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DoE at Wrekin College


The girls of Wrekin College recently had a chance to see how their desk work for their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award transferred to the hills as they scaled Caer Caradoc. The group of 20 girls were split into smaller groups of five and had to use teamwork, map reading skills and a compass to navigate their way to the top, all why sticking to the Country Code!

After their long walk, the groups were rewarded with lunch at the top of Caer Caradoc, where they could enjoy one of the best views of Shropshire to be found. The girls are now fully prepared for their qualifying expeditions in the summer term and are looking forward to passing their bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards.  


Top of the Up-dos

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Charlotte Mounsey, a first year level two hairdressing student at Walford and North Shropshire College will soon be heading to the National Hairdressers Federation competition in Blackpool after winning an in-house hairdressing competition. The students were able to choose from two categories – ‘up-trend’ or ‘night at the prom’ – and had just half an hour to style their model.

‘We wanted to let the students demonstrate their creativity with this competition,’ says Sharon Cooper, head of hair and beauty. ‘This kind of event aims to test the students’ technical expertise, creativity and ability to work under pressure.’

Charlotte Mounsey and her model, Alicia Dugmore, will be heading to Blackpool on 17th March to represent the college in the National Hairdressers Federation competition. ‘I’m really pleased that I’ve won,’ says Charlotte. ‘I can’t wait to go to Blackpool now!’

If you are interested in studying hairdressing at Walford and North Shropshire College, apply online at www.wnsc.ac.uk


Trash to Treasure


Recently The Marches School in Oswestry held their first ever ‘Trash to Treasure’ house competition. ‘Turn your household rubbish into something useful’ was the brief given to students and they certainly delivered, creating games, items of clothing, furniture and toys.

The entries were judged by Clive Knowles, managing director at the British Ironwork Centre. He awarded first prize to Eden Smith, who designed a bird feeder using plastic bottles and an old road map. ‘Eden’s entry was submitted with a full design including measurements, which showed impeccable attention to detail,’ says Graham Dyke who organised the competition. ‘There was obviously a huge amount of effort that had gone into her design.’

Eden received a gift voucher for the British Ironwork Centre, a framed certificate and a VW Beetle model, all kindly donated by Clive. ‘This competition is a real privilege to be involved with, but a real headache to try and select the winning entry!’ he says. ‘I think that the children are amazingly creative. We hope in the future to encourage some of these talented students to come to work within our company.’

For more news from The Marches School or to find out more about the school visit www.marchesschool.co.uk


Outstanding Oxbridge

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Shrewsbury High School have been celebrating recently as six of their sixth form girls have been offered places to study and Oxford and Cambridge universities. The girls’ stunning achievements are all the more impressive due to the variety of disciplines they cover, with girls securing conditional offers to study on courses ranging from architecture and natural sciences to English and classics.

‘This is an incredible achievement by our girls and it is nothing less than they deserve’ says headmaster, Michael Getty. ‘It is exceptionally difficult to secure a place at these prestigious institutions and to have had six girls receive such offers in one year is exceptional for any school. It also reflects the superb work of their teachers who have enabled them to reach such dizzy heights and provides a wonderful way to crown the opening of our new sixth form building.’

The new sixth form at Shrewsbury High School was built in response to the growing popularity of the sixth form. The new facilities on Shrewsbury town walls includes state-of-the-art IT as well as a series of bespoke common rooms aimed at providing a new benchmark for sixth form provision.

Find out more about Shrewsbury High School at www.shrewsburyhigh.gdst.net or call 01743 494038 if you have any enquiries regarding admissions.


Taking Flight

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A group of year nine RAF cadets from Sedbergh School in Cumbria recently enjoyed their first visit to RAF Leeming in north Yorkshire, home to 100 Squadron and their fleet of Hawk fighter jets. The visit came after the cadets passed their part one theory test, which covers the basic principles of flight, dress, regulations and drill.

The cadets were given a lesson in the history of 100 Squadron, who are famous for, among other things, their aggressive skull and crossbones crest, before being taken to the hangar to be shown the workings of a Hawk jet. They also saw in passing the Grob-Tutor plane they will soon be using in their flight training. The cadets then had the chance to try the dismounted close combat trainer, which is used to train members of the forces, and to visit the armoury where they got the chance to handle a range of weapons including captured AK47s.

‘Cadets caught a glimpse of what life at an RAF station was like,’ says Matt McVoy, OC RAF section at Sedbergh combined cadet force (CCF). ‘They seemed to enjoy the buzz of the constant sound of jet engines and weapon testing and are looking forward to developing their RAF careers within the CCF.’

To find out more about Sedbergh School visit www.sedberghschool.org or call 01539 620535. 


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