Principal’s Blog – 18th November 2016

  • Daniel Britton in the UK Youth Parliament
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  • #beGr8 Logo


Takeover Challenge!

Wakefield’s Youth MP is our own Daniel Britton in Year 9. Last week he took part in a debate and vote in the House of Commons. On Friday November 18th, the Children’s Commissioner launched the Takeover Challenge. This is a project that puts young people into the heart of the decision-making process and Daniel shadowed me for the day as the college examines our state of readiness for the Ofsted inspection that is due to take place next year. We intend to use the current College Action Teams as a seed bed for the creation of a new College Ofsted Team, made up of students, who will help us see what it is like to be a student at Minsthorpe and help us continue to improve the quality of our offer.

Can cook, will cook!

I noticed lots of students coming in to college on Monday morning laden down with bags full of produce and cooking utensils. It turns out they were doing an assessed practical for the new Food GCSE and had to plan, prepare and cook three dishes that represented the cuisine of a country that they had chosen. The dishes they made were unbelievable – home-made pasta, jams, lemon possets, burgers, curries, brownies – the list is endless! The students were an absolute credit to themselves and the college choosing to work through their break to get completed in the four hour timed slot. I would like to pass on my congratulations to the students involved and to thank their parents for their support in buying the ingredients. All students enjoyed and achieved in a session and this would not have been possible without this great parental support.


This week the college has launched the pilot of the beGr8 initiative with Y11 students. The students involved will be encouraged to see their progress towards GCSEs in the summer in multiples of 8. It starts with 8 hours sleep – research is overwhelming in its findings that the brains of young people need at least 8 hours of good quality sleep a night. Then, it is important to do 8 hours of study a day – and this means a minimum of 2 hours extra each day after college. Finally, we encourage them to have 8 hours rest and recreation – after all, when you work hard you also need to play hard!

15 students attended the first session on Wednesday November 16th in our Post-16 Café in a mutually supportive, relaxed working atmosphere that gave the students a taste of the independent learning skills that they will develop if they stay on next year into our sixth form. If your son or daughter is involved in the pilot please support them and take an interest as this will help them beGr8!

Charity begins at Minsthorpe

Friday 18th November is a Non-Uniform Day. We have decided to donate some of the money that we raise to the families of Brad Parish, Spencer Walker and William Patrick. We also intend to donate to The Samaritans who have been incredible in their support for both students and staff over the past month. We have had numerous external agencies in college helping us during this difficult time and all have been astonished by the level of support that we offer here at Minsthorpe.

Ray Henshaw