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Wisbech school launches vocational department

Alison Fletcher (Catering), Alan Ruff (Vehicle Technology) and Tim Jellis (Horticulture) at Meadowgate School, Wisbech
Alison Fletcher (Catering), Alan Ruff (Vehicle Technology) and Tim Jellis (Horticulture) at Meadowgate School, Wisbech

A Wisbech school will be launching a vocational department in the autumn.

Meadowgate Special School will be offering its pupils the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications in catering and horticulture from September.

The school is already running a course in car maintenance.

The new courses will be delivered by professionals who aim to provide the teenagers with skills which can be transferred to the workplace in their chosen vocational area.

A school spokesman said: “Students with special needs are often overlooked by employers and we aim to reverse that trend by showcasing what they can achieve through a vocationally-based curriculum.

“We have a purpose-built workshop, equipped to run like a garage; a purpose-built catering unit with a coffee shop and a horticultural site incorporating a polytunnel, raised beds and a potting workshop.

“We are looking to work with local employers to develop and support these vocational courses to underpin the value of these youngsters in the workplace.”

The car maintenance course has been running since September and the school has forged a relationship with local businessmen Eddie Boyden, who donated a car for the students to work on, and with Wayne Reeve of Hi-Tech motor engineers, who has youngsters to do work experience with his mechanics.

Budding gardeners in the sixth form have supported the Wisbech in Bloom team this spring by helping to plant up sustainable shrub beds in Wisbech Park.

If you can help contact Emma Bird, Head of Vocational Studies at the school, on 01945 461836.

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