School Partnerships

Working in partnership, aspiring to excellence

Being a student is one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life and so it is vital that they choose the right place and programme of study.

At Wakefield College there is a great learning experience waiting and courses that will provide students with skills and knowledge to cope with the next important stage of their life.

Working in Partnership

Working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers

Wakefield College is committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, raise attainment and achievement and encourage progression across the district. The School Partnerships programme aims to raise learners awareness of Further and Higher Education, while encouraging continued participation.

We offer schools across the district a comprehensive range of activities for pupils who are looking to enhance their curriculum, and broaden their knowledge and understanding of opportunities in Further Education and employment.

We feel strongly that our courses are relevant to children at Key Stage 4, and are pleased to introduce Technical Awards which carry performance points into our provision. These contribute towards Progress and Attainment 8 as we endeavour to ensure vocational learning is still accessible for schools and young people.

Our programmes offer schools a meaningful and challenging alternative curriculum which helps the development of young people while keeping them engaged in education and providing a clear pathway into post-16 education. Last year 75% of Year 11 students progressed from our School Link provision to Post-16 study with us - a figure we're very proud of.

This is by no means all that we can offer. We also seek to be flexible and if you have an idea of how we can support your school and students please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.

My son is a different person since joining the ECT programme. School has never suited him and he has always been unhappy with academic learning. However, since going to College he is so much happier. He looks forward to his College days and his tutor seems to get the best out of him.
Parent of an ECT student

School Link Provision at Wakefield College

Wakefield College currently offers two types of programmes for school age learners
Technical Awards/Step Up Programme
Part-time courses for Year 9,10 and 11 students in a range of subject areas

Technical Awards are broad, high quality level 1 and 2 qualifications that equip students with applied knowledge and associated practical skills not usually acquired through general education.

Our new programme of study offers accredited two/three year part-time courses for school-age learners in Years 9,10 and 11. These vocational qualifications carry Performance Points which contribute towards Progress and Attainment 8.

The Step Up Programme offers accredited two year part-time courses for school-age learners in Years 9,10 and 11. Typically a student would spend half a day a week in college working towards a level 1 or 2 qualification in a vocational subject such as Hair & Beauty, Motor Vehicle or Construction.

Cost per school for learners

£9 per hour per learner (maximum of 12 learner)
£90 per group ( maximum of 12 learners)

For more information please contact Sandra Lockett on s.lockett@wakefield.ac.uk or telephone 01924 789742.

Before I came to College I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but the pre-ECT class has opened my mind up and given me some ideas for the future.
Katie Oldroyd
Pre-ECT Student
Early College Transfer
For Learners in Year 11

Wakefield College is very proud of it’s Early College Transfer (ECT) programme which offers schools and students in Year 11 a challenging alternative curriculum for a specific group of learners.

It provides students who may be disengaged in mainstream school, or for whom school is not considered to be the best option, the opportunity to complete their final year of school with us at College. The provision is also suitable for elected home school students who are registered with the local EHE team.

ECT is a full-time provision where students attend College for 3 days each week and are infilled into a Post 16 group in a vocational subject area of their choice – typically at level 1.

Learners will combine this vocational subject with qualifications in Maths and English.

The students will remain on school role and the home school are responsible for organising any additional learning or work experience for the learner on days when they are not in college.

Cost per school for learners

One year full time provision normally equating to 17 hours per week for 36 weeks.

Minimum £8 per pupil per hour.

For more information please contact Sandra Lockett on s.lockett@wakefield.ac.uk or telephone 01924 789742.

The past 2 years have been an amazing experience for me. I’m looking forward to returning in September for a Level 2 course. Staff have usually been friendly and whenever they weren’t it was because we weren’t either. I have learned a lot of valuable skills on my course and I know that more is yet to come. College is usually the highlight of my week because it is so fun and exciting and always interesting.
Chris Readman
Royds School – Level 1 Motor Vehicle

Courses/Activities

We have a range of accredited courses, short courses, taster sessions and taster days available
Activity Description Cost
Early College Transfer One Year, full-time accredited provision for Year 11 students in a range of vocational areas. £8 per hour, per learner.
Technical Awards,
Step Up and other Accredited Courses
One or two year part-time accredited courses for Year 10/11 pupils in a range of vocational areas. £9 per hour, per learner.
Group Rate (Maximum of 12 students) - £90 per hour.
Year 10 Taster Days Scheduled by College four times each academic year. Pupils choose two vocational or four A-Level subjects to study for the day. Lunch is provided. Subsidised by Wakefield College.
Taster Sessions Scheduled on request by schools, comprising of short, non-accredited sessions in am, pm or twilight slots for Year 9 to Year 11. A range of subject areas is available to choose from. FREE.
In School Sessions Scheduled on request by schools, comprising of a College Tutor teaching a lesson in school to give learners an insight into what a subject consists of at College. FREE.
Discovery Days A guided tour of individual College Campuses, with lunch included. Maximum 16 pupils at any one time. Schedule runs between 9.30am and 3pm at the convenience of the school. FREE.
Non-accredited Courses Programmes Including Yr. 10 Pre-Early College Transfer, Vocational Carousel and Flex Transition. Variable - please contact the School Partnerships team.
Contact Us

James Pennington
Head of Alternative Curriculum & School Partnerships
Telephone: 01924 789741
Email: j.pennington@wakefield.ac.uk

Sandra Lockett
School Partnerships Coordinator
Telephone: 01924 789742
Email: s.lockett@wakefield.ac.uk

Louise Crook
School Liaison Officer
Telephone: 01924 789481
Email: l.crook@wakefield.ac.uk

Kayleigh Moore
School Liaison Coordinator
Telephone: 01924 789746
Email: k.moore@wakefield.ac.uk

Rachel Wilby
School Partnerships Learning Support and Achievement Mentor
Telephone: 01924 789743
Email: r.wilby@wakefield.ac.uk

Emma Trethewey
School Partnerships Administrator
Telephone: 01924 789470
Email: e.trethewey@wakefield.ac.uk

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