A+ Trust Newshttp://aplustrust.org.uk/A+ Trust welcomes Hyde Community College http://aplustrust.org.uk/news/latest/2016-09-23-a-trust-welcomes-hyde-community-collegehttp://aplustrust.org.uk/news/latest/2016-09-23-a-trust-welcomes-hyde-community-college<p>As the start of the new term is well underway and the A+ Trust enters its fourth year of operation the existing member schools are both pleased and excited to welcome Hyde Community College into the Trust. &nbsp;The addition of the seventh secondary school not only adds further strength to the work of the Trust but brings a different perspective and further enhances the collective knowledge and expertise available to be shared. &nbsp;Ms. Andrea Radcliffe, Headteacher at Hyde Community College, is excited by the opportunities that this new partnership brings to her school and members of her team are already seeing the benefits of close working relationships with colleagues from within the Trust. &nbsp;Matthew Bowler, Executive Headteacher and CEO for the A+ Trust said &#39;this is an exciting time for Hyde Community College to be joining us and we look forward to developing the partnership working with them whilst sharing expertise and knowledge to raise standards and attainment across the Trust.&#39;</p> http://aplustrust.org.uk/images/news/HCC_full.jpgFri, 23 Sep 2016 11:06:57 GMTPrincipal, Dr Janet Nevin, to retire after almost a decade in rolehttp://aplustrust.org.uk/news/latest/2016-04-27-principal-dr-janet-nevin-to-retire-after-almost-a-decade-in-rolehttp://aplustrust.org.uk/news/latest/2016-04-27-principal-dr-janet-nevin-to-retire-after-almost-a-decade-in-role<p>Dr Janet Nevin will retire at the end of April after almost 10 years in post.</p> <p>During her time at the college, she has overseen the college&rsquo;s most successful period of results, achieved national recognition for the college and seen thousands of talented students&rsquo; progress.</p> <p>Dr Nevin started her career in London and then in Sunbury where she taught English to 11-18 year olds in two comprehensive schools. By the age of 25 she was already Head of English in a boys&rsquo; school but then decided to go back to her roots in the North West becoming Head of English and Head of Sixth Form in a school in St Helens. She then progressed to Holy Cross Sixth Form College in Bury where she worked for 14 years as Assistant Principal, overseeing Students Services and then as Deputy Principal.</p> <p>&ldquo;The time came when I realised that, after 10 years as Deputy, I should face my next challenge and applied to Ashton Sixth Form College for the job of Principal.&rdquo; Dr Nevin said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was absolutely delighted to get the job and I can honestly say that there has never been a day where I felt that the job wasn&rsquo;t worthwhile. It has been a challenge but I have always felt that the young people and adults in Tameside are worth a huge investment of anybody&rsquo;s time and effort and I have been privileged to serve the community in Tameside for nine years.&rdquo;</p> <p>Keith Trelfa, chair of governors at Ashton Sixth Form College said &ldquo;Over the past 9 years under Janet&rsquo;s leadership the college has gone from strength to strength becoming the first choice of students in Tameside and surrounding areas who wish to aspire to higher education. Janet is an outstanding teacher and Principal who is respected by all who know her. Her vision and hard work led to the creation of the A+ Trust which is dedicated to the improvement of educational standards of Tameside students. Janet will be sorely missed by everyone at the college and we wish her a long and happy retirement.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dr Nevin will be missed by all of the staff and students who will give the Principal an official send off on her last day Friday 29th April 2016.</p> <p>Dr Nevin further commented &ldquo;I have found our students here to be amazing: funny, intelligent, caring, thoughtful, ambitious, and talented and it has been my pleasure to get to know some of them well, whether it be in student council meetings or doing mock interviews or travelling to Uganda with them.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It has been a huge privilege to work with so many fantastic staff; they too, like the students, have been amazing and it has been wonderful to work with such talented people. I have been fortunate, privileged and thankful to have ended my career at Ashton Sixth Form College.&rdquo;</p> <p>Anton McGrath has been appointed as the new Ashton Sixth Form College Principal and will start at the beginning of May.&nbsp; Anton is currently the Principal of the highly successful and nationally acclaimed Sixth Form College in Huddersfield - Greenhead College - and is returning to Ashton Sixth Form College having worked there 8 years ago as an Assistant Principal.</p> <p>Anton said &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled to be appointed as Principal of Ashton Sixth Form College. I&rsquo;m pleased to be reacquainting myself with the college after a break of almost eight years building on the successes of my predecessor, Dr Janet Nevin. It&rsquo;s an exciting time to be back in Tameside and I&rsquo;m looking forward to working with talented and dedicated staff, governors and students.</p> http://aplustrust.org.uk/images/news/Dr_Janet_Nevin.jpgWed, 27 Apr 2016 15:45:51 GMTApprentice TV star inspires students at Ashton Sixth Form Collegehttp://aplustrust.org.uk/news/latest/2015-04-24-apprentice-tv-star-inspires-students-at-ashton-sixth-form-collegehttp://aplustrust.org.uk/news/latest/2015-04-24-apprentice-tv-star-inspires-students-at-ashton-sixth-form-college<p>Sanjay said: &quot;It&#39;s been fantastic to come back to Manchester (having lived here for 4 years whilst at university). I love the city and the people. Visiting Ashton Sixth Form&nbsp;today was a great opportunity to pass on knowledge to students which will hopefully encourage them to take advantage of the opportunities available to them. I&#39;ve been hearing about the Imagine Your Future Careers event next week and feel this is a great way to get young people thinking about their futures and what they want to achieve.&quot;</p> <p>Sanjay then stayed for the Colleges Higher Education evening where he delivered a motivational talk to parents about inspiring futures.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hazel Kindley, Guidance Manager at Ashton Sixth Form College said: &ldquo;We were delighted to welcome Sanjay Sood-Smith to Ashton Sixth Form College as part of our Imagine Your Future initiative.&nbsp; His motivational presentation provided our business and maths students with the fantastic opportunity to learn from his successful banking career and appearance on The Apprentice. Sanjay is deeply committed to supporting young people and helping them achieve their full potential and his motivational talk was very inspirational. It was the perfect way to launch our Imagine Your Future Careers Event.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ashton Sixth Form College will be holding an <strong>Imagine Your Future Careers Fair</strong> <strong>on Tuesday 28 April 2015 5.00 &ndash; 7.30pm </strong>bringing together universities, employers, apprenticeship and training providers. For more information and to sign up to attend visit <a href="http://www.asfc.ac.uk/iyf">www.asfc.ac.uk/iyf</a></p> http://aplustrust.org.uk/images/news/sanjay-sood-smith.jpgFri, 24 Apr 2015 14:34:37 GMTLongdendale Year 8 Experience Day http://aplustrust.org.uk/news/latest/2015-03-23-longdendale-year-8-experience-dayhttp://aplustrust.org.uk/news/latest/2015-03-23-longdendale-year-8-experience-day<p>Year 8 pupils from Longdendale High School recently visited Ashton Sixth Form College for an Experience Day ahead of starting options subjects in Year 9. The entire year 8 cohort of over 120 pupils descended on the college on the day of the partial solar eclipse.</p> <p>After assembling in the canteen for toast and juice the group were led out to the peace garden to see their first ever Solar eclipse. Ashton Sixth Form College kindly provided pinhole projectors for pupils to view the eclipse safely and keep as a souvenir of the day, there were also demonstrations taking place with binoculars, colanders and various homemade projectors.</p> <p>After a short welcome in the sports hall the pupils were split into groups for the first of three subject taster sessions. Former pupils from Longdendale High School acted as ambassadors, accompanying the groups and answering questions from the enthusiastic pupils throughout.</p> <p>Sessions ranged from PE and Public Services sessions on the AstroTurf, where pupils were really enthusiastic and enjoyed working with our own sports students (who themselves gained some excellent experience of group work with young people). Further sessions included Music Technology (including DJ skills demonstrations and hands on experience), Law, Psychology, Business, Maths and Media Studies.</p> <p>The pupils were also treated to a student life session put together by the ambassadors, which hopefully answered all the pressing questions about college that the young learners had on their minds.</p> <p>The pupils were extremely well behaved throughout the day and had lots of positive comments after their sessions, the entire day was a really enjoyable and worthwhile experience for all.</p> http://aplustrust.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/DSC_2980.JPGMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:36:04 GMT