The Principal's Welcome
It is always humbling, and hugely rewarding, to witness the incredible achievements of our students here at Telford College.
We’ve reshaped our curriculum to meet the needs of the local business community, working in partnership with some of the area’s biggest companies – and the benefits are clear to see.
In 2020, we recorded our best-ever A level results with 100% pass rates in a host of subject areas, then followed it up with GCSE maths and English figures which were once again well above the national average.
The Principal's Column
Covid-19 continues to present many challenges for the education sector. But it’s vital to ensure that Shropshire’s young people – the workforce of tomorrow – are not disadvantaged or left behind.
We have transformed the way we deliver learning over the past year, and have robust plans in place to see us through the rest of the academic year, whatever lies in store.
“It’s a challenging time for many young people in Telford & Wrekin right now, with unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds running at a high of over 3,000.
“Telford College is doing its bit to help. Here on campus, as we enter another national lockdown, we are continuing to operate, and provide maximum support to students.”
“The new academic year is now safely up and running – and I’m delighted with the way in which everyone has pulled together to adapt college life to these challenging times.
“Students have been incredibly respectful of the Covid-19 safety measures and policies we have put in place around our campus, and understanding of the need to operate in class ‘bubbles’ to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.”
“Well, what a couple of weeks it has been. A level and GCSE results time is always tense – but this year in particular, students and their families have been put through the emotional wringer.
“All’s well that ends well, of course, but I can’t help thinking that with a little more forward planning from both regulators and the Government, many of these stresses and strains could have been avoided.”
“The Government’s £30 billion package of measures to support the economy is providing a great platform for us to work with employers and help lead the skills recovery.
“Companies can now receive £2,000 for every hired apprentice under 25 and a bonus of £1,500 for over-25s. This is in addition to the £1,000 already available for taking on apprentices aged 16-18.”