It has been a great start to the academic year. We have welcomed 5 new students Lois, Oliver, Alexander, Zac and Robyn. They have settled well and are accessing the College curriculum and making friends.
The two main areas we are focusing on this year are to develop our work experience placements and to add increased interventions within the areas of Maths, English and ICT. This is based on the desired destinations for our students. Therefore we have now welcomed links with Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Mole valley and the Library service. This is in addition to the placements that the college has previously offered.
I would like to congratulate Connor for his placement at Morrison’s. He has been “a welcome addition to the team” according to his line manager Kayley. Connor has always wanted to work within a supermarket environment so this opportunity has been able to show everyone just how capable he is. He is now looking at joining Morrisons through a scheme with United Response next year to gain paid employment. Also 6 pupils attended an interview at Sainsbury’s in Dawlish resulting in 2 students Cameron Harris and Bradley Beardsmore being offered work placements. The students were interviewed and scored, as would any future employee, so I am incredibly proud of how they all did. They start their placements after half term.
We also welcome Hayley and Jessica onto our teaching team. They join Sara to support the curriculum areas for all students on our Independence pathways. Students are aiming to gain Employability English and ICT for those that it is appropriate for. Personal Finance is offered to all students within the pathways. This has resulted in more access into the community to learn and develop the skills that they need to be as independent as possible.
We are also preparing to say goodbye to Laura Edwards. Laura has been part of the College team for several years. She leaves us to concentrate on being a Mum to her son Reuben. We are all sorry to see her go and the students will miss her enormously.