“It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks for both students and staff at Telford College.
First of all, 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.
A high level of maths and English attainment is particularly important, as these are the qualifications which open up the widest possible range of higher-level course and employment choices for young people.
Now, though, with results season coming to an end, our focus turns to ensuring that the next generation of students are connected with the right courses to match their skills, and meet their aspirations.
There has never been more choice on offer to young people in Shropshire, whatever their grades. So my message is: if you have a specific career in mind, don’t jump into a snap decision until you have checked out all your options.
The doors of our Haybridge campus are now open, from 10am to 4pm every weekday, before the start of the new academic year, for anyone wanting to drop in and talk about their results, and discuss further education options in more detail . . . academic, vocational, or through an apprenticeship.
It’s been rewarding in recent days to hear so many of our students talking about how much they have enjoyed their time at Telford College.
We know that creating the right kind of environment and atmosphere is crucial to our success, so it is satisfying to hear students speak about meeting so many new friends, and praising the support they have received from tutors and mentors.
So, looking ahead, we will be starting the next academic year in great shape, with exciting new courses including aviation engineering – the only ones of their kind in the Midlands.
It’s all about matching our courses with the skills which local companies need, constantly evolving, and never being complacent in our quest to improve.”