Additional Learning Support

We help students to fulfil their potential with Additional Learning Support. Our experienced team of staff are trained to support a range of different needs, difficulties and disabilities.

These include:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Physical difficulties
  • Autism and ADHD
  • Dyslexia screening and support
  • Mental health issues
  • Hearing / visual impairment

To contact the Additional Learning Support team (ASL) team, please ask at reception or call: Hall Green/Golden Hillock: 0121 694 6315 Digbeth: 0121 694 7035 Bordesley Green: 0121 644 2914 Handsworth: 0121 644 2829 Longbridge: 0121 477 1754

Education health and care plans

It is really important for you to tell the college if your child has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), so that we can give them the support they need to succeed on their course.

To find out more or to access this help, please ask at reception for the Additional Learning Support team (ASL), or call:

Hall Green/Golden Hillock: 0121 694 6315

Digbeth: 0121 694 7035

Bordesley Green: 0121 644 2914

Handsworth: 0121 644 2829

Longbridge: 0121 477 1754

The ALS team will meet with your child to assess their needs and discuss a range of support strategies. These could include:

  • Adjustments teachers may make
  • Equipment to assist students
  • Help from a support worker in or out of class
  • Support from a specialist
  • Support from external agencies
  • Special arrangements for exams Students can also discuss their personal needs with their tutors.

Equality & Diversity

Every year, the College creates an Equality & Diversity Calendar. This details - and celebrates - important dates of cultural and religious significance throughout the year.

Over the last academic year, the College has welcomed guest speakers such as Bobbi Pickard and Kash the Flash, facilitated workshops, and celebrated cultural days. We are proud of the diversity of our college community. We strive to be a socially inclusive organisation that recognises, values and celebrates individual differences, where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential.

Our Equality & Diversity Strategy

LGBTQIA+ Support

The College runs a monthly LGBTQIA+ informal group. This is where students and staff can meet in a safe space, access support, socialise, and take part in educational activities which benefit not only our College but also our local community.

We are an all-inclusive group, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Students’ Union

What is a Students’ Union?

A Students’ Union is an organisation which offers a variety of programmes, activities, services, and facilities that collectively represent the community life of the college.

What is the purpose of the Students’ Union?

The purpose of the Students’ Union is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organising and carrying out college activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to college spirit and community welfare, the Students’ Union is the voice of the student body.

What are the roles of the Students’ Union?

  • To officially represent all of the students within the College
  • To identify and help solve problems encountered by students in the College
  • To communicate students’ opinions to the College executives
  • To promote and encourage the involvement of students in organising college activities

Your Students’ Union Reps:

Cayman Flynn: President

Adam Toufik: Campus Officer: Longbridge (Bournville College)

Ess Marseglia: LGBTQ+ Officer

Liah McCallah: Women’s officer

Michaela Mooney: Disability Officer

Nikta Sharif: Diversity Officer

Tasifiyah Choudry: Sustainability Officer

Popal Hamed: H.E Officer

Chad Dabbs and Enya O’Connel-Strevens: Governors (non-Students’ Union)

If you have any questions about the Students’ Union, please contact:


From college trips to sports and social clubs, the College offers lots of enrichment activities for your child to get involved in.

See below for a snapshot of what’s on offer:

  • LGBT Group
  • Cricket Sessions
  • Roller Skating Sessions
  • Law Society
  • College Trips


Housing, health issues, financial support, mental health, family problems…

We know that sometimes students face problems, are looking for help, or simply need information.

We are here to make sure that there is always someone to turn to.

Our team works alongside a series of external agencies to make sure that you have access to expert advice and support.

You can contact us either on the numbers below, or by popping into your campus’ Student Services.

Hall Green: 0121 694 5005

Digbeth: 0121 694 7035

Bordesley Green: 0121 644 2004

Golden Hillock: 0121 644 2847

Handsworth: 0121 644 2829

Longbridge: 0121 477 1306

The College carries out various initiatives to support the mental health and wellbeing of students. This includes working very closely with our Students’ Union and Reps from Learner Voice, collecting feedback from students about their mental health, and ensuring that they are being signposted to appropriate support.

There are also resources available on Attain, our student portal.

Students can also access mental health support via the 24 hour student helpline: 0800 028 3766.

Student Liaison Officer

As a qualified Youth Worker, Raja has worked with young people from all walks of life. He has more than twenty years’ experience in supporting young people in a variety of ways. He is currently offering Anger Management sessions, and is delivering workshops and one-to-one sessions on building high self esteem and confidence.

If your child requires any support, or just needs a chat, please do not hesitate to contact Raja.

Email: Phone (work): 0121 477 1580 / x1580

Students can also speak to Raja in person: Monday / Tuesday at Longbridge (Bournville College): 08:00 – 16:00 Wednesday / Thursday at Bordesley Green: 08:00 – 16:00 Friday at Longbridge (Bournville College): 09:00 – 12:00

Mental Health

Living with a mental health problem can impact daily life. It can make even the smallest things, that others might not even consider, a bit more difficult. But we’re here to help.

See below for further resources, or reach out for additional support if needed.