The information on this page was last updated on 29 August 2019.
The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.
My name is Lee Melville, and part of my role at Brockenhurst College is as a main point of contact for all our looked-after children, care leavers and those who carry looked-after child status. I have outlined below some of the different types of support we offer which, if needed, could help you quickly settle into your studies, so that you enjoy your time at college and fulfil your potential:
- ongoing financial support by our dedicated finance team
- support during transition to college, and throughout your studies
- 1:1 tour of Brockenhurst College to again help familiarise new students into college life
- pastoral support team: Brockenhurst College has an experienced team who work closely with parents/carers, teaching staff and external agencies, to ensure that concerns are promptly managed
- counselling: the college has a skilled counselling service that students can access at any time during their studies.
Brockenhurst College has a quiet space called the ‘inspiration room’, which our vulnerable students are able to access. The inspiration room is always managed by experienced staff, who are on call to provide additional support if needed. The college’s tutors and personal progress managers are also available to provide both academic and pastoral support.
Support we offer?
- A named contact
- Outreach sessions or activities
- Pre-application help
- Guidance for offer holders
- A web page for care leavers
- Careers advice and support after graduation
Accommodation we offer?
- A place to live all year round
- If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year
Funding support we offer?
- Specific funding that's just for care leavers
- Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
- Support for students seeking asylum
- Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
- Financial advice
What financial support is on offer?
- Vulnerable bursary of £1,200: for students aged 16-18 who are care leavers or in care, or claiming income support or registered disabled AND in receipt of either ESA and DLA, or PIP and Universal Credit.
- Discretionary bursary: for students aged 16-18 on 31/08/2017, or age 19+ who are on the second year of a course they started when aged 16-18, or aged 19-24 with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), and who live with a family whose income is less than £21,000 a year. The bursary will pay for essential course costs, and contribute up to 50% towards the cost of a travel pass ordered through the college.