The College offers exciting programmes across a range of subjects, and provide support to those who need it.

Your Student Progress Advisor will help you settle into College life and support you during your studies. Student Progress Advisors will inform, advise and guide you with any issues you may experience during your time at College which may impact on your learning and if necessary refer you on to an appropriate external agency for further help. They are your first point of contact should you have any safeguarding issues.

They will also support your progression into Higher Education, onto another College course or into employment. If you are unsure of your options or require further support they may refer you to the College Careers Adviser, Catherine Jackson.

The Student Progress Advisor drop in center is available to all students of any age. You can visit and chat with a Student Progress Advisor about any issue that is a barrier to your education. We can help you access specialist help and advice when you are not sure which way to turn. Contact us on 550657 or e-mail or just pop into Student Services and ask for a Student Progress Advisor.

Opening times

  • Monday – Friday 8:45am to 3:30pm (during Term Time only)

The College fully recognises its responsibilities for protecting Young People and Vulnerable Adults and as such has a named member of the Senior Management Team responsible for Safeguarding and a policy which applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the College.

The College will:

  • Establish a safe working environment in which students can learn and develop and where they feel secure and are listened to
  • Ensure that students know there are staff in the College who they can approach if they are worried

The Isle of Wight College safeguarding policy draws upon a number of relevant government and local policy and procedures and is developed in line with the Policies and Principals of the local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB).

View our Safeguarding policy

The Isle of Wight Youth Trust is a local charity dedicated to supporting children and young people age 5-24 on the Isle of Wight. You can contact them by phone 01983 529569 or email

You can also contact the Samaritans by phoning for free on 116 123. They “offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you”.

Any student at The Isle of Wight College with an education, healthcare plan (EHCP) or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or a disability, can request additional support with their learning. Support options include: in class support, sensory support, assistive technology, specialist tutor dyslexia support, specialist assessment for exam arrangements, speech and language support, communicators for hearing impaired learners and assistive technology for visually impaired learners. For further advice/information, you can contact the ALS team on 550811 or email

Margaret Fraser is available to give spiritual guidance, pastoral support and to discuss ethical issues with students of all faiths and none. Margaret is a Christian minister but can put you in touch with leaders of other faith communities. Margaret can be contacted on or 07808798245.

Do you have issues with drugs or alcohol?

The College work closely with the Island Recovery Integrated Service (also known as IRIS). Students can discuss any issues they may be experiencing with substances, drugs and alcohol.

Following a referral, you may be offered an appointment on a one-to-one basis to offer support, guidance and information. These appointments can take place at the College if you prefer.

You can phone the Student Progress Advisor Team on 01983 550581 or email for further information.

Parents with a child suffering from an addiction may also get confidential advice and support from Talk to Frank (telephone 0300 123 6600).

Student Services offer helpful, friendly and supportive advice and guidance and can help with any questions or issues you may have, please contact Student Services to arrange a confidential appointment. The College also host a LGBTIQA group – please contact

If you have any queries regarding College facilities/support for students with disabilities/learning difficulties please contact: Rosie Barnard, Equality & Diversity Manager. Rosie will support you to access members of the college team who can help you with all matters to do with support for students, both full and part-time. She will be available to discuss with students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties any issues relating to access to College, admission and/or courses of study, individual needs, such as support in or out of class.

To help students with disabilities/learning difficulties succeed on their chosen courses The Isle of Wight College will make sure you:

  • Receive guidance and support from experienced staff in course selection
  • Receive, where appropriate, individual support in and/or outside class
  • Are encouraged to develop your self-esteem, independence and assertiveness skills

It is The Isle of Wight College’s aim to encourage the participation of students:

  • With physical disabilities
  • With sensory impairments such as visual or hearing difficulties
  • With learning difficulties and disabilities
  • With mental health problems
  • With any other disabilities as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act

This means that The Isle of Wight College is committed to offering educational opportunities to a wide range of students/clients and to offering the advice and support necessary for people with disabilities/learning difficulties to join the courses they wish to study and to succeed on them.

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