College launches Virtual Primary and Secondary College for local schools

Cheshire College-South & West, for the past 25 years, has delivered an engaging and inclusive programme to support the transition for young people from Primary School to Secondary School and Secondary School to Further Education. This much-loved Primary and Secondary College programme aims to extend learning opportunities, raise aspirations and assist in supporting with the transition for young people at these key milestone points. 

Coronavirus has changed the way in which we learn, socialise, work and play and Cheshire College – South & West has responded to ensure its Primary and Secondary College programme still reaches and supports young people. Entering its 26th year, these highly valued and unique events have now been developed into a ‘virtual experience’. 

Across the region, the Primary College programme engages a staggering 1,800 Year 5/6 pupils, from 50 primary schools and the Secondary College programme attracts over 2,000 Year 10 pupils from over 17 secondary schools. In addition, each year around 25 local employers and organisations are involved in supporting a varied and engaging programme of activities. 

Although Primary and Secondary College will not be taking place on Campuses as it would normally, the College is determined to support young people in the area at a critical time when they need it most. The virtual alternative will be accessible to all local feeder schools and is designed to support young people whether in the classroom, or as part of their home learning packages. Virtual programmes will offer interactive videos and worksheets that have been produced by the College, local employers and organisations. 

Melanie Lloyd, Careers and Post 16 Transition Advisor at Sir William Stanier School, Crewe, commented – “The benefits of Secondary College are truly endless.  Every year it provides our learners with a taster of what is available once they leave school, instilling confidence that they have made the correct choice and that they will succeed.” 

Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy CEO said, “The idea of bringing together a wide range of departments and employers, to deliver talks and activities as part of events throughout the academic year, stretches the boundaries of raising aspirations. It is vital that we encourage young people to think about their futures, as it gives purpose to their learning and enables them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career of their choosing.” 

“It is a pleasure that we can work in partnership with local schools to empower young people and ensure nothing stops them from reaching their goals.” 

This year, both Virtual Primary and Secondary College will be available for 12 months and content will be updated regularly.  

For more information please contact the Schools Partnerships team,  

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