Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College Professor Andrew Wren

Principal reassures Year 11s about their future education

The head of Furness College has written to all Year 11s across the area to reassure them about the next steps in their education.

Principal and Chief Executive Professor Andrew Wren has guaranteed students places at the college’s two campuses – Channelside and the sixth form at Rating Lane – from September 2021.

He said it was a worrying time for students and their parents and sent a letter out through the college’s link schools to alleviate any concerns.

“As we enter a new year, I wanted to talk to you about the new opportunities this will bring. This year will be important for you as you leave high school and enter the next stage of education or employment.

“You may feel that the pandemic has put your future chances at a disadvantage but we want to reassure you this is absolutely not the case. If you are committed to your studies, we will guarantee your places for September 2021. Whatever your decision, we want you to know there is a place for you at Furness College.”

Professor Wren said he was aware that school pupils were worried about their grades and what the future held for them.

“The challenges you have overcome in the past year will have brought about strengths and skills you never knew you had and a sense of resilience and adaptability that will serve you well for your future careers,” he said.

“That’s why we want the school leavers of 2021 as future students of our college, whether you choose Channelside or sixth form, because you will have a unique set of skills.”

Furness College is among the first in the country to launch T Levels in September this year, a new qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Professor Wren said places on these new courses in digital, health, science and education and childcare were sought-after and if a student didn’t get onto one of these this time they could join a new transition programme to help students prepare for T Levels the following year.

He added that applications were now open and he hoped the college will be able to run some Open Days in the Spring so students could look around the £47m Channelside campus and specialist sixth form college at Rating Lane.

Individual appointments with School Liaison and Events Officer Sandra Rollinson can be booked by emailing schools@furness.ac.uk for anyone who needs advice on course options.

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