YOUNGSTERS from Gainsborough’s Trent Valley Academy are enjoying the next step towards their dream career thanks to now post-16 courses available at the school.
TVA have recently begun teaching BTEC courses in Health and Social Care to students over the age of 16 - in conjunction with Lincoln College. While the school doesn’t have a sixth form, they say that they hope to expand to offer many more post-16 courses to its students in the future.
Tutor Mrs Piroli said that the students had been ‘really proactive’ towards their learning.
“They’re just so engaged, motivated and interested,” she said. “It’s been a pleasure to teach them.”
“With many of these students, I’ve built up a relationship with them over the last few years, so it’s great to have them back to offer them education at a post-16 level.”
She added: “It’s wonderful to be able to see them develop and take that next step before they head off to university.”
Pupil Elisha Thompson, 16, said: “I did this because it’s something that I can take towards the career I want - which is to be a psychiatric nurse.
“I know the teachers here, and wanted to continue being taught by them.”
Jaide Aston, 16, agreed: “I want to be a paediatric nurse and TVA’s facilities and teaching are great.”
Fellow student Rachael Worriner, 16, added: “I was going to do the same course in Lincoln, but I came here because Mrs P is my favourite teacher.”
“I want to be a midwife, and this is a great start.”
But TVA say that there’s much more to come.
“We are determined to do all that we can to help our students progress into their careers,” said TVA director of business and resources John Cawdell.
“This course has been getting a really enthusiastic response and these students are proving to be great peer models to the rest of the school - we’re very proud of them.”
He added: “This helps pupils to save on travel expenses and we are hopeful that next year, we’ll be able to further courses like PE and performing arts.”