Welcome to the Parents' Zone

This section of the website has been developed to provide parents and guardians with relevant, up-to-date information relating to college life.

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Welcome to our new Parents’ Zone which has been designed to introduce you and your family to this exciting new chapter in your child’s education and to help you in supporting them in achieving excellent results and outcomes whilst at the College. Our experience tells us that a strong three-way partnership between the student, the College and the student’s parents or guardians helps in achieving the very best outcomes and therefore we are keen to involve you in this educational journey as much as possible.

At Gower College Swansea we are expert in supporting young people as they move through this phase of education into the working world or onto higher education, with our success based on providing first class experiences for your son or daughter and which includes excellent teaching, good facilities and great care and support.  The range of College programmes available allow young people to improve their qualifications and progress to good jobs or to higher education and also to meet new people and do new things.  There is serious hard work to be done but also fun and friendship to be enjoyed.

We hope that you find this new Parents’ Zone stimulating and useful – and if you have any questions or comments as to how we can further improve it, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Kind Regards
Mark Jones
Principal


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A parent’s perspective: Kay Paton – pictured above.

Kay’s son Dylan took A Levels in Media Studies, PE and Art and Design – alongside the Welsh Baccalaureate – at the Gorseinon campus. 

“I would confidently recommend Gower College Swansea as a place to study to other parents.

We initially planned that Dylan would study A Levels at a popular local comprehensive school sixth form. This decision was made on the basis that he has dyspraxia and needs ALN (additional learning needs) provision, which we initially felt would be best facilitated in a school.

However, this did not materialise and so we contacted Gower College Swansea to see if Dylan could continue his A2 studies there. The college staff went to great lengths to accommodate us, checking the feasibility of switching exam boards, telephoning us and meeting us on several occasions to ensure that Dylan’s transition to college was stress free.

Dylan has been extremely well supported by the ALN department, especially during the potentially stressful examination period. In addition, Dylan’s personal tutor – who was also his PE lecturer – formed a close bond with Dylan and was a big help during the UCAS application process.

As a parent, I found the lecturers easily accessible and it was reassuring to meet most of them at the parents’ evenings. I was particularly impressed by the fact that, on enrolment day, the Graphics and PE lecturers personally introduced themselves to Dylan and discussed their courses with him in some detail.

I have felt informed and involved in my son’s education throughout his studies at Gower College Swansea. I’ve received regular written communication, I’ve communicated with the College on the telephone and I’m aware too of the online resources available to track student attendance and report absence etc.

The college is modern and well maintained with a well-positioned reception area which is always staffed by helpful personnel ready to provide support and information to students and visitors. I feel the arts and performing arts facilities are particularly impressive.”