By Linda Foo Guest
STUDENTS from a Wirral college have had a visit from Education Secretary Michael Gove.
The MP came to the region on Friday to tour a number of schools, and called in at Wirral Met College, to be shown around the new Oval campus in Bebington and meet staff and students.
He was escorted by principal Sue Higginson and David Clark, chair of governors, with staff and sports students Huicong Liu and Will Kell.
Sue said: “The Oval is the newest of our campuses, supporting mostly 16 to 18-year-olds who wish to develop a career in public and uniformed services, or in the growing area of sports and outdoor education.
“Student success rates have been in the top 10% of the country for over four years, notwithstanding 61% of our students are from areas identified as having extremely high levels of deprivation.
“We have excellent partnerships with employers who work with us to develop and deliver a relevant, innovative curriculum.
“We also enjoy a very positive relationship with the local authority, and because the campus is within the grounds of the Oval Sports Centre, we can fully utilise the fantastic facilities offered by this public sports facility.”
The Oval Campus on Old Chester Road opened last year, and offers a range of sports science, uniformed and public services qualifications, as well as English, maths and ICT.
Students progress from the college to careers in the Armed Forces, public and emergency services, sports and leisure industry and further study at university.
During his trip to Wirral, Mr Gove also visited Woodhcurch High School, accompanied by Wirral West MP Esther McVey.
He took part in a question and answer session with pupils and asked them about their experiences at the school and their career hopes.