Following the awarding of the Quality in Study Support mark the Warriors Study Centre continues to progress its provision at pace.
The January appointment of Matt Warne as Centre Teacher has given Centre Manager, Glynn Lodge, much needed time to concentrate upon further strategic development of the Centre.
Matt has joined the team from Grove Primary School, Malvern, and now provides the Centre with the scope to expand its educational provision to include daytime activities and courses to supplement its core 'Playing for Success' programme.
Playing for Success has now engaged seventeen City of Worcester schools with another four joining the programme after Easter. A further sixteen schools county-wide have benefited from a curriculum designed to motivate and engage youngsters that may be underachieving in literacy, numeracy and ICT.
Following a successful pilot in the Autumn the Centre began its ASDAN Short Course 'Sport and Fitness' this week with a group of Year 10 students from Elgar Technology College. The programme will be supported by Warriors players, physio Ben MacDonald and kit man Chris Derrick. Chantry High School, Martley and Bishop Perowne CE College will join the programme in the Summer Term. Also in the summer Computer Club for Girls (CC4G) will be introduced with Witton Middle School, Droitwich, being the first to access the programme.
The second Gifted and Talented Easter School will take place at the beginning of April when Year 8 students from Parkside, St.Johns, Aston Fields and Alvechurch Middle Schools in Bromsgrove will join students from Droitwich Spa High School for three days of study in forensic science. They will be in the capable hands of the forensics department of Staffordshire University and staff from Scientific and Chemical. Year 12 students from North Bromsgrove, South Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa High Schools will support their peers in their studies.
Glynn and Teaching Assistant, Laura Bolon, are currently finalising details for a pilot PfS programme to be delivered to the Baxter College pyramid of schools in Kidderminster. The venue for the pilot is Kidderminster Harriers FC and it is hoped to establish the Harriers as a long term satellite centre to ease the demand for places here at Sixways and provide a much needed facility accessible to schools in the Wyre Forest area.
Another successful Year 6 'Shakespeare in the Stands' drama workshop was held recently and provision is to be extended to incorporate six workshops throughout each academic year and to provide a half-day follow up study session for students to engage further in their preparation for Key Stage 3 Literacy studies.
The Centre is currently at the mid-point of its new PfS Graduate scheme that gives previous PfS attendees a second opportunity to experience the new programme developed to introduce students to a variety of additional ICT software and multi-media work. Students from Elgar Technology College, Christopher Whitehead Language College, Droitwich Spa and Pershore High Schools are the first beneficiaries of the scheme.
Planning is currently underway to introduce video conferencing facilities and a Maths Masterclass will be delivered in May by the Local Authority Maths team using the much acclaimed e-missions link to the National Space Centre. A further new initiative in its planning infancy is the Small Business Game, an educational game affording students the opportunity to run their own Sports Store and designed to teach enterprise skills. It is hoped to pilot this project in the summer term.
Even now Worcester Warrior Ryan Lamb is impressed by the physicality and athleticism of some of Aviva Premiership Rugby's giant forwards and has called on rugby newcomers to witness the intensity first hand.