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Parent Communication January 2023

Stay in touch with what is happening across the Derby College Group


Current students at DCG

Term Dates

Parents Evening Dates

Prospective students of DCG

DCG Open Days

Happy New Year from all at DCG We hope you enjoyed a break over the festive season.

The holiday season is upon us and your child will have a break from College. The College is closed to students from the 23rd December and re-opens on the 10th January 2023.

View our full list of Term Dates for more information.


Parents Consultation Evenings are an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject teacher to discuss their progress on their course.

Our online booking system is now live for the Year 2, November events. Click on the event you want to attend below to find out more and book your slot. Online booking for the other events listed will be available soon, we will contact you again when the system is live.

Year 2 students

The Roundhouse – 15th November 2022
The Joseph Wright Centre – 16th November 2022
Broomfield Hall – 17th November 2022
Broomfield Hall – 24th January 2023
The Roundhouse – 25th January 2023
The Joseph Wright Centre – 26th January 2023
Virtual catch-ups (on Teams or Phone) – 13th – 17th March 2023

Year 1 students

The Roundhouse – 6th December 2022
The Joseph Wright Centre – 7th December 2022
Broomfield Hall – 8th December 2022

Parent and Carer Support

Join the DCG Parent and Carer Support Group…
We have created a Parent and Carer Support Group on Facebook, as a place for you to:

  • Access resources and content related to well-being, careers, study skills
  • Ask questions and offer suggestions related to College
  • Network and support other parents and carers.

The page is managed by the Student Pastoral Coaches from each campus who can answer your queries. Join the DCG Parent and Carer Support Group

How to check your childs progress, attendance and targets – Access the Parents Portal We have a dedicated online Parents Portal for you to log onto. The Parents Portal enables you to view your child’s live attendance, progress reports and SMART Targets. Access the Parents Portal Please note: some parents may not have access to parent portal due to consent not being given. If your child would like to give you consent to access the portal they need to visit Student Services.

Parent Voice

Your views matter to us and the feedback you provide will help us shape the service we provide your son, daughter or child in your care at Derby College. If you would like to tell us your views please email Parent Voice

Student Bursary’s

Here at DCG, we are committed to helping our students overcome any financial barriers which might prevent them from making the most of their educational opportunities.

If money troubles do start to affect studies with Derby College Group, students could receive additional financial support with study-related costs such as equipment, trips and travel.

If your household income is below £25,500 AFTER tax or if you, are in receipt of Universal Credit or Tax Credits, your young person may be eligible for a student bursary to help with the cost of travel to and from college, lunch while you they are at college and uniform, PPE or text books.

If you have not yet applied and you think you may be eligible, please email the student’s name, ID number and the site they attend to


Are you thinking about getting back into education? Take a look below at some events we have coming up which may be of interest to you…

Get Into Teaching Open Evening

Please note this event is specifically for people who want to teach: Automotive, Construction, Engineering, Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse in The Engine Shed
Date: 25-01-2023 Time: 5pm-7pm

Whether you’re ready to start your career in teaching or just curious, we can answer your questions at a Get Into Teaching event.

Find out more and pre-register.

The Community College Ilkeston Open Evening

Adult Learning Opportunities

Location: Ilkeston Community College
Date: 01-02-2022 Time: 5pm – 6.30pm

We’ve got an exciting range of adult learning courses for those who want to get back into education, refresh their knowledge or are looking for a new hobby.

Find out more and pre-register.

Equine Careers Fair

Are you passionate about the equine industry but don’t know what to do? Then come along to our equine careers fair and find a career for you!

Location: Broomfield Hall, Equestrian Centre
Date: 16-02-2023 Time: 11am – 2pm

Find out more and pre-register.

Coming Soon!

Parent and Carer Workshops

We’re currently making the final arrangements to give DCG Parents and Carers the opportunity to access a variety of free 30 minute workshops, including: Basics of British Sign language – Restorative Language – Resilience – LGBTQ+ – Mental Wealth – Exam Prep – UCAS application

The first workshop will be held on Wednesday 8th March, 16:00 – 18:00 at the Roundhouse. There will be limited spaces at this event and booking will be essential. We will be emailing further information about this event and how to book very soon!

The Dangers of Frozen Water

Every year children are at risk when they are tempted to play on the ice formed on open waters and adults and themselves at risk as they attempt to save them. Over 50 % of ice related drowning involved an attempted rescue of another person or a dog.

Areas with frozen waters can be beautiful to look at but they are also extremely dangerous. Some useful tips to help you enjoy these areas safely.


The College Careers team can support all students with a range of things, including: making decisions about their next step options, ways to identify and develop their strengths, skills and abilities in relation to their next step; plus, practical help with making applications and preparing CVs.

To book a Careers appointment for support with a range of careers issues, including Next Steps guidance and option choices, students, or their parents/carers, can email:

Level 3, Year 2 students

The UCAS national deadline 25th January 2023. There are still students wo have not submitted their UCAS forms for checking and sending to UCAS.

As a matter of urgency, please encourage your child to fully complete their online UCAS form (by going to ‘Review and submit’) and then ask them to arrange to meet with their personal tutor to complete the online Hand-in Checklist

If needed, please contact the Careers team for a discussion regarding how we can support your child to successful completion.

As we broke up for the Christmas holiday, over 200 students had applied through UCAS, for a wide range of courses including:

Veterinary Medicine, Accounting, Primary Teaching, Aerospace Engineering, Sustainable Agriculture, Pharmacy, Astrophysics, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Nursing, Computer Science, Fashion Marketing, Music Performance, Occupational Therapy, Archaeology and Egyptology, Physiotherapy, Volcanology, Paramedicine, Law, Sustainable Development, Graphic Design, Midwifery, Equine Sport Science, Social Work, Forensic Psychology, Musical Theatre, Motorsport Engineering, Creative Writing, Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, Game Design, Economics, Animation and Screenwriting, Product Design, Evolutionary Anthropology, Software Engineering, Diagnostic Radiography, Cyber Security, International Tourism Management, Quantity Surveying, Digital Media, Public Relations, Zoology and Herpetology and many more!

What another interesting and varied range of choices our students have made this year!

All Levels of students

ational Apprenticeship Week

If your son/daughter is considering the option of an apprenticeship, from summer 2023, here’s a reminder of National Apprenticeships Week 2023: 6th-12th February

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) brings together businesses and potential apprentices to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy and gives future apprentices top tips on how to apply and how to succeed!

Activities and events, as part of NAW, will be taking place in College beginning with an event on the 1st February ‘Diversity into Engineering’ (details of all college activity will be communicated next month), but to find out more about the national week, as whole,

Level 3, Year 1 students

*APPLICATIONS OPEN for the Sutton Trust UK Summer Schools

These are aimed at students who are interested in going to University full time or interested in taking a Degree Apprenticeships. Both programmes are completely free to attend. All costs – including travel, accommodation, food and activities – are paid.

Two Summer Schools are available:

*Full Time study: offers the chance to experience what university life is like, from academic taster sessions to social activities, your child will get the chance to meet like-minded young people from across the UK and explore a subject of their choice at a leading UK university

*Degree Apprenticeship: a chance to gain an in depth understanding of degree apprenticeships, what they involve and whether a degree apprenticeship is the right choice for your child

Students applying to either of the above UK Summer Schools must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
  • Be in Year 12 (Year 1 or Level 3, Year 1)

Applications open this month; you can view their website to check when applications are live and apply:

*Please contact the Careers team for support if required. The team can support your child with identifying which programme to apply for plus, help to check whether they meet the eligibility criteria and support them to complete the application. Contact the Careers team:


More information for Parents and Carers can be found on the DCG website.