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Salisbury College failed in duty of care
2:55pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Letters
I AM writing about the fact that Salisbury College has failed in its duty of care.
My daughter has just received a letter (dated August 16) to say that “Regretfully the A2 programme has closed”.
This means that half way through her A-levels, and with only two weeks’ notice before the new semester begins, she has to try to find somewhere new to finish her A-levels, or change to something else.
The college must have had prior knowledge of this fact so why were the students not informed earlier? The fact that they were not even told on Thursday when they got their Alevel results, to me shows a level of cowardice and complete lack of student welfare on the part of the college.
While my daughter has had several problems while at the college including loss of coursework (which has happened on several occasions) or the fact that she has had to put up with eight teachers for three subjects, or that she wasn’t even properly submitted to the correct exam boards, I would not like anyone to think that this is either just a rant or even a personal vendetta, but is in fact genuine concern from parents who are worried about their child’s welfare and education.
I mean, I’m pretty sure that the Government’s mantra was ‘education, education, education’.
So I ask again - how is she supposed to find anywhere to help or take her with only two weeks’ notice?
As the answer to this is “with great difficulty”, then, as I said earlier, Wiltshire College has failed in its duty of care to its students.
MATTHEW TRUEMAN, Salisbury
TWO days after receiving my results - which I passed and was very pleased with - I got a letter that said: “It is with sincere regret that we have to inform you that the college is unable to offer a programme of A2 and/or AS subjects this September.”
As a now-former student of the Wiltshire College sixth form centre, I find this disgraceful.
Their reason was too few students - but when I enrolled a year ago, they promised that they would continue a course no matter if only three people enrolled for it.
It does not just affect the A2s, but the new students and the teachers. They also state that “small class sizes would not provide the stimulating environment that we expect for students” but many lecturers both at the sixth form (and in a wide range establishments) prefer smaller classes due to the added support each student gets.
Now, students have to try to find “suitable alternatives” within the last two weeks of the summer holiday.
We students now have less than two weeks to find a place at another sixth form, when many other sixth forms will already have filled their places.
ALICE COLLINS, Salisbury
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