Colleges join forces in showcase

Colleges join forces to showcase the best of the city’s education options

Year 10 and 11 students are being given a golden opportunity to explore all the options for their future when the city’s biggest post-16 education providers join forces this weekend for a city-wide open morning.

Stoke on Trent College and Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College are both opening their doors to Year 10 and 11 students across North Staffordshire, and their parents, this Saturday (March 24th) between 9.30am and 12.30pm.  Meanwhile, in the south of the city the construction and building excellence centre Stoke Studio College for Construction and Building Excellence, based in Longton will also be open to visitors.

The joint venture is the first of its kind and aims to show young people and their parents the wide range of opportunities and career paths available right across the city. Tutors and students will be on hand to talk about courses and the college experience too.

Stoke on Trent College will be opening its Cauldon and Burslem Campuses, while the Sixth Form College will throw open the doors of its site at Leek Road, Stoke.  Both will showcase the wide variety of vocational and academic educational opportunities available to young people.

In addition Year 10 students, who will be the first young people to have to remain in education until the age of 17, and their parents, will be able to get first-hand information about the new ‘Raising Participation Age’ plans which come into force next year.  Seminars are planned at the Sixth Form College’s Leek Road site throughout the morning.

In a joint statement Stoke-on-Trent College Principal Sarah Robinson and Sixth Form College Principal Helen Pegg said: “Ensuring the city’s young people receive the very best education is of primary importance to us both.  We each have first rate facilities and excellent teachers who will guide young people on to the right career paths.

“Post-16 education becomes mandatory from 2013 and this will mean more opportunities to combine A Levels or vocational qualifications, with on-the-job training or even volunteering, and we would urge young people to come and talk to us now about the different routes.

“For parents there could be other implications.  Details of these are still emerging from the Government, however this is an opportunity to find out more and discuss any potential financial issues.

“The plans to ensure young people remain in education for at least another year will undoubtedly be a positive step for Stoke-on-Trent.  We are working hard to raise young peoples’ aspirations and to make sure they are qualified and equipped to be an excellent workforce for this city.”

Highlights for each site

At the Sixth Form College’s Leek Road, Stoke campus teachers will be encouraging year 11 students and their parents to ‘Challenge Us’ on course options for September.

The College is dedicated to 16-19 year old studies with courses to suit all academic abilities.  These range from foundation learning courses to GCSEs, BTECs and, of course, A Levels in more than 40 different subjects.

Said Principal Helen Pegg: “We’re encouraging year 11 students to come along and challenge us.  We pride ourselves on being the most flexible sixth form in the region and we can offer combinations of qualifications that just wouldn’t be possible elsewhere.

“If your future career means you need an unusual mix of qualifications, or if you simply love subjects which aren’t conventionally studied together, challenge us and we’ll do our very best to make sure your study goals are achievable.”

At Stoke on Trent College’s Cauldon campus there’ll be information about courses in childcare, health and social care; hair, beauty and holistic therapies; hospitality and catering, IT and administration, sports science and coaching, travel services, public services and army preparation. There’ll also be a talk at 11am on college life.

The Burslem Campus will feature construction, engineering, motor vehicle courses, plumbing, media, art and design, music and performing arts. There will also be the opportunity to find out about the college’s new Radio Production course which is being launched in conjunction with Staffordshire University and Signal Radio.

Finally, the Stoke Studio College for Construction and Building Excellence which will open in September at the state-of-the-art CoRE Centre in Chelson Street, Longton, will also open to showcase opportunities for 14-19 year olds who want to study Construction and the Built Environment, Technology and Enterprise alongside GCSE qualifications.  The Studio College will be based on two sites at CoRE and The Discovery Academy, Bentilee.

Information on a range of vocational and further education courses for adults will also be available at the Cauldon and Burslem campuses.

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