Rhyddings’ Year Leader Gary Fielding has gone the extra mile to ensure that our students continue to receive ‘outstanding care guidance and support’ by gaining his Level 4 NVQ in Advice and Guidance.

The qualification is intended for those whose job role involves providing specialist advice and guidance, improving skills in mediation, negotiation and evaluation. Gary has spent over 200 hours working towards the certificate, which was awarded by Accrington and Rossendale College assessor Trish Fish.

Trish said: “Gary was a delight to teach. His passion for his role, his empathic nature and his eagerness to learn new strategies made this an enjoyable experience.

“Working in partnership with our local schools is important to us at Accrington and Rossendale College and we always welcome ways to co-operate and support local skills.

“This Level 4 qualification shows Rhyddings’ commitment to excellent advice and guidance for their students and we are delighted to have helped them achieve this.”

Mr Fielding, who has been at Rhyddings since 2008, said: “The main focus of the qualification was to enhance my role in all aspects of pastoral support. As a school, we recognise the importance of the day to day support and professional development opportunities like these for staff make a really positive impact for our students.”