child/young person apply to Boston College?
We recommend students submit an application as soon as they can. Our courses are very popular, so the earlier they can secure a place the better.
Once their application form has been submitted, they will be invited to an application review to discuss the course in more details. Your young person can track their application status via their application account.
What happens at Applications Reviews, and how should I help my child/young person prepare?
The College's Application Review is just a friendly chat - they are nothing to worry about. They are to make sure that your young person has chosen the right course for them, and for the College to get to know them a little more.
What happens if my child/young person doesn't receive the exam results they require for their course?
Don't worry, Boston College has a wide range of courses and options available to match your young person's exam results. The College is open on GCSE results day and you can call to discuss all of the options for their next steps in education.
How do I order my child's/young person's uniform?
To order uniforms for the following course areas, Animal Care, Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery, Electrical, Health and Social Care, Performing Arts, Plumbing, Pathways 2 Progress and Uniformed Public Services, please visit the Hazelwood Clothing Company.
To order uniforms and kit for Engineering, Motorsport and Automotive Technology, please visit Cromwell Industrial.
To order uniforms and kit for Sport, please visit Kitlocker.
How will my child/young person get to College?
For information and options for travelling to College, please visit the 'Travelling to College' page.
What is iPayimpact?
Boston College allows student to pay for their meals using a cashless finger scan system.
IPayimpact is the simple and easy way to top up your young person's account using a debit or credit card.
To create an account
1. Visit, iPayimpact and select 'register'
2. Enter your details. Once you have registered you will be guided through the process to add money onto your daughter/son/ward's account.
Can I get financial assistance for my child/young person to attend College?
From assistance with bursary funds, childcare fee support, transport to College and student loans.
Whatever your situation, Boston College aims to provide you with the best advice and guidance on financial support available, all designed to help you through your studies. For more information, please visit our 'Financial Assistance' page.
Get in Touch
In addition, you are very welcome to contact the College at any time should you have concerns or questions. We suggest you initially contact Main Reception on 01205 365701 who will be pleased to help with your enquiries, or put you in touch with an individual tutor or member of the course team.