Student Support

Student Central - supporting your success

If you want to explore what the College can offer you or even if you need a bit of advice and guidance, Student Central is where you can access a range of support services from friendly College staff.

Drop in to Student Central

2nd floor of the Harrison Building – Wakefield City Campus
CX118 – Castleford Campus

Support & Wellbeing

Student Experience Team

The Student Experience team are a dedicated team here to ensure that all students adapt well to College life and receive the support that you need to make the most of your student experience and studies. If you have any questions, queries or would like to speak to someone about anything to do with your time at College.

Drop in and to speak to the Student Experience team in Student Central or get in touch.

  • Wakefield City Campus: 01924 789417 / 789554
  • Castleford Campus: 01924 789874
Safeguarding

We take our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously. It has been recognised by Ofsted (December 2018) that we have “successfully implemented a vigilant culture of safeguarding, underpinned by thorough policies and procedures” and that “all sites are secure and well monitored to ensure that all members of the college community are safe”.

To learn more about our safeguarding policy vist our safeguarding webpage.

Student Intervention Officer (SIO)

The SIO team are here to ensure all students adapt well to life at College and follow the Ready To Learn (RTL) zone expectations. The SIO’s work with students pre-disciplinary to help ensure that each student has support to positively change their behaviours and/or actions that could lead to them being considered for formal disciplinary action.

Youth Support

The Youth Support team are here to listen and support students where they can, both by direct support (1:1’s and groups work) and via signposting to other services. This team support students for a wide range of needs, including confidence, low mood, managing emotions, healthy relationships, homelessness, bullying, home problems and more.

speak to the team in Student Central or get in touch.

  • Wakefield City Campus: 789202
  • Castleford Campus: 01924 789474
Attendance & Achievement Support Team

The attendance and achievement support team are here to encourage you to attend and succeed at College. You can have 1:1 meetings with them if you are experiencing difficulties which affect your attendance and they can offer support by working with you and your tutor to get you back on track with your work.

Counselling

Counselling offers a confidential space to talk in privacy about anything that is bothering you.

You can also attend one of the drop in sessions at the Wakefield City Campus or Castleford Campus on Wednesdays between 1.15pm to 2.15pm.

Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy support for all faiths and none.

There is a quiet contemplation and multi faith prayer room available at the Wakefield City Campus in WB209 (Harrison Building) and at the Castleford Campus in CX009.

Student Wellbeing & Safeguarding Manager

Carol Price works to help any student who may be at risk of suffering harm.

If you are experiencing abuse of any kind, bullying including cyberbullying, are being forced to marry someone against your will, being ‘groomed’ or ‘radicalised’ or feeling pressured into doing something you are not happy about or is illegal, or feel unsafe in any way, tell a member of staff you trust or get in touch.

Careers & Work Experience

Careers Service

Wakefield College has a strong commitment to ensuring all students can make informed decisions about their future, the College has the Student Careers Entitlement Calendar to help ensure all students access the correct careers information, advice and guidance.

The Careers team are here to provide impartial advice on these questions and/or your future options, they are here to answer all your questions.

  • Not sure what to do when you finish your studies?
  • Need help looking for employment or apprenticeship?
  • Need advice about choosing a course for next year?
  • Need help with choosing a university course?
  • Want some practical help with applications or CVs?

The College has also invested in the Career Coach software, Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

Drop in to speak to the team in Student Central or book an appointment. or .

Work Placements

We support all of our students at Wakefield College to become work ready, therefore every student is expected to undertake a work experience placement that is relevant to their studies and that will give them a detailed look at the industry they would like to pursue a career in. Students will also have numerous opportunities to work with employers through live projects, workshops and site visits, further preparing you for the working world. Sometimes, work experience placements lead to part time work or apprenticeships.

We have a dedicated work placement team who have excellent links with local employers who can support you in setting up a placement and can also help you make the most of your work experience.

Financial Support

Financial Support Service

The Financial Support team are here to provide information and confidential advice on student financial support in Further and Higher education. This includes information on the 16-18 bursaries, Discretionary learner support (for students aged 19+ including childcare costs), Advanced Learner Loans and Bursaries, Care to Learn and free College meals.

Drop in to speak to the team in Student Central or get in touch.

  • Wakefield City Campus: 01924 789549
  • Castleford Campus: 01924 789453