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School Partnerships

Working in partnership, aspiring to excellence

Being a student is one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life and so it is vital that they choose the right place and programme of study.

At Wakefield College there is a great learning experience waiting and courses that will provide students with skills and knowledge to cope with the next important stage of their life.

Working in Partnership

Working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers

Wakefield College is committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, raise attainment and achievement and encourage progression across the district. The School Partnerships programme aims to raise learners awareness of Further and Higher Education, while encouraging continued participation.

We offer schools across the district a comprehensive range of activities for pupils who are looking to enhance their curriculum, and broaden their knowledge and understanding of opportunities in Further Education and employment.

We feel strongly that our courses are relevant to children at Key Stage 4, and are pleased to introduce Technical Awards which carry performance points into our provision. These contribute towards Progress and Attainment 8 as we endeavour to ensure vocational learning is still accessible for schools and young people.

Our programmes offer schools a meaningful and challenging alternative curriculum which helps the development of young people while keeping them engaged in education and providing a clear pathway into post-16 education. Last year 78% of Year 11 students progressed from our School Link provision to Post-16 study with us - a figure we're very proud of.

This is by no means all that we can offer. We also seek to be flexible and if you have an idea of how we can support your school and students please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.

My son is a different person since joining the ECT programme. School has never suited him and he has always been unhappy with academic learning. However, since going to College he is so much happier. He looks forward to his College days and his tutor seems to get the best out of him.
Parent of an ECT student

School Link Provision at Wakefield College

Wakefield College currently offers two types of programmes for school age learners
Early College Transfer
For Learners in Year 11

Wakefield College is very proud of it’s Early College Transfer (ECT) programme which offers schools and students in Year 11 a challenging alternative curriculum for a specific group of learners.

It provides students who may be disengaged in mainstream school, or for whom school is not considered to be the best option, the opportunity to complete their final year of school with us at College. The provision is also suitable for elected home school students who are registered with the local EHE team.

ECT is a full-time provision where students attend College for 3 days each week and are infilled into a Post 16 group in a vocational subject area of their choice – typically at level 1.

Learners will combine this vocational subject with qualifications in Maths and English.

The students will remain on school role and the home school are responsible for organising any additional learning or work experience for the learner on days when they are not in college.

Costs 2021/22

One year full time provision normally equating to 17 hours per week for 36 weeks.

Minimum £8.90 per pupil per hour.

For more information please contact Sandra Lockett on or telephone 01924 789742.

The ECT programme gave me a second chance - I was on the verge of being kicked out of school. Without the support of the School Partnership team I don’t think I would have made it through Year 11 but I'm now 18 and onto my second year in Motor Vehicle with a dream to become a fully qualified mechanic.
ECT Student
Technical Awards
Part-time courses for Year 9,10 and 11 students in a range of subject areas

Technical Awards are broad, high quality level 1 and 2 qualifications that equip students with applied knowledge and associated practical skills not usually acquired through general education.

Our new programme of study offers accredited two/three year part-time courses for school-age learners in Years 9,10 and 11. These vocational qualifications carry Performance Points which contribute towards Progress and Attainment 8.

Costs 2021/22

Price on application

For more information please contact Sandra Lockett on or telephone 01924 789742.

My son has been given something positive to focus on which has given him the drive to progress and be a more happy, content young man.
Parent of Technical Award Student


We have a range of accredited courses, short courses, taster sessions and taster days available
Activity Description Cost
Early College Transfer One Year, full-time accredited provision for Year 11 students in a range of vocational areas. £9.35 per hour, per learner.
Technical Awards and other Accredited Courses One or two year part-time accredited courses for Year 10/11 pupils in a range of vocational areas. £90 per hour per group (max 12)
Year 10 Taster Days Scheduled by College four times each academic year. Pupils choose two vocational or four A-Level subjects to study for the day. Lunch is provided. Subsidised by Wakefield College.
Taster Sessions Scheduled on request by schools, comprising of short, non-accredited sessions in am, pm or twilight slots for Year 9 to Year 11. A range of subject areas is available to choose from. FREE.
In School Sessions Scheduled on request by schools, comprising of a College Tutor teaching a lesson in school to give learners an insight into what a subject consists of at College. FREE.
Discovery Days A guided tour of individual College Campuses, with lunch included. Maximum 16 pupils at any one time. Schedule runs between 9.30am and 3pm at the convenience of the school. FREE.
Non-accredited Courses Programmes Including Yr. 10 Pre-Early College Transfer, Vocational Carousel and Flex Transition. Variable - please contact the School Partnerships team.
Contact Us

James Pennington
Head of School Partnerships & Admissions
Telephone: 01924 789741

Sandra Lockett
School Partnerships Coordinator
Telephone: 01924 789742

Louise Crook
School Liaison Officer
Telephone: 01924 789481

Beth Slater
School Liaison Coordinator
Telephone: 01924 789746

Rachel Wilby
School Partnerships Learning Support and Achievement Mentor
Telephone: 01924 789743

Emma Trethewey
School Partnerships Administrator
Telephone: 01924 789470

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School Partnership 2021/22

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