Principal’s Blog – 31st March 2017

  • Red Nose Day 2017
  • Frickley Athletic


At Minsthorpe Every Day Is A Day In School

Buoyed by the good Ofsted grade that we received for our SCITT, the next step for Minsthorpe is to use our teacher training record as a foundation for a bid to become a Teaching School. Launched in 2011, there are now almost 700 teaching schools across the country and their role is to work with other schools and colleges to provide high quality training and support for school improvement in their local area. To become a teaching school, a school must be judged to be at least good and have a proven track record of delivering ITT and supporting other schools. We passionately believe that Minsthorpe is able to provide high quality teacher training and that we are also well placed to help other schools develop their professional practice, developing our own in the process.

Red Nose Day

Many, many thanks to the staff and students at Minsthorpe. On Friday 24th the college managed to raise over £1,200 for charity. Thanks to everyone who gave.

Education – It’s Frickley Minsthorpe!

On Friday March 24th Frickely Athletic held open trials for their Education Academy Programme. This is a joint venture between the football club and Minsthorpe that will see the youngsters develop as potential professional footballers whist also receiving a quality A-Level education at Minsthorpe, should they not go on as professional footballers but want a career in which they are still able to play football to a high standard. 18 students turned up on the night for the trial and beat a weakened Frickley youth side 8-0. The lads will be returning with their parents to the college on Friday April 7th to view our sporting facilities and to look at the educational offer that we can provide.

Careers – It’s An Education

On Friday March 24th we were visited by the Head of Schools for the Careers and Education Company, Alastair Falk. The Careers & Enterprise Company is a government-backed organisation that is connecting and galvanising schools, colleges and employers to deliver effective careers support to young people. Their vision is to become the only place that schools, colleges, employers and providers go to if they want to invest efficiently and effectively in preparing young people for the future. We were chosen because we place such a great emphasis on the value of careers education here and Alastair was simply blown away by the quality of the support that we provide here at Minsthorpe. He described what he saw as "Stunningly impressive!"

Ray Henshaw