Many boys decide to stay on at Brymore in year 12 and we sometimes have boys joining us for this provision alone. Working with Bridgwater College offers the boys many courses whilst retaining the support, caring and homely environment and activities that Brymore offers.
Most courses include an element of work experience, and some time back at school where students can continue to study courses such as blacksmithing, help out within the farm or gardens, help with the sporting activities, or go home as part of a flexible boarding arrangement. The vast range of Brymore activities are also available to the boys that choose us as their ‘Sixth Form’ option and we encourage them to fully partake in all that Brymore has to offer should they choose to.
At Brymore we encourage boys to progress onto further education courses or apprenticeships as a way to continue the learning they receive with us and to expand their knowledge. We work closely with our academy partner, Bridgwater College, to create a strong Year 12 curriculum and students attend the college for their learning and board with us for their pastoral care and activities.
About Bridgwater College
Bridgwater College has a reputation both regionally and nationally as a very successful provider of education and training, is one of only a handful of Ofsted designated Outstanding Colleges, and has four Centres of Vocational Excellence. It has also been awarded twelve Beacon awards in recent years and achieved the Matrix Standard for Information, Advice and Guidance Services. Examination and course results consistently place the College among the top, if not the best, of all education providers in Somerset.
There is an extensive curriculum, which covers the four key areas of Arts & Technology, Humanities & Sciences, Business & Professional Studies and Land-based Studies offering subjects from Engineering to Sport, Automotive to Computing, there is something for everyone. There is also significant provision for students with additional learning needs. Visit the 14-19 pages on the Bridgwater College website for the full list of courses on offer to school leavers.
Excellent links with key players in the industry mean that students have regular exposure to current practice and relevant work placements, which often result in exciting career opportunities. This, combined with a teaching and learning experience that has been graded outstanding by Ofsted, has assisted in the achievement of fantastic vocational results across all subjects in previous years.
Cannington Centre (Land-based studies)
The countryside location of the College’s Cannington Centre makes it a perfect choice for students interested in a land-based education. In recent years, over £10 million has been invested in improving the facilities, and the resources for land-based training are now considered to be among the most exceptional in the country, providing students with state-of-the-art surroundings for learning and practicing their skills.
With an estimated 250,000 new entrants required to enter the land-based sector by 2020, Bridgwater College offers a varied curriculum which prepares students for roles to fill the various skills gaps, including, Agriculture, Animal Care, Landscaping, Fisheries Management and Equine, to name a few. The outstanding facilities at the Cannington Centre include a 400-hectare Farm, Equestrian Centre, Animal Management Centre, 9-hole Golf Course and historic Walled Gardens dating back to the 1200s.
Mr Fewtrell is our Year 12 Co-ordinator and can be contacted at the school on 01278 652369 for further details.