College Rules

We intend the Building Crafts College to be an enjoyable and safe place for our learners to study and our staff to work.  This intention will be fully achieved if all College users abide by the College Rules and Requirements shown below.

All those entering the College must understand the absolute requirement and their personal responsibility to treat all other College users with courtesy and respect.  Failure to do so will not be tolerated.


The arrangements for courses are published as part of the relevant course instructions. The College opening hours during term time are:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday   8.00 am – 5.30 pm.

Thursday                                                         8.00 am – 8.00 pm

During these times, 15 minutes are allocated to mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.  Exact timings for each course will be advised by the Course Tutor.  The cafeteria is open for the lunch break from 12.30 pm to 1.15 pm.  The College cafeteria will open at 8.15 am each morning.


Lateness is disruptive to both tutors and other learners.  All learners are required to arrive at College in time to start training punctually, and no later than 8.55 am in the morning (or 5 minutes before the appointed start time of afternoon sessions and other course timings.  Proposed absences for other appointments must be notified to the tutor in advance.  In cases of sickness or emergency, please telephone the College on 020 8522 1705 as early as possible – an answerphone is available for out of hours calls.  Arrival times at College will be supervised and any learner arriving late for a teaching session without reasonable excuse will be required to complete a Lateness Slip, available from the Reception Desk.  The College punctuality policy is distributed at Induction and displayed on notice boards.


You must comply with the appropriate health and safety regulations and policies, which are displayed in the College.  Do not forget that, under the Health and Safety at Work Act, as a learner in College you have a legal duty to take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions.  You must wear safety shoes/boots as directed by your Department Head -trainer-type footwear is not permitted.  A summary of key health and safety aspects is provided during induction.  The full Health and Safety Policy Statement is available on the College IT network.


The College is aware that costs arise from training and that some learners will find it difficult to support themselves fully.  The College has access to funds which can help learners who face financial difficulty.  You will be briefed at induction on what help is available and how to apply.


Safeguarding is a complex issue and seeking support or advice is not always easy.  Therefore, if you feel that you or others around you are being subjected to any form of abuse; do not be afraid to contact one of the Safeguarding Officers or the College Counsellor in the strictest confidence.  You will be briefed on the College Safeguarding Procedures at induction.


The Building Crafts College seeks to understand difference and embrace diversity.  We will ensure that all our learners and staff are treated fairly and are fully supported in reaching their maximum potential.  The diverse groups at the College offer a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and aspirations.  We seek to celebrate this richness and encourage all our learners to appreciate and value the differences in people.


All learners must ensure that they have with them the necessary equipment to allow the proper completion of their studies.  This includes:

  • Protective footwear
  • Writing and drawing equipment.  A minimum set comprises:
  • At least two 2H (or harder) pencils
  • One 300mm ruler
  • A set of drawing compasses
  • A Protractor
  • Standard 45° and 60°/30° set squares
  • An eraser
  • A standard College apron will be supplied; aprons must be worn at all times in working areas.  If lost, a replacement may be purchased from Reception for £5.00.

You will be advised of any further equipment required by your tutor.


Ear defenders, dust masks, eye protectors, anti-vibration gloves, etc, are available in each workshop for use by learners; appropriate training is mandatory.  Aprons, full length trousers and steel toe-capped safety boots must be worn at all times in working areas (shorts, skirts or ¾ length trousers are strictly prohibited). Learners are reminded of their statutory duty to wear protective equipment whenever there is any possibility of exposure to risk of injury.


The College uses a wide variety of machines, tools and equipment.  Learners are not permitted to use any machine, tools or equipment until they have been instructed in their use and can operate them correctly and safely.  Learners may only operate power tools under supervision and when authorised to do so (fixed and non-portable tools require written authorisation.)  When working with tools, learners must also exercise the utmost care to avoid danger to themselves or others.  Learners are not permitted to use their own power tools in College.


In the event of fire, the fire alarm will ring and your tutor will escort you from the building. Should you not be in the presence of a tutor, leave the building by the quickest and safest route.  The Fire Assembly area for Kennard Road is adjacent to the railway footbridge at the front of the building.  For Gibbins Road, the Fire Assembly area is in the car park opposite the site yard.  Special instruction will be given and mentors provided for those with disability and mobility challenges.  When evacuating the building: Walk, Don’t Run!


Smoking is permitted only in the designated out-building/areas to the rear of the College buildings in the Kennard Road and Gibbins Road sites.  Smoking is not permitted in any other areas within the College perimeter, including the front entrance.  Please ensure that all smoking materials are properly extinguished and disposed of in the appropriate bins/receptacles.


The consumption of alcohol on the premises is prohibited, except at designated events.  Any College user suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be suspended pending an investigation and subsequent disciplinary proceedings if required.


The College has very limited parking space and learners are therefore not permitted to park vehicles in the College car park.  Motorcycles and bicycles may be left in the designated area inside the front gate of the College at their owner’s risk.  On occasion, and only with the express permission of the Bursar, learners may be allowed vehicle access to the College, for example, to collect project work. Bicycles must not be brought into or through the building.


Spilt drinks and dropped food scraps pose health and safety risks.  All food and drink will therefore only be consumed in the cafeteria or on the landscaped seating area outside the cafeteria.  Cups and plates must not be taken into workshops.   If food is consumed outside the College entrances, please do not leave any litter.


All finished pieces of practical work remain the property of the College.  However, after a period of display and at the discretion of the Principal, learners may retain some items on payment for materials used in their construction.  No item may be removed until after the completion of the course or Prizegiving, whichever is the later.  The College has the right to display all pieces of learners’ work at the End of Year Show and at Prizegiving.


College users must not drop litter outside the College, go onto any private property or sit on the walls of neighbouring properties.  Litterbins are provided throughout the College and learners/staff are required to use them.  All learners are expected to set a good example by keeping the streets adjoining the College free of litter.  Be aware that Newham Council will enforce littering legislation by on-the-spot fines, for example in the area of the railway footbridge.  Please treat our neighbours with respect.


Stairways, corridors and designated walkways must be kept clear and unobstructed at all times. Hazards caused by the storage of large items should be avoided but, if this is not possible, they must be appropriately cordoned off.


Learners should take adequate measures to safeguard personal belongings.  Whilst a personal locker will be allocated, padlocks are a learner responsibility.  The College cannot accept liability for loss, damage or theft of personal items.  If it is necessary to bring a valuable article into College, consult your tutor who will endeavour to keep it safe.


Mobile phones and music players are disruptive; their use in College is discouraged and they must specifically be switched off in lecture rooms, the library, computer rooms and workshops. The use of radios is also prohibited in working areas.  If a member of staff suspects that a student is using and/or storing inappropriate images or text on a mobile phone, they will inform the College Senior Management Team, who will investigate and initiate disciplinary procedures if required.  The College telephones may not be used by learners for routine private phone calls, either incoming or outgoing.  However, genuine emergency incoming calls will be accepted and the learner fetched from the workshop to take the call.  Likewise, with the tutor’s authority, emergency outgoing calls may be made. \


Learners are responsible for clearing up and sweeping workshops and other working areas at the end of daily training.  The machine shops and communal areas in the workshop building are cleaned on a rota basis.  Learners are responsible for emptying bins and putting out skips containing workshop waste for collection by waste contractors


In order to maintain a positive work environment for all staff and learners, no-one may to engage in, or encourage others to engage in, any sexual, racial or other type of discrimination or harassment of others. This includes the wearing of clothing displaying inappropriate images or slogans which could be offensive to others.  Discrimination against any person at any time will not be tolerated.  College users are required to treat all others with courtesy and respect.


Before using any computer terminal, learners are required to read the College IT policy. After introduction training, each learner will be allocated a user-name; to ensure security, each learner will enter a personal password which is not to be divulged to others.  The user-name (and password) will allow access to a personal domain, where work can be saved securely on the College servers. Contravention of the College IT policy constitutes gross misconduct and may lead to disciplinary action.  The College reserves the right to monitor use of IT systems, including e-mails and the internet, in order to ensure policy compliance.


The College delivers a variety of qualifications and courses, offering all learners a breadth of high quality education to meet their needs.  To assist with College administration, copies of relevant previous qualification certificates, including GCSE results, must be supplied on joining.

The College continuously monitors each student’s progression and commitment to their course.  Not every student will be allowed to progress to the next stage of a programme.


All information concerning learners and staff is treated strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988.  Information will be held for administration, monitoring and quality control purposes only.


In the event of misconduct, unsatisfactory attendance or timekeeping, learners will receive an initial verbal warning from their tutor, with written confirmation and a copy retained on the student’s file.  If this measure proves ineffective, a first written warning will be issued by the Principal, followed, if necessary, by a final written warning. Should misconduct or unsatisfactory attendance/timekeeping continue, the student’s course of training will be terminated.


If learners have any complaints regarding their course of training or any other aspect of the College, they may bring it to the notice of their tutor, either verbally or in writing.  If the tutor is unable to resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of the student, the complaint is to be referred to the Deputy Principal. The Administration Office holds appropriate complaints forms.