Wrekin College

Shropshire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 278 (Boys) 178 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11-18 years
  • Founded: 1880

General Information

Wrekin has a strong academic record. We pride ourselves on stimulating intellectual curiosity, providing excellent and inspiring teaching, and making learning exciting. Our guiding principle is to help every child achieve the most they are capable of, prepare them for the competitive world they will enter, and give them a lasting sense of the pleasure and value of learning that will enrich their future. What happens on the sports pitch and in the music rooms, the theatre and the art studios is just as important in Wrekin life. The range and quality of activities available to every pupil at Wrekin is exceptional, especially for a school this size. Wonderful facilities and highly dedicated staff support pupils’ development and achievements in these areas.

Facilities

New, purpose-built Business School,Music School, purpose-built and fully equipped theatre and specialised Art and Design Studios.

We have excellent facilities for rugby, soccer, hockey, netball, tennis, squash, athletics and cricket as well as a 25 metre, 6 lane, indoor swimming pool, floodlit Astro-turf, large sports centre, gym and Fives courts.

Extensive Saturday activities programme. Extra curricular activities include fencing, fives, squash, fitness training, basketball, sailing and canoeing as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Combined Cadet Force.

Both full boarding and flexi-boarding are available.

Entrance Requirements

11+: School examination in Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning. 13+: School Entrance Examination or Common Entrance. 16+: Current school report together with a minimum of six GCSEs, with Bs in subjects to be taken to AS or A2 Level. Entrance exams take place in November.

Scholarships

11+, 13+, 16+ : Academic, Art, Music, All Rounder. Occasional Sport scholarships. Some bursaries are available, please contact the school for details.

Open Days

For information about our open events or to arrange a personal visit please contact the Admissions Office tel: 01952 265603 or email: admissions@wrekincollege.com

Fees

2018/2019. Per term.

First and Second Forms: day fee - £4,940. Weekly boarding - £7,120. Full boarding: £9,120.

Third - Sixth Forms: day fee - £5,975. Weekly boarding - £8,440. Full boarding - £10,680.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Tim Firth

Wrekin College
Wellington
Shropshire
TF1 3BH

[t]: 01952 265600
[f]: 01952 415068
[w]: www.wrekincollege.com

Location Description

104 acre campus, close to the market town of Wellington and with easy access to M54 at Junction 6. Excellent rail links.

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School News

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Head teacher at Wrekin College Tim Firth said they were very proud of pupils as the school recorded its best ever number of top grades.

Last

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year pupils set a new record in terms of results, but this year pupils scored more A* or 8/9 grades than ever before to again break the school’s record.

“This comes despite the toughening up of grades, particularly at the top end where 9s are very hard to achieve,” added Mr Firth.

“This means that many of our pupils have secured top grades and that the brightest of them have been stretched and challenged very successfully here.”

The school also confirmed today that 91 per cent of students who received their A Level results last week had secured their choice of university, with 31 per cent going to The Russell Group which represents the 24 leading universities in the UK.

Mr Firth said Wrekin College had a wide diversity of pupils and what he was most delighted about was the increasing number of “personal bests” achieved across the school.

“Our Challenge Grade system is designed to stretch and challenge all according to his or her ability and what matters most, and what we celebrate most, is pupils achieving their personal bests. So many have done that today and embark upon their Sixth Form very well set up to achieve what they want there and beyond school.”

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The Headmaster of Wrekin College, Tim Firth, said they were delighted with an excellent set of results which saw more leavers get the top A* grades,

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more achieve the A*-C pass rate than last year and students take their pick of university places and highly coveted apprenticeships.

Particular successes included Andy Liu who heads to Cambridge to study mathematics leaving Wrekin with seven and a half A levels, six of them A* and the top mark for an Extended Project. These include A* grades in Maths, Further maths and Additional Further Maths which he passed last year when he achieved the top score in the country – a year younger than his contemporaries.

Joe Lee heads off to read history at Cambridge having also secured a scholarship to Sandhurst.

Holly Townson will take up her place to study Medicine, where she will also continue to train as a nationally good swimmer.

Tim Firth said “More Wrekin leavers got top A* grades this year than last year’s excellent number, despite the toughening up of exams that everyone has heard about. We are delighted that these very able and worthy students have excelled here.”

While students have won places at a variety of top universities including Warwick, Imperial, Nottingham and UCL Mr Firth said he was also encouraged to see successful students choose prestigious apprenticeships.
“Not all our leavers have applied to university this year, but are taking up apprenticeships including Henry Owen who has gone on to Handlesbanken, one of Sweden’s leading banks.”

The uptake of apprenticeships reflects a national trend, which has seen many students choose alternatives even though they have gained top marks.

“Wrekin’s Business School is teaching pupils about employability and linking them with employment opportunities, and it is great to see our students taking these up,” Mr Firth added.

Our overseas students also did exceptionally well, Mr Firth said “Our overseas’ boarders operating in a second language, have been so well supported here. Milana Muratova, Malinda Davies,  Shertam Banasanprasit and Andy Liu each gained more than three A grades, and Mihail Dodon achieved five A Levels at A or B grade. These students have been superb role models for their peers and those in the younger years and are ready to be employed at a high level now. At Wrekin we work with students from around the world.”

Congratulations to everyone who did so well, all your hard work has paid off.

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Thalia has been selected to represent Wasps Under 21s in the National Performance League Tournament. Congratulations Thalia!

We are proud to announce that Ben Cox, of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, will be appearing at the Cricket Camp @ Wrekin College this summer.

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CAMP: 31ST JULY – 1ST AUGUST 2018

10-13 YEAR OLDS. 9AM – 4.30PM. £150

LAST FEW SPACES AVAILABLE.

Fresh from achieving his century at the Royal London One-Day Cup Semi-Final against Kent, Ben Cox will visit the Cricket Camp @ Wrekin College offering a batting and wicket-keeping masterclass. He will take part in activities, answer the children’s questions and more.

Don’t miss out on excellent quality coaching, the chance to meet a first class cricketer and fun this summer.

Click here to enquire about availability.

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Sophie recently won the Under 13’s Shropshire closed competition.

The fencers she beat in the semi-final and final were both a year older than her, and

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she had previously lost matches to them but she didn’t let the pressure get to her when the heat was on, well done Sophie!

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From 10am-1pm on 28 June, Wrekin Business School hosted an amazing event in collaboration with Enterprise Nation.

Small business community Enterprise Nation offered business advice, inspiration

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and networking to dozens of female entrpreneurs  as part of the She Means Business campaign with Facebook.

Delegates brought questions and heard other start-up stories, advice on how to grow and monetise their social media presence and made valuable contacts with like-minded people.

This event was part of the She Means Business campaign, an initiative to up-skill 10,000 women in business. Enterprise Nation and Facebook are running a series of nationwide events to inspire creativity, empower confidence and educate on how to best utilise Facebook and Instagram to grow business.

Andy Hurd, Director of the Wrekin College Business School, said they were delighted the facility had been chosen to host the event. “When we first talked about building a business school it was always the aim for it to bring the school and business communities closer together and for pupils to see it actively used by industry leaders for a variety of uses and not just for studies,” he added. “It is wonderful to see it open its doors to business women from across the region as part of a national campaign aimed at supporting female entrepreneurs. “I am sure in doing so it will also inspire our pupils, particularly the girls, to make more of those links outside the classroom and to feel more at ease as they prepare for the world of work.”

Speakers included:

Alison Battisby founded Avocado Social, having worked in the social media marketing industry since 2008. Alison is a Facebook She Means Business certified trainer and has been involved in some groundbreaking social media projects for brands including Nokia, Tesco and Pringles as well as a range of UK start-ups and growing enterprises.

Please click here to read the Shropshire Live article about the day.

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On 17 and 18 June we were delighted to host Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY – this

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is such an important cause and one we will help at any opportunity – CRY for Matthew are raising funds to screen young people in Cheshire and Shropshire for heart defects, especially those that are participating in competitive sport.

Sue Dewhirst said:

‘Many thanks to everyone at Wrekin College for making Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY so welcome over the weekend.

IN TOTAL, WE WERE ABLE TO SCREEN 193 YOUNG HEARTS

‘Parents supplied a lovely spread of cakes. Total donations amounted to £806.54, which is sufficient to screen another 16 hearts.

‘This weekend’s screening was funded by the Lady Forrester fund and next year they have given £1500 towards the screening dates in May, so we still need to find over £5000 from fundraising for this to happen.

‘Many parents asked for information about future dates and they can register to be told when there is screening coming to their area by visiting: http://c-r-y.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bb9eea4e8db4652e04e295506&id=007655e445

‘Many thanks again for all of your help and enthusiasm for what we are trying to achieve.’

We look forward to welcoming Sue and CRY back in 2018. In 2012 Sue’s son Matthew Dewhirst died from an undiagnosed heart defect, to learn more about her work with CRY, please visit www.cry-for-matthew.org.uk

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Well done to the prize winners in the Wrekin College Young Musician of The Year 2016:

Wrekin College has crowned flautist Emily Burton as its Young

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Musician of the Year.

This inaugural competition saw pupils of all musical abilities participate in one of 5 preliminary rounds. These were held in the following disciplines Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Piano and Voice.  To encourage as many as possible to enter there were 3 categories in each section ‘Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced’. The winners of the Elementary and intermediate categories received prizes in Chapel and the winner of the Advanced category in each heat  then went on to compete in the Grand Final. This was held in the Centenary Theatre at Wrekin College on May 12th.

Judged by internationally-renowned oboist, Anthony Robson, the standard from all seven finalists was first class with Emily, aged only 12, just coming out on top with her performance of Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Emily is currently in Lancaster house and as well as being an outstanding Flautist (she currently plays for the National Children’s Orchestra) she also plays Violin, Piano and Cello! Emily will be presented with her cup on Speech Day!

In second place was Trombonist Mark Nicholls. Mark is in the Upper Sixth and a member of Bayley house where he is Head of House. In addition to this Mark is the leader of the College Jazz Band, a member of the Concert Band and also sings Bass in the Chapel Choir, he leaves the College this year and hopes to study Veterinary Science.

In third place was international student Atahan Camlibell. Atahan who joins us from Turkey is currently in the fourth form, and has recently gained a distinction in his grade 8 ABRSM piano exam. As well as being a fine pianist Atahan is also learning to play the Organ and is also learning Orchestral percussion.

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Wrekin pupils are preparing for an exciting adventure when they experience life in another school during the summer holidays

The Wrekin Exchange Programme has been

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an extremely successful one over many years offering Wrekinians the opportunity to spend their summer holidays at schools in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The following pupils have been chosen to participate in the International Exchange Programme during the summer.

Freya Rooke-Moore Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne
Jake Thorpe Geelong Grammar School, Melbourne
Holly Townson Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
Jessica Winterton Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
Tom MacKay Hilton College, Pietermaritzburg
Owen Parton Selborne College, East London
Hannah Blakstad Clarendon Girls School, East London
Elysse Lloyd Clarendon Girls School, East London
Reid Morgan Rondebosch Boys School, Cape Town
Emily Bright Marsden Girls’ School, Wellington, New Zealand
Olivia Nicoll Marsden Girls’  School, Wellington, New Zealand

We were delighted to once again host The Doctor McClure Memorial Fund Award Open Music Competition.

This year’s competition was held on Tuesday 8 March, and

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the range of music was wonderful to hear, the Chairman Dr R H McClure and Adjudicator Mr Jonathon Wynsome were wowed by the accomplishment of the twenty-three musicians – twelve pupils from Wrekin College and eleven from Abraham Darby Academy – who played a diverse selection of works from Moondance by Van Morrison and Après un rêve by Gabriel Fauré through to Rutter’s Suite Antique Rondo.

Our congratulations go to this year’s winner Saxophonist Sasha Usman who played Ballade for Saxophone and Piano – a smooth jazz ballad style piece with melodic lines by Keri Degg, Sasha has previously won the Junior McClure Competition and to Tom Hall from Abraham Darby Academy who took second prize with his rendition of the uplifting Zimba Zamba for Marimba by Goff Richards.

A great effort by all involved!

The Governors are pleased to announce that Tim Firth, currently Senior Deputy Head of Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex, will succeed Dr Haydn Griffiths as Headmaster

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of Wrekin College from September 2016.

Tim Firth was educated at Stockport Grammar School. He studied English Literature at Sheffield University and completed his PGCE at Oxford University being awarded a Blue for cricket. He started teaching English at Bedford School, where he was also a resident boarding house tutor, before moving to The Leys School in  Cambridge where he also took charge of the cricket.  He was promoted to be Head of English at The King’s School, Ely and is now the Senior Deputy Head at Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex having previously run the Sixth Form and been Acting Headmaster for a short period there.

Tim is a keen sportsman, with a particular interest in cricket, and also enjoys writing poetry. His wife, Jane, had a career in Human Resources working for, among others, Arthur Andersen and now teaches in the Learning Support Department at Hurst. They have three children: Michael is at Durham University studying Theology and Religion, Edward is Head Boy at Hurst and Lydia is in Year 7.

Anthony Francis-Jones, our own horse riding physics teacher, has just been presented with an Access Award from the British Horse Society for promoting and creating

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new green routes in the Telford area.

Anthony said, “I was astounded when I was nominated for an Access Award for work done in creating improved equestrian access in and around Telford and Wrekin. It is usually a thankless task and this has really made it all worthwhile! Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can all benefit from the work that has been done and I hope to develop more routes with Telford and Wrekin Council in the future.”

Anthony was presented with the award by Martin Clunes, President of the British Horse Society at a prestigious ceremony at Saddlers’ Hall in London and described it as his proudest moment of the year!

At St James’s Palace, London, five Old Wrekinians – Yordan Dimitrov, Emily Wright, Rhydian Windsor, Louis Doran and Matt Giles were presented with their Gold

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award certificates by Katie Melua in the presence of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Well done everyone – what a great achievement!

Sixth Former, Georgie Hockenhull travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan to compete in the first European Games on 10 June.

This inauguaral multi-sport Games involved 20 different

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sports, 6000 athletes and 50 nations. There were approximately 150 athletes representing Team GB and Georgie was one of three artistic gymnasts in the GB team. Team qualifications for bars and vault were on Sunday 14 June and beam and floor Monday 15 June. Team GB finished in eighth position overall.

The top scorer from each team went through to the individual all around competition and the top six highest scorers for each individual piece qualify for the individual apparatus finals. Georgie qualified for the beam final along with five gymnasts from Russia, Romania, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. A great achievement to have qualified for the beam final, adding to her already considerable experience and success.

Over May Bank holiday weekend, Wrekin College fourth former Joe Lee attended Halton training camp selection weekend for the 2016 Army Cadet Exercise Kwa Zulu

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expedition to Natal, South Africa. We are delighted that he was selected and will return to Halton in the first week of Autumn half-term break for pre-expedition training. Final training camp will be in the last week of the Lent term 2016. As part of the expedition Joe will take part in the Zulu Trail trek.

The Zulu Trail involves tough trekking at a low altitudes. Local guides will be used to lead teh group along a largely unmapped network of paths and trails retracing the approach used by Lord Chelmsford during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1878. The route will start at Zingela and travel via Rorke’s Drift before arriving at Isandlwana. This trail will be the first of its kind in South Africa and will be arranged with assistance from Open Africa, a South African organisation which is tasked with improving the relationships between the different cultural groups that make up the South African population.

We look forward to hearing more about Joe’s travels soon.

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