South Dorset MP Richard Drax Unveils New Partnership For Weymouth College

South Dorset MP Richard Drax Unveils New Partnership For Weymouth College

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:38am 9th October 2015. (Updated at 12:50pm 9th October 2015)

Westfield Arts College has joined forces with Weymouth College to offer its students an exciting new transition between school and college, to be officially opened by South Dorset MP Richard Drax at 11am.

Westfield Arts College has joined forces with Weymouth College to offer its students an exciting new transition between school and college.It was officially opened by South Dorset MP Richard Drax this morning.

The new partnership sees Westfield Arts College provide a base for its students at the Weymouth College main campus on Cranford Avenue. The initiative came about after Westfield Arts College wanted to provide an interim stage for its students to prepare them for moving on to college or employment.

Andrew Penman, Headteacher at Westfield Arts College said:''We have been wondering for some time how best to provide for our sixth form students who are ready for the next stage in their education – an age appropriate college environment. Often they find the transition between school and college a difficult time. We feel that this new College base, Westfield@Weymouth College, will offer our students the best of both worlds – a gradual introduction to College life from the security of a Westfield base.''

Westfield@Weymouth College moved into their new dedicated base at the beginning of the school term and have found the experience to have been extremely positive both for the students and staff.


Andrew goes on to say “everyone involved in the project from the Westfield side has been thrilled by how quickly we have been able to build such an easy and productive working relationship with the Weymouth College staff. We have been very warmly welcomed and we can see lots of ways in which our partnership could develop in the future.

Nigel Evans, Interim Principal at Weymouth College said:''We are delighted to launch this new joint facility which will give a real opportunity for Westfield students to progress onto mainstream college courses and into employment. This in turn will maximize their opportunities and life chances into the future. Both Andrew and myself are thrilled with this new development, as are governors, staff and students. The fact that two different institutions can work so effectively together for the benefit of local students is a real testament to our common desire to provide outstanding provision to the local community.''

Also Richard Drax MP officially opened our new employability suite. The Employability Suite helps to prepare students for the entrepreneurial world that awaits and that they will work within. Through their contact with businesses and employers, students will develop good vocational skills alongside the ability to deal with risk, instability and the fluctuating work patterns that are fast becoming an inherent part of working life.