Winstanley College teams up with Knowsley schools

Educate Awards sponsor Winstanley College recently launched an exciting new programme aimed at boosting the number of pupils progressing to both A-level and university study.

Launched in November 2018, The Kirkby – Winstanley Associate Student Programme (ASP) aims to inspire students to make the most of their academic potential through a series of projects, over three terms.

The College has been working closely with Kirkby High School, Kirkby All Saints High School and Shaping Futures in a bid to boost the number of local pupils progressing to both A-level and university study.

During the first term, teaching staff from Winstanley visited Kirkby and Kirkby All Saints High Schools to offer their expertise in A-level study while the pupils produced some truly outstanding, thought provoking work based on the topic, “Humans are destroying the planet”.

The finished projects were later displayed at an exhibition evening hosted by Winstanley College with proud parents and school representatives in attendance.

The second term which commenced in January 2019 saw the pupils exploring career paths and routes of academic study available to reach their dream careers.

After spring half term, the focus will switch to helping the pupils succeed at GCSE. They will be encouraged to apply their newly acquired study skills and extended subject knowledge to exam orientated GCSE stretch and challenge work.

Finally, the pupils will participate in a visit to a university in July which will be co-ordinated by Shaping Futures.

Winstanley College English teacher Gary Small, who has undertaken an active role in the project, commented: “The ASP continues to engage students from both schools across a wide-range of subjects.

“From a teacher’s perspective, it’s really satisfying to see them developing as independent learners and taking an active interest in education beyond Year 11.”

Winstanley College is a large sixth form college judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in successive inspections since 2000.

Its exceptional reputation for academic achievement and vibrant enrichment means it is the area’s first choice college for A Level study.

The College is once again supporting the annual awards ceremony, sponsoring the Most Inspirational Secondary School Award.

Principal, Louise Tipping, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate excellence with our school colleagues.

“We know how important their work is in preparing young people for the next stage in education (or indeed life!) and so we’re committed to working closely with them to ensure young people have the best of life chances, wherever they’re from.”

Entries are now open for all 21 award categories, with the deadline on Sunday 23 June 2019.

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