14-16 Skills Centre
The John White Skills Centre for the second successive Ofsted inspection have received praise for our outstanding work with our partner schools.
Our purpose built centre represents a major facility for hundreds of Key Stage 4 pupils around North Lincolnshire. Furthermore, it firmly signals our intent to continue building links with the secondary and special schools around the area. The John White Skills Centre is housed inside The Kingsway Centre, our corporate training facility, and provides dedicated state of the art classrooms, vocational training areas, ICT facilities and an outside recreational area.
Provision for 14 to 16 year-old learners is outstanding. Both retention and pass rates are extremely high (Ofsted 2010).
We currently have in excess of 400 Key Stage 4 pupils enrolled on our vocational courses, all of whom benefit from our 30 years of experience in providing specially designed programmes for learners aged under 16.
Partnership work is outstanding.. Work with schools and the local authority led to the establishment of a very successful skills centre to meet the needs of learners aged 14 to 16. A second centre opened this year for learners who live a considerable distance from the college (Ofsted 2010).
The Skills Centre enables schools to offer an extended curriculum choice at Key Stage 4 for their learners. The programmes of study within the centre are timetabled alongside that of each participating school.
In September 2010, following the successful establishment of the John White Skills Centre, our provision was extended with the opening of the North Lincolnshire Skills Centre in Barton upon Humber. The new Centre has enabled schools in rural location the same access to our 14-16 provision while reducing their travelling time. The Centre is also utilised in the evening for the delivery of our adult education programmes.
Programmes of study
Every student who attends one of the Skills Centres has the opportunity to study for an industry recognised qualification. Within each Centre we deliver courses in Motor Vehicle Studies, Construction Hair and Beauty and IT. In addition to these, students have access to and extended range of courses on the main college campus. These qualifications support a seamless transition into post 16 education and training.
Extended Skills Centre activities
In addition to the Key Stage 4 vocational curriculum offer, the Skills Centre supports schools in many different ways.
Partnership work is excellent and is fundamental to the way in which the curriculum is developed. The college works very well with schools to provide bespoke courses to meet the needs of pupils. Initiatives with the local authority and the schools contribute significantly to reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training when they leave school (Ofsted 2010).
Primary STEM – The Centre is proud of the support it offers to our local primary schools. We have developed a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities that support the curriculum delivery at Key Stages 1 and 2.
Transition Work – The Skills Centre supports local schools with the transition from primary education to secondary and from secondary to post 16.
International Partnerships – The Skills Centre has hosted a number successful transatlantic partnership projects between schools in North Lincolnshire and schools in California USA. These projects have culminated in cultural exchange visits to Los Angeles for our students and return visits for the students from the USA.