This collaboration is one way in which Hillcrest can support community cohesion by helping to reduce the number of young people in the Dudley Borough who are classed as NEETs (Not in Education Employment or Training). Our partnership work with Halesowen College is now in its second year. During 2011-12 fifteen AS Level students have been receiving weekly tutorials on college site from a Hillcrest member of staff. These tutorials have enabled students to make a successful transition from GCSEs to the demands of AS courses. They have also enabled Hillcrest School to provide pastoral support to these students. In addition to AS students the partnership has also supported students who are enrolled on Level 2 and Level 3 vocational courses. These students have been able to attend Hillcrest on a weekly basis and use the school’s facilities to complete their college assignments.
Another key feature of our Collegiate Partnership is to provide college students with mentoring opportunities that will support the progress and attainment of Hillcrest pupils. In 2011-12 Level 3 vocational students have delivered mentoring in: PE, Music, Drama and Dance and this year’s AS college students have been mentoring Year 11 pupils to support them with important GCSE exams in Maths and Science. We are looking to develop our Post 16 Mentoring Programme next year to support the school’s focus on Key Stage 3 literacy.
Over 30 of our current Year 11 pupils have already applied to be part of the Partnership in 2012-13 and our collaborative links with the college have been shared with parents at our Year 11 Progress Evening and also at Halesowen College Open Days in November 2011 and January 2012.
"We are delighted to be partnering Halesowen College in supporting our former pupils in their further education, we believe we can make a real contribution to their success."
Mrs A Garratt
Please speak to Mr N Szygowski at Hillcrest School