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Parents – prospective student

Supporting and advising your child through the decision making process as they prepare to leave school, can be really difficult – especially if you don’t feel knowledgeable about the options available.


The best advice we can offer you is to:

    • Attend our college open evenings
      Meet the staff, tour the facilities and explore all the options available. Use this opportunity to ask questions about our links with employers, work placements and how we will work with them to ensure they are as job ready as they can be. Our Principal and Deputy Principal also deliver parent presentations at the open evening. For our open evening dates please click here.
    • Explore this website
      Search courses, read the course information and find out about curriculum area facilities where we have highlighted key information for you
    • Visit our stand at Y11 or Y10 parent evenings at local schools
      Come and say hello and have a chat with us.  We also attend school events every week, deliver assemblies, lunchtime drop-ins and attend careers fairs.  Encourage your son/daughter to talk to us and discuss the options available to them
    • Attend a 1:1 with a member of the careers team with your child if you need advice
      Our specialist staff will sit down with you and explore interests and careers.  Try this link to access a fun quiz to help your child discover their career likes and dislikes
    • Ask your child to apply to study with us
      They are not committed and do not have to make a decision to study with us, until GCSE results day in August.  The interview with a curriculum staff will also help your son/daughter with their decision making.  You are very welcome to join them at the interview – in fact a lot of parents do accompany their child to these events.


Once your child is offered a place at college, he/she will be invited to a college taster session, 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM.  You too will be invited in on the same evening at 6.30 PM to meet our Principal and ask her any questions you may have.


Outstanding Academic Success

  • A significant number of Warrington & Vale Royal College students achieved straight distinctions (equivalent to 3 A grades at A Level)
  • Winners of a host of regional, national and world competitions in a variety of subject areas.


Additional benefits for all of our students:

  • Free healthy breakfasts before 9am
  • Discounted Orford Jubilee Park gym membership
  • Free membership of Student Societies
  • Free college parking
  • Free financial, health and welfare advice
  • Discounted beauty treatments in the Academy Beauty Salon
  • Attendance and achievement rewards (dependent on meeting specific criteria).

Why should my child choose Warrington & Vale Royal College?

  • Over 2,000 16-18 year-old students choose to study at Warrington & Vale Royal College each year.  We have a wide range of courses including GCSE, A Level equivalent courses (BTECs and NVQs), apprenticeships and higher education; preparing our young people for thousands of different careers
  • We are ranked in the top 10 of colleges nationally for pass rates, for the third consecutive year (Further Education and Skills Agency, March 2019). If you choose to study with us in September, we will help you to fulfill your potential and progress towards a bright future
  • Warrington & Vale Royal College has been named as the 5th most successful with GCSE English students out of 205 General Further Education (GFE) colleges. This puts the college in the top 2% in the country
  • For maths, the report puts Warrington & Vale Royal College in 27th place, putting it in the top 13% of all GFE colleges
  • Working together, we have ensured that teaching and learning is better so that we achieve the best possible outcomes for the young people who choose to study with us. To date, we have secured unprecedented improvement for our 16-18 years old learners, with our student achievement data now well above the national average
  • Your son/daughter will have access to an outstanding learning environment, designed to give them the practical skills, knowledge and experience for career success
  • The college has a fully equipped Learning Resources Centre, combining traditional library services with the latest technology and facilities.
  • Our Orford Park sporting facilities are available for use by our students. Facilities include a swimming pool, fitness suite, squash courts, sports hall, cycling paths, plus much more
  • The campus is also home to fully operational hair and beauty training salons, a variety of construction workshops, a fully equipped training restaurant and state-of-the-art creative and performing arts facilities.