Information for Parents

It can be a big decision for parents to let their children start a new school. Here are some frequently asked questions. 


Why did Broadstairs College develop a Technical School for 14 to 16 year olds?

The government recognises that studying only academic subjects in a secondary school environment does not suit all young people. As a result, government funding has been made available to high attaining colleges across the country to strengthen specialist technical education for 14 to 16-year-olds. Broadstairs College is keen to ensure that this offer is made available to students in the Thanet area to promote expertise in technical skills which are needed in the local economy.

Has this been done anywhere else?

Yes. As a government-led initiative, this has already been implemented in 12 other colleges around the country over the past year. We are in close contact with several of the new schools and are in the fortunate position of being able to learn from their experiences.

Are places at The Technical School at Broadstairs College free?

Yes. Places are funded by the government, in a similar way to other schools.

Isn’t my child too young to be with college students?

The Technical School has a rigorous Safeguarding Policy. Although The Technical School is located in the grounds of Broadstairs College, the students will be cared for in a safe environment. For part of the week, our Technical School students will study alongside 16-to-18-year-olds. The College has successfully operated this model for some time already, carefully integrating younger learners with older students in vocational courses.

What is your track record with this age group?

The first cohort of students started in September 2015 and are making good progress with their studies. The College has been successfully working with 14–16-year-olds in partnership with local schools and the local authority for the past 12 years.

Do students who are interested in applying need to get permission from their current school or the local authority?

No. Students and parents/carers can talk to us and make an application directly.We must have consent from parents/carers in order to offer a place. We will need to obtain information from the current school, including target GCSE grades and attendance.

Will there be parents' evenings?

We value the input of parents and know that your child’s happiness is the priority. We will hold regular parents' evenings throughout the year and encourage parents to contact us if they have any concerns or questions.

Is there a school uniform?

Yes, The Technical School has a school uniform and will provide the appropriate specialist clothing and equipment to wear for vocational activities.

Can students still receive free school meals?

Yes. Eligible students still receive free school meals, just as they would at their current School.

When can I look around the school?

We hold a series of Open Days throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming both parents and prospective students.

The Technical School Policies

The Technical School Policies can be found on our Policies page.


If you have further questions the best way to find out more about The Technical School is to come along to one of our Open Days. Alternatively, contact The Technical School who will be happy to help. For further details on our policies please email technicalschool@eastkent.ac.uk.