A SHROPSHIRE school has been enhancing its sixth form offering in recent years including investing in facilities to complement its employability curriculum as well as traditional academic subjects.
Wrekin College in Wellington opened its new Business School in 2017 and a new Music School last year. The school also unveiled a new look sixth form common room and library in 2018.
Interest in joining Wrekin’s Sixth Form has also been strong since the coronavirus crisis forced the cancellation of exams for the second year in a row. Headteacher Tim Firth said Wrekin had looked to improve its offering in a long term plan which focused 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 reallife employability skills and open up other opportunities to youngsters.
Mr Firth hit the national headlines as the Business School opened when he said it was right that schools and teachers recognised that university was not always the first or only option even for the brightest students. There is now a growing national trend for students to look at alternatives to university in the next step of their education and careers.
Wrekin College also runs one of the most successful school-based Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes in the country and a much-envied international exchange programme for sixth formers which links up with a series of top schools.
The Upper Sixth were also offered a 20-day Employability Bootcamp programme with industry leaders last summer.
“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 cope with the challenges which are facing education at the moment,” added Mr Firth.
“Our students are already wellequipped and also of the mindset to see and maximise learning opportunities alongside and away from traditional exams. Access to opportunity is the key and within Wrekin’s Sixth Form there are endless opportunities and I am pleased to say students that make the most of those opportunities and have the drive to adapt and push for their best whatever obstacles life may throw at them.”