Students and staff at Wirral Met College have recently showed The Secretary of State for Education round their new Oval Campus. Principal Sue Higginson, and David Clark, Chair of Governors, toured the campus with staff and students, including Huicong Liu and Will Kell, who are studying programmes in Sports Science and Leading Outdoor and Adventure Sports.
Speaking after his visit, Michael Gove said: "Wirral Metropolitan College is an excellent example of what we are attempting to achieve across all education sectors. It is focussed on the talents and needs of the students, ensuring they have the skills to succeed in their chosen professions. Excellence is not the exception, but the norm and second-best is simply not good enough here."
"What stood out was the enthusiasm and maturity of the students. I am sure they have a great future ahead of them as a result of their time at Wirral Metropolitan College. It is because of the hard work and dedication of Principal, Sue Higginson, staff and students at colleges and schools like this that state education is getting better and better. They are all to be congratulated."
Sue Higginson, Principal of Wirral Met College, said, “I am delighted that The Secretary of State for Education has taken time out of his busy schedule to come and see the great work that we do at Wirral Met College. The Oval is the newest of our campuses, supporting mostly 16-18 year olds who wish to develop a career in public and uniformed services, or in the growing area of sports and outdoor education. Student success rates have been in the top ten percent of the Country for over 4 years, notwithstanding that 61% of our students are from areas identified as having extremely high levels of deprivation. We have excellent partnerships with employers who work with us to develop and deliver a relevant, innovative curriculum. We also enjoy a very positive relationship with the Local Authority and because the location of our campus is within the grounds of the Oval Sports Centre, we can fully utilise the fantastic facilities offered by this public sports facility.”
Accompanying Mr Gove was John Bell, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Wirral South, who said, "As a teacher who has taught both traditional academic and vocational subjects, I know the value of the superb work Wirral Metropolitan College are doing in combining the two and providing their students with the skills and, equally important, motivation, to make full use of their talents and not accept second best. Michael and I came away incredibly impressed by what we saw and heard."
Wirral Met College’s Oval Campus was opened last year, offering a range of Sports Science, Uniformed and Public Services qualifications, underpinned by English, maths and ICT. The dedicated learning facilities, when combined with access to indoor and outdoor sports facilities at the Oval Leisure Centre, are a winning combination.
Students progress from Wirral Met College into careers in the Armed Forces, Public and Emergency Services, the Sports and Leisure industry and, of course, some progress to University en route to their chosen career. Staff and students were proud to showcase a range of teaching and learning activities which were recognised in the last Ofsted inspection as Grade 1 Outstanding and have, since then, improved even further.