Shropshire’s Wrekin College is set to unveil new facilities as it welcomes a record number of pupils to a new academic year in 2021.
The Wellington school will be taking the wraps off a new state-of-the-art dance studio and all-weather playing surface during the autumn term as staff also welcome its new intake as they begin their senior school journey.
The school has in recent years introduced new systems specifically designed to get children off to the best possible start when they join Wrekin which already has a designated house for its youngest pupils.
Lancaster House, for pupils aged 11- 13, has its own territory, leadership and reward system, allowing pupils to develop and settle gradually into senior school life.
Headmaster Tim Firth said a clear goal at Wrekin College was to encourage lifelong independent learners who enjoyed their education and understood how to use it to their best advantage.
“We looked to shift the focus from a teacher merely passing on information to actually nurturing the skills for how a child learns, engages with and absorbs that information.
“It has enabled our pupils to be ready for anything which has included recent reform of the exam system and the impact of lockdowns and restrictions during crucial exam years.
“What we need to avoid is a final GCSE year spent doing past paper after past paper, a tedious methodology designed only to secure grades in exams and not really connected to getting more interested in, or better at a subject.
“If the recent pandemic has taught us anything it is that our children need to be able to adapt and use their learning skills to make the most of the opportunities available rather than just learning set material off by heart to pass an exam which they may never actually get to sit.
“Our pupils have coped remarkably well with the disruption to vital landmarks in their education and we believe this is due to our approach to how and why they learn and the ethos behind it.
“It is not coincidence that our reforms, complete with some extra staffing and tracking in this academic area, have led to the school breaking its past records for academic results a number of times in the past five years.”