We have always achieved a 100% A*-C pass rate for our Year 10/11 course, with last year 33% of students achieving an A*.
Last year we achieved a 100% A*-C pass rate for our Year 12 Level 2 courses in Travel & Tourism and WorkSkills, with all of the students who studied the subjects now progressing onto A Levels or employment.
Achievement is also high in our Level 2 WorkSkills course for Year 11, with 100% pass rate being gained. A testimony to the hard working, supportive and friendly nature of all the department staff.
Our results have always been in the top 10% based on the ALPS data for Year 13 results.
Since the subject was introduced to the Sixth Form at Biddenham, we have also seen a number of students achieve excellent results in the course then study it further at University. We find it extremely pleasing as a department that we have made them so passionate about the subject.
Information about the department
We are extremely passionate about our subject area and this is demonstrated throughout our lessons. Since the department was set up in 2006 we are proud to offer a variety of courses across all year groups. These include:
- Level 2 BTEC Certificate Certificate in Travel & Tourism, equivalent to one GCSE (Years 10 & 11).
- GCSE Leisure and Tourism single award, one GCSE (Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 Gold Students).
- Level 3 BTEC Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma in Travel & Tourism, equivalent to one AS/A2 (Year 12 & Year 13 Platinum students).
- Level 2 BTEC WorkSkills, equivalent to two GCSEs (Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 Gold Students).
We are all subject specialists due to a variety of reasons: industry experience; Travel & Tourism degrees; PGCEs / GTPs in Leisure and Tourism and many years of expertise in teaching the subject. As teachers we bring a wealth of knowledge to our department, which ultimately leads to successful results.
We have a wide range of classroom resources which the students can access such as atlases, travel guides, travel journals, magazines and reference books. These are based throughout all three of our teaching classrooms. We are also excited about implementing and using new technologies within our subject, such as, the use of iPads.
Due to the nature of the subjects, field visits are an essential aspect of the teaching and learning. Therefore, we like students to apply what they have learnt outside of the classroom to their coursework. We visit a range of attractions/destinations throughout their studies on all courses, such as the London Eye, the Peak District, Madame Tussauds, The Making of Harry Potter, Malmaison Hotel and Alton Towers, to name but a few. We have also led two very successful visits to Paris and Disneyland Paris, which were directly linked to their coursework.
We feel strongly about the fact that students need to develop the skill of independent learning and work hard to ensure that they know how to do this correctly. For example, how to research and reference and how to work in a team and plan events. We also pride ourselves on having high expectations of our students and encourage them to achieve the best that they can do.
We expect hard work, motivation, dedication and friendly attitudes and in return you will get high quality teaching, creative and exciting lessons, learning outside of the classroom and as much support as you need.
Mrs. Beverley Darlow - Head of Leisure, Travel & Tourism and WorkSkills
Ms. Cathy Eckett - Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of WorkSkills
Ms. Jan Schofield - Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of WorkSkills
Mr. Mark Marlton - Teacher of WorkSkills and Modern Foreign Languages