COLLEGE TRANSITION INFORMATION
We have occupied the premises on Walker Terrace since January 2017 and this has proven to be very successful in terms of bridging the gap between school and ensuring learners are more prepared to access College provision at a higher academic level than they may previously have been able to.
We have already successfully accommodated and demonstrated progress for Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils simultaneously for whom the curriculum and environment has been viewed as more appropriate than that offered at Ivy Lane. Currently, learners at our Ivy Lane site get less access to off-site activities to facilitate independence owing to the level of staffing required and also to the proximity to local amenities to access shops and community facilities. Accommodating our Key stage 4 & 5 pupils at Walker Terrace would permit us to create smaller class sizes of approximately 7 pupils to a group.
The new accommodation will enable our pupils to benefit from the more age appropriate facilities that the Walker Terrace accommodation has to offer. Learners will benefit from accessing the community facilities in central Gateshead and can access the transport links at the Interchange which will contribute to an increase in the capacity to travel train our young people. Key Stage 4 pupils would be able to enjoy excellent access to a wide range of local training and employment providers found within Gateshead. It is envisaged that learners at Key stage 4 would still be able to benefit from the new sports hall facilities that we have developed at our Ivy Lane site whilst also accessing forest school opportunities and the allotment that current Walker Terrace pupils have worked hard to overhaul and develop.
Walker Terrace could also create the possibility of giving pupils the opportunity to stay away from home overnight, through the creation of a living accommodation facility which would further support our agenda of preparing young people for adulthood and supporting them to make a decision as to which type of housing would be most appropriate for them in the future.
Julie Vincent Head of College
Deputy Head of College