News from Shrewsbury Sixth Form

Musical students from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College have taken to the stage to help rejuvenate an underused public venue in the town.

Five acts from the college were given the opportunity to showcase their talents as part of plans to re-establish the Quarry bandstand. The bandstand has been re-instated as part of a project that saw members of the STCRA (Shrewsbury Town Centre Residents Association) submit a bid for funds from Shropshire Council’s LJC (Local Joint Committee), to host a variety of local music acts.

The bandstand hosted a variety of musical genres for all tastes, as well as five acts from the college, Jake Chesworth, Not Completely Blonde, Polly & The Wolf, Ella McDonald, and Martha’s Trio, who have used the venue as a the perfect platform to showcase their talents.

Amanda Jones, Member of STCRA, and an integral part of the bandstand project, said: “We felt the bandstand should be a main focal point for the Quarry, but it was being dramatically underutilised, so we decided to bid for funds to re-establish it as an entertainment venue. Shrewsbury Sixth Form College is such an integral educational establishment in the town, it seemed only right that we invited the students to perform, and so far we have received a fantastic response.”

Martin Ward, Principal of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, said: “We are delighted the students have been involved in a project that has seen the reinstatement of one of the main features in The Quarry. We have many musically talented students at the college, and this has been a great way for them to demonstrate their abilities to the local residents of Shrewsbury.”

Shrewsbury Sixth Form College was established in 1981 and offers an extensive range of full-time courses for over 1,500 students aged 16-19 years. The College aims to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and provides a stimulating, supportive and encouraging environment ensuring it creates the ideal bridge between school and work or higher education.

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PLUS Shrewsbury Sixth Form College principal comments on news of A-level reforms:

Following today’s announcement by Education Secretary Michael Gove on the planned changes to A Levels in England, Martin Ward, Principal of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, comments:

“We have delivered the current set of AS and A levels with great success for many years, supporting students to progress to university and into employment.  Staff and students at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College will approach the changes to A levels from 2015, announced by Michael Gove today, with confidence and experience.

“We will, however, await further detail about the changes.  The key move away from modular assessment provides us with the freedom to deliver teaching and learning in ways which are less driven by the next modular exam, and may give us more time in the classroom and less time in the exam hall.  However many students have found that success in modular assessment makes the course more manageable, and their achievements in individual modules provides encouragement and recognition for what they are achieving on an on-going basis.

“The staff at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College will be involved in developing the new courses as the detailed specifications from the exam boards become available, and will be using their expertise and creativity to ensure that the students are well prepared for the changes.”