Principal’s Blog – 10th March 2017

New Employer Of The Year Award

Minsthorpe Community College Wins New Employer Of The Year

Organisations from across the Wakefield District attended the Wakefield College Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Monday March 6th 2017. The event aimed to acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional contribution that apprentices are making to local businesses and to pay tribute to employers who are committed to developing the next generation of employees through the apprenticeship programme. The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Wakefield Metropolitan District and Mayoress were both in attendance and heard from the apprentices themselves what a difference the apprenticeship programme has made to their lives and their career prospects.

In the New Employer of the Year category, Minsthorpe was up against stiff opposition in the form of PCTI Solutions Ltd and Bosch Rexforth Ltd but was awarded the prize because of the commitment the college has shown to the apprenticeship programme. Minsthorpe employs a number of apprentices and intends to become a training provider for school apprentices in the next year and, in partnership with Wakefield College and Future Works (Yorkshire), provides a number of apprentices to local schools and colleges. In addition, the college leads on Initial Teacher Training and is working with City and Guilds and a consortium of Buckinghamshire schools to design a Qualified Teaching Status apprenticeship that will allow future teachers to develop their skills entirely in the classroom.

We are proud to receive this prestigious award and it reflects our commitment to the apprenticeship programme here at the college. We see apprentices as the next generation of employees and schools are major employers in the Wakefield District as well as being places of learning. Apprentices are given the opportunity to earn and learn at Minsthorpe and are a valuable asset for the college.

Year 10 – A Revised Opinion

Year 10 are just incredible and are showing a huge commitment to their studies. Mr Max continually drums home the message that success is all about effort and what an effort this year group is showing. Mr Wilkinson reports unprecedented numbers of students staying on after college for revision – over 170 students each week for the past two weeks. Normally we would see over 30 as a good turn out so this shows how impressive these numbers are! I am so impressed with the pride of these students and told them so in their assembly on Thursday.


On Tuesday Ofsted published the Summary Report of all schools based on their GCSE results for summer 2016. With our Progress 8 score of +0.13 I am pleased to inform you that this now makes Minsthorpe what is called Sig+ This means that students here achieve between half and just below 1 grade above the grades that other students achieve nationally. Our GCSE results of summer 2016 were better than 25% of schools judged to be outstanding and 67% of good schools and it shows the direction of travel here at the college. This is the result of the hard work being put in by staff, students and parents as we build a culture of success here at Minsthorpe.

Ray Henshaw