Every student will have a specialist Progress Tutor to advise, guide and support them through their journey at OSFC.
Our highly experienced team of Progress Tutors work closely with you and get to know you as individuals, so they can provide specific support to help you achieve your potential. Progress Tutors help students set and work towards aspirational academic and career goals. We develop you as motivated and independent learners, who can thrive in the college environment and in the wider world. The Progress Tutor team support you by being a critical friend, who can help you to reflect and take responsibility for your progress. Our Progress Tutor team undertake regular training, such as the Youth Mental Health First Aid qualification. This training allows them to support and signpost students, so they can receive specialist support that may be required to be successful in their studies.
We develop motivated and independent learners, who can thrive in the college environment and in the wider world.
Progress Tutors also play a key role in delivering weekly group sessions on key topics that are relevant to the Pathway students are studying. Sessions are themed and include topics such as Learning how to learn, Mindfulness, Wellbeing and health, Futures, Personal safety, Charity and community and Preparing for life after college. The weekly tutorials look at how students can make the most of their college experience and support you in making the big choices about your future. There is also a focus on careers-related activities, including looking at university, apprenticeship and job options after college.
The Progress Tutors are headed by Amanda, Caron and Doug. Meet your progress tutor below.
Student Support Leaders
Doug KingAssistant Principal
Alongside my role as a Student Support Leader, I'm also a Progress Tutor and tutor for Sport and have worked at the college for nearly 20 years! I really enjoy my Progress Tutor role as it gives a great opportunity to work with our students and support them on their next steps. I'm really interested in how we help students get into good study habits and become independent learners by understanding the most effective ways of studying. The fantastic students I've been lucky to work with over the years have shown me that when students are able to get into good routines, have positive study habits and high standards for themselves, they can move onto some fantastic opportunities after college.
Amanda LucasStudent Support Leader
Supporting students to be successful is at the heart of everything I do. Having worked as an overseas holiday rep in Ibiza and as a trainer for overseas holiday reps, I managed to combine my love of travel with my passion for working with people. I now teach Travel & Tourism, alongside my Student Support Leader and School Partnership responsibilities. I love travelling and have visited Japan during their cherry blossom festival, South Africa and was lucky enough to also go on a safari and see wild dogs, the USA and Canada where my visit to Niagara Falls was the highlight of the trip, as well as many places in the UK, Europe and the Baltic States. The one thing I would still love to experience is the Northern Lights!
Caron RaintonStudent Support Leader
As well as being a Progress Tutor, I'm an English Language teacher and a Student Support Leader. In my role, I help to manage the team of tutors and support them in helping students make the best decisions about their studies with OSFC and next steps into university, apprenticeship, or employment. As someone who was born in Oldham and attended a local partner school, I am well aware of some of the challenges faced by young people in the area today. My son was a student here, so I also know what it is like to be in the parent's shoes too.
Gemma Curto AlonsoProgress Tutor
Gemma Curto Alonso
I am a fully qualified teacher and I am currently Course Leader for Spanish, Literacy Coordinator and Ed Tech Demonstrator; teaching AS/A-Level Spanish, GCSE English Language, ESOL and Literacy Workshops and Tutorial Sessions at OSFC. I am an examiner for AQA, and I have run an Exchange Programme (which includes residential trips) with a Spanish High School for the last five years. Academic success and achievement are at the core of my teaching practice; this year I am leading a cross-college project entitled 'Active Reading Strategies in Remote and Blended Learning'.
Fathimah AnwarProgress Tutor
Transitioning from secondary school to college is a big jump and can be quite scary for many students, but knowing that there are people willing to support your progression at college can make all the difference. This is the message that I aim to put across to all my students, just like my progress tutor did with me when I was a student here. Staff and students at OSFC know me for my firm but fair, and supportive approach towards my students and their overall student performance (as well as my love for high-heeled shoes!).
Sahreen AshfaqProgress Tutor
I am a former OSFC student and really enjoyed my time at college, so much so, I came back to work here as a Progress Tutor in 2017 and have continued to love it. Previous to this role, I worked as a secondary school science teacher for several years, after studying Chemistry at The University of Manchester, and then completing my PGCE. Having worked as a teacher and now as Progress Tutor, I have seen the impact that excellent pastoral support can have on a students' academic progress. My main aim is to help my students realise that nothing is unachievable so, as corny as it sounds, never give up on your dreams!
Kelly AstonProgress Tutor
I have worked within further education for the past 16 years. I have supported a wide range of learners in my time as an additional learning support tutor and more recently as Progress Tutor at OSFC and am proud of the fact that my learners tell me they feel able to discuss personal and academic issues with me at ease. My approach with learners is simple, reach for the stars in all you do! I believe that all young people possess the skills and qualities needed to succeed both academically and in life beyond education and any barriers big or small can be overcome through hard work and approaching things from a different perspective!
Hayley CharlesworthProgress Tutor
I have been working at OSFC since 2013, first as a Learning Support Assistant and later as a Progress Tutor. I was also a student here, so I've been at the college for half of my life! I have years of experience providing advice and assistance about applying to university, and I also have training in Mental Health First Aid and lots of mentoring experience. As well as working as a Progress Tutor, I'm currently completing a PhD in English Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, researching Gothic Film and Television, so I'm always excited to talk about horror movies!
Melissa CostelloProgress Tutor
I was previously a sexual health and wellbeing practitioner so there is very little that fazes me! I have worked at OSFC for the last 3 years, initially as a Learning Support Assistant. As a progress tutor, I aim to support my students in making sure that they make a successful transition from secondary school to college. I believe that working with my students is key in making sure that my students are achieving their best. Regularly having 1-1 discussions enables me to voice any concerns I have with my students, as well as discussing how we can overcome any issues and be successful in their studies here at OSFC.
Ioana FraguleaProgress Tutor
Throughout my career, I've worked at schools in Romania, Scotland and England. I have been a teacher across many different core subjects including Modern languages/ French, English Language, English as a Second Language, Religious Studies and History & Civilisations. I am an enthusiastic, creative and adaptable person and feel nothing but pure excitement at the prospect of easing the learning, understanding and progression of all the OSFC students I work with.
Tiree KirkProgress Tutor
I started as a Progress Tutor in February 2019 after finally moving back home to be close to my family. Since graduating Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in English Literature in 2014, I have worked abroad in America at an all-girls Summer Camp for 5 summers, I have spent 8 weeks driving across Canada, exploring in a campervan and I have worked and lived in Scotland for 5 years as a Duty Manager of an Outdoor Activity Center. I am a qualified Climbing, Zip Wire, Segway and Archery Instructor as well as being a great off-road driver - OK I crashed the work Land Rover once. I have helped people face their fears, nurtured their hobbies and aided them with life experience beyond education. Now I aim to support and guide students in their goals for life.
Corisse LedwardProgress Tutor
I am a Tutor for Dance and a Progress Tutor at OSFC and have previously also taught the A Level Graphic Design Course! I am very passionate about performance and visual arts and when I'm not dancing, you'll find me with an iPad in hand creating digital illustrations. As a former OSFC student, I chose the college because of the supportive and friendly atmosphere, approachable teachers and extra curricular opportunities such as the college production. After college I moved to London to study at Middlesex University, where I gained a First Class Honours Degree in Dance Performance. I completed my PGCE in 2018 and have worked in various roles at the college since 2017!
Richard LeeProgress Tutor
As well as being a Progress Tutor, I'm an English Literature teacher and a member of the college's SLT. As Assistant Principal, I am responsible for our work with students in schools, before they join OSFC, and their progression to university, when they leave us, and I am passionate about helping students reach their aspirations. I run our programmes for our high achieving students, such as the Varsity Programme, the Oxbridge Group and our programmes for Aspiring Medics (AMP) and Aspiring Lawyers (ALP). I love learning, particularly reading and writing, and have a PhD in English. The only thing I enjoy as much as reading is cycling, and I spend all my holidays riding my bike up the steepest mountains in Europe. I have been working at the college for 26 years and can't imagine working anywhere else.
Rosie McLarenProgress Tutor
I've worked as the Essential Life Skills Coordinator, as well as a Progress Tutor at the college since 2018. I attended OSFC as a student studying English Literature, 3D Art & Design and Textiles at A Level before completing a First Class Honours Degree at The University of Huddersfield in Primary Education, with Qualified Teacher Status, in 2017. Throughout my degree, I discovered a keen interest in the pastoral aspect of education and have loved supporting students at the College to develop life skills and realise their potential for the future. Outside work, I love cooking, walking my dogs, binge watching crime dramas and visiting the theatre.
Edward PullinProgress Tutor
I studied Music at university and have since enjoyed working with students in support roles at primary, secondary and college level. I came to OSFC to work as a Progress Tutor in 2017, having previously gone back to university to do a Master's degree in Musicology. I came to music quite late, only taking up my first instrument when I started my A Levels, so I particularly enjoy working with students to figure out what they want to do in the future and reminding them that life's path is rarely straightforward! Outside college, I enjoy writing music, reading, and walking my dog, Tetley.
Emily SchofieldProgress Tutor
I have worked in Further Education since 2014, after completing a Psychology degree. My first job after university was working in student support at a college in South Yorkshire, where I supported students who had been removed from mainstream education. I really enjoyed that role, because I saw how much of a difference pastoral care made to my students. I began working at OSFC in 2016 as a Progress Tutor, because I wanted to continue my career in student support. Since joining the college, I have also completed my PGDE and I now teach Health and Social Care part time. In my free time, I enjoy playing softball and basketball for two local leagues, and I spend my weekends surfing in Cayton Bay.
Ellie Reeves WardProgress Tutor
Ellie Reeves Ward
I started working at Oldham Sixth Form College as a Learning Support Assistant in 2017 and have had various roles at the college and now as Progress Tutor. Before working at OSFC, I was at Manchester School of Art studying Textiles where I specialised in Fashion knitwear. I have always been interested in art for as long as I can remember and enjoy visiting galleries and museums to explore it further. During my role as a Progress Tutor, I have been able to develop my knowledge of supporting students with mental health and wellbeing and working with students 1-1 and in groups. While working in many different areas of the college, I have enjoyed getting to know all students and supporting them with their next steps for when they leave college.