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A welcome message from Peter Kennedy, Principal

Franklin College is a friendly, supportive and high achieving college – we are here to help you succeed. Take a look at the study programmes on our website, find out what's happening at college through our latest news and social wall pages and take the opportunity to visit one of our Open Events to find out how we can help you reach your potential.
We hope you find the information available on our website helpful in planning your future. I look forward to welcoming you to Franklin College.

Peter Kennedy, Principal


The Principal's Blog - Peter Kennedy

Exciting internships/work experience for Franklin students

On Wednesday I spoke to a number of our Year 12 students who were waiting to discuss Summer internship placements with our Career Academy Team. These placements are so important to our students as part of the Franklin Professionals/Career Academy work we do. Many of them will be paid for their efforts too. We have five Career Academies in Law, Business, Health, Science & Engineering and Logistics. Each of the students in the various academies takes part in a 4-6 week internship over the summer in their field of interest. What a great opportunity to find out about life working in their desired field! At the end of the summer you will be able to find out how they got on through our latest news page.


Level 2 Progression Day

It was my pleasure today to meet our completing Level 2 Study Programme students. They are a credit to the College and demonstrate clearly the great potential young people have when they begin to see that their future is in their own hands to shape and develop. As part of the day the group took part in several activities and workshops including talks on apprenticeships, CV writing and personal finance. To celebrate what has been a fruitful year we concluded by giving out a number of informal awards. It was fantastic to hear the citations their teachers had composed to acknowledge their hard work throughout the year. I have no doubt that they will move forward positively and for those returning to Franklin, I look forward to celebrating even greater successes with them over the coming years. 


Franklin College receives national recognition for developing independent learning - Wednesday 6 June

I am proud that Franklin College has been shortlisted down to the final three in a national award which recognises good practice within the sixth from college sector.

At Franklin College, we recognise the need to prepare students for further study, employment or training alongside their studies.  Students leaving Franklin are continually praised for their employability and transferable skills.  The Sixth Form Colleges Association, has this year, acknowledged that Franklin students are encouraged to be some of the most independent and innovative learners in sixth form colleges nationally.

The winner of the award will be announced at a National conference at the end of the month. Fingers crossed. Follow the progress through our latest news page. 

This recognition comes as students and staff are preparing for a full day of careers guidance and information both in college and through university visits.  The students have the opportunity to tailor the day to their specific interests and help them prepare for their next steps.  Franklin is working with a number of local employers and educational providers to offer talks and workshops including: careers in the Humber, setting up a business, applying to university, interview skills and careers at sea.


More sporting success for Franklin students - Monday 14 May

I heard on Friday that our Futsal team are the U19 National Cup Champions for the third consecutive year and over the weekend with the support of former students the team also progressed to the Men's Futsal FA Cup quarter finals. What an achievement. Follow these links for National Cup Championship story and FA cup story.


Breakfast clubs, competitions and sunshine - Tuesday 8 May

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the bank holiday long weekend, managing to enjoy some of the lovely weather and get some rest and relaxation in ahead of the busy period coming up.

I was invited to join the LGBT group meeting on Wednesday and saw a fantastic feedback presentation from an equality event some of the group attended recently. It was really heart-warming to hear their positive views of our college as an inclusive and welcoming environment, and to hear how they intend to develop the activity of the group next year. 

It has been really positive to hear from tutors how many students are taking advantage of the breakfast revision club. What a great way to get the working day started with a free bite to eat and support from your tutors with revision. If you have not been yet then get involved and keep motivated during this last push until the exams.

On Thursday our Champion Netball team challenged our highly successful Futsal team to a charity Netball competition to raise money for the Teenage Cancer trust and Jessica’s Rainbow Foundation. It was an exciting and fiercely competitive afternoon and one to make us proud of the community spirit of our students. Have a look on our social media channels for pictures and updates.

Keep up the good work on your revision this week.


Another busy week - Friday 27 April

This week has seen a real buzz around college with students focused on their revision for the upcoming examinations. It has been a pleasure to see the work going on in classrooms and our students working away in the library, in groups in the buzz or focused with their headphones on in Frankies. Remember to keep calm, stay well and seek help from your tutors where needed.

This Saturday will be my first Open Event as Principal and I am excited about meeting the young people from across NE Lincolnshire and their parents. Even if you have been to a previous Open Event you are more than welcome to come have another look around and chat to staff about the exciting options on offer for September. We have just announced a host of new Extended Diploma vocational courses that you might be interested in if you are still unsure about your options; we are here to help.


The end of my first week - Friday 20 April

So, I completed my first full week as Principal at Franklin last week, and what week it was!

It has been a real pleasure to meet lots of students at events, in classes and around the building this week hearing their thoughts on college life, their subjects, aspirations and sunny weather. It is clear to me already that I have moved to a friendly and welcoming college with fantastic young people.

I’ve continued to visit our partner schools and meet with local head teachers. It is particularly important for me to understand where our students come from and nurture the mutually beneficial relationships we have with local schools.

This week the Grimsby Telegraph and BBC Radio Humberside came into college to interview me on the start of my new role, I could happily share my view of what a great College Franklin is and how my aspirations of the college are that we be recognised regionally and nationally for the fantastic work we do with our young people.

It was my pleasure to host the Graduation Ceremony for the Career Academy students on Thursday and hear about the students’ experiences on the programme over the last two years. What a talented and hard-working group of students! The programme, led by Emma Swinburn, is sector-leading in the way it engages students with local employers and includes events and activities which truly stretch our students to widen their horizons and enhance their future prospects.  

On Thursday evening I attended my first ‘Golden Apples’ awards dinner at Forest Pines. Although our staff nominated for awards (Nima Dirjal, Theresa Cole and Paul Newbold) did not win the gong, their nomination and shortlisting is certainly something worth celebrating.

On Friday I was delighted to hear of the success of our Netball team in winning the Grimsby and District Ladies League Handicap Tournament, and beating Bishop Burton College in the same week. Do congratulate them if you see them.

This is a really important time for students to be working hard on revision for the upcoming exams. They’ll be reminded regularly to seek help from tutors where needed, to take breaks to stay motivated and to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!


Peter's first thoughts

Franklin College welcomes new Principal, Peter Kennedy! Staff and students are eager to work with Peter to move the college from strength to strength. Take a look at this video to hear Peter's first thoughts on taking on his new role as Principal.

 


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