We are organising a 4-night residential trip to Blackrock Sands in Porthmadog, Wales. There are limited spaces available so it will be a first come first served basis. To secure a position, bring in a deposit of £10.00 with the attached permission slip and medical form.
The cost of the trip is £60.00 per student, which should be paid by 5th July. We would be happy for you to pay in instalments as long as the full amount is received before we leave for camp.
The full cost of the camp is £182.00 per person; WVTC is sponsoring the camp to enable the costs to be kept to £60.00 per student.
Students should make their way into school as normal on Monday 10th July and will travel to the residential site in our school minibus. We will arrive back onsite at WVTC Friday 14th July to finish at the normal time, therefore any usual after school travel arrangements shall continue as normal.
Please note the residential trip will include outdoor activities so ensure your child has appropriate clothing and footwear, a clothing list will follow.
Activities the trip may include are:
By signing and returning the form you give consent for your child to take part in these activities.
If your child will require any medication to be taken while on the residential, request a medical form from reception and return completed as soon as possible, thank you.
Good news! Our new school will be ready for us to move into in September!
Students have been working with the contractors, Morgan Sindall, on a project to design and build a bug hotel.
The structure will be put into place in September. The students have been enjoying their visits and seeing the new school literally growing from the ground!
Careers at WVTC
WVTC will be holding a careers and cake session at Westcroft School on Thursday 18th May from 10am until 12noon.
Parents, carers and students are all invited to come along and meet training providers.
For further information, please contact Westcroft School on 01902 558350.
Students Raise Money on Sponsored Walk
Staff and students at WVTC, RightTrack and Westcroft School undertook a sponsored walk on February 14th 2017.
The staff and students walked a challenging 10 miles around Baggeridge Country Park in order to raise money for Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) charity and the Donkey Sanctuary.
The total amount raised reached an impressive £416.05!
Well done to all involved in supporting such great charities.
Visit to New School Site
On the 26th January 2017 a group of the Year 12 construction students made a visit to the new school site.
We were welcomed by the site manager Malcolm Flute, who accompanied us on a tour around the new site.
During this visit he showed us some technical drawings of the the new building including the works that were currently going on.
The visits are to be ongoing and we have booked to have another visit around Easter when they start erecting the steel structure.
Thrilling Football Match Between Westcroft and WVTC
The match between Westcroft and WVTC proved to be one of the most exciting ever seen in the Westcroft sports hall!
WVTC, coached by Boing Boing Morris and playing in West Brom colours, took an early lead through Chrissy Blagrove but Westcroft soon hit back through Joe Baker and Arvinder Malhi to leave the score 2-1 to Westcroft.
As the players tired and spaces started to open up, Westcroft started to take control. Joe Baker, Arvinder and Kurtis Davis all scored quickly to put Westcroft 5-1 up. As the Westcroft squad started to rotate, WVTC sniffed a chance to stage a comeback and two quick goals from Sam Jones got them back in the game.
Joe Baker completed his hat trick and Westcroft made the mistake of thinking the game was won with only three minutes to go. WVTC were inspired by a fantastic long range goal from Sam Jones before Chrissy B got it back to 6-5. A last minute goal from Sam completed the comeback and helped to keep Manager Morris’ job safe!
Best Performing Multi-Academy Trust in the Country
Central Learning Partnership Trust – Best Performing Multi Academy Trust in the Country
The DfE recently published performance data for Multi Academy Trusts, in which it graded the aggregated scores of all academies in each phase. The KS2 data showed Central Learning Partnership Trust to be one of only six MATs nationally, to have progress scores in all three categories: Reading, Writing and Maths, judged as ‘significantly above average’.
Additionally, using the new school accountability progress measures introduced this year, CLPT was the top performing KS2 MAT nationally, in both reading and maths and second nationally in writing.
Unfortunately, one has to have a minimum of three schools in a key stage to be included in the published data. As we only have two secondary partners at present, we were not featured. Had we been so, our average KS2 Progress 8 score of +0.47, would have seen CLPT ranked second nationally at secondary level.
The above is testimony to the hard work and unrelenting effort everyone in our Trust, adults and young people alike, have made over the years and an accolade of which all involved should be hugely proud.
Andy Morris Awarded MBE
In this year’s Birthday Honours one of our teaching staff has been awarded an MBE for his services to special education. Mr Andy Morris began teaching at Westcroft School in September 1985, and fifteen years ago he moved to Timken Vocational Centre in Blakenhall to set up a centre to help special educational needs pupils learn skills to help them find employment when they leave school.
Mr Morris said “I’m humbled and delighted. This was something that was completely unexpected but lovely to have the recognition for all the effort that’s been put in. The award was really a team effort; it’s on of those things that isn’t necessarily just about myself – it’s everyone else who has contributed to this as well. If it wasn’t shared then my vision wouldn’t have gone anywhere. It’s a fantastic accolade – I’m over the moon.”
Coongratulations and well done Mr Morris.
WVTC Students Organise an Adult Smile Event
These pictures are of students at WVTC are in full swing organising an Adult Smile Event which took place on 18 March 2016.
The students worked with pupils from across a selection of other schools to ensure the day ran smoothly. All of the students were responsible for organising and running activities throughout the day.
The schools involved were WVTC, Westcroft, Heath Park, Moseley Park, Pennfields and Green Park.
New School Building Progressing
Plans have been approved for a new school building to be located at the former Tarmac headquarters site on Millfields Road, Ettingshall.
We are very excited and are really looking forward to moving into our new school.
The students have been on a site visit already and met with the building contractors (Skanska). They are looking forward to more visits over the next few months to see how the building work is progressing.