With fantastic modern facilities and a focus on preparing our students for work, Aylesbury College is the place to be. There is a wide range of courses available and we’re sure that there is something that is just right for you.
But choosing your course is just the start. Everyone at Aylesbury College is focused on delivering an outstanding experience for all our students. We have a strong and vibrant structure for student representation and we work closely with students to deliver a wide range of activities and experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
Student Voice – The College Council and student representative system
We want to hear the views and opinions of our students and work in partnership to drive continuous improvement in the College; so we place great importance on our student representative structure. Representation begins at tutor group level – each group votes for representatives who will attend regular Curriculum Council meetings – where they meet with department heads and discuss issues and concerns around their subject areas. Each of the six Curriculum Councils elects members of the College Council which meets five times a year and focuses on important cross-College issues.
The College Council is chaired by a member of the Directorate and the Student President and both Curriculum and College Councils run a ‘You Say, You Suggested, We Implemented’ process which is closely monitored for updates and progress on issues raised. We issue all of our student reps with a handbook explaining their role and training to enable them to be effective student reps.
We encourage all students to act as Student Ambassadors for the College and help out at Open Days and other College events.
The College has a paid Student President, Alister Johnson who works with staff and students to help ensure that the student voice is heard. The Student President is responsible for seeking out student views through a variety of activities such as informal surveys and our popular ‘sticky note sessions’ where students can give their views on a range of topics.
Communicating with Students
The ‘formal’ feedback routes are through the Curriculum and College Councils and the ‘You Say, You Suggested, We Implemented’ process. In addition there are many other channels through which students can make their views known – sticky note sessions, the suggestion box, Cloud and our independent third-party organisation The Wow Awards.
We have a dedicated Marketing Co-ordinator whose role is to liaise with schools and also to enhance the student experience within College by running events and information sessions on a wide variety of topics. This year we have run a successful Careers Fair, a Higher Education Fair and a whole host of other events such as Barclays Money Skills Week, the sexual health road show and anti-bullying week – to name but a few. Much of this activity is centred on our key priority of preparing our students for work.