Students tell Fylde MP about college life

Blackpool Sixth Students from Fylde met with their MP to let him know about life at their new college.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies asked Blackpool Sixth Principal Jill Gray to set up the meeting with students from his constituency so he could hear about their experiences at the college.

He said: "I met with students who were extremely eager to tell me about what life is like for them at the college.

“I asked them why the opted for Blackpool Sixth, about the standard of teaching and the facilities on offer.

"I wanted to know how easy it was to get there from Lytham, St Annes Kirkham and the rural areas, but most of all, I wanted to hear directly from them rather than from another source.”

The students who met Mr Menzies attended a wide variety of courses, many of which are not offered in mainstream schools.

Mr Menzies added: “The students told me they wanted a college-style education. It is obvious it empowered them. They could choose from different qualifications and from a vast array of subjects.”

Blackpool Sixth Principal Jill Gray said: "We were delighted to welcome a particularly large number of new students from the Fylde area into our college at the start of this term.

"They have told us that they are settling in really well and are relishing their courses and the wider opportunities we offer here at Blackpool Sixth.

"They are taking full advantage of the free bus services we have put in place. They are benefitting from our excellent pastoral care and the fantastic facilities available on our campus.

"We are extremely confident that they will continue to enjoy their studies with us and will secure the qualifications they need to move onto the next step, whether it be university, higher apprenticeship programmes or other high quality employment and training."