What makes this 6th
form the best in The North West?
WINSTANLEY College, Wigan, has been
named as one of the best Sixth Form Colleges in the country by The Sunday
Times Schools Guide.
It is 2nd nationally in terms of average total points score per student and
in terms of the percentage of students getting AAB in 2+ facilitating
subjects, the college is ranked 7th. It misses out slightly on the top spot
for total points to Greenhead College whose students get a mere 32.4 points
more than Winstanley College students. An impressive 99% of its students
achieve 3 or more A-levels.
The ranking makes it the best 6th form college in the North West of
So, what's so special about Winstanley College? How does this college in a
quiet, semi-rural location on the outskirts of Wigan achieve such excellent
Well, you'd be forgiven for thinking that maybe they simply attract the
brightest students from the area and so this reflects on the grades they end
up achieving. But no, they've also just been promoted in the Government's
Added' league table to a grade 2 for AS level results. Unlike
traditional league table rankings, Value Added scores compare pupil
performance in and between public examinations. They are designed to provide
a measure as to how much more or less successful students have been by
virtue of the school/college they attended, declaring how much 'value' their
school or college has added to their results.
Vice Principal Mel Chadwick explains:- "You could look at it this
way…if students with mostly Bs at GCSE go to most other colleges they
achieve C grades on average at AS level, when students come to Winstanley
College they achieve B grades."
So, this new ranking means that Winstanley College is in the top 10% of
A-level providers nationally for 'Value Added' too.
Also, over 90% of students state that they are highly satisfied with their
experience at Winstanley College and so clearly the College is doing
something right. The College runs an extensive extra curricular activity
programme and has built strong links with universities and employers,
helping to strengthen their students' subject understanding and ultimately
Within the region, the College's excellent reputation is demonstrated by the
numbers of students who apply each year, with a 28% increase in applications
The results are based on exams taken in 2014 and the 2015 results will be
published by the Government in January. Principal Louise Tipping is over the
moon:- "I'm delighted that we are ranked so highly; it's testament to
the hard work and dedication of both our staff and students."
Carolling for a good cause
AS Christmas draws
closer, the NSPCC is inviting people across Merseyside to join its annual
Carols by Candlelight concert on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 to raise vital funds
for the charity's Call for Help Appeal.
Taking place at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, from 7:30pm, the concert will
feature performances from children and young people in the Wirral Schools
Concert Band, the Liverpool Signing Choir and Circle of Voices Gospel Choir,
who will delight those in attendance with carols, traditional music and
singing in the stunning candlelit setting of the cathedral.
Tickets for the event, which is being sponsored for the 9th year running by
Merseyside based retailer Home Bargains, are available now priced at £10 per
adult, and £5 for concessions. Family tickets are also available, at £25 for
2 adults and 2 children.
Tom Morris, managing director at Home Bargains, said:- "We're thrilled
to be supporting Carols by Candlelight for the ninth year running and are
proud to support the incredible work that the NSPCC does every single day.
As a Merseyside based family run company, our heart is still very much in
Liverpool and we're extremely passionate about supporting causes such as
this one to help local people. The charity's ChildLine Service, which
proceeds from this evening will go towards, acts as a lifeline to children
who have nowhere else to turn."
Daniel Poole, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Liverpool, said:-
"For most children, Christmas is magical, but for others, it's a time
when they feel more alone than ever; when they're struggling to cope with
being neglected, bullied or abused.
Carols by Candlelight is not only a beautiful Christmas celebration, it's
also the perfect way to support our Christmas Appeal, Call for Help, to
ensure our ChildLine service is able to offer support and hope to the
thousands of children who will get in touch this Christmas and in the year
To book tickets for the Carols by Candlelight concert, please contact the
NSPCC fundraising team on:- 0161 393 4474 or
Eight in L8
A new public artwork, celebrating
the people of Liverpool 8, has been unveiled.
The work, a large metal figure '8' will stand on Princes Boulevard at
the Upper Warwick Street Junction. The unveiling ceremony was carried out on Saturday, 28 November
2015, by elders of the Liverpool 8 community in a ceremony which the Deputy Mayor,
Councillor Ann O'Byrne is attending.
The artwork was commissioned by the L8 Law Centre Trustees, now called the
L8 Legacy Projects. Local artists with social enterprise Safe Productions
held workshops with children from four local schools, Windsor Street, St
Patrick's, Kingsley Road and St Silas.
The children researched the history of Toxteth Park and King John's deer
hunting forest, and designed their own circular templates, depicting images
of deer, the king and things they thought you would find in the forest at
They also produced designs demonstrating the pride they have in their local
community of Liverpool 8, and the mystical powers of the number 8 with their
work being incorporated into the artwork.
Community leader Joe Farrag said:- "This artwork symbolises the spirit
and journeys of the people of the area. This is a special piece of work that
everyone will relate to, many of our ancestors arrived in Liverpool by sea
and the links of the 8 reflect this."
The installation of the '8' artwork is being accompanied by environmental
works in Princes Boulevard which include the removal, and cutting back of
shrubbery and the crowning of trees, This work has been carried out by
Enterprise Liverpool and INES Include Environmental Services. "This is an area which is on the up.
and the improvements to the Boulevard will make its environment more
attractive. The new artwork, which symbolises Liverpool 8 shows the pride
the local community have in their neighbourhood. And the contribution made
by local pupils shows what creative children we have." said
Councillor Tim Moore.
Fun filled family 5k to
help Liverpool say neigh to cancer
NORTH West Cancer Research is
challenging people from Southport to walk, run or gallop 5k around Aintree's
world famous racetrack, to help them say neigh to cancer.
Canter for Cancer, will be Liverpool's 1st ever horse themed running
event, which will raise money for cancer research and Liverpool based health
Race goers will wear novelty horse's heads as they make their way around the
5K (just over 3 miles) course at Aintree, home to the world's greatest
steeplechase - 'The Grand National' - on Sunday, 6 March 2016.
Liverpool actress Suzanne Collins has put her name behind the race and is
encouraging as many people as possible to take part. Organisers hope that
more than 3,000 people from all over Liverpool and the North West will take
There will also be a chance for children to get involved on the day with a
shorter:- 'Only Foals and Horses' race, which can be completed with an adult
Suzanne, who lost her dad to lung cancer 3
years ago, said:- "Cancer touches the lives of all of us. My dad
recently passed away after battling lung cancer and so many others of my
friends and family have been affected by it.
Cancer research is so important if we are to ever move forward and beat this
killer disease, which is why I am proud to have been asked to support North
West Cancer Research and its Canter for Cancer event. It's such a fun idea
and a great way to unite everyone in a common cause all while raising funds
for cancer research.
I've got lots of my friends and family interested in signing up already and
my daughter Mya has already said she will run the Only Foals and Horses
event, with her friends which she'll do in memory of her grandad."
Canter for Cancer is supported by The Liverpool FC Foundation, as well as
Liverpool-based Investec Wealth and Investment which has been named as the
North West Cancer Research is the biggest locally-based charity, working to
fund cancer research, which directly benefits those living in the North
The charity has committed to funding more than £11.2million worth of cancer
research over the next 5 years. £7.7million of which will be spent on
projects at the University of Liverpool, home to the North West Cancer
The most recent figures from the National Cancer Intelligence Network show
that show that cancer is one of the biggest killers in Liverpool. On average
2,577 people are diagnosed with cancer per year and if you live in Liverpool
you are 25% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than anywhere else in
Anne Jackson, CEO, North West Cancer Research, said:-
Cancer offers a unique chance for members of the public to run Aintree's
world famous course for themselves.
This is the largest fundraising event we've ever held and we look forward to
Canter for Cancer becoming North West Cancer Research's flagship fundraising
event. It offers something fun for all the family; especially with our
novelty horses heads.
Support from Liverpool FC Foundation and The Jockey Club, who have offered
us Aintree Racecourse, has been fantastic and will help us raise awareness
of the importance of cancer research among as many people as possible.
Cancer sadly affects every single one of us. It is one of the biggest
killers in Liverpool. The good news is that today, for the first time ever
half of all people diagnosed with cancer in the UK will survive; which is
why research is so important."
Mark Haig, head of operations at Liverpool FC Foundation, said:- "We
are delighted to support North West Cancer Research and its Canter for
Cancer event. Right from the off, we knew this sounded like a great event
and felt it was something that we could really get behind as a Foundation.
Cancer is a serious issue in Liverpool, and the more awareness we can raise
about it the better. Canter for Cancer will challenge people to think about
cancer, as well as raise money for vital cancer research right here in
We have worked with North West Cancer Research for ten year now as part of
our Men's Health Programme. I am hoping that some of the guys; and girls;
involved will sign up to take part and make this one of the biggest and best
fundraising events in the city."
Liverpool FC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club.
It delivers a range of initiatives that inspire people from all walks of
life to make positive change happen for themselves and their communities.
Its Men's Health programme was developed in 2005 in response to the high
levels of poor health within the community. It aims to raise awareness and
tackle physical and mental health issues, including cancer prevention. North
West Cancer Research has worked with the Men's Health programme, since 2005
helping support some of its cancer awareness related activities.
Registration for Canter for Cancer is now
Registration for the 5k race costs £20 per person and for Only Foals and
Horses £20 for a child and adult chaperone.