Pupils are on course for vocational skills

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An innovative partnership between Ashington’s Hirst Park Middle School and Northumberland College is set to give Year 8 pupils hands on vocational learning experience.

Starting in September over a six to 12 weeks period, pupils will have the opportunity to participate in a course of vocational tasters that will incorporate painting and decorating, joinery, brickwork, plastering, tiling, as well as hair, beauty, hospitality and catering.

David Godfrey, principal of Hirst Park Middle School, said: “Our staff work tirelessly to ensure our curriculum gives pupils access to real, relevant and inspiring curricular experiences.

“We are delighted to be working with Northumberland College, an organisation that is equally passionate about curricular development.

“At Hirst Park we are committed to providing pupils with experiential learning, to develop a skills set that will ensure they have the best chance of success in school and in life.”

It is hoped the pilot will help pupils with future study and employment options.

Hirst Park is part of the Ashington Learning Partnership Trust, comprising Ashington High, Bothal Middle, Central First and Wansbeck First schools.