Student Hub

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

Student Mentors

Your Student Mentor will help you settle into College life and support you during your studies. Your Student Mentor 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 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.

Student Support is available to all students of any age. You can visit and chat with a Student Mentor 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.

Name:Direct dial:Ext / email:
Student Mentors
(Main Campus & CECAMM)
Claire Rixon
James Butchers
Nicolle Hodges
Michael Joy
Daisy Spinks

Contact Student Services on 01983 550833 or e-mail or just pop into the Student Hub (located by reception) and ask for a Student Mentor.


The College fully recognises its responsibilities for protecting Young People and Adults with Care and Support needs and as such has a named member of the Senior Management Team, Roland White. Roland is the college Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), the college also have a Head of Safeguarding and Student advocacy, Michelle Campbell.  Michelle is one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead’s at the college and in practice works most closely with young people.  The college have a Safeguarding 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


There may be times when you maybe experiencing a difficult situation, have work issues, relationship problems, bereavement, depression or anxiety. The Student Mentor Support team, based by reception in the Student Hub, are able to give objective and confidential advice about a wide range of issues, regardless of whether the problem is related to personal circumstances or College studies.

To contact the Student Mentor Support team  please email:


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”.

Other Useful links


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.


Do you have issues with drugs or alcohol?

The College work closely with Inclusion (previously 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 contact Student Services by emailing 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.

Pride Alliance: Informal group for students who identify as LGBTQ+ and their friends to meet new people and chat.

For help and support outside of college, contact Breakout Youth


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.


If you look after someone – perhaps a friend or relative who needs your support with illness, disability, poor mental health, substance abuse or frailty, then you are a carer and we are here to help.

Ask your tutor or student services about how we can support you and what benefits and help you may be entitled to as a young carer.

You can also contact Isle of Wight College Young Carers by emailing:

ADDITIONAL Advice and Guidance

In order to support all students in their learning journey here at the College, for students with a disability we have developed the following advice and guidance.

Please contact for further information.

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