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

Your child will have access to a learning environment designed to give them the practical skills, knowledge and experience for career success.

Why should my child choose Warrington & Vale Royal College?

  • We have a wide range of courses including GCSE, A Level equivalent courses (BTECs), apprenticeships and higher education; preparing our young people for thousands of different careers.
  • We are proud to have achieved a ‘Good’ rating in our latest Ofsted inspection (October 2019).
  • We continue to consistently deliver outstanding results and are ranked in the top 12 colleges nationally – the top 7%.
  • Over 80% of students studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma achieved one or more Distinction grades.
  • Almost a third of students studying a BTEC Extended Diploma achieved the highest grade possible of Triple Distinction Star, the equivalent to 3 A* grades at A Level.
  • More than 90% of our apprentices continue in employment once they have finished their apprenticeship
  • A record number of Level 3 students progressed to their first choice of university.
  • Your son/daughter will have access to an outstanding learning environment, designed to give them the practical skills, knowledge and experience for career success.
  • All 16-18 students can enjoy a free healthy breakfast before classes start at 9am. They also have access to free college transport options and free membership of student societies.

The best advice we can offer you is to:

Attend our college open evenings
Meet our friendly staff, tour our state-of-the-art facilities and explore all the study options available. Use this opportunity to ask questions about our links with high-profile employers and how we will work with them to ensure your son/daughter is as ‘job ready’ as they can be.

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 year 11 or year 10 parent’s evenings at local schools
Come and have a chat with our school engagement team at your school’s parent’s evening. 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 feel your child needs additional careers advice, a member of our specialist careers staff will sit down with you and your child and delve deeper into his/her interests and career aspirations. Try this link to access a fun quiz to help your child discover their career likes and dislikes. You can also take a look at careermag for parents. Their latest issue is filled with articles about options for school leavers.

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 pre-college interview with a member of our 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 their interview.

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

To report a student absence please call 01925 494498.

To report a safeguarding issue please call 01925 494222 or email

What do parents say about Warrington & Vale Royal College?

“My son’s science tutors are excellent and support him fully. He has really engaged for the first time in his education and has some real direction and focus.”  – Parent of an Applied Science student

“My daughter has completely changed –  she’s a lot happier than she was at school and a lot more confident. She was worried about making new friends but she has made so many!  I know she will do well with help from the college. I couldn’t be more proud of her.” – Parent of an Art & Design student

“I feel very satisfied with the college and my son’s tutor. My son comes home and explains everything he has done that day with a smile and a sense of achievement. Thank you!” – Parent of an Electrical Installation student

“We didn’t really look at many colleges as my son had set his heart on a particular one. Saying that, things didn’t work out as planned and attending Warrington & Vale Royal College was the best decision he has made. He is thriving and has grown so much in confidence. You are focused on his development and have identified his strengths and weaknesses to fully accommodate him. I can’t praise Warrington & Vale Royal College enough.” – Parent of a Creative & Digital Media student