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Published April 19, 2024

Post-16 Easter Report

I hope everyone had a good Easter break and all refreshed for the final term of this academic year. Over the last term, there has been key developments within the Post-16 programme. The education provision within Suffolk New College, Northgate Sixth Form and Clacton Coastal Academy continues to go well. Last term students sat exams, and on the whole, the exams went well, and students achieved the desired grades.

Both first- and second-year students are planning their futures and next steps after graduating from further education. Back in February some of our female students went to Las Vegas with our partner US Sports Scholarships, where they participated in tournaments that werewatched over by universities to help secure their scholarship after graduating with us.

Last term we started an exciting partnership with Luckhurst Injury Clinic, who will provide our medical provision for students going forward. This partnership allows students to get very high-quality treatment to injuries and also introduce key programmes to proactively minimise the risk of injuries. We have also benefited from our relationship with the University of Essex who provide Sports Therapy degree students on their year placement with us to enhance their development and knowledge within the industry.

Over the last term the A team had some mixed results in the league and a top three finish looks the most likely outcome. The A’s lost to Swindon in the national quarter final but are in the Suffolk County Schools’ FA semifinal, against St Benedict’s on Monday 22nd April. The woman’s team has continued to build upon last year and have a healthy return of eight league wins at the time of writing this. The woman’s team have reached the Suffolk County Schools’ FA final where they will play against St Joseph’s College. Our other male teams have continued their development from both last year and last term, with good performances both at training and matches.

Both our male and female students have achieved success within the club provision, some noticeable achievements include the following:

Cate Jackson Represented Essex Women (24 January and 13 March)
Zac Pedro Playing step 4 for Ipswich Wanderers, scored the winner vs Basildon United (23 March)
Igor Grabowski Won the U23s Chell Trophy vs Halstead Town U23 (26 March)
Adam Wrathall Scored all four goals for Brantham Athletic vs Hadleigh United at step 5 (30 March)
Romano Capasso Clean sheet debut for Ipswich Wanderers vs Enfield at step 4 (13 April)
Kian Wilson Won the Thurlow Nunn U18s Central Division with Leiston (17 April)
Millie Bloom & Eloise Flack Helped Stowupland Falcons reach Suffolk FA Women’s Cup Final at Portman Road on Tuesday 21 May
Kian Wilson Helped Leiston U23s reach Suffolk FA Senior Cup Final being hosted at Portman Road on Wednesday 22 May

Recruitment continues to go well, with a good number of students looking to join the programme later this calendar year. Over the Easter break we hosted a recruitment event for male and female students that were well attended. Over the next week we will be releasing details on an information event we will soon be hosting, that will inform students and parents on the exciting opportunities available within the post-16 programme.

Our students have continued to have a unique insight into Ipswich Town Football Club, when Conor Chaplin visited the students in March and detailed his daily routine and the journey he has had to become a professional footballer. Last Saturday was the Foundation Fixture where Ipswich Town Foundation celebrate all the diverse provisions provided to the local community, and it was great to have involvement from our students in the Coach Arrival and half time pitch walk.

Finally, I think everyone will join me in wishing the first team well in their final three league matches of what has been a fantastic season.