School joins Ridgeons to offer new courses

Published:  16 November, 2009

SAFFRON WALDEN: Ridgeons is funding courses in construction and the built environment at Saffron Walden County High School Skills Academy.

Ridgeons is also supporting the course with materials for the course and, in the longer term, its training staff will also teach aspects of the syllabus.

Skills Academy director, Rob Loe, said: "There are some incredibly hardworking and talented students whose interests lie in a different profile of subjects and who have different career aspirations.

"As a successful school which believes in success through personalised curriculum routes, and knowing each child as an individual, this is hopefully the beginning."

Loe said that the school had been very fortunate get the support from local business Ridgeons. "Clearly at a time of economic uncertainty we are trying to build stronger links, through our curriculum, to the world of work and to further education," he said.

"It is thought that many of our students, having graduated from the academy with a Level 2 BTEC First Diploma, will now aspire to move on to Level 3 courses at institutions such as Cambridge Regional College."

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