The academic year at West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s has got off to a flying start with 90 students in Years 10 and 11 being able to access courses at Grantham College.
The courses, including motor vehicle mechanics, health and social care and catering among others, have been designed to give students a taste of ‘life after school.’ All students are able to access the facilities on offer at the college.
The Year 10 courses are being run over a two year programme and all students, on completion, will receive a Level 1 qualification in their chosen subject. The goal is to ensure that all have the confidence and awareness on leaving school to make the transition more enjoyable, and less daunting. It is also hoped that the courses will offer a vocational aspect to their learning alongside the more academic structure.
Students have full support from the college itself, and are also supported by Pete Hesketh (Alternative Provision Co-ordinator) from the academy to ensure that they gain the best possible experience.
St Hugh’s Principal Louise Bennett said: “It is very rewarding to see how students have adapted so positively to their new challenges. The opportunity to work within the College environment has been really beneficial and will equip students well for their post-16 studies.”
Principal and Chief Executive of Grantham College, Linda Houtby, said how pleased she is to be working even more closely with St Hugh’s and that the students are a credit to the school. She said acquiring vocational skills from an early age will stand the students in good stead for further training and employment opportunities in the future.
Year 11 St Hugh’s pupil Jordan Brown is taking the public services course. He said: “I wanted to do it because its skills are concerned with the Army and I want to join the Parachute Regiment.”
Year 10 pupil Steph Franklin says she is enjoying the construction skills course and has been promised a job after she gets her qualification.