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ASPIRE

Our tutorial programme for 16-18-year-olds is called ASPIRE.

Each week you will have group tutorials and regular 1:1s with your Progress Coach.

Our ASPIRE programme is career and destination-focused, helping to prepare you for future success in your chosen subject. The programme will allow you to take part in valuable career workshops during your tutorial lessons.

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You will be offered a career led curriculum which responds to local economic and labour market intelligence and community needs:
  • A bespoke careers programme relevant to the subject you are studying and the level of study
  • Equipping you with the skills needed for your next steps in life, work and well-being
  • Topics that cover current local and national issues
  • Guest speakers to enhance your knowledge and understanding of personal and real life issues.

You will have the opportunity to complete a bespoke Flight Path which will guide you through your studies and be focused on equipping you fully to reach your destination. Your Flight Path will track progress of your qualification but it will also have a focus on developing your skills through work experience and participating in competitions and enrichment.

The goal of your Flight Path is to ensure you reach your destination and this will be completed by your Progress Coach through your tutorials and monitored twice a year.


Honours Programme

Our Honours Programme identifies high-achieving and talented students and enables them to access events which will help prepare them for higher education.

Focusing on Russell Group universities, Conservatories and higher apprenticeships, the Honours Programme ensures our aspirational students are fully equipped to further their education at a prestigious university.

Harry Crawshaw Honours Programme

Harry Crawshaw

Harry Crawshaw is studying Level 3 Engineering at our Winsford campus, and is particularly enjoying the maths and computer aided design (CAD) modules of his course. Harry’s dad is an engineer and after researching the sector Harry decided it was also the right pathway for him. Harry, former student of The Winsford Academy was also selected to be part of the college’s Honours Programme, which recognises talented students and helps lead them towards prestigious destinations.

Harry is currently completing two days’ work placement each week with Robinson’s Group, a local steel company, which gives him the chance to enhance his CAD skills. He says: “I’m really enjoying my course and my placement. I like learning about different metals and developing my CAD experience. In the future I would like to secure a higher apprenticeship in engineering and I feel like I’m on the right track to achieve this.”

Macie Cartwright

Macie Cartwright, who is studying Level 3 Art & Design, loves being creative and especially enjoys the fashion and textiles component of her course. Macie says: “The facilities at this college are great and the tutors encourage you to excel. We have access to placements and trips that really enhance the course.”

Macie is also part of the college’s Honours program, which gives outstanding students the support to progress onto the most prestigious universities. In the future, Macie intends to study fashion at university, and feels the experience she has gained at college will help her reach this goal. Macie was also chosen to be a student ambassador, representing the college at high-profile events.

Macie Cartwright Honours Programme
Will Dean

Will Dean

Will Dean is currently studying an Art & Design Foundation Diploma with us and is gaining some fantastic skills in preparation for an exciting future in performance design.

Will, who previously studied Technical Theatre at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), has always been highly creative and dreams of a career designing and creating costumes, sets and backdrops. He has recently played an instrumental role in the college’s production of Sleeping Beauty, helping to build the set as well as assisting with lighting and sound.


Meet our Lead Progress Coaches

Iwonka Gierek

Iwonka Gierek

“My name is Iwonka Gierek and I have been at the college for 16 years. I have been involved in a variety of roles and within a number of curriculum areas, all of which have involved helping our students achieve their full potential. I have worked as part of the Welfare Team and more recently I was the Progress Coach for STEM, before moving into my current role.

I really enjoy working with young people and giving them the support needed to succeed and progress."

Steve Lawrence

“Hi, I'm Steve and I have worked at the college for 16 years, fulfilling several roles which include teaching Level 1 and Level 2 Sport, then moving on to Learning Mentor and now Lead Progress Coach. This role includes supporting students through their time at college.

My passion outside of college is football. I have gained my UEFA B coaching qualification and have been lucky to work part-time at several professional clubs including Wigan Athletic, Liverpool FC and now Manchester City. The love for football came from my father who played for Liverpool FC.”

Steve Lawrence
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