Hugh Baird College

Janine Hopewell

Janine Hopewell

Retention and Progression Coordinator for Health and Wellbeing
0151 353 4462

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.

Hugh Baird College still works to the Standards of the Buttle UK Quality Mark. We offer Care Leaver support for 16-18s. We know that your circumstances are private, and we also know that they are unique to you as an individual, so when you need our support, we will tailor it to suit your circumstances.

We have six safeguarding officers, who you can report any concerns to. Our Student Services team offers you extensive Pastoral support to enable you to reach your full potential. We have a Pastoral Team Lead and on-site Student Counsellor based in The POD, Student Services, all of whom you can access on a safe-space, confidential drop-in every week day, term-time.

We also have Retention and Progression Co-ordinators who can support you with any barriers to your progression on your learner journey. The Student Services team are happy to help and advise you.

We have strong internal and external links so, no matter what your concern might be, we will guide and support you to reach your full potential. All the services we provide are confidential and supportive.

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

We host an annual Fresher's Fair where we regularly have Agencies who can help you with Financial advice. We have key team members who can advise you through any financial struggles.

Our Retention and Progression team have regular contact with local Social Services Agencies, making it possible to negotiate an appropriate support package between our financial support mechanisms, and those monies available through council bursaries.

We make regular referrals to external organisations such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, with whom we have strong links, and offer an onsite drop-in facility.We offer financial awareness and management sessions on budgeting, setting up and managing bank accounts, and appropriate lending streams available to avoid accumulating debt. 

Asylum seekers who have leave to remain and who have been in the country for at least six months (or who have had an appeal for asylum lodged for six months or more and are still awaiting the outcome) would be eligible to apply.
It would be necessary for an asylum seeker to demonstrate through documentary evidence that they have been in the country for this length of time, and that they are able to remain in the country for the duration of the course. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial support for tuition fees for these learners. It would be necessary to evidence that the fee can be paid in full and that the student would have adequate financial support for the duration of the course. Once a place has been gained on a course, it would be possible to apply for some financial support through the access to learning fund (excluding tuition fees), which is allocated through specific criteria.

Please note: we have no Tier 4 licence to take overseas students.

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