We were delighted to be named Employer of the Year at Ashton Sixth Form College’s annual Higher Education Evening of Celebration.

Our Principal Emma Merva received the award from the college’s Principal Anton McGrath and the Mayor of Tameside Councillor Denise Ward at a celebration evening held in Dukinfield Town hall.

Throughout the 2017/18 academic year, our school has provided placements for two PGCE students from Ashton Sixth Form College. We have also hosted learning experience days for trainee primary school teachers, and our Principal has delivered lectures and keynote speeches for the college’s teacher training cohort.

The Employer of the Year award recognises the support our team has given to the student teachers, who have now completed their courses and look forward to commencing their teaching careers in September – one of them taking up a post with Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy.

Kate Coupar, Lecturer in Secondary Education, at Ashton Sixth Form College, added:

“It is the first year that we have worked with Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy on our School’s Direct Course. The school has provided outstanding training and mentoring for our trainee teachers, all within a climate of support and positivity. The headteacher Emma Merva and the rest of the team have been incredibly supportive and active within our partnership, offering expertise and assistance throughout each stage of the PGCE process. We very much look forward to working with them again next year!”

Our Principal Emma Merva commented:

“It’s very pleasing that we were nominated for this award by staff and students at Ashton Sixth Form College. We have a great relationship with the college and pride ourselves on the support we offer to the next generation of teachers. It’s great that this relationship has been recognised through this award.”