Wargrave House School and College overjoyed after winning at the Educate Awards

The staff who work in the post-16 provision at Wargrave House School and College are overjoyed at winning the Most Inspirational 16-18 Educational Provider award. 

Andrew Cooper, school and college account manager at Liverpool John Moores University, Educate Awards category sponsor, rightly stated that ‘students have gone through so much this year’ and this award means they have been recognised for the way that they have adapted to the dynamic changes with a positive attitude at all times. 

The staff in the post-16 provision are highly trained autism specialists, dedicated and always thinking dynamically as to how they can implement a creative, experiential and interesting curriculum. They all have a ‘can do’, ‘will do’ approach to life’s problems and uncertainties which encourages their young adults to feel safe and take managed risks. 

Its philosophy is to share the students’ learning journey with the local and wider community. They do this through many different successful partnership working activities, from the student managed Cosy Corner Café and events planning which hosted a spectacular coffee morning for local businesses, councillors, local MP, the Mayor and friends of Wargrave House, right through to supporting the local Rotary Club to design a sensory garden for Earlestown Cricket Club. 

In addition, the school and college was thrilled to be named as runner up in the Community Partnership Award – a true reflection of the dedication of staff to building relationships to further develop young adults’ communication, social interaction and theory of mind skills. 

Such success wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible hard work and commitment that staff deliver day to day to each and every student tirelessly. The staff in the post 16 provision at Wargrave House School and College understand students’ needs, complexities and anxieties. With empathy, support and guidance, the staff build the students’ resilience and strength, believing in them and championing everything they strive for. 

Its curricula offers a blend of accredited learning alongside preparation for adulthood themes with a ‘just right challenge’ running through it. They pride themselves on its tailored and bespoke pathways which range from an Entry 1 – Entry 2 Foundation Curriculum, An Entry 1 – Level 2 Foundation Curriculum, An Access to HE Level 3 pathway and a Supported Internship offer. 

Julliet Doherty, head of post 16 learning, said: “I am inspired every day by the staff who work in the two colleges I manage. They are amazing and have boundless energy which provides our students with the very best opportunities available. It is an honour and privilege to work with such a talented team of people who go above and beyond as if it’s the norm. This is a team like no other, truly a Dream Team! 

“Winning the Most Inspirational 16 – 18 Educational Provider award has filled us all with pride as well as inspired us to further identify new and exciting journeys to travel along with our outstanding young people.” 

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