Since St Helens College 14-16 Academy first opened in 2014, students have worked extremely hard to succeed in their studies, each with their own career aspirations and academic goals.

Harry White, dreams of becoming an engineer one day and joined St Helens College 14-16 Academy because of the opportunities and practical experience on offer, “Engineering is my favourite subject. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do and it’s really interesting. You have lots of opportunities here that you may not have in other schools and it isn’t all about theory work, we get to do practical lessons too.”

Current Year 11 student and aspiring drama teacher, Rachel Fenney, said, “I love the freedom of expression that comes with studying here. You’re treated like an adult and at the same time, you get as much support and encouragement as you need.”

Many of the industry sector pathways are taught within realistic, work environments including commercial hair and beauty salons, construction workshops and restaurant kitchens, with inspiring talks from special guest speakers, with years of career experience.

Stephanie Carey, enjoys the work-related courses at St Helens College 14-16 Academy, especially hospitality, “I enjoy being in the kitchens, learning new recipes and sharing them with my mum when we cook together.”

However, she has her heart set on working in mental health care, “I really want to work in mental health care, supporting and helping people with depression, eating disorders and other mental health issues. The individualised support that I am receiving with my English and maths GCSEs will really help me to achieve my goal.”