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SCHOOL AIMS TO NOT ONLY PREPARE STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL IN EXAMS, BUT ALSO TO TEACH THEM REAL-LIFE EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS  

Wrekin College

ONE of Shropshire’s leading independent schools, Wrekin College turned its most recent sixth form open event over to its pupils to organise and produce, to show how much its Sixth Form has changed and how much it has to offer.

Wrekin gave a team of sixth formers complete control over the virtual open evening allowing them to co-ordinate content, market the event, and run it on the night. The move follows a long-term campaign to not only drive high academic achievement, but also to enhance the Sixth Form facilities to help complement Wrekin’s successful employability curriculum. 

This year youngsters at the school also opened a new business after making a pitch for funding. They launched the Wrekin Express-o, a coffee shop in a renovated horsebox that now opens regularly on campus.

Headteacher Tim Firth said Wrekin was always looking to improve its offering in an extensive plan which focuses on providing an all-inclusive education. He said the aim was to not only prepare students to reach their full potential in exams, but also to teach real-life employability skills and open up other opportunities to youngsters.

 

“This was a significant endeavour that has seen this group of pupils have to formulate their idea and business plan, pitch it to a panel for funding and then do the actual hard graft to bring it to life,” he added. 

Wrekin College also runs one of the most successful school-based Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes in the country and has a much-envied international exchange programme for Year 11 and Sixth Formers which links up with a series of top schools around the world. The Upper Sixth are also offered a 20- day Employability Bootcamp programme with industry leaders. 

Mr Firth said the school maintained a full online timetable during lockdowns and he had been impressed at how Sixth Formers had seized opportunities offered during such a challenging time. “Wrekin College has invested significant resources in facilities which complement the traditional academic subjects and that has placed us in a particular position of strength to adapt and to offer opportunities in all kinds of circumstances,” added Mr Firth. 
 

Contact Information

 

Wrekin College

Wellington

Shropshire

TF1 3BH

 

01952 265600

info@wrekincollege.com

www.wrekincollege.com

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