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Hartlepool Sixth Form invests in healthcare professionals of the future

Hartlepool Sixth Form has launched a state-of-the-art Health Hub to provide future healthcare professionals with skills to meet the sector’s increasing needs.

Healthcare jobs are in high demand across the health and care sector and the predicted shortfall in roles across the Tees Valley is expected to stretch beyond 4,000 by 2022.

The Health Hub will deliver industry-standard training in a realistic setting, including a new health and social care simulated ward and community care facility. This has led to exciting new partnerships with Person Centred Software and ASCOM, who will support students to develop their digital skills, embedding digital technology in care, to reach their full potential.

Mark Hughes, Head of Hartlepool Sixth Form, said: “The Health Hub provides our students with a specialist learning environment that replicates real-world care settings. Working alongside Person Centred Software and ASCOM will give our students an advantage of working with industry-standard technology, used in real-life care settings and will prepare them for progression to careers in the health and social care sectors, shaping our curriculum and transforming our health and social care provision for the benefit of Hartlepool and the Tees Valley.”

The Health Hub consists of a three-bed hospital ward, sluice area and treatment room and is also home to an assisted living area which mirrors the home care environment. This latest development will allow Hartlepool Sixth Form to support a greater range of learners to enter into health professions, including the launch in January of a new suite of health and wellbeing provisions for adult learners.

Andrew Coles, Head of Product Management, for Person Centred Software, said: “We are proud to work closely with Hartlepool Sixth Form to help support its students to use electronic care planning systems so that when they enter the workplace in care homes they will already understand the value of using electronic systems.

“The rise of digital systems in health and social care is leading providers to ask candidates about their experiences using electronic systems. Students will be a better fit for the criteria care providers are looking for and better prepared for the workplace. This will help reduce staff turnover in care homes, which tends to be very high, and save time and money on recruitment and training.”

Hartlepool Sixth Form currently works alongside 22 employers within the health and social care sector. In addition, 88 students are completing 415 placement hours over a two-year study programme and 100% of its level 3 health and social care students’ progress to employment or Higher Education.

Donna Scarth, Education Development Co-ordinator for North Tees Hospital, said: “Working with local providers to develop the next generation of staff for the health industry is vitally important to North Tees Hospital. A facility like the one opening today at Hartlepool Sixth Form will provide the students with invaluable experience to prepare them for placements as part of their programme of study and ensure they are ready their next steps in education, training and work”

Hartlepool Sixth Form is the only dedicated sixth form in Hartlepool and is a leading provider of high-quality educational opportunities. The sixth form was awarded an Ofsted Good rating at the last inspection and provides full-time education for approximately 800 16-19-year olds across both vocational and academic pathways. It was also recently crowned College of the Year by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation.

Hartlepool Sixth Form’s Basketball Team promoted to Academy Basketball League

Hartlepool Sixth Form has been promoted to the ABL (Academy Basketball League) and has entered into a partnership with Durham University and Junior National League team, Durham Wildcats, to create a complete pathway for local players.

The ABL is an invitation only competition that comprises 30 teams and includes colleges that show a high level of performance.

The promotion for Hartlepool Sixth Form has been long awaited after its unbeaten basketball athletes put in an excellent performance to top the AoC Sport Division 1 North East league for the third year running.

Basketball players in the Tees Valley and County Durham are playing against the best competition in the country outside of the EABL (Elite Academy Basketball League), which is an AASE (Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) only college league.

Speaking about the partnership with Durham University, Mark Elderkin, Basketball Coach for Hartlepool Sixth Form, who brings BBL (British Basketball League) expertise to the team, said: “I am excited to see where this partnership leads. In its first year it has already provided our 16-19-year olds with an opportunity that isn’t available in the County Durham or Tees Valley area.”

Hartlepool Sixth Form is committed to giving its players the opportunity to play basketball at the highest level available. The partnership with the Durham Wildcats increases this opportunity, as players will be able to compete in the Junior NBL Premier League, which will be a huge challenge but an amazing opportunity for the Academy’s athletes. The Junior NBL team will play out of Durham University’s new £35 million Sports Complex.

Durham University also has plans to create a Senior NBL team which our players will be eligible to play for. Hartlepool Sixth Form also provides opportunities for local children up to the age of 18, through Hartlepool Hurricanes Basketball Club.

Hartlepool Hurricanes currently get together every Monday night (5pm - 6:30pm) for £2 per session. If you want to know more information about basketball at Hartlepool Sixth Form or want to come along and give basketball a go, contact: sports.academies@hpoolsfc.ac.uk or call Ian Hewitt, Academies Coordinator, Lecturer in Sport and Assistant Basketball Coach on 01429 294 444.

Hartlepool Sixth Form selected for the Association of Colleges’ Sport Leadership Academy

Hartlepool Sixth Form has been selected as one of the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) Sport Leadership Academies for 2019/20.

The affiliation will allow Hartlepool Sixth Form’s students to become involved in projects that look to engage young people in sport and physical activity. Through its Leadership Academy, AoC Sport aims to get more college students volunteering in sport with the overall goal of diversifying the volunteer workforce.

Ian Hewitt, Lecturer and Sports Academy Coordinator, said: “It is always great to work alongside AoC Sport with projects that really make an impact to students’ lives. We look forward to unveiling projects that our students can get involved with very soon.”

The Association of Colleges Sport (AoC) supports colleges to enhance and develop sporting opportunities for their students. As one of 50 colleges selected to join the Leadership Academy, Hartlepool Sixth Form’s students will be given opportunities to earn additional qualifications, get involved in work projects; such as This Girl Can and gain key skills needed to become work ready.

Hartlepool Sixth Form has developed an outstanding reputation for sport and its programmes and academies are now recognised on a national level. This latest development, will provide the sixth form’s athletes with further opportunities to enhance their sporting and physical activity.

North East colleges welcome £400m funding boost to further education

North East colleges today collectively welcome a £400 million funding boost to further education, which is the single largest annual increase for the sector since 2010.

The announcement, comes after extensive campaigning by the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the sector, culminating in the national Love Our Colleges campaign in May this year. The week-long campaign saw governors from colleges across the North East host events and speak to their local MPs, staff, students and local business partners to demonstrate why the Chancellor should ensure sustainable investment of colleges in his Comprehensive Spending Review.

The funding for further education and sixth forms is for one year only (2020/21), and though it marks significant investment in further education for more than ten years, it is the first step in a much longer journey towards longer term and sustainable investment for the sector.

Rob Lawson, Chair of Governors for Education Partnership North East, said: “Further education colleges are pivotal to our society and the economy. They help business productivity, drive economic growth and are committed to the communities they serve.

“As Chair of the Board since 2013, I have witnessed first-hand the positive impact education plays in transforming people’s lives by equipping them with the qualifications and skills they need to fulfil their career ambitions and contribute to the wider economy.

“During Love our Colleges week, we joined with our sector colleagues to highlight the excellent work colleges across the North East do and to ensure further education colleges receive the recognition and support from national government that they deserve.

“The funding, though welcome, is still not enough to reverse the 30 per cent funding cuts colleges have undergone over the last decade. Falling investment in skills-based education puts colleges at a disadvantage in comparison to our European counterparts, hindering the effort to equip people with the skills employers need and the economy demands.”

Gary Ellis, Chair of Governors at New College Durham, said: “We welcome the announcement of the extra funding for FE colleges; and I’m delighted to see this first step towards greater recognition of the value our colleges bring to individuals, the community and to the wider business community. As governors we are always aware of the contributions our colleges make to our regions and finally this is becoming more widely acknowledged with this investment. Of course, there is a great deal further to go, and we will continue to support the Love Our Colleges campaign as we strive for continued investment in the future. Any investment in Further Education colleges is also an investment in the young people of our regions and the economic development of our country.”

Tony Edwards, Chair of the Board for Derwentside College, said: “Derwentside College is the largest provider of Apprenticeships in this region and as such we welcome this investment in our vital education provision. However, I do hope this is an indication of Government support for the Further Education sector that will be sustained in the future, enabling us to grow further and provide the high quality education and training that shapes the future and transforms the lives of our learners.”

Andrew Watts, Chair of Governors for Tyne Coast College, added: “It is extremely positive that the chancellor has recognised the need to invest in 16-19 education. The £400m one-off cash injection is very much welcomed. However, it should be highlighted that this is a mere drop in the ocean and Government must look to ensure the long-term security of quality education to the future workforce with increased funding to support our young people with their education and future ambitions.”

Colleges deliver high-quality education and training to 2.2 million people each year. Through high-class professional and technical education, colleges provide students of all ages and backgrounds with valuable employability skills to enable them to develop their career opportunities, progress to university, achieve their ambitions, and fundamentally enrich people’s lives.

Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, continued: “Improving skills in the North East is vital if want to strengthen our economy and see more people in senior, professional or technical roles.

“This new funding from government will support our further education sector to deliver high quality training and education, as well as give students of all ages more opportunities to gain higher level skills and qualifications.”

Colleges Week 2019 is taking place from 14 to 18 October and calls for better and long-term investment and recognition of the role further education colleges and sixth forms play in shaping communities and bolstering the economy, and includes continued campaigning to highlight the positive impact of further education as well as the challenges still faced by the sector.

In a response to the Chancellor, Sajid Javid’s announcement, David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Colleges have been overlooked and underfunded for far too long. The announcement of an additional £400 million marks the first meaningful investment in further education for 16 to 19-year-olds for more than ten years. It’s not enough to reverse the decade of cuts, nor to properly stabilise the sector for the future, but it is a good start.

“I am delighted that the government has listened to college leaders, college staff, MPs, businesses, students and stakeholders, all of whom have made it clear that they want more investment in colleges. The announcement will start to invest more in our young people with a long overdue increase in the base funding rate for 16- and 17-year-olds. This will help support the world-class education and training which colleges provide to help our young people to succeed.”

The Love Our Colleges campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).

Hartlepool Sixth Form celebrates a summer of success

Hartlepool Sixth Form is celebrating a summer of outstanding A-Level and vocational success on top of being awarded College of the Year.

The sixth form which merged with Sunderland College in September 2017, and forms part of Education Partnership North East, is growing in strength, as students continue to achieve exceptional results.

The sixth form celebrated an outstanding pass rate of 100% in 18 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Maths, Politics, English and History. This included a total of 73% of students achieving the top A*- C grades, which is an increase on last year and a reflection of the success of the merger almost two years ago.

The outstanding results have enabled A-Level students to secure places at high calibre universities, including the prestigious Russell Group Universities: University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, Durham University, Newcastle University, and progress to higher-level apprenticeships and embark on new careers.

Students at Hartlepool Sixth Form also celebrated a remarkable set of vocational results, further enabling them to progress their chosen career path.

Ellen Thinnesen, Chief Executive of Education Partnership North East, said:

“Our students work incredibly hard and I am delighted that the exceptional efforts of our students and staff have been rewarded with outstanding results.

“I am proud of our students’ fantastic achievements across all of our colleges, which is testament to both the hard work and dedication of our students and the staff who have inspired them to achieve their best and pursue their career ambitions. I wish them every success in the next stage of their journey.”

The results cap off a successful year for the college as last month it was recognised as the top college nationally and awarded the prestigious BTEC College of the Year by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation.

Students achieve top A-Level results

Today, students at Hartlepool Sixth Form are a step closer to their university and career dream after gaining outstanding A-Level results.

The sixth form celebrated 100% pass rate in 18 A-Level subjects including Maths, Computer Science, Politics, History and English.

The sixth form’s overall pass rate is an impressive 99%, which is an increase from last year. In addition, 73% of students achieved the top grades, A*-C, which is another increase on last year.

The results have enabled Hartlepool Sixth Form students to accept offers from top universities including University of Oxford, University of Newcastle, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool and Durham University.

Individual achievements included Oliver Lowton from Hartlepool who achieved three A* grades in Maths, Chemistry and Physics and an A in Further Maths. He is now heading to the University of Cambridge to study Natural Science. He said:

“I was ecstatic when I got my results! I don’t think my teachers could have been any better, they go above and beyond.”

Footballer Luke Meridth from Hartlepool, who achieved A* in Maths and two As for Further Maths and Physics, is now heading to the University of Manchester to study Astrophysics. Luke is also a member of the sixth form’s football academy and combined his studies with playing elite football. He said:

“I was buzzing when I saw my results. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Hartlepool Sixth Form and will really miss it. I chose to leave school and have a college experience and I have become more independent and more motivated here.”

Another delighted student, 18-year-old Amber Smith from Hartlepool, who achieved A* in History, an A in English Literature and a B in Politics and is now heading to Durham University to study History and Politics. She said:

“I worked really hard for my A-Levels and I put in a lot of work to achieve my grades. I felt shocked, overwhelmed and relieved when I got my results.

“Coming to Hartlepool Sixth Form has been the best experience of my life. The teaching staff are incredible and there’s a friendly atmosphere. I have become more independent but as it’s a small sixth form, the support is always there.”

To reward their hard work, the sixth form hosted a breakfast celebration event with a waffle van and indoor fireworks at 7.00am. Staff were there to congratulate the students when they received their results, plus family and friends who had supported students through their last two years of study were also invited.

Mark Hughes, Head of Hartlepool Sixth Form, said:

“These outstanding results are a true reflection of the hard work of our students and the dedication and commitment of our teaching staff. We have high expectations for our students and our staff ensure every student reaches their full potential and achieves their ambitions

“We are delighted that our students have been able to progress to their chosen destinations and gain places on some of the most competitive degree courses in the country. We wish them all the very best for their continued success.”

The sixth form and offers one of the largest range of A-Level subjects in the region. It also offers a select number of BTEC courses and was recently crowned College of the Year by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation.

Students who were not able to collect their A-Level results in person were emailed their results and sixth form staff were available for students who required additional advice and guidance in deciding their next step.

If you would like to know more about studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form contact 01429 294444 or visit hartlepoolsixth.ac.uk

Sixth form students celebrate impressive vocational results

Students at Hartlepool Sixth Form discovered their hard work had been worth it after receiving outstanding results for their vocational qualifications.

The students attended a special event today, at the sixth form, to celebrate their achievements, as part of a national vocational celebration day.

It was a double celebration for 19-year-old twins Makenzie and Olivia Harrison who both studied BTEC Business and Applied Law, as both girls gained top marks with a triple D *. Olivia, who received additional support from the sixth form for her cerebral palsy, said:

“I was very happy when I found out my results. I’d worked really hard so it has been great to see it pay off! I choose the BTEC route as it provided me with an alternative route to what I wanted to achieve.”

The twins are now heading to Teesside University to study Human Resource Management.

Another impressive set of results came from Niamh Mulvihill who has a place at Durham University to study Primary Education after gaining a triple D * in BTEC Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science. The 18-year-old who plays for Hartlepool United and the sixth form football team said:

“I was buzzing when I saw my results. It was what I was predicted but it was great seeing it on paper! My BTEC has given me the opportunity to teach sports to school children, which is a great experience for my future career.”

The results mark the end of a successful year for the sixth form as last month it was awarded the prestigious BTEC College of the Year by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body.

Mark Hughes, Head of Hartlepool Sixth Form, said:

“We have had some outstanding successes for our vocational qualifications today. It is testament to the hard work of both staff and students and I’m extremely proud of them.

“I wish the students the very best of success in their studies and future careers and I am confident that they will achieve great things with the skills and knowledge that they have gained throughout their course here.”

Vocational qualifications such as BTECs are specialist work-related qualifications available in a range of sectors such as business, engineering, health and applied science. They provide students with the skills, practical understanding and knowledge to prepare students for further study, training and employment. Hartlepool Sixth Form offers a select number of vocational qualifications, in addition to its extensive range of A-Levels.

Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeship, said:

“Today’s record results are testament to the extraordinary hard work and dedication of students across the UK. BTECs offer a unique blend of academic and vocational learning that students and employers value highly. I wish all of today’s BTEC graduates luck in their chosen profession or university career.”

For more information about Hartlepool Sixth Form, contact 01429 294444 or hsfc@hpoolsfc.ac.uk

Hartlepool Sixth Form students scoop top prize in regional debating competition

Students from Hartlepool Sixth Form are celebrating after triumphing at the Debating Matters North East championship.

Seven students took part in the competition ran by the Battle of Ideas (boi) charity, beating off strong competition from Barnard Castle to take the top title.

The students debated real-world issues, such as, ‘monuments to controversial historical figures should remain’, ‘childhood vaccinations should be compulsory’ and in the final debate ‘populism is a threat to democracy’.

A-Level students Nooresahar Ahmed, Eve Cooper, Jess Hilton, Francesca Snowdon, Luke Williams, Blessing Ihuoma and Hannah Edwards impressed the judges throughout the day with their intellectual ability and remained calm under pressure.

They received a trophy, a £500 voucher for Hodder Education books or resources and a 1-year online subscription to Prospect Magazine to have access to leading online articles.

Naznin Ahmed, Higher Education Transitions Officer at Hartlepool Sixth Form, said: “It was lovely to see the students grow in confidence throughout the day, especially because they were so nervous at the start.

“The main benefit was the boost in confidence for the students, they’ve really achieved something by taking part.”

Jess Hilton, Hartlepool Sixth Form student added: “We were all quite nervous but as soon as we got on stage, the thrill was awesome and exciting.”

The students are delighted with their success and would like to go on and create an in-house debating team for September to further improve their skills and take part in the competition next year.

It's official! We are College of the Year

Staff and students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College are celebrating after being awarded BTEC College of the Year 2019 at a glittering ceremony in London last night.

Sunderland College, which also includes Hartlepool Sixth Form, was recognised as the top college nationally by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding organisation.

Judith Quinn, Interim Deputy Principal for Curriculum at Sunderland College, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that Sunderland College has been awarded this prestigious national accolade. Students are at the heart of everything we do and this award is a reflection of our dedicated and inspiring staff who are passionate about providing an outstanding learning experience to the next generation of career professionals.”

Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form merged with Northumberland College in March this year, which created Education Partnership North East - one of the largest college groups in the UK. Ellen Thinnesen, Chief Executive of Education Partnership North East, commented:

“The college’s BTEC provision continues to form the cornerstone of our professional and technical offer, and is aligned to local, regional and national priorities. We have recently been selected to pilot the new, high quality T Levels from 2021, which will further build on our excellence in technical qualifications.

“Our success is driven by our passion for excellence. Through transforming external partnerships and enhancing our approach to corporate social responsibility, we attribute our success to close alignment with a broad range of employers and community stakeholders.

“The impact of a careers-focused approach to our courses and a learning experience built upon the world of work, is life-changing for our students and ensures they progress to a positive destination.”

The college was presented with their award at the ninth annual Pearson BTEC Awards, which celebrates exceptional BTEC providers, students and apprentices.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said:

“All of the North East’s nominees and winners this year deserve huge congratulations. Learners stand every chance of continuing that success into the careers they are now ready to start. This year’s awards are a fantastic celebration of them, alongside the schools, colleges, universities, training providers, and employers who have underpinned their efforts.”

BTECs are specialist work-related qualifications available in a range of sectors such as business, engineering, health and applied science. They provide students with the skills, practical understanding and knowledge to prepare students for further study, training and employment.

Newly elected Student President for Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form, Zainab Nadeem was proud of the college’s award. The 18-year-old from Sunderland, who has studied a BTEC Photography course at the college for the last two years, said:

“I studied a BTEC course at Sunderland College as it offered me the specialist course I wanted to do for my future career, and I found the college incredibly welcoming.

“The lecturers are just as incredible and they always do their best to help you in any way. I have had lots of opportunities to work on events both in and outside of college to build my portfolio, and I also completed a work placement as part of my course to prepare me for a future career in the industry.

“I feel very proud that we have won BTEC College of the Year, and that I was part of it. It really doesn’t surprise me as it’s an incredible college.”

Zainab hopes to progress to university and study fashion photography.

Sunderland College also recently celebrated their music teaching team being honoured with a Silver Teaching Award for FE Team of the Year at the Pearson National Teaching Awards, an annual celebration of exceptional teachers. It followed drama lecturer Jonathan Wharton’s success at last year’s Awards where he was crowned FE Lecturer of the Year.

For more information about Hartlepool Sixth Form, ring 01429 294444.

Sports Academy students among the best in the country

Students from Hartlepool Sixth Form are among the best in the country after competing in one of the largest student sporting events in the UK and the college’s new partnerships are ensuring that the talented athletes stay at the top of their game.

27 rugby and netball students from Hartlepool Sixth Form’s Elite Sports Academies were chosen to represent the North East region in the annual AoC National Championships after qualifying through a series of regional tournaments.

More than 1,700 students from 131 colleges took part in three days of intense competitions at the 41st annual championships in Nottingham.

Johan Olckers, Head of Rugby at Hartlepool Sixth Form, said:

“We battled with the best in the country and the standard this year was very high. Our players demonstrated professionalism, toughness and talent taking on and beating some powerhouse programmes in the rugby world. The squad were one win away from a medal position and had already beaten the gold medalists in league play.

“The players learned many life lessons including resilience, team work and never giving up.”

The sixth form’s Rugby Union team finished in a respectable fifth position in the Rugby 7’s AoC National Championships after winning six out of nine matches.

18-year-old Sam Wilson from Billingham, who is studying BTEC Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science at Hartlepool Sixth Form, said:

“The National Championships was a great experience and it is good to test ourselves against the best in the country. We are a little disappointed we didn’t win a medal but we showed strength and togetherness all weekend.”

Meanwhile, the sixth form’s Netball Academy upped their game to finish fourth in the country. Danielle Smith, Head of Netball at Hartlepool Sixth Form, said:

“The girls played their best the whole weekend and I couldn’t be any prouder of them. They’ve stepped up and made my first year as Head of Netball an absolute pleasure.”

The Netball Academy currently play in the AoC North East Division 1, the highest league in college sport, and all players receive top coaching and specialist strength and conditioning training.

17-year-old BTEC Sport and Exercise Science, Roisheen O’Callaghan from Hartlepool, said:

“The weekend was challenging but so rewarding. We kept a strong mind and were able to show the country what were really made of. I am proud to be a captain for this team and has ended my time at Hartlepool Sixth Form on a high.” Further demonstrating the high calibre of the sports students at Hartlepool Sixth Form, earlier in the year two of the sixth form’s Netball Academy players were selected for the AoC national netball squad. Maddie Ryder and Libby Skidmore, both 17, were chosen from 70 other girls from colleges across the country, after a rigorous two-day trial. They were the only ones selected from the Tees Valley area. Libby, who is studying A-Levels in Psychology, PE and Sociology at Hartlepool Sixth Form, said:

“When I found out that I’d been selected for the AoC squad, I didn’t believe it at first! Being part of Netball Academy at Hartlepool Sixth Form College gave me the opportunity to trial for the squad and Danielle, our coach, is really supportive on and off the court.”

Ensuring the elite athletes at Hartlepool Sixth Form remain at the top of their game, the TASS Dual Career Accredited college has recently formed a partnership with Northumbria University. The new partnership will provide students with access to top-of-the-range sports performance analysis and nutritional support.

Elite Sports Academy students also receive expert strength and conditioning coaching from CrossFit Hartlepool at their state-of-the-art venue in Havelock Street Hartlepool, thanks to a new partnership with the sixth form.

Sport Academies Co-ordinator at Hartlepool Sixth Form, Ian Hewitt, is looking forward to more sporting success in the future. He commented:

“I am extremely proud of the elite Sports Academies at Hartlepool Sixth Form. They are a huge credit to our coaching staff and the programmes that they run.

“I’m looking forward to see how we perform next year. The new developments and partnerships planned for the 2019/20 season will add value, enable us to train our athletes to the highest level and build on our enviable reputation for sporting success.”

The Sports Academies at Hartlepool Sixth Form enable students with a talent for sport to combine their full-time studies with elite level sport.

For more information about sport at Hartlepool Sixth Form College visit the next open event