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Parent letter for prospective students

January 2021

Dear Parent

We are writing to provide you with some reassurance during these challenging times. If your son/daughter are considering Wakefield College for the next step towards their future career, then we’re looking forward to welcoming them in September and will continue to maintain close contact with all our prospective students and their parents and carers.

We currently have prospective students at various stages with us:

  1. Made a recent application with us via our website or through the school online application system and has received an acknowledgement from our Admissions team on the contact details within the application.
  2. Made an application and was awaiting an interview which was then postponed.
  3. Has completed an interview and received an offer for a course.
  4. Hasn't applied to Wakefield College. (Details of our next open event overleaf)

Stages 1 and 2
Your son/daughter will already have been contacted, or will be shortly, with further arrangements. These will be dependent on the course area and the course requirements. Any process will take place remotely at the moment. Following receipt of the application we will either: a) arrange a telephone interview; b) request some further information to support the application such as a piece of work, or; c) provide a conditional offer. Ultimately, applicants will all receive an offer on an appropriate course based on their career intentions and predicted grades. We would like to stress that at enrolment we will make any necessary adjustments when we are able to provide further advice and guidance and have sight of actual results.

Stage 3
We will be maintaining contact with your son/daughter using the details provided to keep them up to date with developments and liaising on any pre-induction tasks which may need to be completed. We will also ensure this occurs with applicants at stages 1 and 2 when they reach this point.

Stage 4
We would like to reinforce that we are still operating and continue to welcome new applications through our website online application. We would ask that all our applicants ensure that they keep a watch on their emails as this has to be our preferred method of contact in the current circumstances.

Offer of a place
We are planning to have all offers secure as soon as possible and we have our Careers Team on hand throughout this process to provide further advice and guidance on career pathways. Our Careers and Admissions teams can be contacted by email on careers@wakefield.ac.uk and admissions@wakefield.ac.uk, a team member will then get in touch.

We appreciate the current situation causes some anxiety and concern for prospective students and parents and carers. We would like to reassure you that your son/daughter will not be disadvantaged or adversely affected in any way by the current circumstances. We will make whatever adaptations are necessary to ensure our applicants are placed on an appropriate course and that we support their transition from school to our College.

Wakefield College is proud of the support and experience we provide to our young people which was praised highly in our most recent Ofsted inspection. Additionally, as the largest provider in the District, we are able to reassure you that we will be able to provide an appropriate place on a course for your son/daughter in September. We are a ‘caring’ College and the wellbeing of your loved ones and their future success is our priority.

Yours sincerely

Sam Wright,
Principal and CEO