Winstanley College teams up with Kirkby High schools

Throughout the academic year, Winstanley 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. 

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. 

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. 

In the run up to spring half term, they will choose a pathway linked to a either a humanities or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subject area following their recent taster sessions in biology, economics, politics, law and maths to name but a few. 

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. This section of the programme has been designed in collaboration with the schools and will be delivered by both Winstanley and Kirkby teachers. 

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 (pictured right) who has undertaken an active role in the project said: “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”


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