Information for Parents

A starring role in your child's future

Here at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form, we are dedicated to your child’s success. We also believe that your input is a vital to this success and we encourage all parents and guardians to play an active role in their son or daughter’s learning. We will work closely with you to ensure that you are kept fully informed of their academic progress and attendance.

As part of our commitment to this key relationship between student, parent and College, we will provide:

  • Prompt contact in the event of poor attendance
  • Progress reports twice a year
  • An invitation each year to attend parents' evening
  • A parents' handbook which includes essential information and contact numbers
  • A university guidance meeting at the end of the first year of your son or daughter's A Level programme


What if I know my son or daughter is going to be absent?

If you know that your son or daughter is going to be absent from College please ring the Absence Hotline before 9am and leave the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your son/daughter’s name.
  • Your son/daughter’s student number
  • Course and tutor
  • When you expect them to return
  • Reason for absence

Absence Hotline on 01282 440 293 


You can also let us know by text message. As long as we have your mobile number registered with us you can text the word “Absence” to 07950080780 followed by you son/daughters name, the reason and when you expect them to return.


Text message and email attendance alerts

Maintaining high levels of attendance is the surest way to ensure your son or daughter’s success at College. As part of the College’s attendance and absence monitoring process we will use SMS text messaging and emails to notify parents or guardians if your son or daughter misses a class. Click HERE to find out more.

Parents' guides

A supportive and inspiring environment

The change from school to college can seem very daunting to a young person. They may be travelling further from home or studying subjects that are unfamiliar to them. They will certainly be meeting lots of new people and making lots of new friends. It is therefore important that we do all we can to help them to settle into College life. At Nelson and Colne College we pride ourselves on providing a supportive, safe and friendly environment in which students will successfully realise their potential.

Please browse our website to learn more about the programmes of study available, the support we offer and other general information about the College, including our outstanding results. You might find our Student Services page a good starting point.

Once your child has received an offer of a place on one of our programmes, you will be sent a Parents’ Guide which contains a wealth of information about what to expect. You can download a Vocational Parent’s Guide (New students), Vocational Parent’s Guide (Returning students) or A Level Parent’s Guide here.


Nelson and Colne College
Scotland Road, Nelson
Lancashire, BB9 7YT

Telephone: 01282 440 200

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