Opportunities for all students and John Whitgift Academy

Opportunities for all students at John Whitgift Academy 

At John Whitgift Academy, from day one personal excellence is encouraged from students of all ages and abilities, providing them with the necessary support to become responsible citizens. 

John Whitgift Academy is well known for providing an innovative, enterprising, and energising curriculum with a variety of enrichment, after school opportunities for all. 

Each student is set up with a personalised and dynamic learning pathway with opportunities for early entry to qualifications and national accreditation. 

As the student numbers continue to rise rapidly year upon year, John Whitgift Academy has become the school of choice and is passionate about each student being given the skills to not only survive, but also thrive in the demanding world that modern Britain has become. Students have the confidence and determination to feel happy and fulfilled. 

Delta Academies Trust are a strong family of academies that work collaboratively together to improve the life chances of all learners.  Their expert advice, access to resources and ability to add capacity to any obstacles means they can genuinely stand by their collective motto of ‘Changing Lives’. Locally John Whitgift Academy is an academy that is fully inclusive and is outward facing, establishing close partnerships with local primary schools, businesses, college providers and universities.

The latest groundbreaking venture for the careers award winning Academy is being the first school to take the lead on Opportunity Grimsby. This is an initiative led by local MP Lia Nici, partnered by local companies from Northeast Lincolnshire and further afield. John Whitgift Academy is the first academy   in this new approach to prepare students at an early stage, nurture their talents with their long- term future in mind. Mr Spendlow, Headteacher at the academy is passionate about creating meaningful and outward facing programmes that his students can embrace their talents. He stressed that traditional methods for students work experience can often miss the real benefits of the world of work. With this innovative approach to bespoke career path building, he and his team carefully selected a range of year 8 students to establish a start to their career pathway at an early stage, and forge strong links with established apprenticeship, and employment providers. The companies attended the first launch event at the newly refurbished John Whitgift Academy and presented how the students’ progress will be mentored and supported into the world of work, and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for each of them. The key advantages that employers identified with the initiative is it gives them the opportunity to train, coach, mentor and motivate young people, to be future employees in their companies, as well as have the most valuable resource of recruiting and retaining local ambitious people with the desire to stay local.   

The launch event proved to be an excellent success with students given the chance to engage with senior executives from the local council, as well as a range of companies to include Bacon Engineering, Hilton Foods, and Catch.  

The dialogue created reflected how driven the students at the academy are, and all parties left with lots of ideas and plans for the next steps. The next event evening is planned in the coming weeks.