Now in its fifth year, how is Walton Sixth Form meeting the needs of young adults in Grantham?
In terms of Government performance tables, figures published last week show Walton to be in the top five comprehensive schools in Lincolnshire in terms of retention and success. But what do these figures mean?
Retention – 100 per cent at Walton - means putting the right students on the right course, It sounds simple but the reality is a combination of good guidance through Years 10 and 11, a broad range of courses to meet student needs and then dedicated staff to ensure each student achieves their full potential.
Jane Etherington, director of sixth form at Walton, said: “We are delighted with these figures. We pride ourselves that we provide an individual curriculum suited to each student’s aspirations. Our track record shows that Walton students progress into the adult world with the confidence and maturity that employers and universities value so highly. Every student who has applied for university has gained their place. We also have a number of students who have taken apprenticeships locally, one of whom we now employ at Walton as an administration assistant, a real case of grow-your-own!”