Prospective Tollbar Students Appreciate Face To Face Lessons, Even At A Distance

Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College has organised socially-distanced taster days for prospective students to give them reassurance about their future courses. Lucy Woodward, who was a Year 11 student at The Academy Grimsby, dissects a lamb’s kidney during a mini-taster Science class. Also pictured is Biology Teacher Rachel Reynolds, and student Rebecca Boyd.


Young people hoping to study for their A-Levels in September have been taking advantage of mini, socially-distanced taster sessions organised by Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College to give them reassurance about the future of their education.

More than 100 prospective students have taken up the offer of either a 20-minute face-to-face discussion with Sixth Form teachers, or a two-hour mini taster session focussing on their lesson options delivered by our team of specialist A-level teachers. Some have enjoyed both.

Simon Ritchie, the new Head of Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College, said: “We felt it was vital that we offered something face to face and covid-safe to reassure our applicants about the future. The feedback we have had has been universal in the fact that applicants themselves appreciated the time taken out to actually speak to them and felt reassured that their education will return.

“One hundred and five of our applicants have been in to see us. Mini-taster sessions are restricted to eight students socially distanced, so we can only deliver two sessions a day, so this programme has been running every day for a two-week period.”

Lucy Woodward, a former Year 11 student at The Academy Grimsby, attended one of the sessions. She said: "I'm interested in coming to Tollbar MAT Sixth Form. It has a good reputation.”

Lily Harris, who was a Year 11 student at Tollbar Academy, also attended the sessions. She said: "I personally think that at Tollbar Sixth Form there will be smaller class sizes and more one-to-one support with teachers. I have been here since Year 7. I have enjoyed it and want to stay on. I'm hoping to do A Levels in History, English Language and Psychology."

Addressing the future, Mr Ritchie said: “From September, our plan is to open the Sixth Form College fully and as close to normal as possible. We are fortunate that we have such a large number of classrooms and other spaces that allow us to keep distance between our students during this crisis. Our class sizes being small also helps us tremendously during these times as it allows our rooms to be set up with good in-built distancing between students and staff.”





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Caroline L Yates BA (Hons).

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