September 4th, 2015

A member of staff at The Sixth Form College, Solihull took on an Ironman challenge over the summer holidays and has raised nearly £1,200 for the Breast Friends charity.

Jez Ingram, a UEFA ‘A’ Football Coach at the College, took part in the Outlaw event at the National Water Centre in Nottingham at the end of July. The challenge started at 6.00am with a 2.4 mile swim in the main lake at the centre. Competitors had two hours to complete this part of the challenge to be allowed to carry on with the race. After the swim was a 112 mile cycle ride around the Nottinghamshire countryside. The last part of the challenge was a 26.2 mile run (a marathon) around Nottingham. The whole event covered the full Ironman distance of 140.6 miles, which had to be completed in 17 hours.

Jez’s target was to complete the challenge in about 12 hours and 30 minutes, but he picked up an injury on the run which slowed him down. Nonetheless, he battled through the pain and finished in 15 hours.

Jez commented, “It was hard! I didn’t start swimming until January and even in training had not completed 2.4 miles. Before the race, the furthest I had cycled was 70 miles and I had never run a marathon before. I had only taken part in one triathlon before the event, but I did train for 42 weeks, with between 8-12 hours of training per week.

“I was inspired by the challenge of completing an Ironman event, as well as raising money on behalf of a colleague, Claire Hicks, who is fighting cancer for the second time, so all the hard work and pain was worth it! I want to thank my work colleagues, family and friends for their help and support.”

Sixth Form Inspiration for Saint Paul’s

September 2nd, 2015

A group of pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe were able to gain an insight into what college life is like when they took part in Taster Days organised by Xaverian College and Loreto College in Manchester. This provided them with the opportunity to learn more about the colleges and the courses offered there.

The Taster Days were aimed at Year 10 pupils who are considering their options after finishing school. The pupils were able to discover more about the courses which are available at the colleges and learn about the skills and qualifications they would need to secure a place on these courses.

The pupils looked at the range of subjects available including science, art and humanities and were able to get involved with some hands-on activities.

“Taster days are designed to provide the pupils with a better idea of what college is really like, the different types of subjects that can be studied, the buildings, the atmosphere and information about the opportunities available to them in the future.,” commented Mr Danny Pyatt, Progress Leader at Saint Paul’s. “Our pupils really benefitted from the time spent at Xaverian College and Loreto College and they had plenty of thoughts to take away.”

Mr Pyatt added “As well as talking to the lecturers, they also met several college students who were keen to share their enthusiasm and passion for their subjects with our pupils and were happy to answer questions about their own college life in a very friendly way.”

“Events such as these offer our pupils an excellent introduction to the sixth form teaching and learning environment as well as the diverse range of courses that are on offer,” explained Head Teacher, Mrs Fiona Minshall. “We hope that this will inspire the youngsters to invest extra effort in their learning and give them some ideas about the opportunities which would then be open to them once they leave Saint Paul’s.”