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School Partnerships

Working in partnership, aspiring to excellence

Being a student is one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life and so it is vital that they choose the right place and programme of study.

At The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group there is a great learning experience waiting and courses that will provide students with skills and knowledge to cope with the next important stage of their life.

We aim to give young people information, advice and guidance about courses and potential career options, to ensure they are achieving their full potential. We’re passionate about showcasing Selby College and all the fantastic courses we offer, in a wide range of subject areas.

Photos from a recent taster day at Castleford College.

Working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers

We have over a decade’s experience working with our partner schools to provide part-time and full-time programmes for 14–16-year-olds that are dedicated to encouraging and enabling the continued participation of young people in education and training.

We are committed to working in partnership with local schools, employers and learning providers to transform learning, raise attainment and achievement and encourage progression across the district. The School Partnerships programme aims to raise learners’ awareness of Further and Higher Education, while encouraging continued participation.

We offer schools across the district a comprehensive range of activities for pupils who are looking to enhance their curriculum, and broaden their knowledge and understanding of opportunities in Further Education and employment.

Why Us?

We feel strongly that our courses are relevant to children at Key Stage 4, and are pleased to introduce Technical Awards which carry performance points into our provision. These contribute towards Progress and Attainment 8 as we endeavour to ensure vocational learning is still accessible for schools and young people.

Our 14-16 programmes help the development of young people while keeping them engaged in education and providing a clear pathway into post-16 education. Last year 75% of Year 11 students progressed from our school-link provision to post-16 study with us – a figure we’re very proud of.

We also offer our Early College Transfer (ECT) programme and Vocational Carousel Tasters to support the transition of students from KS4 to post 16 education.

This is by no means all that we can offer. We also seek to be flexible and if you have an idea of how we can support your school and students please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.

Photos from a recent taster day at Castleford College.


We have a range of accredited courses, short courses, taster sessions and taster days available.

Early College Transfer

One Year, full-time accredited provision for Year 11 students in a range of vocational areas.

Cost: £9.80 per hour, per learner

Technical Awards and other Accredited Courses

One or two year part-time accredited courses for Year 10/11 pupils in a range of vocational areas.

Cost: £95 per hour per group (max 12)

Year 10 Taster Days

Scheduled by College four times each academic year. Pupils choose two vocational or four A-Level subjects to study for the day. Lunch is provided.

Cost: Subsidised by The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group

Taster Sessions

Scheduled on request by schools, comprising of short, non-accredited sessions in am, pm or twilight slots for Year 9 to Year 11. A range of subject areas is available to choose from.

Cost: FREE

In School Sessions

Scheduled on request by schools, comprising of a College Tutor teaching a lesson in school to give learners an insight into what a subject consists of at College.

Cost: FREE

Discovery Days

A guided tour of individual College Campuses, with lunch included. Maximum 16 pupils at any one time. Schedule runs between 9.30am and 3pm at the convenience of the school.

Cost: FREE

Non-accredited Courses

Programmes Including Yr. 10 Pre-Early College Transfer, Vocational Carousel and Flex Transition.

Cost: Variable - please contact the School Partnerships team


My son is a different person since joining the ECT programme. School has never suited him, and he has always been unhappy with academic learning. However, since going to college he is so much happier. He looks forward to his college days and his tutor seems to get the best out of him.
Parent of an ECT student
We are really pleased with the ECT programme. The students are engaged with their learning and really enjoy coming to college. This has also made them much more focused and engaged when they are in school. The communication and support from the college is excellent.
Selby High School
The Early College Transfer offer has been fantastic for our Y11 students and the support from the Wakefield College team is second-to none! A fantastic collaboration that has engaged and motivated our learners.
Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Contact Us

James Pennington
Strategic Lead – School Partnerships

Telephone: 01924 789741

Sandra Lockett
School Partnerships Coordinator

Telephone: 01924 789742

Beth Slater
School Liaison Coordinator

Telephone: 01924 789746

Anna Westmoreland
School Liasion Officer

Telephone: 01924 789481

Emma Trethewey
School Partnerships Administrator

Telephone: 01924 789470

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