Aspiring young hairdressers are benefitting from a new purpose-built hair and beauty salon.
Students at Allerton Grange High School are learning the techniques necessary to take the first steps in becoming stylists.
Year 10 pupils taking a two-year Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing Services now also have the chance to embark on a third year of study which could lead to a formal apprenticeship in a professional hair salon. The courses, which previously involved day release at a local college, are being developed by tutor Pam Riley. She said: “We have 12 Year 10 students on the course who are developing all kinds of practical skills in everything from dressing hair to expert shampoo and conditioning, working at a reception desk and providing a good consultation for clients. Professional hairstylists are going to be teaching them how to apply perm rollers, tints and highlights using non-permanent products and the third year will involve cutting and learning how to style. It’s a real career opportunity for our students”
This year’s course is already so popular that it is full up – with a waiting-list keen to join next time round.
Staff are lining up to be used as models and students are also learning how to offer everything from scalp massage to colouring hair.
A Family Day is also being planned in time for Christmas. Lessons in becoming a professional beautician will take place in year two of the course.