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The Rural Enterprise Academy Welcomes Peer Of The Realm

The Rural Enterprise Academy were delighted to host a VIP recently when Lord Baker of Dorking paid them a visit.

Lord Baker wanted to see first-hand how students were taking full advantage of its newly refurbished Rodbaston Campus as well as looking around the newly opened Rural Enterprise Academy, for students aged 14 and up, based in the campus grounds.


Lord Baker took a short tour of the Rodbaston Campus, meeting Floristry and  Animal Care students from South Staffordshire College as well as Horticulture apprentices, before taking the short walk to The Rural Enterprise Academy, where he was welcomed by School Principal Lorraine Makin and two learners, Asa Crinnian and Emma Britton.


He talked to students in the Science and Business Studies classes of the school before hearing from three students, who gave short presentations on why they had come to the school, how much they were enjoying it and their future aspirations.


Lord Baker heard from other students too who shared how delighted they were with their choice of school including Jemma Stanaway, 14, from Churchbridge, who said that she’s wanted to work with animals ever since she was young.  “This school has great subjects and facilities.  I’d recommend the school to anybody who wants to get a good job in life.”


Asa Crinnian from Wednesbury agreed: “Lessons are more involved, teachers are more helpful and I like having the practical elements included within the theory lessons.”Lord Baker was very impressed with his experience, saying “The Rural Enterprise Academy is a true example of ‘learning by doing’. Students have the opportunity to combine academic learning with a curriculum focused on land-based, environmental and sustainability sectors.  “By working closely with business and local education providers, this offers young people the opportunity to build a career and equip the UK’s workforce with the much-needed skills to be successful in a modern, global economy.”After the VIP visit, South Staffordshire College’s Chief Executive Principal and Chair of the Academy Trust, Graham Morley said “In his former role as Education Secretary, Lord Baker introduced his Great Education Reform Bill revolutionising education.    We were delighted to welcome him to the College and to the newly opened Rural Enterprise Academy.”


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