Information for Parents

East Coast College firmly believes that working together with parents and carers is very important, even after the age of 16.

Parents of new students are invited to a special introductory Parents Evening in October and another is held in the early Spring/Summer term to enable parents to meet subject staff and discuss progress. You will also receive two reports on your son or daughter’s progress.

For more information, select one of the options from the drop down menu below.

East Coast College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The College has measures in place to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any concerns please contact Student Services (Great Yarmouth campus) or the Advice Centre (Lowestoft campus).

Anti-bullying Policy
East Coast College is committed to providing a supportive, friendly, safe and positive environment free from offensive behaviour. Bullying of any kind is therefore not tolerated and disciplinary action will follow.

New GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G. Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the current A*. The new system is intended to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students.

The grades will be given for the first time in 2017 exam results, for specifications that first started teaching in 2015. By 2019, all GCSE results will be using the new system.



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Substance Misuse

Legal Highs
On 6th April 2016, the law on legal highs will change. People may continue to talk about legal highs, but the legal term will be ‘Psychoactive Substances’. The new Act will make it an offence to produce, supply or offer to supply any psychoactive substance if the substance is likely to be used for its psychoactive effects and regardless of its potential for harm. However, possession will not be an offence, only importing, exporting or the intent to supply.

Mental Health

Coping with Self-Harm

Suffolk Family Carers

Fact Sheets for Children in Care
The Who Cares? Trust is a voice for children and young people either in care or are care leavers. In the autumn of 2015, the Trust set up an advice line (020 7017 8901) and have now published three factsheets in response to the issues that frequently come up.

The Who Cares? Trust website has really useful resources for young people and professionals. In addition the Trust have another website, Propel, aimed specifically at supporting care leavers who wish to consider university.

Education Healthcare Plans
Suffolk local offer:

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SEND reforms:
Sexual Health


More information on these duties can be found on the Government’s website at:

The following document shows how police, partners and communities can counter violent extremism on the pathway to terrorism:

and the Government's strategy document :

East Coast College is part of a jointly run operation with Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Police called Operation Encompass. Encompass has been set-up to help schools and colleges to provide support to children and young people who have been present at incidents of domestic violence. We know that children and young people can be significantly physically or emotionally harmed when they are involved in, present or witness to domestic violence. 

East Coast College will receive a confidential phone call from the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub before 9am on the morning after any domestic incident where a student at East Coast College has been involved in, present or witness to domestic violence. 

East Coast College have designated the Safeguarding and Wellbeing team as Key Adults. They have received training from Norfolk County Council to allow them to use the information that has been shared, in confidence to make sure that the right support is available for children and their families, who have been involved in or witnessed a domestic violence incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

If you have any concerns or questions then please contact one of the Safeguarding and Wellbeing team and we will be happy to discuss this further. 

Careers and Wellbeing Programme

The programme is designed to bring together topics that help students develop a greater understanding of how to be healthy, happy and make a positive contribution to their immediate and wider communities. The programme complements vocational studies by focusing on wellbeing and careers progression. We welcome any ideas from parents and carers of areas we could cover in the programme, or if you have expertise in this area and would like to help us deliver some of the programme. To discuss the programme please get in touch with Maria Watson GY campus or Karen Lawless Lowestoft campus