Personal Support

Student SupportSupport for all 

The Student Support Team has the individual at the centre of its ethos. They offer a range of services designed to support students whilst they are at college. Services include personal counselling and guidance, financial advice and support, careers guidance and learning support (Study Skills Support), lost & found and first aid. The Ofsted 2014 Inspection report commented "Pastoral and academic support and guidance as well as careers advice and guidance are outstanding".

The Student Support Centre is situated in the heart of the College - in the Refectory and Students can access advice and guidance from the Student Support team from 8.45am - 5.15pm Monday - Thursdays and from 8.45am - 4.45pm on Fridays. Alternatively you can telephone 01458 844545 between these hours.

Our team understand the pressures on students and the need to offer individually tailored support when required. We have one of the highest retention rates in the country which we believe reflects the success of student support in understanding and meeting student needs.


Additional learning needs

Students with additional needs such as learning difficulties and/or disabilities, or those who need additional support with access to college and equipment, should contact Mandie Holloway on 01458 844433.


Student counselling service

The counselling service is available to all students enrolled at Strode College whether they are full-time or part-time. There is no limit to the number of sessions or the number of times that students can have Counselling, this is negotiated with each student. Students can make an appointment by visiting the Student Support Centre, by telephone or email.

Our Counsellors are professionally trained, academically qualified and receive external supervision on a regular basis.


Health matters

Students can get advice and guidance on sexual health from the Young Person’s Clinic which runs once a week at college. You can sign up for the Condom Card Scheme,  benefit from free Chlamydia screening and we provide pregnancy tests and guidance.

Awareness raising weeks are arranged throughout the year providing students with information and guidance on a range of health matters including emotional well-being, sexual health, drugs, smoking, safety and alcohol.


Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

We have a statutory and moral responsibility to make sure that we safeguard and promote the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults receiving education and training at Strode. We are committed to:

  • providing a safe environment for young people and vulnerable adults to learn in;
  • identifying young people and vulnerable adults who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm; and
  • taking appropriate action to see that young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe, both at home and at college.


Equality and diversity

We promote equality and recognise the diversity of our students and staff. Our aim is to provide a lively but safe environment for all, irrespective of: age; racial/national/ethnic origin; gender; religion or beliefs; ability; sexuality; disability; social background or culture.

We provide an environment which fosters a caring and supportive atmosphere where all students can fulfil their potential.