David Godfrey, Principal of Hirst Park Middle School, said: "Our
staff work tirelessly to ensure our curriculum gives pupils access
to real, relevant and inspiring curricular experiences. We are
delighted to be working with Northumberland College, an
organisation that is equally passionate about curricular
"At Hirst Park we are committed to providing our pupils with
experiential learning, to develop a skills set that will ensure
they have the best chance of success in school and in life."
Over a 6 to 12 week period pupils will have the opportunity to
participate in a course of vocational tasters that will incorporate
painting and decorating, joinery, brickwork, plastering, and tiling
as well as hair, beauty, hospitality and catering.
It is hoped that this innovative pilot will help to inform
pupils about future study and employment options that may be open
Hirst Park Middle School is part of the Ashington Learning
Partnership Trust, a collaboration of five schools that also
includes Ashington High School, Bothal Middle School, Central First
School and Wansbeck First School. The Trust has a strong track
record of working with local businesses on experiential projects
that enable students to develop a wide ranging skills set.
Stuart Cutforth, Principal and Chief Executive of Northumberland
College, said: "We are happy to be partnering with Hirst Park
Middle School and our dedicated staff will welcome pupils to our
Ashington campus from this September.
"Here at Northumberland College we recently received our best
ever Ofsted inspection result and we take pride in forging strong
relationships with local educational providers to ensure pupils
understand the relevance of successful vocational learning to their
future and to adequately prepare young people for the