It is the policy of the College to ensure that the service and teaching provided meets and exceeds the expectations of all our Customers. To support this, we actively seek feedback from all users of our services. We encourage our customers to complain if they feel that their expectations have not been met. The College will use a structured approach to ensure the problem is resolved and will use this information to implement continuous improvement and promote good practice.
How to make a complaint - Tell us what you think, follow our 4 stage guide.
WHERE SHOULD I SEND MY COMPLAINT FORM TO?
- Complaint forms should be put in a sealed envelope then either handed in at the College Reception or posted to the following address:
The Quality Unit
Halifax, HX1 3UZ
- Alternatively you can fill the form on our website: www.calderdale.ac.uk/quality-assurance
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- We aim to send you an acknowledgement letter within 2 working days confirming who will carry out the investigation along with contact details
- Investigating staff will aim to meet with you within first 5-10 working days in order to investigate raised concerns.
- Final response will be sent by letter within 20 working days of first receiving it. This is our target for all complaints. If we need more time to investigate, we will explain why and when you can expect our response.
- If you remain dissatisfied, you have the right of appeal which must be made in writing to the College Principal, within 10 working days of the date on the final response letter being issued.
- The Principal or designated Deputy/Vice Principal depending on who conducts the appeal will respond within 10 working days and arrange an appropriate time to meet with the complainant to discuss your appeal.
- Appeal hearing letter sent within 10 working days of appeal hearing
- After hearing your appeal, the Principal or Deputy/Vice Principal’s decision will be final.
If you are still dissatisfied, you have the right to appeal to either the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for FE funded courses, Awarding Body/ University or Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA). These bodies may not investigate the original complaint you made against the College but will look at whether the College handled your complaint appropriately.
The College cut-off is 3 months after the date of an incident to accept a complaint unless there is clear evidence that the complainant needed longer and therefore the College is willing to consider these exceptions.