Edge Award for excellence in the practical delivery of technical and professional learning - Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education Case Study

The Academy Grimsby is the largest and most successful direct entry 14-16 provider in the country’ with 470 young people studying full time on GCSE’s and vocational pathways.

The Academy allows young people to specialise early in their career options and train as chefs, engineers, vets, medical professionals, games designers and much more. It offers a technical/professional route to learning rarely supported in mainstream schools; allowing access to a very different type of learning environment.

The curriculum is bespoke for each learner allowing them to focus on education for life, not just for exams. They choose what they would like to do, are not pressured by progress 8 scores and can enjoy their studies and skills development. In 4 years, 100% of students have had positive destinations to work, further education or apprenticeships. We were awarded Ofsted outstanding in 2017.

The Academy is embedded in the life of the wider college, students can be found in most technical areas and are thriving and inspiring the next generation of 14 year olds to make different choices about their education. The Academy Grimsby is a success story, providing a different type of education than is provided in a one size fits all secondary model.