Student Diploma offer

STUDENTS in Ellesmere Port and Neston are being offered the chance to choose an innovative new qualification, which aims to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical learning.

The qualifications will be taught at Capenhurst Grange, Ellesmere Port Catholic high, Whitby, EPSSPA, Cheshire Oaks and Neston High schools in conjunction with West Cheshire College and are available for students aged 14 to 19.

The Diploma combines theoretical study with practical experience, aiming to equip students skills valued by employers and universities.

There are three levels of the diploma – Foundation, Higher and Advanced – that students can choose to study at different stages in their education.

A Foundation Diploma is worth five GCSEs grades D to G; a Higher Diploma is worth seven GCSEs grades A* to C; and an Advanced Diploma is worth 3.5 A levels.

Students will have the opportunity to choose from a range of subjects, whilst continuing to develop essential skills in English, maths and ICT.

The diplomas are being co-ordinated by the Ellesmere Port and Neston 14-19 Consortium which was formed to ensure a co-ordinated approach to delivery of the new qualifications.

For more information about the Diploma, visit

Boat safety advice

CHESHIRE West and Chester boat owners are being given safety advice by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service during Boat Safety Week (May 25-30) and will be offered free smoke alarms.

Firefighters and safety staff will be visiting boats moored in the area to offer Boat Safety Assessments, which include fitting free smoke alarms where necessary, and will also be handing out safety advice leaflets.

Although boat fires are less common than fires on land they can have devastating consequences.

Smoke alarms make a difference to the outcome of fires on boats so the fire service hopes to see the devices installed in all boats with overnight accommodation.