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Offering a range of introductory level courses, The Skills Academy is the ideal choice if you prefer to learn in a smaller environment. It provides another option for those aged 14 to 18 who may be looking for a different kind of learning experience. With a focus on practical learning, lessons are delivered in a calm and friendly environment, helping you to build the skills and the confidence you need to succeed. All courses at The Skills Academy are delivered by Stockton Riverside College. 2

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HAIR, BEAUTY & CATERING This course will combine technical skills and underpinning knowledge to allow learners to experience and develop life skills whilst introducing them to the hair, beauty and catering Industries.


Level 1 award – one year What will I do? You will take part in both theory and practical sessions to develop technical skills in beauty, hairdressing and catering. You will also attend English and maths lessons, work on My Work Search and take part in enrichment and work experience. You need: Places on this course will be offered on an individual basis and require a reference from your present educational provider. What’s next? You could go on to study a Level 1 Certificate in Beauty Therapy, Level 1 Certificate in Hair or a Level 1 or Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Catering Services.

SUCCESS NAME: Savannah COURSE: Combined Service Industries

“My time at The Skills Academy has been an amazing experience. I’ve made lots of new friends and learnt so much.” Savannah’s experience on the Hair, Beauty & Catering course has inspired her. She now hopes to go into the creative industry as a fashion designer.

Learn in a fun, relaxed and friendly environment

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Everyone needs IT skills whether you are at work, home or even on the move. This course is for those who have a grasp of the basics but want to build on that knowledge.


What will I do? You will learn how to design and build digital products, enabling you to use digital tools as a means to inform, persuade and entertain. It will develop your creativity and independent learning skills. You need: An Entry Level 3 IT qualification, two GCSEs grade 2/E or an IT assessment. What’s next? You could move on to a relevant level 2 course such as the Level 2 Technical Diploma in IT.

Guest speakers, work-related projects, live briefs and competitions, e.g. WorldSkills

IT STUDENTS STEP UP FOR SCOPE Generous students have been doing their bit for a good cause over at The Skills Academy. The Level 1 IT students organised a charity raffle and activity stall to bring in cash for national disability charity Scope. Instructor Simon Patterson said: “The event gave the students the chance to develop their digital communication skills. “It required being organised, setting up the event, and then messaging shops to ask for contributions and then using Facebook to get the word out into the community.” Together the team of seven students raised an impressive £120 for their chosen charity. “I was over the moon for the students, showing the courage to go out and do something. Some are lacking in confidence but they all took part on the day, helping to make it a real success,” said Simon. This is the second year that the Level 1 IT students have raised money for Scope, with students doubling last year’s efforts when the group raised £35. Simon added: “I can see it becoming an annual event, and each year we will try to better the year before.” In a letter to the students a representative from Scope said: “We can’t thank you enough for all your time and effort helping disabled people and their families.” “What a fantastic amount to raise. I hope you all had a great time and are really proud of what you did. It will have a big impact on our life-changing work.”


CONSTRUCTION SKILLS Our Construction Skills course will give you the chance to try a variety of trades and see which you enjoy the most. This is a practical course with an element of theory based sessions.


What will I do? You will get an introduction to basic skills in joinery, painting and decorating, decorative effects, health and safety, along with an introduction to construction, construction projects and enrichment activities. You need: An interest in learning a variety of construction skills. What’s next? You could continue your studies in a particular trade or apprenticeship.

Excellent variety of enrichment and enterprise projects.

ENTERPRISE As part of our Construction Skills course, students take part in enterprise. This means they make products such as wine racks, shelving units, personalised letters, personalised door hooks and driftwood decorations to sell within the college to friends, family and staff. Our enterprise programme helps to build the students’ entrepreneurial skills to prepare them for work. The money they raise goes to their chosen charity.


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NAME: Jack COURSE: Multi Skills SCHOOL: Conyers School Jack came from Conyers School and completed a diploma in multi skills as well as attending school for his other subjects. Jack will be progressing on to painting and decorating level 2 as a 14-16 full time learner.

CREATIVE ARTS & MEDIA If you are creative and you have a passion for art, then we can offer you the chance to explore your interests and develop your creative skills.


What will I do? You will develop a range of creative skills including art and design, media and performing arts, which will help you decide the direction you would like to take. You need: An interest in learning more about the creative arts, including design, media, and performing arts. What’s next? You could move on to a relevant level 2 course, specialising in art & design, creative media, film production, production arts or performing arts.

Experience of performing and trips to exhibitions.


Whilst studying on our Creative Arts & Media course, students have been on plenty of trips to help develop their knowledge of the industry. They have been to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, York Dungeons, York Minster and London.


As part of their studying, students have been taking part in our enterprise programme to sell their goods. The Academy of Arts have been making jewellery, wire decorations, origami flowers and cards to sell at enterprise fairs at the college.


NAME: Megan COURSE: Creative Arts & Media SCHOOL: Ian Ramsey CE Academy

NAME: Georgia Mai COURSE: Creative Arts & Media SCHOOL: Ian Ramsey CE Academy

“The college is eventful, in a good way! It is welcoming and the staff are easy to talk to.” The 17-year-old is going to study performing arts next year as she wants to be a circus performer.

“The college was super welcoming and I enjoyed my course a lot.” Georgia hopes to study at Stockton Riverside College next year and become a special effects make-up artist in the future.


EMPLOYABILITY Whatever your individual goals, we can help you develop the skills you need to achieve. Whether you want to continue in education, start work or live more independently, our personalised courses can help you build the skills and confidence you need.


What will I do? This course offers the opportunity to help you identify your personal goals, improving your employability skills and develop your maths and English. Working in small groups and on supported trips you’ll take part in practical activities to help you achieve your own targets and put the skills you’ve learnt into practice. Your work will be recorded in workbooks, and you’ll also take part in enterprise activities and a work or vocational placement. What’s next? With all of our Employability Skills courses your next move depends on you and your own goals. If you want to go on to further studies you can progress through the Employability Skills courses before moving on to a vocational course or you may achieve a greater level of independent living or you could go on to supported employment or voluntary work.

SUCCESS SUCCESS NAME: Jude COURSE: Employability SCHOOL: All Saints Academy “I really enjoy cooking and taking my food home. I also love looking after the animals.” Jude hopes to return to The Skills Academy next year to further his studies and would love to become an environmental officer.

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NAME: Thomas COURSE: Employability SCHOOL: Our Lady & St Bede Catholic Academy “I love spending time at the College because all of the staff are so friendly.” Tom is going on to study construction next year at Stockton Riverside College and aspires to be a bricklayer.


Introducing you to basic creative digital media practices, skills and techniques, you will work on a variety of projects, experiment with your ideas, and look at the work of media practitioners in areas such as film, digital graphics, animation, web and advertising.


What will I do? You will cover all aspects of digital media in a practical and exciting way, including how to create animations and advertisements, how to make a short film and how to create a website. You will also learn about research and planning. You need: To demonstrate a desire and enthusiasm for studying creative media production. What’s next? You could move on to a relevant level 2 qualification such as Creative Media Level 2.

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NAME: Dominic COURSE: Digital Media SCHOOL: Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth “The college is a quiet place to be and very educational.” Former Bishopsgarth student, Dominic, is going to study Level 2 Digital Media at Stockton Riverside College next year and would love to become a games developer.

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If you’re unsure about what you would like to study or would like to develop your confidence and employability skills, this study programme could be perfect for you. In College two days per week you will cover topics such as enterprise, customer service, money management, career planning, presentation skills and healthy and active lifestyle. Alongside the Prince’s Trust Qualification (at Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2) you will also study your maths and English Functional Skills or GCSE and undertake a work placement two days per week gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a real working environment. This course is aimed at young people aged 16-19. There are no formal entry requirements for this study programme. You could move on to study a full-time course, apprenticeship, traineeship or gain employment. Our Prince’s Trust courses focus on helping you move on in life, so whatever you want to do staff will help guide you as you plan your next steps.

PRINCE’S TRUST HELP CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF THE BILLINGHAM FORUM Our Prince’s Trust Billingham Team helped Billingham Forum celebrate their 50th anniversary. The youngsters, who are on a 12-week programme, raised money for Ash Trees Academy by selling cakes, face painting, having a name the bear, guess the sweets in the jar, and doing team building activities with members of the public. Prince’s Trust student, Jonathan, said how much fun they had helping out: “It was really good and I really enjoyed it. There was a really nice atmosphere.” Fellow student, Sam, from Billingham, loved fundraising and said he couldn’t wait for the rest of the course, he said: “I’ve loved it. Everything we have done so far has really helped with my confidence.” Team Leader, Martin Copley, spoke about how proud he was of the students for helping out: “We went down for the celebrations and the students did a range of activities and engaged with the local community.” He continued: “I was really pleased and proud of the effort they put in. They were so professional. They are a fine example of what the community needs to see of young people.” The students raised a total of £128 at Billingham Forum, plus £190 was raised for doing a sponsored walk up Roseberry Topping. In total they raised £318 for Ash Trees Academy.


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14-16 ALTERNATIVE CURRICULUM Stockton Riverside College works in partnership with schools to offer GCSE equivalent courses to students between the ages of 14 and 16. These courses are for students who like to learn new skills in a practical setting. In a relaxed and informal environment, students are taught by tutors with direct industry knowledge, in state of the art classrooms and workshops. Students quickly learn the skills that will put them ahead when it comes to applying for a fulltime course or apprenticeship in their chosen specialist area. Students have the opportunity to look at three different locations, The Skills Academy, SRC Bede Sixth Form or Stockton Riverside College, for their study, depending on their ability level and reasons for coming to the College. Alongside full-time study, the College can also tailor bespoke programmes to suit the requirements of schools and students. Please contact the Partnership Manager who would be pleased to discuss your requirements with you. Marie Clay – 14-16 lead 01642 631 421

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SKILLS ACADEMY STUDENT Ever wondered what a typical day at The Skills Academy is like? We went to speak to our students to find out. We went around every classroom to see what activities were going on throughout the day. Our Prince’s Trust Team were learning all about the importance of team building and trust. They demonstrated ‘the spider of trust’ where the students lean on each other to create a spider like figure. If one person falls, the whole group falls. Next we went into Creative Arts where students were focusing on their drawing techniques and were showing off their jam packed portfolios, where each student has created their very own caricature. We hope they’ll do ours next! Childcare students were learning all about the importance of English and maths in a childcare setting. They were also creating children’s toys that would be suitable for different age groups so they can understand the development of a child, whilst Media were putting their knowledge to the test by doing quizzes on topics they have learnt in class.


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Our IT experts were putting together contingency plans for events that are held throughout the year. They were anticipating any problems to make sure that everything will go smoothly. Students in our Construction department were practising their painting skills and creating different effects on canvases, as well as learning the basic joints in a joinery demonstration. They were also preparing their driftwood decorations to sell as part of their enterprise programme. Our Hair, Beauty & Catering team were having a beauty lesson on all of the different bones in the hand. They created models of the hand to help them understand the purpose of them all and to help when using massaging techniques. The students were also demonstrating their face painting skills by creating a dawn of the dead skull design. The College is a great place to study if you like to be in a small and friendly atmosphere where the students describe the environment as a family.


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SUMMER CELEBRATIONS It’s always fantastic to see our students celebrating their achievements at The Skills Academy. This summer we recognised all of our students’ efforts with a special awards ceremony, complete with barbecue and summer games. With certificates for everything from English and maths progress to attendance and most improved, the awards ceremony marked the end of the academic year. Students moved on to further study, volunteering opportunities or seeking employment. Well done to all for the achievements large and small.


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A group of young people proved that they are good citizens as they stepped up to lend a hand at a college in Billingham. The volunteers, who took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), gave their time and effort to create a calming outdoor space for students at The Skills Academy. Providing an alternate learning environment for school leavers who don’t feel ready for the bustle of larger college life, Academy manager Marie Clay said: “The sensory garden will be a welcome addition to our outdoor facilities. “It will particularly benefit those students who enjoy spending time outdoors and develop their confidence.” Delivered locally by Safe In Tees Valley, the National Citizen Service is a four-week development programme that enables young people aged 15 to 17 the chance to build skills for work and life by taking on new challenges.

“The community project offers the chance to put what they have learned into practice and give something back.” With two NCS teams choosing to carry out their projects at The Skills Academy, 21 young people helped to lay a path for the sensory garden, adding three raised beds and a willow arch. Fellow NCS Stockton team leader Tom Batchelor said: “The young people have done really well and they get a great sense of achievement at the end.” One of the young people who took part in the NCS programme, Amir Davies, 17, of Stockton, explained: “The programme gives you a lot of skills and confidence. It also gives you a strong work ethic as well.” Adam Allen, 16, of Guisborough added: “It has been an enjoyable experience and it is good to know you are helping out the community at the same time.”

NCS Stockton team leader Edd Stephens said: “It is about learning independent living skills, including how to be organised and managing a budget. The Skills Academy Prospectus 2019/20


CHRISTMAS FAIR Students were hard at work last Christmas organising their annual fair. They prepared sweet treats and decorations to sell, gathered prizes for a raffle and tombola, and played cheer pong (alcohol free of course). The students made cakes, biscuits, driftwood sculptures, tea light holders, Christmas trees and pom pom hats for bottles. The youngsters invited in family and friends to show off their work and they were all treated to a magician for their efforts. All the money they raised is going towards charities that each class has chosen. The Skills Academy Manager, Marie Clay, spoke about how proud she is of all of the students: “The amount of hard work they have put in is amazing and the charities they have all picked are really great.” She continued: “Everybody pulled together and the quality is brilliant. They have shown how much they have grown since they first started.” Employability student, Tom, has loved being involved in the festivities: “Our class made cookies to sell and I really enjoyed it. It’s been really good to get into the Christmas spirit and funny seeing everyone dressed up.”


Well done to table tennis enthusiast Andrew, who is celebrating bringing home a double silver medal haul. The 18-year-old competed at a national level at the Table Tennis England St Neots Para Open in Cambridgeshire. Picking up two pieces of silver to add to his collection, the Digital Media student said: “It was really good and my first medal as a senior.” Andrew, who studies at The Skills Academy, started playing table tennis when he was still at school. He said: “It was one of my teachers that suggested I try it and I liked it. At first it was more of a social thing and just something to do, but then I got better and better.” Earlier this year Andrew was one of ten British players to train at the Table Tennis For All centre in Privezda, Slovakia. The camp was organised by the British Para Table Tennis (BPTT) to give young players the chance to experience international training. With ambitions to one day compete in the Paralympics, Andrew said: “It is hard work, I train a lot of hours.” (Up to 15 hours a week.) But he says it is worth it when you get a win.


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HEALTH & WELLBEING The College has a team dedicated to your health and wellbeing. If you need information or advice on anything from financial worries to bullying, sexual health or drug and alcohol misuse, our youth workers are available to help.

LEARNING SUPPORT Our Learning Support Team are dedicated to making sure our learners receive the support they need. We can arrange a support interview and make sure the appropriate support is put in place. Our aim is to make sure our learners are respected and cared for as individuals and are encouraged and supported to reach their potential at all times. Learning Support services include support for students who are visually impaired, have a hearing impairment, those with mobility issues, dyslexia, autism or any learning or physical difficulty and/or disability.

SAFEGUARDING Across the College we have a safeguarding and welfare team with dedicated safeguarding roles at each site to prioritise your safety at all times. We can offer advice, support and ensure that help from other agencies external to College can be sought to enable the best outcomes for our students’ safety and overall well-being. If you should feel unsafe or feel you need to access support we are here to make sure you are heard and safe at all times.

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY We value the diversity of our college community and promote inclusion for all. We ensure that all of our students receive the same provision and access to our services. We encourage a culture of respect and commit to tackle prejudice at all levels. By encouraging students and staff to share their own experiences, we aim to promote mutual understanding.

STUDENT FINANCE You will be invited to fill out a finance application form when you come for an interview at the College, or apply online This will determine whether you are eligible for support with travel, childcare, meals or equipment*. *subject to change.

ENGLISH AND MATHS You may not always realise it but English and maths play a part in everything we do, they are also skills that mean a lot to employers. That is why, alongside your lessons, our team will help you to build on these essential skills.


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