Progress Schools Kettering relocated to Thrapston earlier this year, moving right next door to the East Northamptonshire Council building. With some fantastic new classrooms opposite the Nene Leisure Centre, we have been thoroughly utilising the facilities on offer to provide a positive future for our students.
This September, local MP Tom Pursglove came to see what it’s really like for a student at Progress Schools. We also had a guest from the East Northamptonshire Council who both joined in with a BTEC Road Safety session, one of our many unique qualifications that give our learners real life skills. Skills that aid them in securing their chosen careers come the time they finish year 11.
Everyone joined in discussion surrounding what it means to be a member of parliament and what a typical day in the job entails. Staff and students were also able to suggest things they would like to see within their local area, including encouraging a safer neighbourhood and keeping the Corby Urgent Care Centre open, something Tom feels passionate about for Thrapston and the surrounding areas.
When opening in a new area, it’s not uncommon for the local community to be unaware of the work we do. Students that attend alternative provisions are often perceived negatively, so with this stereotype instantly in the minds of passers-by, it’s sometimes hard to remember that these young people just need a place that provides a different kind of support to mainstream education.
Here at Progress Schools we open up opportunities for all who attend, from BTEC’s and Functional Skills, Work Experience and wellbeing, Physical Education and creative subjects – we cover a broad curriculum to give everyone the best chance possible for their next steps.
We each found it to be an inspiring morning for staff and students alike and would like to thank Tom for his visit. Tom said ‘I hugely enjoyed my visit to your school in Thrapston and was hugely impressed by the hard-working staff and pupils – keep up the great work!’.
Who knows, we may even have a future MP amongst us!