Message from the Principal of East Kent College
The Technical School at East Kent College first opened its doors in September 2015, offering pupils a high-quality Study Programme which incorporates an academic curriculum alongside additional technical pathways. The school is able to offer students places to start full-time courses in Year 10 in September this year. This means that students in Year 9 can opt to leave
their current school and join The Technical School from the start of Year 10.
Since 2013, the Government has allowed learners aged 14 plus to leave school and enrol on full-time courses at local further education colleges, as they realise that some students are far better suited to a more practical way of learning. Only colleges that have been rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, like East Kent College, can offer Year 10 students this exciting opportunity. I know from talking to parents that for some young people, studying academic subjects in a secondary school environment is not ideal and they would welcome more choice locally.
The two-year Study Programme gives pupils the chance to study one of three
technical pathways alongside their academic courses which include Maths,
English and Science. The three technical pathways are:
These three areas have been selected as they are recognised as ‘priority growth sectors’ in the local economy and offer excellent career prospects. Students will study nine GCSEs (or equivalent), including core GCSEs in English, Maths and Science, alongside vocational qualifications taught in some of the best real-work environments in Kent.
On successful completion, students can then progress further on these vocational pathways at East Kent College and onto higher education, an apprenticeship or work. What is more because of their emphasis on core subjects our Study Programmes also enable students to change direction at 16+ if they do decide to follow other paths to success in adult life.
I strongly encourage you to come along to one of our Open Days to find out more and I look forward to meeting you.Graham Razey Principal, East Kent College
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