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A level design and technology returns to Barrow sixth form

Students (l-r) Chloe Ryan, Liam Edgley, Savannah Kay and Scott Ashton who all hope to study the subject at A-Level with Head of Design and Technology Glenn Kaighan.
Students (l-r) Chloe Ryan, Liam Edgley, Savannah Kay and Scott Ashton who all hope to study the subject at A-Level with Head of Design and Technology Glenn Kaighan.

[B]arrow Sixth Form students will be able to study A level design and technology from September thanks to an innovative new partnership.

Barrow Sixth Form College, the Rating Lane campus of Furness College, has worked with neighbours Chetwynde School to reintroduce the A level.

Sixthformers will have access to the latest equipment – including laser cutters and 3D printers – for the specialist product design qualification, which will be taught in Chetwynde’s cutting edge £4m design and technology centre.

Head of Design and Technology Glenn Kaighan, Head of Sixth Form Jeff Chadd, Furness College Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Wren and Chetwynde School Headmistress Siân Jeffreys
Head of Design and Technology Glenn Kaighan, Head of Sixth Form Jeff Chadd, Furness College Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Wren and Chetwynde School Headmistress Siân Jeffreys

Andrew Wren, Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College, said the college was delighted to reintroduce the A level in Design and Technology – Product Design at its sixth form campus from September this year.

“We are always looking at ways to expand our curriculum to meet the needs of students and employers and we knew there was a demand for this course,” he said.

“We’ve worked in partnership with our Rating Lane neighbours on this innovative project and our students will be able to study this course in Chetwynde’s £4m state-of-the-art design and technology building, a first-class learning environment which only opened around a year ago. This means our sixth formers can choose the course they want and enjoy all the benefits of an excellent sixth form education and college experience that will prepare them for university or other further study, and their future careers.

“We’re also delighted that it will be taught by experienced teacher, Glenn Kaighan, who is a former student at Barrow Sixth Form College, so we know that the course is in excellent hands.”

Mr Wren added that the sixth form college staff and students had been working with Headmistress Siân Jeffreys and the staff at Chetwynde to ensure a smooth transition for students who want to progress on to A levels, following the announcement that the Chetwynde sixth form was to close.

“The partnership has been very positive and there are lots of opportunities for us to work together to make sure students have access to the high-quality education they are used to and deserve.

“We’ve hosted events for Chetwynde’s Year 11 pupils, and their parents and carers, to show them the wide choice of courses on offer at our sixth form, the excellent results students achieve and their progression to university or other further study including higher apprenticeships, and employment. I know they will enjoy their time at college,” he said.

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