We have realised over recent years that for a variety of reasons, some students struggle with a full, traditional curriculum. We have therefore worked hard to provide an alternative for identified students where their needs can be met on a more individualised basis. These students follow our Alternative Education programme where they are able to spend time developing skills and qualities that interest them and will benefit them in the future. Students engage in an agreed project which they work on alongside experienced members of staff and other students. This can be in a range of topics such as horticulture, carpentry, mechanics, painting, repair and upcycling of furniture amongst a host of other examples.
Whilst the Alternative Education is not an accredited course, students build up a portfolio of evidence that they are able to show prospective employers as well as colleges and other training/apprenticeship providers.
Many of our students enrol on our Level 2 Workskills and Multi-trade course in our Sixth Form or secure places at other local post-16 institutions where the skills and knowledge they’ve developed helps them progress with their studies. We also have students who progress straight into an apprenticeship once they complete their GCSE studies.
For further details about this course please see Mr Batch – Leader of Vocational Education