Principal’s Blog – 8th April 2016

  • Basic Skills Quality Mark
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Basic Skills Quality Mark

On March 17th the college’s Basic Skills Quality provision was reviewed and I am pleased to be able to inform you that our Quality Mark status was renewed over Easter because of the excellent work that the assessor saw during her visit. The development of basic skills is vital for all students as the raising of literacy and numeracy standards are crucial for raising achievement generally. The report is glowing in its praise for the work that staff do here to raise literacy and numeracy standards and notes the supportive and attractive learning environments in the college and the excellent relationships seen between students, parents and teachers. Thanks to Sarah Adams and Lesley Thorpe for their meticulous preparation that has resulted in such an excellent tribute to the work that we are doing here.

Daring to dream

Every year we send Post-16 students on the next stage in their journey. Some to work or apprenticeships and others to higher education, with many students being the first in their family to ever to go to university. This year we have some exceptional candidates who we are hoping to support through the Oxbridge application process. One of these is Eleanor Field who has been accepted on the Oxford University Summer School to study Linguistics. It is a massive achievement just to be accepted and a credit to all Eleanor’s hard work, dedication and talent. Eleanor takes both English Language and English Literature at AS level and has been brilliant at English for a number of years. The English department have worked diligently alongside Eleanor for a number of years to ensure she has the best opportunities to succeed and I’m really pleased she will get this rare opportunity to experience the highest calibre of English study and research.

One life lost is one too many

This is slogan of the safety campaign that is being led by Police Sergeant, James Farrar who delivered a hard-hitting session on road safety to our Post-16 students on Tuesday April 5th. Most deaths and injuries on the roads involve young people and the vast majority happen to them as either car users or as pedestrians. Our students were a credit to the college in the way that they listened – and responded – to this hugely important message on how to stay safe on the roads and the campaign was the lead feature on Look North on Tuesday evening. As a college, we have lost too many young people to road traffic accidents recently and we support this awareness raising campaign completely.

Ray Henshaw