Forming a close working relationship with the parents of our students is a key part of New College’s strategy for ensuring our students are happy and successful in their time with us.
As such, we aim to ensure that our communication with parents is:
We use a variety of channels to talk to parents. These include electronic forms, such as the College website, the e-newsletter and Cedar, as well as traditional print-based forms such as letters home or publicity material. In all of these we strive to ensure that the same messages and expectations are being communicated clearly. Key pieces of information about term dates, course details and college policies are written in an easy-to-understand style.
We work hard at making sure that the information you receive arrives in good time. For example, we send letters home before taking students on trips and publicise unexpected news like snow days as soon as possible via every channel available.
We want communication with parents to be a two-way process. That’s way it’s now easier than ever before to get in touch with your son or daughter’s teachers via Cedar, or to contact the College about illness or concerns.
Our formal intervention procedures have been designed to ensure consistently high standards of behaviour, achievement and attendance. Subject teachers and progress tutors work together to ensure timely interventions are implemented to support students where necessary. Formal interventions also provide teachers and tutors the opportunity to hold 1:1 meetings and agree targets to improve student performance.
Channels: How do we communicate with parents?
We have a number of communication channels with parents. These include:
This online system allows you to check your son or daughter’s attendance and performance, as well as reading their pastoral logs. It contains the very latest up-to-date information on how our students are getting on in their lessons, and allows parents to email teachers directly. If you have any problem accessing Cedar, please email: ITHelpdesk@ncpontefract.ac.uk
Still the most convenient one-stop-shop for all information about College life, be it publicity, policies or personnel.
Our social media accounts are a great way of keeping up to date with all of our latest news and events. They can be found at:
Instagram – ncpontefract
This is our VLE [Virtual Learning Environment] where you’ll be able to find out more detailed information about the courses your son or daughter is taking: http://moodle.ncpontefract.ac.uk/
As well as the electronic communication mentioned above, we also send letters home.
How to contact a subject teacher or Progress Tutor
It is possible for students and/or parents/guardians to arrange an appointment to see a Progress Tutor or subject teacher to speak to them about any College related issue. This can be done via telephone on 01977 702139 and asking for the progress tutor/subject teacher you wish to speak to or alternatively, you can contact the progress tutors direct via email if that is more convenient.
If you wish to contact one of your teachers by email, simply type the teachers name plus ‘@ncpontefract.ac.uk’, E.g.
Phil Clarkson – ICT email@example.com
Senior Progress Tutors
Jo Holden firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Smitten email@example.com
Emma Chappell-Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Earnshaw email@example.com
Glenn Hazelhurst firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Lonsdale email@example.com
Andrew Reveley firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Ripley email@example.com
Sally Small firstname.lastname@example.org