Tuesday, 19 September 2017

College to add staff with extra funding

THE Henley College will receive extra funding from next year in return for offering more GCSE classes and hiring more

THE Henley College will receive extra funding from next year in return for offering more GCSE classes and hiring more lecturers.

Oxfordshire County Council has increased its grant by £76,000 after the college recruited 40 more students last year.

The money will be spent on more English and maths lecturers in line with a new government policy designed to boost qualifications.

From September, every young person who has not achieved a GCSE grade C in English and maths will have to repeat their exam.

College principal Tom Espley said: “The vast majority of our students are already repeating their GCSEs if they need to. However, we are not recruiting more staff for that.

“We have another maths teacher and we will have another English teacher, someone who is maybe part time now and will become full time.

“The money will go towards the new students and partly for the new English and maths staff.

“It is a very positive thing for the college because we have more students and also more apprentices.”

Mr Espley confirmed that the college had also received an additional £500,000 for capital projects.

He said: “We can improve our buildings and facilities with the money.

“Last year we received a £1.2million grant from the Government’s Young People’s Learning Agency, which meant we could improve our sports hall.

“We have spent a lot of money on improving the state of our buildings and this money will go particularly towards improving the facilities for art by renovating what we have already got.”

lA survey of students and parents found that 97 per cent would recommend The Henley College above others, not 90 per cent, as stated in last week’s Standard.

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